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To become a real estate agent or property manager in Australia, you must apply for a Certificate of Registration with your state/territory regulatory authority. Before you can apply for your Real Estate Certificate of Registration, you must ensure you meet all eligibility requirements stipulated by your state/territory regulatory authority.

Kaplan Professional offers the educational requirement (units of competency), which qualifies you to apply for a Certificate of Registration.

The ASQA-compliant Kaplan Professional Certificate of Registration course is ideal for:

  • New entrants to the industry wishing to work in real estate sales or property management under a licensed real estate agent
  • Real estate administrative staff wanting to upskill

The process to becoming a real estate agent may differ, depending on which state/territory you plan on working in. Please refer to your relevant state/territory page for more information.

To become a licensed real estate agent in Australia, you must apply for a Real Estate Licence with your state’s regulatory authority. Before you can apply for a Real Estate Licence, you must ensure you meet all eligibility requirements stipulated by your state/territory regulatory authority.

Kaplan Professional offers the educational requirement (units of competency), which qualifies you to apply for a Real Estate Licence.
The ASQA-compliant Kaplan Professional Real Estate Licence course is ideal for:

  • Certificate of Registration holders
  • Buyer’s agents
  • Onsite property managers
  • Individuals wishing to own or manage a real estate agency

The process to becoming a licensed real estate agent may differ, depending on which state/territory you plan on working in. Please refer to your relevant state/territory page for more information.

It depends on the state or territory you want to use your real estate certificate of registration or licence in. Under the terms of Australia’s Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (MRA), if you have a real estate certificate of registration or licence issued by one state or territory, you can use it to apply to be registered or licensed in another state or territory in an equivalent occupation.

It’s then up to the licensing authority in that state or territory to decide if your qualifications are similar enough to their requirements to issue you with an equivalent certificate or licence.

Some jurisdictions will recognise all of your qualifications.However, some will only recognise part of your qualifications and in certain occupations mutual recognition won’t apply.

Since there’s so much variation in occupational licensing laws, you’ll need to visit the state or territory’s Office of Fair Trading website to determine the exact requirements of the state or territory you’re planning to apply to.

If the website confirms you can apply for mutual recognition, contact the specific state or territory’s registration authority. If your application is successful, pay any fees involved in issuing an equivalent certificate or licence.

The real estate industry has a structured qualification process that promotes hands-on experience prior to obtaining a real estate licence. The first stage in this process is obtaining a real estate certificate of registration. With this certificate, individuals can work in the real estate industry under the guidance of a fully licensed real estate agent or agency.

Most people who work in a real estate agency must have a certificate of registration, particularly in sales and property management, but sometimes also in administration.

When applying for a real estate certificate of registration, individuals are required to prove they’re over 16 years of age, a fit and proper person with the necessary qualifications to hold such a certificate, and not a disqualified person.

The next stage in the qualification process after a certificate of registration is gaining a real estate licence. This lets you work as a real estate agent, or manage or own a real estate agency.

Applicants applying for a real estate licence must be able to prove they’re at least 18 years of age, are a fit and proper person, have the necessary qualifications, are not disqualified from practising, and have paid the required fees.

Conditions can apply to a real estate licence. This may include restrictions to act solely as a buyer’s agent, and the requirement for an additional stock and station licence for agents who sell properties larger than 20 hectares.

Real Estate NSW

To become a real estate agent in New South Wales, you may start as an Assistant Agent and apply for a Certificate of Registration – NSW Assistant Agent with Service NSW. To be eligible for the certificate, you must:

  • be aged 16 years or over
  • have completed 5 core units from CPP41419 Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice (real estate and stock and station agents), or
  • 7 core units from CPP40516 Certificate IV in Strata Community Management (strata managing agents).

Kaplan Professional offers the 5 required units of competency in our online Real Estate Certificate of Registration – NSW Assistant Agent program.

To become a licensed real estate agent in New South Wales, you need to apply for a real estate agent licence with Service NSW. To be eligible for the licence, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a fit and proper person
  • Have successfully completed the real estate agent licence course – CPP41419 Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice (Real Estate)
  • Have paid the relevant contribution to the Property Services Compensation Fund
  • Have your principal place of work in NSW, or within 50 km of the NSW border.

