How to find out if you are exempt from studying regulated Property Practitioner Courses?

Real Estate Course Exemptions

Any person wanting to become a Property Practitioner will have to complete his/her 12 month internship, NQF qualification, PDE exam.

Having to complete studies to enter the Real Estate space can be daunting, especially if you have spent years studying in a different field.  At PropAcademy we have de-mystified the Estate Agents Affairs Board (EAAB) exemption requirements and look forward to assisting you in obtaining an exemption in the regulated NQF qualification.

The PPRA/EAAB requires that newcomers to the industry complete their 12-month intern logbook portfolio of evidence, your NQF Level 4 Real Estate and the Professional Designated Exam Level 4 (PDE4).

FET: NQF Level 4: 59097: Real Estate

Any person holding an accredited NQF level 6 or higher from a tertiary institution, that took a minimum of 3 years to complete, regardless of what the qualification is, may be exempted from NQF4 Real Estate 59097. Click here to see if you qualify for this exemption.

NQF5 20188 Real Estate

Any person holding an accredited NQF level 7 or higher from a tertiary institution, that took a minimum of 3 years to complete, regardless of what the qualification is, may be found exempt from NQF5 Real Estate. Click here to see if you qualify for this exemption.

Estate agency principals, who held a valid FFC in that capacity on 15 July 2008, are exempted from the requirement of first completing the NQF Level 4 real estate qualification prior to enrolling for the NQF Level 5 real estate qualification.

Intern Logbook

You must have held a FFC as a registered estate agent prior to 2013


Effective 01 July 2023, the Statutory PDE Exemption previously granted to property practitioners who practised and were issued with their FFC five (5) years prior to and up to the 15th of July 2008 is no longer available and no applications will be accepted in relation thereto.

46 replies
  1. Nomvula Setunku
    Nomvula Setunku says:

    I want to join the real estate but not employed yet in the individual.
    I want to register with you….but am also appling for examption..aa I hve a diloma in teacing; BComm degree, Post graduate diploma in public management…
    060 675 1879

    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Hi Nomvula. Thank you for writing in. You do not need to be registered with the EAAB before applying for your exemptions. If you have a NQF Level 6 or higher, you may be exempt from NQF Level 4 in Real Estate. Our office will give you a call today.

  2. Cody
    Cody says:

    Good Day

    I have an NQF7 and have done 2x short courses with you in property management/development. I have also worked in the industry for the pass 3 years. I would like to get my FFC but am unable to get employment at a registered estate agency right now. What are my options?

    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Hi Cody,

      A NQF 7 is great, we can apply for your exemption without a FFC. In addition, I suggest more courses in Real Estate to assist with improving your CV – even more. With your exemptions in place and all of these extra courses, I can’t see why you would battle to find employment in the industry!

  3. regina
    regina says:

    I have NQF 6 in financial instruments and marketing and have 2 years in real estate experience. Would I qualify for an exemption.

  4. PPillay
    PPillay says:

    Kindly advise, I am over 60 and wish to become a Principal. My FFC 0928314.
    Please inform on process, exemption/ other.
    Thank you

  5. Courtney
    Courtney says:

    Hello, thank you for your email.
    Over 60’s exemption to date: 2021.06.09.
    * Over 60
    * Held a valid FFC issued by the EAAB for a continuous period of at least 5 years.
    * Must currently hold a valid FFC.
    Evidence will need to be compiled, and presented to the board with proof of payment of their fee, which is currently R2343.

    If you would like to proceed, we will need more info from you. Please send us your details on the contact us tab.

    • P Pillay
      P Pillay says:

      Hi Courtney
      Thank you for your response. My FFC 0928314 is current. Do I pay the R2343 fee direct to EEAB and wait for an appointment with them or obtain the appointment and pay thereafter.

