How to Become an Estate Agent in South Africa

In 2008 the EAAB (Estate Agency Affairs Board) tightened the requirements for entry into the field of Real Estate. This preceded a drop in the South African market following the devastation in the American mortgage market. The recession in South Africa saw approximately two thirds of estate agents who had registered in 2008 leave the sector to re-qualify. It is estimated that there are an estimated 40 000 estate agents in South Africa today. The transformation of the industry since the 2008 regulation change and the subsequent economic slump has seen a surge in job creation and especially a new generation of young black South Africans entering the real estate sector.

How to Become an Estate Agent in South Africa

Online Courses for Estate Agents in South Africa

Getting qualified as an estate agent today is relatively easy. Online courses can be completed in concert with the required internship. This is imperative in order to provide the young and aspiring estate agent with the correct training opportunities so that they are well equipped to earn a decent income working in an industry that is extremely fickle.
The basic requirements for starting a career as an estate agent are not that complicated. The first thing that an applicant needs to complete is the 12 month internship being mentored by a professional and experienced estate agent. The second is to complete the FETC (the Further Education and Training Certificate) in Real Estate at level NQF 4. Lastly candidates must also write and pass the Professional Designate Exam (PDE) after they have been found competent by ServicesSETA in their NQF Level 4 portfolio of evidence. If an agent wants to further extend his education in order to become a principal and run his own business he must be found competent in NQF level 5 and PDE level 5.

Study Online in Your Own Time While You Hold Down a Job

It is possible to combine the FETC NQF 4 qualification and the internship so that the candidate can work on these two aspects of the qualification at the same time during the first year of internship, as long as the estate agent has completed at least 8 months of his internship. Also if the aspirant holds any degrees or diplomas in certain areas, it is possible to apply for and be exempt from completing the FETC. Inquiries about exemption status can be directed to PropAcademy who assist you in completing the required EAAB documentation. We are also RPL agents and can assist applicants in applying for exemptions. Sign up for our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) EAAB Exemption Application Service here.

One of the advantages of studying (online for example) and getting qualified while working and gaining experience in the field in an internship is that of being able to learn and earn at the same time. It is also possible to study part-time and still be in a position to have practical experience and keep a job. Online learning also facilitates the ability to carry on working while getting qualified.

Explore our online real estate courses, and get started learning today!

The Real Estate industry is exciting and fast paced. Whether the market is booming or if it is in a slump, real estate is always something that will be in demand. In order to become the best real estate agent possible it is important to embody these characteristics.

  • good communication skills
  • honesty
  • integrity
  • good organizational skills
  • assertiveness
  • the ability to learn quickly and apply that knowledge

For further information the EAAB website offers a wide spectrum of material about the industry, the rules and regulations, and everything else that one needs to know to become an estate agent.

147 replies
  1. Kyle Moore
    Kyle Moore says:

    Thank you for the informative post.

    Do you think the requirements to become a real estate agent will easier going into the future? We see property portals like Property 24 and Private Property making homes easy to sell and other companies giving all the resources that before only agents had access to. All the information is accessible over the internet. Estate agencies are lowering commissions and offering for the landlord just to walk through the home with potential buy and agency will handle the rest.

    Will it be easier to become an agent in the future?

    Regards
    Kyle

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  2. jenifer
    jenifer says:

    i am interested in studying but i am unable t o afford the fees.
    do you have any options to solve this problem

    i am currently working as a trainee agent ?

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      Hi Jenifer
      You have a year from when you first obtain your FFC to complete your internship portfolio of evidence. If you cannot do it within that period and have a valid reason, the EAAB will extend your period from one year to two years.
      As an agent you will be earning commissions – why not ask your agency to loan you the funds? The cost of our course, as far as we are aware, is dramatically lower than others offered.
      Hope all goes well,
      Team PropAcademy

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      • Garry
        Garry says:

        No intern agent is allowed to earn commission……being an estate agent is so easy, EAAB can’t police agents and only interested in taking the R2000 per year from registered qualified agents for CPD.
        We have many unqualified so called intern agents selling homes without a valid FFC (fidelity fund certificate) an intern must have a FFC as well……so don’t worry about getting qualified they will never check. The only way to stamp out illegal agents is for transferring attorneys to attach a copy of the agents certificate to the sales agreement. We have told EAAB this but they refuse to make this simple process legislation…..

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        • Janet Alexander
          Janet Alexander says:

          Hi Garry – thanks for your comment above, most interesting ! And we understand the general frustration legal agents have in the field, its hard toeing the line when you know that other competing agents are illegal and are not stopped from trading. The only way to do this is to report them to the EAAB.
          Intern agents can and must earn commission during their internship. They have to be mentored by their principal agent or a full status agent that has been full status for 3 years or more. There is a ruling that attorneys can only pay agents/agencies who produce a valid current FFC, so this on its own will stamp out some of the illegal trading. Its up to us, as agents, to report those trading illegally and more – help them to become legal.
          The EAAB are randomly auditing agencies that are registered with them – there has to be a way to let the EAAB know of illegal agencies so that they can audit them as well. Any solutions to this problem?

