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 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 NQF6 qualification from a tertiary institution, regardless of what the qualification is, may be exempted from NQF4 Real Estate 59097.

NQF5 20188 Real Estate

Any person holding an accredited NQF7 qualification from a tertiary institution may be found exempt from NQF5 Real Estate.

Documents that PropAcademy will require to apply on your behalf:

  • Certified ID
  • Certified degree, certificate or diploma
  • Certified transcript of studies (Statement of results)
  • Certified matric certificate with a second language (not restricted to SA languages)
  • Updated CV which must include all qualifications studied
  • Proof of payment of the prescribed EAAB assessment fee

(All certifications must be no older than 3 months)

Intern Logbook

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


To qualify for the grant of the statutory exemption against the Professional Designation Examination (PDE) the applicant must have been issued with valid Fidelity Fund Certificates by the EAAB for a continuous (without a break) period of five years at any time prior to 15 July 2008.

Over 60’s Exemption

You must have held a valid FFC as an operating estate agent for 5 consecutive years