CPD activities - settlement agents

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CPD activities are divided into two categories: core and elective.

Core activities are specified by Consumer Protection and address the latest industry compliance issues, legislative change and work practices.. You must complete at least two of the core activities each year.

Participants can choose the elective activities to make up the balance of the six CPD points.  Alternatively, a participant may make up the outstanding points by attending another core activity.

The Australian Institute of Conveyancers WA (AICWA) delivers the CPD program, contact them directly for the CPD schedule.

Current CPD activities

* Newly licensed settlement agents must complete a CPD session on Reconciliation of Trust Accounts within the first 6 months of obtaining a licence.

The following activities attract 2 points per session.

2017

Core

  • Proposed amendments to the Strata Titles Act 1985 for licensed settlement agents. 
  • Managing risk in relation to legislative changes
    • Foreign resident capital gains tax withholding regime.  
    • Amendments to the Sale of Land Act 1970 in relation to off-the-plans sales

Electives

  • Overview of Landgate documentation preparation
  • Sessions to be offered by the Office of State Revenue: 
    • Deceased Estate Transactions and Transfer Duty
    • Transfer Duty Overview
    • Using Revenue Online (Online Duties)
    • The First Home Owners Grant for Professionals and Land Tax Overview
  • Reconciliation of trust accounts* 

Electives list

This document contains a full list of the electives and contact details for trainer providers.

Settlement Industry electives

Previously approved activities

2016

Core

  • Amendments to the Settlement Agents Code of Conduct 1982  
  • E-Conveyancing – Participation Framework and Rules    

Electives

  • Encumbrances and disclosures  
  • Sessions to be offered by the Office of State Revenue: 
    • Transfer Duty Overview
    • Revenue Online (Duties)
    • The First Home Owners Grant for Professionals and Land Tax Overview
  • Reconciliation of trust accounts* 
  • AICWA 2016 State Conference - attendance will attract 2 elective points

2015

Core

  • Duties of a settlement agent
  • Case studies and compliance exercises:
    • Performance and staff management within your agency – legislative requirements
    • E-conveyancing – “preparing for the roll-out”
    • Off-the-plan sales

Participants are required to attend two core activities per year, giving them four points. The remaining two points may be obtained by attending another core activity or elective activities. Each core activity will be delivered as a two hour seminar which gives participants two CPD points for each seminar attended.

Elective

  • Trust account reconciliation (required by all new settlement agent licensees within the first six months of operation).
  • Professional indemnity insurance claims – to be delivered by JLT in conjunction with Vero Insurance.
  • CPD sessions to be run by the Office of State Revenue:
    • Transfer duty overview.
    • Revenue online (duties)
    • The first home owners grant for professionals and land tax overview.
  • AICWA National Conference on 8 March:
    Relevant sessions for two (2) CPD points are:    
    • ‘How the Conveyancing Profession looks today’
    • ‘How eConveyancing will change my business processes’
    • ‘How to ensure compliance with Verification of Identity (VOI) and the Model Participation Rules’
    • ‘How Commonwealth Government reforms will impact the property industry’
  • Settlement of commercial properties – (distance learning topic only)
  • Compliance with settlement legislation – (distance learning topic only)

Participants can acquire the remaining two CPD points by attending prescribed elective activities. Each prescribed elective activity will give the attendee two elective CPD points.

2014

Core

  • Managing Agency Risk
  • The Electronic Conveyancing Platform: Principles, Procedures and Processes

Elective

  • Trust account reconciliation (required by all new settlement agent licensees within the first six months of operation).
  • Understanding self-managed superannuation funds for real estate purchases.
  • Settlement of Commercial Properties
  • Settlement Agents Compliance with Settlement Legislation

2013

Core

  • Australian Consumer Law
  • Landgate Practices and Procedures 

Elective

  • Trust account reconciliation (required by all settlement agent licensees within the first six months operation).
  • Understanding self-managed superannuation funds for real estate purchases.
  • Dealing with disposition statements
  • Interpreting contracts
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance Claims
  • Transfer Duty: Payment and Lodgement – free session to be provided by the Office of State Revenue
  • Electronic conveyancing sessions conducted at the 2013 AIC Conference in Hobart. The sessions which have been awarded one elective CPD point each are:
    • “NECDL presents: The journey so far and a view of the system features”; and
    • “Facilitated panel session: NECDL, ARNECC, ABA and representatives of the finance industry".
  • AIC Conveyancers Forum 2013 - (2 elective CPD points)

2012

Core

  • Risk management
  • Ethics: disclosure and conflict of interests; agent/principal relationship; valid appointment to act. 

Elective

  • Trust account reconciliation (required by all settlement agent licensees within the first six months operation). 
  • Understanding self-managed superannuation funds for real estate purchases.
  • Dealing with disposition statements
  • Interpreting contracts

2011

Core

  • Business Management Practices
  • Risk Management - Professional Indemnity Insurance Claims 
  • Legislation Regulating the Carrying on of Business as a Settlement Agent in Western Australia  
  • Understanding Real Estate and Settlement Documents

Elective

  • Customer Service Skills  
  • Legislative Changes Affecting the Conveyancing Profession  
  • Reconciliation of Trust Accounts

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