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        • Elmien Ligthelm
          Elmien Ligthelm says:

          Hi Gary, how enforceable is this? And how does one go about reporting such agents? More than 3 years intern agents, that is 80% of our office!!

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          • Janet Alexander
            Janet Alexander says:

            Hi Elmien I went to see Clive Ashpol at the EAAB recently and they are really doing their best to get all illegals sorted out, but have a mammoth task. The intern is allowed to be an intern for a maximum of 2 years. All intern agents that were interns from 2008 will not get their 2017 FFC’s. Once the board is over that hurdle they will start not issuing certificates for other interns that have not furthered their studies. So all interns must continue to their NQF4 – this is a very strong warning, let them know please and they are more than welcome to call me 0824146686. Kind regards Janet

      • Xolile
        Xolile says:

        Good day Jenifer

        I hope this finds you well, I’m black girl interested into property business could really appreciate to be an agent. I currently own most commerce courses that includes Business Management obtained at UNISA I would really like to add more to quality to be an estate agent. I’m currently running my own Company that specialize in Building and Civil Construction I have completed quite a number of projects successfully. I would like to embark myself to property it’s self please advice me further. Thank you
        0731210225

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      • Courtney
        Courtney says:

        Good day Nicky. Our prices are all on the individual course pages. Please click on Courses – and then choose a course from the list. We will be happy to call you about these if you use the contact us function on this website. Chat soon!

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  3. ntsiki
    ntsiki says:

    i want to become an estate agent. I am staying at east london what can i do to become one because i do not know where to start plz help

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      Hi Ntsiki
      Congratulations on your decision to become an estate agent! First you must approach an agency for a position as an intern estate agent. Once you have a letter of employment you must apply for a Fidelity Fund Certificate (FFC) with the Estate Agents Board : http://www.eaab.org.za When you have a FFC number then you can start your internship with us!
      Our intern course is on special at R3 990 at present – so dont delay. Visit our Intern Course on our website and follow the prompts.
      Download our free “Courses and Qualifications” guide to understand the process from intern agent to full status agent. Contact us when you need more information. Good luck!

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      • Bianca
        Bianca says:

        Hi I want to become a real estate agent,I have tried approaching agents but they telling me another story please can u get me an agent I’m from nelspruit please help

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      • lunga
        lunga says:

        hi Janet

        like Ntsiki I have a keen interest in becoming an Agent. which agency would you recommend for an internship in randburg

        my name is Lunga

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  4. Abigail Mercy Munyaradzi NGULUBE
    Abigail Mercy Munyaradzi NGULUBE says:

    I would like to enroll for Real Estate Level 4 Course. Please advise or give me more information. My cell is 0826645324. Many thanks

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  5. Sne.
    Sne. says:

    Hi there in so interested in this job,the problem is dat i hv ABET Level 4,i dnt know if it ok,please get back to me my cell number is 0740409050 please do get back to me please thank u

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      Hi Sne
      Thank you for your enquiry! You need to have matric in order to progress to NQF Level 4. ABET Level 4 is equal to Grade 9. We suggest you study Grade 10 & 12 and then approach us again to study NQF4. If you want to go this route let us know so that we can refer you.
      Good luck

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      • Peter Magiosana
        Peter Magiosana says:

        Hi: Janet
        I am interested in becoming a state agent i have a B degree in Public management from UNISA can you please advice me on the following:

        1) Where and which courses to study.

        My cell number is 0824649892 please call me.

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  6. Melanie naidoo
    Melanie naidoo says:

    i am interested in joining the industry of Real Estate, and becoming an estate agent and someday to own my own franchise. I have matriculated and a Diploma in commerce. Graduated in 1987.
    Are my qualifications adequate to be able to start the process of becoming an agent.

    What is the cost of doing the programme.
    How long does it take to complete the course.
    What is an approximate salary at entry level for the intern agent.

    kind regards

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  7. Janet Alexander
    Janet Alexander says:

    HI Melanie
    Real Estate must be the most exciting career, I hope that you follow your dreams. I suggest that you first read through the Estate Agents Affairs Board (EAAB) site: http://www.eaab.org.za to understand the industry. Your first step would be to approach an agency for a position as an intern agent. Regardless of qualification, you must complete your one year program in the field. Thereafter you will enter a Recognition of Prior Learning assessment where past qualifications will be taken into account, against your ServicesSETA NQF Level 4 qualification. See our free download on qualifications. Only once you have achieved principle agent status will you be able to open your own business. Our courses and qualifcations take you from Internship to Principle and further. Let us know when you are ready so that we can help you with a program. Or call us.

