CPD points and activities - real estate
The requirements of CPD are prescribed by legislation and all licensees and sales representatives must comply or face a penalty of up to $5000.
How many CPD points must I accrue each year?
In accordance with the Regulations, at least three mandatory and seven elective points must be acquired each calendar year. These points must be obtained by undertaking educational activities approved by Consumer Protection. The mandatory and elective activities approved by Consumer Protection are listed on its website. Participants are required to attend one mandatory activity per calendar year to accumulate the three mandatory points, with elective activities making up the remaining seven points.
Can I use excess CPD points I earn in one year towards my CPD points for the next year?
No, it is not possible to ‘carry over’ extra CPD points to a subsequent CPD period.
If I obtain a new license and triennial certificate during the calendar year, do I need to obtain 10 CPD points for that year?
If you are a new licensee who has had their triennial certificate granted for the first time between 1 October and 31 December of the calendar year and you 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 licence and triennial certificate. You are required to commence the CPD program from 1 January the following year.
However, if you are a new licensee who has had their triennial certificate granted for the first time between 1 January and 30 September of the calendar year, you are required to obtain 10 CPD points for that calendar year.
If I obtain a new certificate of registration during the year, do I need to obtain 10 CPD points for that year?
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. You are required to commence the CPD program from 1 January the following year.
However, if you are a new registrant who has had their certificate of registration granted for the first time between 1 January and 30 September of the calendar year, you are required to obtain 10 CPD points for that calendar year.
How are the CPD points for an approved CPD activity calculated?
Consumer Protection calculates the number of CPD points assigned to each approved CPD activity at differing rates per hour, depending upon the training type and provider. For example, viewing an approved DVD from a non-Registered Training Organisation (RTO) accrues fewer points than attending a Consumer Protection approved training course conducted by an appropriate RTO. An appropriate RTO is an entity whose scope includes courses relevant to the real estate or business broking industry. To operate as an RTO in Western Australia, an entity must be registered by the Training Accreditation Council (TAC). Full details as to the amount of CPD points an approved elective activity gives a participant are available on the elective activities page.
Can I claim CPD points for in-house training programs?
Yes. If the training program has been approved by Consumer Protection, CPD points can be claimed by participating in such training. However, the number of points that can be claimed depends on who provided the training. If your agency is an RTO or hired an RTO to provide the training, then one CPD point per hour can be claimed. Training conducted by agency staff or others would entitle you to half a point per hour. There are limits to the number of points that can be earned for in-house training provided by non-RTOs. You should refer to the approved elective activities page for full details regarding the amount of CPD points an approved elective activity gives a participant.
Can I claim CPD points by participating in distance education courses?
Yes, if the distance education courses have been approved by Consumer Protection and listed on this website.
Can I claim CPD points for participating in other industry related CPD programs?
Yes, if the courses have been approved by Consumer Protection and listed on this website.
Can I get an exemption from the CPD requirements?
A licensee or a sales representative may apply to the Commissioner in writing for a total or partial exemption from the annual CPD requirements. The application can only address CPD requirements for the calendar year in which you apply.
The Commissioner will determine whether it’s appropriate to grant the exemption. The Commissioner cannot grant an exemption for the previous calendar year’s CPD requirements.
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Are there any specific CPD activities that I must complete?
Yes. CPD activities are divided into two categories: mandatory and elective. Mandatory activities are specified by Consumer Protection, which you need to undertake in order to obtain your points for the mandatory component of CPD. Prior to January each year, Consumer Protection will advise participants and publish details of what the activities will be for the following year on this website.
What are suitable CPD activities?
Suitable CPD activities are those activities approved by Consumer Protection and listed on this website for which you can claim CPD points. Activities that may attract CPD points include seminars, lectures, workshops and distance education courses. To qualify as a valid CPD activity, an activity must have an educational outcome, be industry-specific, be approved by Consumer Protection and be listed on this website with a CPD Course Approval Number.
How do I get a course approved by Consumer Protection?
Training providers or agencies seeking to have an activity approved by Consumer Protection need to complete and submit a application form, accompanied by course material if they wish. Consumer Protection will assess the course and notify the training provider or agency of the result. When approved, courses are listed online with an approval online and participants can choose which courses to attend to accumulate their required CPD points. Further details for trainers or agencies seeking to have an activity approved by Consumer Protection are available on the CPD information for training providers page.
Can I submit more than one course application at a time to Consumer Protection for approval?
Yes, however you must use a separate application form for each course.
Does CPD carried out in other States of Australia count towards my WA licence or registration?
- the real estate sales representative or agent was also registered/licensed in another Australian jurisdiction during the relevant period;
- the real estate sales representative or agent undertook CPD to meet the statutory or professional membership requirements of that jurisdiction;
- the content of the completed training is analogous with the aims and purposes of the Compulsory Professional Development programme in Western Australia; and
- the training was completed within the three years preceding the request to recognise any alternative learning.
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