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So you want to become an estate agent or stock and station agent in New South Wales or in the Sydney region and you don’t know where to start or what course to take.

This article will be helpful in guiding you on how to get the correct qualification needed depending on whether you want to work for an agency, start your own business, or maybe just work for yourself.

Real estate is represented by all different kinds of people from all walks of life. You may be of school-age, mature, young or unemployed, it doesn’t matter! There are no prerequisites to undertake any real estate course in Sydney or greater New South Wales.

But to work in real estate, you must first have the correct qualifications, which will allow you to apply to the government body regulator, Fair Trading NSW via Service NSW. Fair Trading NSW regulates the industry here in Sydney and New South Wales. They dictate the entry requirements.

Connect Skills Institute provides provides courses around these requirements based on federal government standards and incorporate the legislative requirements of Sydney and all of NSW, so you obtain the required knowledge and skills to start your career.

*UPDATED APRIL 2021*

So you want to become an estate agent or stock and station agent in New South Wales or in the Sydney region and you don’t know where to start or what course to take.

This article will be helpful in guiding you on how to get the correct qualification needed depending on whether you want to work for an agency, start your own business, or maybe just work for yourself.

Real estate is represented by all different kinds of people from all walks of life. You may be of school-age, mature, young or unemployed, it doesn’t matter! There are no prerequisites to undertake any real estate course in Sydney or greater New South Wales.

But to work in real estate, you must first have the correct qualifications, which will allow you to apply to the government body regulator, Fair Trading NSW via Service NSW. Fair Trading NSW regulates the industry here in Sydney and New South Wales. They dictate the entry requirements.

Connect Skills Institute provides provides courses around these requirements based on federal government standards and incorporate the legislative requirements of Sydney and all of NSW, so you obtain the required knowledge and skills to start your career.

Pathway One – Assistant Agent (Certificate of Registration)

Entry Level Course / Real Estate Salesperson / On-site Residential Property Manager / Stock and station agent

This is the entry level course for NSW. All newcomers to the industry will start here!

Being an Assistant Agent allows you to be employed and act for a licensed estate agent. It also allows you to perform any of the legal functions of that licensed estate agent, given you have written authority.

Fair Trading NSW requires you to have completed these 5 core units from CPP41419 Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice (real estate and stock and station agents)

  • CPPREP4001 – Prepare for professional practice in real estate
  • CPPREP4002 – Access and interpret ethical practice in real estate
  • CPPREP4003 – Access and interpret legislation in real estate
  • CPPREP4004 – Establish marketing and communication profiles in real estate
  • CPPREP4005 – Prepare to work with real estate trust accounts

After completing these five units you can apply to become an assistant agent here.

The Assistant Agent (Certificate of Registration) course can be completed online with us. We’ve got interactive learning material and all assessments submitted online. For more information, click here.

Pathway Two – Assistant Agent (Certificate of Registration) + Certificate IV Class 2 Licence Course

Entry Level Course + Eventually Become Fully Licensed (Class 2 Agent) / 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 Real Estate Practice course from the get-go if you choose to. But there are requirements to apply to Fair Trading NSW.

To apply for the full license in NSW, you must have at least 12 months of registered industry experience as an Assistant Agent and have completed the remaining 13 units of learning from the CPP41419 qualification called the Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice.

The Certificate IV includes those five units (CPPREP4001, CPPREP4002, CPPREP4003, CPPREP4004 & CPPREP4005) from the Assistant Agent course mentioned above. We provide a statement of attainment so you can apply for your Assistant Agent certificate, then you are free to complete the rest of the cert IV course at your own pace while you obtain your 12 months industry experience.

Connect Skills Institute is approved to deliver this course in New South Wales. The Certificate IV course can be completed online. We’ve got interactive learning material and all assessments submitted online. No printing, handwriting or scanning. 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.

Connect Skills Institute supports all its students from start to finish. We are here to support you. Get in touch and let me know how I can help in achieving your real estate goals, whatever they may be!

I hope the blog post has been helpful. If I’ve missed anything or you just have something to say I’d love to hear your feedback and any comments or questions you may have. Start a livechat with us or leave a comment for me below!

2 thoughts on “How to Become a Licensed Real Estate Agent in NSW

  1. NESE DEGIRMENCI says:

    Hi, I’m not for this sector, but have ben interested ever since to open my own realestate one day. So I need help to find out the quickest way to do so? Can you please help?

    • Rod Callaghan says:

      Hi Nese and thanks for your question.

      The number 1 skill in real estate are communication skills. I can see you have invested a lot of effort and time into your question so let me try and answer it. If our blog has interested you that’s great 🙂 We deliver education related to students wanting to register with a state or territory regulator to work in the real estate industry. I’m sure that’s what you’re asking about. The courses we deliver relate to these outcomes. In NSW, for example, there is a requirement to work under an estate agent for 12 months before you can be fully licensed. You can buy or set up an agency as the director and hire an estate agent to be your person in control – Officer in effective control.

      If you can provide more details and your welcome to contact me on my email- rod@connectskillsinstitute.edu.au

      I can provide opinions on setting up an office and the thinking around real estate business plans, policy and procedures, checklists and software to set up your business.

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