Kaplan Professional offers the required CPP41419 Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice course which is completed online.

It depends on the amount of prior knowledge you have of the New South Wales property industry, and how much time you’re able to commit to coursework and assessments. You have up to 12 weeks to complete the Certificate of Registration – NSW Assistant Agent program. If for any reason you can’t complete the course within this timeframe, you can request an extension for an additional fee.

The CPP41419 Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice – NSW Class 2 Real Estate Licence is a more in-depth course, so you have up to 48 weeks to complete this course, not including additional resubmission time.

In New South Wales, you must complete six (6) continuing professional development (CPD) hours annually to retain and renew your registration or licence.

Kaplan Professional’s NSW CPD Program offers an efficient and flexible way to meet your CPD obligations. It’s designed for busy property professionals and provides all the learning material online to help you obtain your CPD hours.

You must receive your certificate of completion from Kaplan Professional prior to renewing your registration or licence with NSW Fair Trading.

Real Estate QLD

In Queensland you need to apply for a Certificate of Registration with the QLD Office of Fair Trading. To be eligible for this certificate, you must be a fit and proper person over 16 years of age who’s not disqualified from working in the industry.

If you’re new to the industry and want to gain entry, you must complete the Queensland Real Estate Certificate of Registration Program.

The course provides an overview of the Queensland real estate industry. You’ll gain knowledge of the latest compliance and legislation requirements, as well as real estate sales and property management. You’ll also learn practical skills such as negotiation and communication.

Individuals need to complete a total of seven units of competency. This is made up of four core units and three electives. Individuals have 26 weeks (six months) to complete them.

Study online at your own pace, and once you’ve completed the program, you can then apply for the QLD Certificate of Registration. This qualifies you to work in real estate under a licensed real estate agent or agency.

Once you’ve served a designated time period, individuals can then become a licensed real estate agent. To do so, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Be a fit and proper person
  • Not be a disqualified person
  • Meet residency and financial history requirements
  • Have the appropriate educational qualification.

Individuals can undertake  Kaplan Professional’s QLD Real Estate Licence Program  to complete the educational requirements needed to become a licensed real estate agent in QLD.

This comprehensive course is made up of 19 prescribed units and provides an in-depth understanding of real estate, including property appraisals, property sales, rental property leasing and management, trust accounting, and the management of finances and staff in a real estate agency.

Individuals have 12 months to complete the course and can expect to spend up to 15 hours per week completing course work and assessments.

On completion of the course, individuals will be able to apply for a real estate licence from QLD Office of Fair Trading and become a licensed real estate agent in Queensland.

To work in the real estate industry in Queensland, individuals must hold a Certificate of Registration from QLD Office of Fair Trading. Individuals have up to 26 weeks (six months) to complete the educational requirements for this certificate. This includes completing seven units of competency, comprised of four core units and three electives.

To become a licensed real estate agent in Queensland, individuals must complete the QLD Real Estate Licence Program to apply for a Queensland real estate licence. This course is more comprehensive than the certificate of registration course and individuals have more time to complete it. The prescribed time for the course is 52 weeks (or 12 months) to complete 19 units of competency. The anticipated workload is roughly 15 hours a week of course work and assessments.

To become a licensed real estate agent in Queensland individuals, must obtain a Certificate of Registration from QLD Office of Fair Trading. Once obtained, individuals must complete hands-on experience working in real estate for a designated period under the guidance of a licensed real estate agent or agency.

To then become a licensed real estate agent, individuals need to apply to the QLD Office of Fair Trading for a real estate licence. To do so, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Be a fit and proper person
  • Not be a disqualified person
  • Meet residency and financial history requirements
  • Have the appropriate educational qualification

Individuals must also have completed the QLD Real Estate Licence Program, which is available online from Kaplan Professional. Individuals have up to 52 weeks (12 months) to complete the course, which is comprised of 19 units and requires up to 15 hours per week for course work and assessments.

The course provides an in-depth understanding of real estate, including property appraisals and sales, rental leasing and management, trust accounting, and the management of staff and finances in a real estate agency.

