National FET Certificate in Real Estate (NQF 4)
The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) made it mandatory that all agents must acquire this National FET Certificate in Real Estate during their first 12 months as an intern agent. It is the first step in fulfilling the EAAB’s legal requirements. The other requirements that must be met to become a professional estate agent are:
- the completion of a 12 month internship,
- the submission of a logbook,
- passing the Professional Designation Exam [PDE], and
- ongoing Continuing Professional Development [CPD].
This national qualification is the qualification prescribed by the EAAB for all new interns. It has been specifically designed to develop all the competencies required by intern estate agents. These include:
- the code of conduct,
- marketing and sales,
- understanding the real estate business sector,
- bond financing,
- FAIS, FICA and other related legislation.
Intern agents will also be guided by Chartall facilitators to complete their logbooks, and many of the projects from the qualification can also be used in the logbook.
The qualification provides successful learners with access to the Chartall Business College Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Blended learning offers a blend of online lectures (the same number of hours as you would get in class), using the same notes and slides you would receive in class, along with custom designed
e-learning modules created to appeal to the more visual learner. Your training materials have been curated into weeks for easy access, although you can move around in the subject material if you wish.
Your e-lecturer will assist you with queries, run e-tutorials and e-lectures and keep you on track. You can repeat any lesson or video at any time, which is impossible to do in class. This means you can review difficult concepts slowly and often for deeper learning and insight. For busy learners breaking into the fast world of real estate, this means that you can study in your own time, at your own pace and in your own space.
Full status agents may apply to complete the qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning, which is simply the assessment without any training. (No interns should enrol for RPL as it requires extensive and relevant workplace experience to be able to successfully complete the qualification without formal training. Interns who are offered RPL by other providers should take note of this article.)
Learners must have a PC or tablet (or smart phone, but this could be too small for effective learning) with sufficient internet connectivity to download the online learning materials, view videos and e-learning and take part in the e-lectures and/or e-tutorials.
You should also ideally be employed in a property/real estate environment so that you are able to apply your learning immediately and complete the practical assessments. However, it is possible to simulate this in the assignments if you are not in the property sector yet.
In addition, learners need to be proficient in English at National Senior Certificate level. A good level of computer literacy is also advantageous.
The qualification is accredited and certificated by SERVICES SETA. It is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as a 150 credit qualification at NQF 4 (SAQA ID 59097 – see www.saqa.org.za). Chartall Business College is accredited by the SERVICES SETA to train and assess the qualification.
The advantage of the portfolio as a mode of assessment is that it can be used after the learning to support the learner’s CV as it showcases what they can do practically (you will need to keep a copy of it for this purpose). Learners will still need to comply with any requirements of the EAAB (such as writing the Professional Designation Examination and ongoing professional development [CPD]).
The SERVICES SETA may also require learners to write a Final Summative Assessment once the portfolio has been successfully completed. Chartall will keep learners up-to-date if this becomes a requirement during their enrolment period.
Intern agents, and even principals, may feel overwhelmed with their logbook. Chartall Business College will guide you through this process step-by-step and make sure that you complete both your logbook and the qualification in your 12 month internship. Information about the logbook can be found here.
- Lectures 19
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 5 hours/week
- Skill level NQF 4
- Language English
- Students 1688
- Assessments Yes
Compulsory content as prescribed by the EAAB. Provides overview of the real estate sector, legislation, code of conduct, sales and marketing. Not specifically linked to unit standards but provides a good base for the rest of the training.
The real estate environment (including the code of conduct)
Real estate function
Real estate legislation
Electives: bond finance and the development of a marketing strategy and team building