National FET Certificate in Real Estate (NQF 4) RPL
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 is also the required qualification for any existing full status agent or anyone who was a full status agent but who left the industry prior to the educational requirements.
It has been specifically designed to develop all the competencies required by 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.
Full status agents may apply to complete the qualification through RPL, whereas interns are generally advised to complete the qualification by attending training.
The qualification provides successful learners with access to the Chartall Business College Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
This qualification is offered either through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or blended learning. (Note that face-to-face training is also offered at selected workplaces. You can request face-to-face training here.)
Existing, full status agents may apply for RPL, but they may also opt for the online learning delivery option if they feel that they do not have sufficient current learning to complete the assessments without training. (Note, no intern agents can be RPL-ed for the full qualification.)
People choosing RPL should note that there is no training and no training materials with the RPL option. You simply complete the assessment. This is why we recommend that learners with less workplace experience should rather complete the qualification by attending training.
- Only full status agents may enrol for RPL (or interns who were once full status agents who have extensive real estate experience);
- All RPL applicants will be required to complete a pre-RPL assessment to ensure readiness for RPL;
- RPL candidates to note that there is no training offered with the RPL enrolment option and all assessments are completed using your existing learning as the basis for your assessments.
Learners must have a PC or tablet (or smart phone, but this could be too small to complete your assessments on) with sufficient internet connectivity to download and upload your assessments. A good level of computer literacy is also advantageous.
You must also be employed in a property/real estate environment so that you can complete the practical assessments.
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]).
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. (Note that full status agents do, generally, not need to do the logbook.)
- Lectures 19
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 5 hours/week
- Skill level NQF 4
- Language English
- Students 1689
- 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