How to Become a Licensed Real Estate Agent in Melbourne

I often get asked about becoming an estate agent and getting into the real estate industry here in Melbourne.

You want to know how to get your foot in the door and start working in the real estate industry in Victoria. It’s an exciting journey and one that can be highly rewarding. I’ll endeavour to clarify with experience, knowledge and provide some certainty around what you’re asking.

To work in real estate, we must first have the correct qualifications, which will allow us to apply to the government body regulator, Consumer Affairs. Consumer Affairs regulates the industry here in Melbourne and Victoria. They dictate the entry requirements. We then follow those requirements and design our training courses based on federal government standards and incorporate the legislative requirements of Melbourne and all of Victoria, so you obtain the knowledge and skills to start your career.

There are two pathways to take.

I often get asked about becoming an estate agent and getting into the real estate industry here in Melbourne.

You want to know how to get your foot in the door and start working in the real estate industry in Victoria. It’s an exciting journey and one that can be highly rewarding. I’ll endeavour to clarify with experience, knowledge and provide some certainty around what you’re asking.

To work in real estate, we must first have the correct qualifications, which will allow us to apply to the government body regulator, Consumer Affairs. Consumer Affairs regulates the industry here in Melbourne and Victoria. They dictate the entry requirements. We then follow those requirements and design our training courses based on federal government standards and incorporate the legislative requirements of Melbourne and all of Victoria, so you obtain the knowledge and skills to start your career.

There are two pathways to take.

I often get asked about becoming an estate agent and getting into the real estate industry here in Melbourne.

You want to know how to get your foot in the door and start working in the real estate industry in Victoria. It’s an exciting journey and one that can be highly rewarding. I’ll endeavour to clarify with experience, knowledge and provide some certainty around what you’re asking.

To work in real estate, we must first have the correct qualifications, which will allow us to apply to the government body regulator, Consumer Affairs. Consumer Affairs regulates the industry here in Melbourne and Victoria. They dictate the entry requirements. We then follow those requirements and design our training courses based on federal government standards and incorporate the legislative requirements of Melbourne and all of Victoria, so you obtain the knowledge and skills to start your career.

There are two pathways to take.

 

Pathway One – Entry Level Course

I recommend pathway one to newcomers to the real estate industry start with the Agents Representative course, which is the entry-level course for Melbourne, and Victoria as a whole. 

Becoming an agents’ representative allows you to be employed and act for a licensed estate agent (i.e. salesperson or property manager). It also allows you to perform any of the legal functions of that licensed estate agent, given you have written authority.

Consumer Affairs Victoria requires you to have completed these three units (from the full CPP40307 qualification):

  • CPPDSM4008A – Identify legal and ethical requirements of property sales to complete agency work
  • CPPDSM4007A – Identify legal and ethical requirements of property management to complete agency work
  • CPPDSM4080A – Work in the real estate industry

These three units make up our Agents’ Representative course. Once these units are completed, you will be given a statement of attainment by Connect Skills Institute. You then take this statement of attainment to your future employer and sit for an interview.

To be eligible to become an Agents’ Representative, you must be over 18 years old.

The Agents’ Representative course can be completed online or in a 3-day workshop with us. For more information about our Agents’ Representative course, click here.

You may decide later to upgrade to the full Certificate IV license at a later date. The full Certificate IV allows you to operate an estate agency business and work for yourself.

Pathway Two – Become Fully Licensed / Work For Yourself / Operate Your Own Business

Those who see the bigger picture and aspire to own and operate their own agency or work for themselves go straight for the Certificate IV. There are no barriers to starting the full Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) course from the get-go if you choose to. But there are requirements to apply to Consumer Affairs.

To apply for the full license in Victoria, you must have at least 12 months of registered industry experience as an Agents Representative and have completed the remaining 21 units of learning from the CPP40307 qualification called the Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate).

The Certificate IV includes those three units (4007A, 4008A, 4080A) mentioned above. We provide a statement of attainment so you can apply for the Agents’ Representative certificate. Then you are free to complete the rest of the course at your own pace while you obtain your 12 months industry experience and then apply to Consumer Affairs.

Connect Skills Institute is approved to deliver this course in Victoria. The Certificate IV course can be completed online or workshop with us. For more information, click here.

We also offer recognition of prior learning (RPL) for those with relevant experience. This process can significantly reduce the workload. Maybe you have owned and operated a restaurant for ten years, or perhaps you are a builder, developer or a graduate and work in facilities management. There are many areas in business life, blending those life skills into a real estate practice. You may be applicable. For information on RPL, please click here.

Real estate is represented by different people from all walks of life. The majority of people are school-age, young, mature or unemployed. They can be people wanting to start their own business. Although real estate is suitable for anyone at any age, the requirements to get into industry remain the same. The good news is that there are no prerequisites to undertake any real estate course in Melbourne or greater Victoria.

The team here at Connect Skills Institute are here to support you and your goals. All our courses include six months of support from myself after course completion as a bonus. I am personally available for all students to talk by phone, email, SMS and 30 min catch up for confidence when needed.

For further enquiries start a live chat with us here on our website or leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

Until next time 🙂

The information contained in this blog post reflects the latest advice from Consumer Affairs at the date of publication.

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