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      HI Kemiso
      Please go onto our website http://www.propacademy.co.za and read our free download “Qualification Guide”. Here you will understand that you first have to be employed by an agency in order to receive your Fidelity Fund Certificate. Then a one year internship with that agency, and from there you study to be qualified as a Full Status Agent.
      Once you have gone through the download and if you have any further questions please contact us,

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      Hi James
      Thanks for your enquiry. The Estate Agents Affairs Board legislates that whilst completing your year internship you may not work elsewhere, real estate is no longer a “part time” career. Please open our free downloads on our home page http://www.propacademy.co.za which downloads detail what qualification are required and how they can be achieved. You are more than welcome to call our office to discuss your needs or let us have your detail so that we can call you.

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  8. Yolanda
    Yolanda says:

    Hi.
    I want to do a career change to being an Estate Agent ..I have a national diploma in hospitality management.I’ve read your post,my concern is the 12 Month internship, is this compulsory? Please send me more information on the enrolment dates,fees and etc

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  9. Glenn
    Glenn says:

    Hi there,

    I have been employed in the corporate environment for many years and am interested in formalizing a career in the property sector. I have attended many courses but I have yet to complete a formal degree due to work constraints. As such I have completed many commerce subjects through UNISA. I also have completed a NQF level 6 course at Unisa Centre of Business Management.

    How do I find out what additional subjects I must do to convert my current studies into the correct NQF qualification to proceed with the next steps of pursuing a career in property?

    I am aware of the 1 year internship that needs to be done in addition to the formal qualification.

    Thank you in advance,

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  10. Celiwe
    Celiwe says:

    Hi

    I am still working on the Municipal Rates Department for 10 years. I’m interested to study more on property course. So that I will become an estate agent in future, where must I start. If I’m not getting an internship i m not allowed to study

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  11. Janet Alexander
    Janet Alexander says:

    Hi Celiwe – thanks for your enquiry. You are able to study your NQF qualification in preparation for the day you take the plunge and join an estate agency to start your career. You can only do your Internship whilst working for an estate agency. We suggest you enroll to study your NQF4 now, with PropAcademy. This will mean that once you have finished your internship you will then be able to go on and do your PDE exam to become a fully fledged estate agent. If you would like us to call you to discuss further please send your cell number to [email protected]

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  12. Vincent Zwane.
    Vincent Zwane. says:

    Thanks for the info. I would like to know is it a advantage if I studied civil engineering at school and I’m currently studying Project Management? Does it have something in-common between the subjects and being a real-estate agent. Thanks for your time.
    V.Z

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  13. Janet Alexander
    Janet Alexander says:

    Hi VZ – any qualification that has similar subjects to that of real estate is an advantage ie Project Management. You would then use that qualification to RPL against subjects contained in the NQF Real Estate qualification. Let us have your cell number and Samantha from our office will call you. Office : 082 4751607

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  14. Cornelius
    Cornelius says:

    Hi. I am 40 years old and in an established career. However, I am exploring the idea of changing careers to becoming a real estate agent. I have no doubt that I will be extremely successful. I have a very good understanding of the industry as I have been working very closely with real estate agents for the past year. My problem is I can’t give up my day job (I have bills to pay) to become an intern for a full year. How do other people do it that change careers to real estate quite late in their lives. Looking forward to your feedback.

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      Hi Cornelius – The Estate Agents Affairs Board have regulated that all estate agents, no matter what their prior profession, must complete a 1 year internship under the guidance of a principle agent. Please can you call me on 082 4751607 to discuss this further? If you feel that you want to be in the industry then you should – real estate is an extremely exciting and rewarding profession.

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      • Tshilidzi
        Tshilidzi says:

        Hi Janet isn’t it possible to keep my job while on the internship. Because as much as real estates is rewarding. It is commission based. I am interested in the Property Market but I don’t think quitting my job to go on an internship would be a wise thing to do. Unless if you know of a way around it. Your response will be very much appreciated.

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        • Courtney
          Courtney says:

          Hello Tshilidzi, please write to us on the “contact us” page with your contact number and we will call you to discuss this. We would love to make contact and assist you in this regard.

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  15. Musa bhembe
    Musa bhembe says:

    Hy i just finished my matric and I’m really interested in the real estate industry.Can you please tell me more about the internship process so that i can start as soon as i can.Thanks in advance

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      HI Musa
      Please read our free download which will explain the internship process and let you know how long and how to to about starting out as an intern agent:
      https://www.propacademy.co.za/downloads/Regulated-Qualifications-Guide.pdf
      Please also feel free to contact us on 082 4751607.
      In summary you must join an estate agency, buy a Fidelity Fund Certificate, purchase our Intern Course and start selling! While you are an intern your principle agent will guide you. Please remember that from sale to registration (money in the bank) takes three months so allow for a 6 month period where you will have to be subsidized by your family – but once you are up and selling your money will then be coming in on a regular basis. If you or a family sponsor would like more information please feel free to contact us, or let us have your cell number so that we can contact you.

