Real Estate is Leading the Way in SSETA Digital Strategy

Real Estate is Leading the Way in SSETA Digital Strategy

In a move that reflects the Services SETA’s determination to embrace the benefits of the fourth industrial revolution, SSETA is launching its first ever online learning program this month in association with Durban-based real estate elearning provider, PropAcademy.

This pilot programme, which forms part of the SSETA’s eLearning Adoption Project, will enable 15 real estate students to complete a four-week course in property valuations from the comfort and convenience of their homes or offices at a time that suits their busy schedules.

The course, which carries 12 SAQA credits, was compiled by PropAcademy and incorporates a range of elearning materials including videos and webinars. Students will be able to access the course via the SSETA’s Learner Management Information System (LMIS); and their work will be assessed and moderated by PropAcademy’s team of real estate training professionals. The LMIS is an online interactive platform where learners will be issued with their own portals where they can complete their course, answer questions and upload required evidence and documents.

The project is headed by Tumelo Ngwako, acting accreditation manager at SSETA and head of its elearning implementation committee. Dumisani Zinondo, from ImplementX Analytics whose expertise includes aiding and implementing elearning strategies and solutions, has been appointed to lead the project. ImplementX Analytics work closely with Xenothan Hojem of Synrgise who runs the learning platform.

The project is part of the SSETA’s quest to continuously improve its value proposition to its stakeholders. The aim of this pilot project is to transition the capabilities of the Services SETA to an operating model that includes accredited elearning or online learning programmes.

Real estate professionals work long and variable hours and this type of learning will benefit them enormously with the convenience and accessibility that online learning provides. SSETA is therefore kicking off the initiative with a pilot project in the real estate industry.

PropAcademy CEO Janet Alexander said the company was honoured to have been selected to partner SSETA in this new and exciting venture.

“As a South African pioneer in the provision of online courses for real estate professionals, including those aimed at qualifications regulated by the Estate Agency Affairs Board, PropAcademy has seen the popularity of online learning explode within the industry. We are therefore delighted with the brave progressive decision by SSETA to investigate the potential of eLearning. We have seen first-hand how it increases access to training and advancement for all individuals, including those living outside the major metropolitan areas where most on-site training courses take place,” she said.

How to Become a Registered Property Valuer

How to Become a Professional Property Valuer

There are many courses on the market which will help you understand the functions of a Property Valuer, but they do not automatically qualify you as a Registered Professional Property Valuer.  To register as a valuer with a financial institution, as an example, you must be a member of  SACPVP – South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession.

SACPVP regulates their members education, requires that the applicant passes their set examination, adheres to their code of ethics and keeps up with property legislation through obtaining annual Continual Professional Development (CPD) points.

Members must pay an application fee, registration fee and then an annual renewal fee.  There are different types of registrations:

Candidate Valuer: Your application requires that you are registered with the relevant tertiary institution for an accredited Valuation programme.

Professional Associated Valuer: You must supply a record of experience in the valuation field for the admission examination.  You must also supply proof of qualifications and attendance to the Practical Work-school.

Professional Valuer: A Professional Associated Valuer can apply to become a Professional Valuer  and to write the admission examination for Professional Valuers long as he/she has:

  • sufficient experience;
  • been a registered member of SACPVP for at least 3 years and
  • has a recognised four year degree

To qualify as a professional, the following is also required

  • One of the Examinations/ Qualifications mentioned below
  • Practical Work-school (offered by various service providers recognised by SACPVP)
  • Admission Examination for Professional Valuers or Admission Examination for Professional Associated Valuers.

Accredited Educational Programmes


The following educational programmes have been accredited to offer examinations recognised by Council:

(a) University of Cape Town (Department of Construction Economics & Management), any one of the following · BSc together with BSc (Hons) Property Studies (4 year degree), · Post Graduate Diploma Property Studies, or · MSc Property Studies Full Accreditation

(b) University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University) · BSc Property Studies (4 year degree) · Post Graduate Diploma in Property Development and Management · MSc in Property Development and Management Full Accreditation

(c) University of Free State Master of Land and Property Development Management M.L.P.M. (M Prop): Property Valuation-Conditional Accreditation

(d) University of Pretoria (Department of Construction Economics) · MSc: Real Estate, or · BSc (Hons) Property Studies together with BSc Real Estate Full Accreditation

(e) University of Johannesburg B Com Hons (Property Valuation & Management) together with one of the following: · B Com Finance; · Advanced Diploma in Property Valuation & Management; or · Bridging Course in Property Valuation & Management (Refer to the University) Full Accreditation

(f) University of South Africa- (UNISA) National Diploma Real Estate (Property Valuation) Qualification discontinued end of academic year 2011

(g) Cape Peninsula University of Technology · National Diploma Real Estate (Property Valuation)– new enrolment until 2017- Full Accreditation · Diploma Real Estate from 2018 Academic year—Offered as both contact and distance learning (Accreditation visit pending until 2021)

Disclaimer:  To ensure that your information is current we suggest that you access the SACPVP website highlight “Registration”, click “How to Register” and read through the processes.


EAAB Exemption for NQF Level 4 & 5 (RPL) Course

RPL EAAB Exemptions

Recognition of Prior Learning RPL Course

Click here to find out if you are exempt from the NQF 4/5 in Real Estate, or the PDE4/5.

  1. Further Education and Training (FET) National Qualification Forum (NQF) Level 4: Real Estate – SAQA ID 59097


  1. National Certificate (NC) Real Estate (NQF) Level 5 : Real Estate – SAQA ID 21088

To apply for this equivalency exemption, you need to order this course, pay the application fee to the EAAB, produce a current CV and produce the following:

  • Certified ID
  • Certified Qualifications (Foreign qualifications to be verified by South African Qualification Association (SAQA))
  • Certified Transcript attaining to above qualifications
  • Proof of EAAB payment which we will request from you when we compile your portfolio of evidence. Please do not pay your application fee until such time as PropAcademy request it.

Your application will be assessed by PropAcademy according to the SAQA requirements, and if successful, once your PoE is complete, PropAcademy will apply for a letter of exemption.

PropAcademy is here to assist you with applying your qualifications to the Practice Note ETD03/2013.  If approved, you will receive an equivalency exemption letter from the Board indicating the qualification(s) in respect of which you have been found to be entitled.

Click the “Take this Course” button below to purchase this EAAB Exemption for NQF Level 4 & 5 (RPL) Course today!