    • Arnold Murcia
      Arnold Murcia says:

      Good day,
      I started working for Vintrex (pty) ltd
      I did my log book and handed it in for my franchisee to sign.
      He told me that he had signed and handed it in.
      Unfortunately the franchise was taken back by RAWSON
      I now find myself with my completed log book .
      I have been in the property estate business almost 8 years,
      I am 75 years old and this is why i am applying for my NQF4
      I hope you can assist me.
      Kind Regards

  6. Nnosi Motlana
    Nnosi Motlana says:

    I have B. Come Honours and worked in Finance. Currently on Procurement. Do I qualify for exemption. What are my available options to Become an Estate agent when I retire next year

  7. Vusi Msomi
    Vusi Msomi says:

    I studied towards National Diploma in Civil Engineering and drop out in final year and also completed Project Management Diploma short course. I would like to know if do I qualify to be exempted on NQF 4.

    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Hi Vusi,
      FET: NQF LEVEL 4: 59097: REAL ESTATE
      Any person holding an accredited NQF level 6 or higher from a tertiary institution, that took a minimum of 3 years to complete, regardless of what the qualification is, may be exempted from NQF4 Real Estate 59097.

  8. David
    David says:

    Greetings, My name is David, i have a BSC degree as well as an Honors degree in wildlife, I have also done an Advance Management Development Program, I would like to join the RE world, please advice on exemptions, courses, fees. I am also full time employed in the government sector does this disqualify me from practicing as RE.

  9. Elize Jansen van Vuuren
    Elize Jansen van Vuuren says:

    Good day.. I have exemption for NQF4 AND NQF5. I need the certificates stating NQF4 AND NQF5. How do I get it please?
    You can email me please

  10. Moloi Qheku
    Moloi Qheku says:

    Have registered for intern logbook but not in a property space currently, a bit confused as to how to proceed for me to get FFC as well as exemption because I hold an honours degree.

    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Hi Moloi, to get a FFC you need to be employed by an agency. Regarding the exemption you can apply for this prior to having a FFC, you can do our online quiz, go to “courses” then “the Authority exemption for NQF4 & 5” once you click “take this course” it will prompt you with a quiz.

  11. Moloi Qheku
    Moloi Qheku says:

    Since I’m not in the employment of property I would like to know what is it that I need to do regarding completion of projects

    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      To complete your projects you need a FFC (to be employed by an agency and registered at the Authority), then you will use the projects and adapt them to what you do on a daily basis.

    MONIS KANDER says:

    Good Morning

    I am 67 this year in September and have been an Agent from 2015.
    I was told that I do not qualify for exemption because I needed to have been from 2008.
    I di go to PPRA to find out. I have been on a course with Chartall to complete the NQF4
    Please let me know if I do qualify for exemption and what is the process.
    MY FFC is 1168521.

    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Hi Monis, Chartall should be able to advise you on this. Over 60’s exemptions is based on:
      You must have held a valid FFC as an operating estate agent for 5 consecutive years. If you do not qualify based on age, then you need to have been found competent in your Logbook, NQF4 & PDE4.

  13. Elliot
    Elliot says:

    Evening how do i get an exemption for NQF4 or 5.I have been in the industry from late 2019, recently submitted my log book which is compliant. I hold a B Com degree and have received FFC for the next three y years, advise please.

  14. Tinyiko
    Tinyiko says:

    Hi. I completed my diploma (NQF6) In management (business & marketing management) in 2022. Been a candidate property practitioner since last year may and would like to apply for NQF4 examption.

  15. Rookaya
    Rookaya says:

    I have completed my logbook and submitted it a month ago .I havent received any reply .
    I hold a BA , UHDE and BEd degrees . Looking at responses above am I correct in saying that I will be exempt from writing the exams?
    Thank you

  16. Riaaz
    Riaaz says:

    Hi. I have been exempted a while ago for both my NQF 4 and NQF based on me having a NQF 7 qualifications.

    I want to be a Principal Agent.

    Please advise me on the process.

    Thank you

    • Courtney
      Courtney says:

      Hi Riaaz
      Excellent, so then you need to be competent in your Logbook and PDE4 too. Once done, you can register as a Principal. You need to be a Director/on the company documents. You can open your own firm or join another.


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