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  16. JohanV
    JohanV says:

    Hi,

    I am 55 and a pensioner. Was in Information Technology at a bank before retirement.

    I am also aware that I need to find an agency to belong to, to start off with. Although I am 55, my health is excellent. I am a cyclist for 15 years now.

    Nothing else that will prevent me from becoming an agent, is there?

    Kind regards
    Johan

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      Hi Johan
      The only thing that would prevent you would be if you were an unrehabilitated insolvent or had a criminal / fraud record. 55 is the right age to join this amazing profession – take the plunge. PropAcademy have excellent courses for all your estate agent needs, just give us a call if you have any queries.

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  17. Tholakele
    Tholakele says:

    Hi,

    Im currently working in a stable corporate environment. I have a Diploma in Cost and management accounting I want to do a career change and join the estate and become an agent. My problem is that at the current moment im earning a stable income (to pay my bond, other bills). So far the info that i keep getting when seaching is one should be an intern. So would that be a challenge for me persue my career change as a estate egent? What will be your best advice in my situation.

    Will realy appreciate your respond

    Regards
    T

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      Hi Tholakele
      I would advise that you get aa much learning under your belt as possible. As you know you have to be an active agent in the field for a 12 months period and produce a portfolio of evidence of this to the Estate Agents Affairs Board. Whilst doing this you must be registered with an estate agency and hold a fidelity fund certificate..
      Please contact us on the link above and send us your cell number so that we can discuss this further with you.

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  18. Garth Labuschagne
    Garth Labuschagne says:

    Hi there.

    I am thrilled at the possibility of becoming an Estate Agent and would just like to know if you have any information on the intern year. While I understand that this is compulsory, do you by and chance know if Agencies pay their interns at all? Is this agent dependant or is there a written rule that the intern year is an unpaid internship? Thanks for the info

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  19. Janet
    Janet says:

    Hi Garth
    Please look at the free download on our home page, Courses & Qualifications. This is an easy to read description from entering the industry to becoming a Principle Agent.
    During your internship you can sell property, or rent property the only difference is that your principle agent must sign off all of your paperwork. You can also start learning your next qualification NQF Level 4, during this period.
    Some agencies do pay their interns, where they received a bursary from ServicesSETA. Let us have your cell or contact details and we will contact you to discuss this. Just click on Contact Us above and we will get right back to you.
    Property is an exciting industry and very rewarding.

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  20. Alinah
    Alinah says:

    Hi

    May you please assist as I would like to engage into estate agent but cannot leave the work I am doing at the moment as I am the breadwinner at home. Please assist 0842558872

    Thank you

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      HI Alinah
      With real estate you will have to have “back-up” income for at least the first three months in the field. So as they breadwinner in your family you may need to loan money from other family members etc, then join an estate agency and throw yourself into being a success. Good luck!

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      • Alinah
        Alinah says:

        Hi Janet

        At the moment I can afford to pay my fees as m working,but my concern is that after the course I will need to attend intership and there wont be an income for the 12months will m attending internship

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        • Janet
          Janet says:

          Hi Alinah
          You will be earning an income whilst you are an intern agent and you can also apply to do your internship with an agent that has bursaries for interns. please contact us on the link above and we will contact you to work through your queries.

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  21. Alinah
    Alinah says:

    Good Day Prop Academy

    may you please assist through the process of registering to attend REAL ESTATE NQF LEVEL 4

    Thank you
    0844258872

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  22. Janet
    Janet says:

    Hi Nande
    We do have a list of agencies whom we work with in Jhb – please click on “contact us” above and send us your contact information. Have a super day

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  23. Amelia Schlebusch
    Amelia Schlebusch says:

    I would love to become a letting agent…not interested in selling. What is the procedure and what does it entail to become a letting agent?

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      Hi Amelia
      Whether you become a rental or sales agent in real estate, the same procedure applies. Please see our free download on our home page “Courses & Qualifications” which takes you through the procedure from intern agent to principle agent. In short you must become an intern agent and produce a portfolio of evidence over a 12 month period and progress from there to be found competent in your NQF 4 qualification – once done you must write your PDE 4 exam and voila! you become a Full Status Agent. Please call us on 0824751607 and we can discuss any queries you may have.

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  24. Neil
    Neil says:

    Hi Janet
    I understand that in order to be an estate agent, one is required to do a internship and required NQF level course, but what stops someone from selling their own house on gumtree and saving on the commission? Would this transaction be seen as illegal?
    Thanks

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    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Neil – anyone can sell their own house. The problem here is that most owners dont know how to negotiate and generally end up getting less money than they would have, even after paying a commission. It also opens the home and family up to strangers who may or may not be genuine buyers. You cannot just hold a show house inviting strangers into your home – agents have had thieves and even criminals enter show houses. You must also be aware of legalities that you must make your purchaser aware of as if you do not, the purchaser could sue you for performance at a later stage. But if you feel you are capable of selling your own home then you will save on not paying commission.
      You could then appoint a conveyancing attorney and ask that attorney for a standard sale agreement, you should not have to pay for it, the attorney gets paid by the buyer on registration of sale. If you sell your own home remember this registration process must be carefully tracked to ensure that you do not lose time/money in a delayed transaction.
      Good luck !

