Pathways to real estate and business agent licensing and registration 2020

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Effective 31 October 2020, new qualification requirements apply for anyone seeking sales representative registration or a real estate and business agent licence

The requirements are taken from a national training package recently reviewed and updated by the Federal Government.

Registered training organisations will not be able to teach the previous qualifications after 30 September 2021. This means the new qualifications have to be updated and included for registration and licensing purposes under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 (WA).

WA real estate and business agent licensing qualifications flowchart
WA real estate and business agent licensing qualifications flowchart, by tvanderloo

New qualification pathway flowcharts

WA real estate and business agent licensing qualifications flowcharts map out the new qualification requirements for each pathway through to becoming a licensed agent. They are contained in the PDF attachment on top of the page. 

Who will the new qualification requirements apply to?

They will apply to anyone wanting to register as a sales representative or be licensed as a real estate and business agent in Western Australia.

Existing registered sales representatives who want to apply for a licence may also need to complete ‘gap units’ from the new CPP41419 Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice as part of an application.  You still also have to complete a relevant Diploma qualification.

Please see the "WA real estate and business agent licensing qualifications" flowchart for an explanation of how the new qualification requirements apply.

Why are additional ‘gap units’ required?

Sales representatives who want to apply for a licence may need to complete ‘gap units’ depending on the type of registration held and whether they hold a superseded qualification.

These ‘gap units’ have to be completed as they provide operational content which is now contained in the Certificate IV qualification.

Please see the "WA real estate and business agent licensing qualifications" flowchart for an overview of how these gap units will apply.

Will existing sales representatives and real estate agents be required to retrain?

No, registered sales representatives and licensed real estate and business agents are not required to retrain to maintain their registration or licence.

Will the previous qualification requirements still be recognised?

Yes, the previous qualification for sales representatives and property managers will be accepted until 30 September 2021.

The previous CPP50307 Diploma of Property Services (Agency Management) will continue to be accepted for a real estate and business agent licence.

I’m interested in enrolling to study a property industry qualification – how will these changes affect me?

Please see the pathways to registration and licensing flowchart for the options available to you.

Please check the National Vocational Education and Training Register for information and to locate registered training organisations with approval to deliver in Western Australia.  

I’m in the process of completing modules from the CPP40307 Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice for a sales representative registration – how will the changes affect me?

You will need to apply for a registration by 30 September 2021 if you have or are completing modules from this qualification.

Please contact your registered training organisation to discuss options for completing this qualification.

I’m in the process of completing the CPP50307 Diploma of Property Services (Agency Management) for a real estate and business agent licence – how will the changes affect me?

You will not be affected. We are continuing to accept the CPP50307 Diploma of Property Services (Agency Management).

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Last updated 05 Nov 2020

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