Once you’ve successfully completed this course, you can apply to the QLD Office of Fair Trading for a real estate licence. This allows you to practise in Queensland as a licensee or manager in an agency, or to start your own business as a licensed real estate agent.

Real Estate VIC

To become a real estate agent in the state of Victoria, individuals must first complete the educational requirements required by Consumer Affairs Victoria.

The VIC Agent’s Representative Program can be completed online with Kaplan Professional. This course allows individuals to apply for registration to work as an agent’s representative in the Victorian property sector.

Comprised of three core units of competency, it provides an overview of the real estate industry, including sales and property management, and teaches individuals interpersonal communication techniques and strategies needed for a career in real estate.

Once individuals successfully complete the VIC Agent’s Representative Program, they can apply to Consumer Affairs Victoria for registration to work as an agent’s representative.

Individuals must complete a minimum of one year working full-time as an agent’s representative before they can then apply for a Victorian real estate licence. There are strict eligibility requirements when applying for a licence:

  • You must be over 18 years of age
  • You must not be a disqualified person
  • You must not be insolvent
  • You can’t be convicted of a disqualifying offence in the last 10 years
  • You can’t have had a claim admitted against you from the Victorian Property Fund or Estate Agents’ Guarantee Fund

If individuals meet the eligibility requirements, they must also complete the CPP40307 Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) – VIC Estate Agents Licencing Program qualification. The course is available online at Kaplan Professional.

The course includes 24 units of competency and provides individuals with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of general real estate, including property appraisals, property sales, leasing and management of rental properties, trust accounting, and real estate agency management.

Individuals have up to 52 weeks (12 months) to complete the course and will need to devote up to 15 hours per week to course work and assessments. This qualification can be completed much sooner if you have more time available to devote to study.

Once completed, individuals can then apply to Consumer Affairs Victoria for a Victorian estate agents licence. This allows individuals to work as a licensee or manager in a real estate agency, or start their own real estate business and build up their own clientele.

Firstly, individuals must complete the VIC Agent’s Representative Program, which will allow you to apply for registration to work as an agent’s representative in Victorian real estate. Individuals will also need to complete a year working in a real estate agency under a licensed agent.

If individuals are ready to take their career to the next level and become licensed, they’ll need to complete the CPP40307 Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) – VIC Estate Agents Licencing Program course. On completion, individuals will have the necessary qualification to be a licensed real estate agent.

The CPP40307 Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) – VIC Estate Agents Licencing Program course includes 24 units of competency and provides individuals with an in-depth knowledge of real estate, including property sales and rentals, trust accounting, and agency management.

Both the VIC Agent’s Representative Program and the CPP40307 Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) – VIC Estate Agents Licencing Program can be completed online with Kaplan Professional. The first will require up to six months of study and the second up to 12 months, with both requiring up to 15 hours per week of course work and assessments.

The mandatory introductory course called the Victoria Agent Representative Program can be studied online with Kaplan Professional and is comprised of three core units of competency. Once commenced, individuals have up to 26 weeks or six months to complete all course work and assessments. However, it’s possible to complete the course much sooner if an individual chooses.

To become a licensed real estate agent in Victoria, the second qualification individuals require is CPP40307 Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) VIC Estate Agents Licencing Program. This qualification can be completed online with Kaplan Professional.

Once commenced, individuals have up to 52 weeks or 12 months to complete the 24 units of competency, and can expect to spend up to 15 hours a week on course work and assessments.

The length of time it takes to complete is up to the individual.

Before you can apply for a Victorian real estate licence, individuals must have:

Individuals must apply on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website to obtain a real estate licence. Individuals must have the relevant documents on hand, including certified copies of identification, at least one photograph, and a copy of their academic qualifications and/or letter of completion from the training provider.

To be eligible for a licence, individuals must satisfy a range of criteria, including:

  • You must be over 18 years of age
  • You must not be a disqualified person
  • You must not be insolvent
  • You can’t be convicted of a disqualifying offence in the last 10 years
  • You can’t have had a claim admitted against you from the Victorian Property Fund or Estate Agents’ Guarantee Fund

If your application is successful, you’ll receive your Victorian estate agent’s licence.

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