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  25. Matthew Vanwhye
    Matthew Vanwhye says:

    I’m still in school doing my last year. I want to go and study in order for me to become an estate agent but I don’t know the requirements and the points I need to have in order to become one. I would like someone with more experience to please advise me.

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    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Matthew. Firstly you will need to be subsidised by your family for six months. The reason is that it will take 3 months to find your feet and start making sales, and then 3 months for your sales to be registered so that you can be paid commission. Thereafter with consistent hard work your sales should be regular. You will also have to have a car.
      Once you have sorted out funding, then you need to apply for a job as an intern agent with an estate agency – and here we can advise you area dependent. It is important to ensure that the agency you work for, gives you the best advantages in the industry. From there you must have a fidelity fund certificate and enrol with PropAcademy to complete your intern and NQF qualifications. Please see our homepage free download on Courses & Qualifications. Matthew we would love to chat to you give us a call on 082 4751607 or let us have your detail. Good luck !!

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  26. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    Hi
    I would like to persue a career as an estate agent. I am 52 years old and I was in corporate for 20 years, but I do not have a matric certificate. …..I wrote matric I 1980 but failed matric by 3% and obtained a secretarial diploma.
    Can I still have a career as an estate agent?

    Regards
    Debbie

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    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Debbie ! You dont need a matric certificate to write your NQF4, we have two modules in our course which covers matric maths and second language – and they are easy to follow. The average age of an agent (out of interest) is 57 years young. So take the leap! Send us your contact info and we will get hold of you and explain the process in detail.

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  27. jackie
    jackie says:

    hi. i want to be a real estate agent. where can i study and how long. and the fees too. i wana know all there is to know. when do the courses take place that sort of info. id appreciate the info. thanx

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    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Jackie – please send us your contact detail so that we can answer your questions in detail. Just click on COTACT US type in the info, or if you like call Samantha in our office on 0824751607

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  28. Khulekani
    Khulekani says:

    Hi. I am interested in becoming an estate agent, but I am currently studying towards a tertiary diploma. Will it still be possible to enroll in the course to become an estate agent and how? Please contact me on 0726888863.

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  29. Sandile
    Sandile says:

    Hi. I am very much interested in becoming an estate agent and possibly start my own firm.

    Please contact me on 0797168046.

    Kind regards

    Sandile.

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  30. Thibile
    Thibile says:

    Hello
    I am a qualified teacher with a degree and post graduate diploma. I am very much interested in becoming an estate agent. I wish to know how do I qualify for exemption.

    Regards

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    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hello Thibile
      Thanks for your enquiry. In order to determine what unit standard/s in the NQF4 SSETA qualification that you will be exempt from, we would need to assess your current degree and post graduate diploma to determine what subjects relate to the real estate qualification, and allow you credits for those subjects. Some degrees allow you to be totally exempt from the NQF4 and / or NQF5 qualification. Please let us have your cell number and Samantha in our office will contact you to discuss further. Just click on the CONTACT US tab above and send detail.

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  31. Frank
    Frank says:

    HI

    I’ve a full licence as an Agency Principal having fulfilled all the mandatory modules of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland. I have 2 years experience of sales and lettings in Queensland. I also have formal Prince2 (Projects in Controlled Environments) and Managing Successful Programmes project management qualifications issued by APMG London under my belt. After 15 years in project management In London have moved back to Cape Town and am keen to get into the local real estate market. Do I really have to start as an intern or does my prior real estate and project management experience count towards anything?

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    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Frank
      From your enquiry it seems your qualifications will carry credits and you may be exempt from your SA internship as well as your NQF5. We are an accredited RPL provider and would need to assess your current situation in detail to correctly advise you. Please let us have your contact detail and we will be in touch.

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  32. Ritchie
    Ritchie says:

    I want to start a real Estate Development Business: basically gathering some investors to pool some capital together, buy plot of land build a few units and sell and distribute profit among the investors. Do I need to be a registered estate agent to do this? Please advise. I’m currently full time employed and cannot afford to lose salary to go do internship for a whole year.(save for weekends). Please advise. Many thanks

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    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Ritchie
      If you are acting as a real estate agency, or employing agents to sell for you, then you need to be registered with the Estate Agents Affairs Board and you need to meet the regulated qualifications.
      If you are acting as a land owner (a developer or investor), and dealing in property for your own benefit, then you are not obliged to register as an estate agency.
      On the other hand your business may expand to that of estate agency so it is advisable to start the process of qualifiying as a principle agent. Please email us your contact detail and we can discuss this with you in more detail.
      Thanks !

