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Registering As An Intern Estate Agent

There are regular inquiries to the Institute of Estate Agents, Western Cape, as to what to do to register to become an intern agent, whether this is necessary, and what steps to follow once registered to become fully qualified, says Annette Evans, regional manager for the Institute. 

“There are three basic things that need to be done,” she says, “the first being the actual registration with the Estate Agency Affairs Board, which needs the following:

  • The fully completed and signed application form (which can be downloaded from;
  • A certified copy of a valid ID book;
  • A certified copy of a valid passport if not a South African;
  • A valid work permit if not a South African;
  • The required payment or proof of payment of R529.80;
  • A letter of employment signed by the principal of the firm confirming employment of the applicant.

Once this is done, said Evans, it is also highly recommended that the intern become a member of the Institute because of the backup and support this body offers.

“We are there to guide and to help members every step of the way through their qualification process as well as running regular training on the various aspects of property marketing that they will need. IEASA is highly focused on servicing the industry regarding their educational and skills requirements.”

The Institute runs comprehensive three day real estate induction workshops on a monthly basis, which would be hugely beneficially to those starting out requiring background to the sector or as a refresher for someone having been in the industry before.

IEASA also offers a South African Real Estate Academy (SAREA) developed intern training programme that meets the requirements to achieve the FET NQF4 Certificate in Real Estate, and is offered at a price that promotes access to the real estate sector by all those wishing to become professional estate agents, said Evans. The next cycle of this course will begin on the 2nd April 2014.

What is important to note, said Evans, is that the EAAB also requires new intern estate agents be registered with one of the accredited Recognition of Prior Learning centres for their NQF Level 4 qualification.

“All our qualification training is done in association with SAREA, who are fully accredited for RPL plus full training via the Services SETA,” she said.  “In addition, all of our facilitators are subject matter experts, so the new intern will learn from those experienced in the field. SAREA also offers support to principal agents in managing the workplace learning component.”

Over the six month period the intern or new agent will learn the principles of real estate, property law and ethics, sales and marketing techniques needed and how to run his business but there is minimal time spent in the actual classroom, most of the learning is done in the field while working alongside an experienced agent.

For further information on the real estate induction or intern training programme, as well as costs or how to book, please contact Janine Killian on 021 531 3180 or email

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