Compulsory professional development (CPD) - real estate

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is designed to increase the knowledge, skills and professionalism of those working in the real estate and business broking industries. The aim of CPD is to increase consumer protection and promote consumer confidence in the real estate industry.

The requirements of CPD are prescribed by legislation and make it compulsory for all real estate and business broking agents, sales representatives and property managers to comply with the CPD program. Failure to do so may result in a penalty of up to $5000.

The CPD Program

The CPD program operates on an annual cycle based on the calendar year.  In each year, registrants and licensees must accumulate a total of at least ten points of CPD activities. Of these ten points, three points must be earned from the mandatory activities and the remaining seven or more points from approved elective CPD activities.

If you are a new licensee who has had a triennial certificate granted for the first time between 1 January and 30 September, you must complete three mandatory CPD activities, and at least seven points from the elective CPD activity category by 31 December in the first calendar year that your licence is granted, and each calendar year thereafter.

If you are a new licensee who has had a triennial certificate granted for the first time between 1 October and 31 December of a calendar year and have completed a prescribed examination for the grant of the licence in the 12 months immediately before the day on which the licence was granted, you are not required to participate in the CPD program during the year in which you are first granted a new triennial certificate. 

If a certificate of registration has been granted for the first time between 1 January and 30 September, sales representatives and property managers must complete three mandatory CPD activities, and at least seven points from the elective CPD activity category by 31 December in the first calendar year that the certificate of registration is granted, and each calendar year thereafter.

If you are a new sales representative who has had their certificate of registration granted for the first time between 1 October and 31 December of the calendar year, you are not required to participate in the CPD program during the year in which you are first granted a new sales registration.

Mandatory activities — information on approved mandatory activities, approved training providers, distance learning and more.

Elective activities — information on approved elective activities, approved training providers and more.

If you have any queries about the CPD program please email or phone the Consumer Protection contact centre on 1300 30 40 54 (for the cost of a local call state-wide) 8.30am - 5:00pm weekdays.

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