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      • Bianca
        Bianca says:

        Hi I want to become a real estate agent,I have tried approaching agents but they telling me another story please can u get me an agent I’m from nelspruit please help

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  33. Zendi Dormehl
    Zendi Dormehl says:

    Hi! I am “selling” for a developer – under the license of a certified agent. I have been there now 10 months and have sold 50 units in a new estate. – what is my next step – I will continue working for the development company and want to become a licensed agent. Please can someone call me and I will immediately enroll – Thanks. Part time studies and even some night classes would work for me. I want to do this as fast as possible. Regards, Zendi

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  34. Thabo
    Thabo says:

    Am so interested in these course.i have a matric with bachelor but i failled accounting?what must i do to be a real estate agency?can u help me to get agent for intern?

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  35. Janet Alexander
    Janet Alexander says:

    Hi Thabo
    We have responded to your email. Please can you send us your cell number as well, by clicking Contact Us above or by responding to the email that we have sent to you.
    Thanks!

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  36. zimhlophe
    zimhlophe says:

    Do I need to register with an agent to do an intern in order to study NQF4 or I can study on my own while looking for an intern job

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  37. Janet Alexander
    Janet Alexander says:

    HI Zimhlophe
    Carry on and start studying your NQF4 so that will save you time. However your NQF4 cannot be submitted to SSETA for moderation unless you have completed your internship. We normally run the two, Intern PoE Course and NQF4 at the same time, in order to ensure that the new agent can finish his/her studies quickly and get on with selling properties. Please give us a call to discuss,
    Kind regards Janet

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  38. Ru
    Ru says:

    Hi I am currently working as a conveyancing secretary dealing with transfers and bonds. I have previously completed the EAAB examination in 2007 and want to know how I can qualify to become an estate agent with the aim of opening my own agency. Would I have to rewrite the exam? I am also concerned with the 1 year internship as I cannot leave my day job at this point in time. Is there another way of qualifying? Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Reply
    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Ru
      Please click onto our home page and then read our free download “courses & qualifications” which explains the newly legislated education laws. In order to assist you fully we would like to discuss the process with you, please send us your email and cell number by clicking on Contact Us above. Thanks !
      Kind regards Janet 0824146686

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  39. Ntombikayise
    Ntombikayise says:

    Hi

    My name is Ntombi ,and would like to become a real estate agent. I am currently working in a sales industry and would like to pursue the real estate career path. What must I do in my level to obtain that qualification and start my venture into a new career path.

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    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Ntombikayise – please go onto our home page and open the free download “Courses & Qualifications” which will answer your question in detail. To assist with bursaries etc please contact Samantha at our office 082 4751607.

      Reply
  40. Ron
    Ron says:

    Good day,
    I am a qualified Conveyancer. Is it possible to open my own estate agency and be the principal?

    Is it possible to send you candidates to do their interin training in this business?

    Reply
    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Ron. Thanks for your enquiry, Samantha will be contacting you today to discuss your query. In the meantime you can view our free download on our homepage called “Courses & Qualifications” which clearly explains the regulated education process.
      In order to become a full status agent you must complete your internship, your NQF4, and your PDE4. Then to become a principal you must complete your NQF5 and PDE5.
      Hope this helps, Kind regards, Janet

      Reply
  41. rukeya
    rukeya says:

    Hi how do I get started in studying to become an estate agent. I do not knw where to study or how to go about it. Please help

    Reply
    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Rukeya – its the easiest thing in the world – just go onto our homepage and open the free download: Courses & Qualifications. This simple eBook shows you the procedure from Intern to Principal. Please also let us have your cell number by clicking Contact Us above, so that we can call you to discuss the process further, as well as the possibility of obtaining a bursary. Hope this helps! Kind regards Janet

      Reply
  42. TS Litabe
    TS Litabe says:

    Hi there I’m not at all into the real estate business or study. I want to study real estate for business of course but I’m working full time in an engineering field, where can one go to study part time?

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  43. Ishmael
    Ishmael says:

    Hi. I completed my nqf4 and have been found competent. I also studied for a bcomm degree in economics which I did not complete. Can this assist me in getting a nqf5 0760705687

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  44. Rosey Wiessie
    Rosey Wiessie says:

    I read the comments and the one issue which is a challenge to many is the internship. As much as I understand the necessity of completing the internship on a full time basis, I also understand that it is impossible to leave a permanent job with a permanent monthly income especially in this economic climate. Yes, many of us dream to be an estate agent but realise that it is impossible. I was just wondering whether special arrangements could be put into the regulations to accommodate those who will not be able to complete the internship as prescribed.
    Thank you.
    Rosey

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    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Rosey
      Yours is a common query. The reason the Estate Agents Affairs Board have regulated a 12 month internship is to ensure that all intern agents are trained in the field. Please let us have your cell number or contact us on the “contact us” button above so that we can discuss this further with you. Dont give up on a dream … make it a goal. Kind regards
      Janet

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  45. Andre
    Andre says:

    Hello

    I am currently living overseas and would like to study becoming an estate agent. Are there other possibilities to study online because I won’t be able to do the internship now?

    Reply
    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Andre. Yes you can study now to become an estate agent. Please download our free Courses & Qualifications on our home page, which clearly sets out the qualification procedure. You can start learning the knowledge component of your Internship which will be submitted with practical in a portfolio of evidence. You can also start on your NQF4 which is a government, ServicesSETA regulated qualification. Before submitting your NQF4 portfolio of evidence (completed course) to SSETA you must have completed a years internship at an estate agency. Please give us your information on the “Contact Us” button above, include your skype address so that we can discuss this further. Thank you .

      Reply
  46. Lindy
    Lindy says:

    Hi I have matric and I don’t know much about computers and really want to to do the course where should I go for this course I’m durban ,really want to become estate agents I’m ready to be an intern …many thanks

    Reply
    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Hello Lindy, that is fantastic news! Welcome to the industry. Please click on the “Contact Us” tab and send us an email with your information and contact details, and we will call you shortly to discuss. Our Durban office number is 086 111 22 81.

      Reply
  47. vusi
    vusi says:

    Hi My name is vusi I am working for the developer of properties as an Assistance sales Agent I am only passed my grade 12 on long distance learning what my must I do to become the real estate Agent I don’t have other qualifications please help I like this industry

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  48. Janet Alexander
    Janet Alexander says:

    Hi Vusi! Real estate is a great industry no wonder you want to stay in it. Do you have a fidelity fund certificate with the developers company? That is the first step. Second step is to complete your Intern Logbook as regulated by the Estate Agents Affairs Board. We have an easy course to complete this and help you every step of the way. You must also study your NQF4 Real Estate and here again we offer a course and hold your hand throughout the learning period. Please let us have your cell number by clicking on the Contact Us button above and inserting your details, or call us direct on 0861112281. We can also assist you with applying for a learning bursary. Kind regards Janet

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    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Sue
      Please can I ask you to complete the “Contact Us” above so that we can call you. Let us know a time that suits.
      You can start on your estate agent related courses immediately to prepare you for the industry. We will contact you or alternatively you can contact us on 086 111 22 81
      Regards Janet

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  49. Arthur
    Arthur says:

    Hi .I would like to join the real estate industry. I am writing my final exams at high school and I want to sign up for next year,how do l do it

    Reply
    • Janet Alexander
      Janet Alexander says:

      Hi Arthur – please contact our office on 086112281 or complete the Contact Us info tab and we will contact you. There is a process where we will assist you in the know how to apply for an internship and even a bursary. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  50. Allison
    Allison says:

    Hi There! I am currently running a business for approximately 7 years with my husband. I would like to venture into real estate however, I do not have any experience. I currently hold a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Management through DUT. How can I get started? I am very keen and want to take action immediately however, I do have a challenge as I currently run a business, how do I become employed as an intern for 1 year whilst running my business? Please advise if this is still possible for me. My email is [email protected].

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  51. diane
    diane says:

    hi,
    im wanting to take over and buy my Aunt’s business of property management and rentals. Do I need to do any courses in order to do this – i will not be selling homes at all – just managing them and renting the out for the owners over busy periods.

    thanks

    diane

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    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Hi Diane,
      Thank you for your comment. In order to become a Property Managing and Rental Agent, you have to be registered with the EAAB and hold a valid FFC. By holding a valid FFC, you are then a registered real estate agent. You have to complete your internship, your NQF4 and your PDE4 in order to become a full status agent. From there, to run your Aunts business, you must complete your NQF5, PDE5 and have a couple years experience in managing an agency to become a principle. Please go to the contact us tab and email us and we will give you a call to discuss.

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  52. ALEX
    ALEX says:

    GOOD DAY
    I HAVE A B IURIS DEGREE (LAW) WHICH SHOULD GIVE ME NQF 5 EXEMPTION . MY QUESTION IS : CAN I START MY OWN AGENCY WHILE DOING THE 1 YEAR INTERN OR MUST I FIRST DO THE INTERNSHIP ?
    THANKS
    ALEX

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    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Good morning Alex, there are a few steps you would need to complete before owning your own agency. Please click on the contact us tab and send us an email so that we can contact you in this regard. Thank you

      Reply
  53. vuyisile
    vuyisile says:

    hi there i want know it is necessary to complete the p.o.e with the real estate agent company, because i am working full time job so i don’t know how can i do it. i want the NQF4 only at this stage now i don’t mind the 12 month intern there’s anyway that i can do it after hours and on my off days thank you

    Reply
    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Hi Vuyisile
      You can do your NQF Level 4 Real Estate Qualification without having to do your Estate Agents Affairs Board intern logbook 12 month course. Please click on the “contact us” tab on our webpage and we will call you to discuss your options.

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  54. Terry
    Terry says:

    Good day, I am interested in becoming a real estate agent as I am quite interested in the property sector. Please could you advise if I would be able to study and do my internship on a part time basis. Right now cant leave my existing job as I will need it to fund my studies until such time that I am qualified. I have completed a certificated in Business Management which equates to a NQF level 5. Please could you advise how I go about getting started. Thank you

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  55. phelisa
    phelisa says:

    good day. i am interested in becoming an estate agent. i am in east London. where can I start? I have a bachelor of accounting degree. Do I qualify?

    Reply
    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Good day Phelisa, that is great news, the real estate industry is a brilliant industry to be in. We will be able to guide you along the way. If you could click on the contact us page and email us, I will respond with advise regarding your degree. Looking forward to assisting you!

      Reply
  56. Hope
    Hope says:

    Good Day
    Please advice if it’s possible for one to pursue a career as an estate agent while they are working their 8-5 job ? If I want to pay my own fees how much would it cost me?

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  57. Courtney
    Courtney says:

    Good day Hope, thank you for your query. I would like to call you to discuss your options. Please click on the contact us page and send us an email with your contact details so that we can be of assistance.

    Reply
  58. Thandazo
    Thandazo says:

    I am interested in being a real estate agent and first i always want to know how in demand are the real estate agents in SA and how do I study with you guys when I am working full time and what is the minimum acceptance qualification do i have to obtain for me to study with you guys and how long would it take for me to actually start working after the training.

    Reply
  59. Courtney
    Courtney says:

    Good morning Thandazo, you have some great questions which I would like to contact you about. Please can you click on the contact us tab above, and send me an email with your number, I will call you to discuss! Chat soon!

    Reply
  60. Pumza
    Pumza says:

    Hi

    My name is Pumza.I have a a diploma in Marketing,I want to study and be a real estate agent but I am blacklisted , do you think that will deny me an opportunity to become a real astate agent?

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  61. Lindy
    Lindy says:

    Hi how can I study online cos the price is too much for me,yes I appreciate that they send email about the price but eish price too costly maybe online will be much cheaper .I’m in durban thanx a lot

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  62. Lindy
    Lindy says:

    Hi how can I study online cos the price is too much for me,yes I appreciate that they send email about the price but eish price too costly maybe online will be much cheaper .I’m in durban thanx My number 0737103941

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  63. Bongo
    Bongo says:

    Hi My name is Bongo

    I have a BCom Internal Audit honours and would like to change careers and become an estate agent. Would i qualify for the exemption because of the degree even though it is a different field?

    Reply
    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Good morning Bongo, if you could please contact us via email (on the contact us tab), we will happily send you the relevant information regarding your query. For exemptions, you need to be a registered estate agent with the EAAB. Once we receive your email we will be in touch!

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  64. Raymond Dlamini
    Raymond Dlamini says:

    I m registered professional architectural draughtsman ,self employed.I like to include selling houses in my day to day jobs.Can this experience help me and how do I qualify.Do I have to complete an internship?

    Reply
    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Thank you for your comment Raymond, I would like to talk you through this process regarding your qualification and how it may motivate or exempt you from part of the qualifications process. Please send me your contact details via the ‘contact us’ page. You do have to complete your internship with a registered estate agency.

      Reply
  65. Gerard
    Gerard says:

    Hi

    I want to sell businesses do I still have to do the Estate agent course or is there another course for this .If you can let me know will really appreciate it .

    Reply
    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Hi Gerard, are you referring to Real Estate Businesses? You need to be a registered real estate agent in order to work as a real estate agent. Once you are a registered agent, you will start getting your qualifications to climb from Intern Status, to Full or Principal Status. If you would like us to call you to discuss this, please click on the ‘contact us’ tab and send us your details. Thank you

      Reply
  66. Zoleka
    Zoleka says:

    Good day

    Is it possible to do the internship part time? I am currently working full time and I would like to join the estate agent environment when i can know I have secured income, I am a single mom.

    Thanks

    Zoleka

    Reply
    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Hi Zoleka, thank you for your query. The EAAB confirmed that as long you are employed by a registered agency you will be able to apply for your FFC and in turn, start your Intern Logbook. Please use the contact us tab if you would like me to call you to discuss.

      Reply
  67. Shafiek Solomons
    Shafiek Solomons says:

    Good day

    Regarding the NQF level 4 exception , I hold a HIGHER DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS , would I qualify for an exemption? I completed my Diploma in 2007 and at that time it was the equivalent of an NQF level 6 , With 360 credits. Subjects passed , Financial Management , Business Finance , Marketing , Executive development & Human Resources.

    Im currently doing my internship and am in possession of a FFC.

    Regards

    Shafiek

    Reply
    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Good day, please contact us through the contact us page so that I can send you relevant information as they are attachments. Thank you for writing to us and I look forward to helping you!

      Reply

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