Agents need not wait for SSeta qualification certificate to write professional exams

The process for estate agents to qualify and register as real estate practitioners is a multi-tiered (and somewhat complicated) process that must be followed to reach the final goal, says Annette Evans, regional general manager of the Institute of Estate Agents, Western Cape.

“For estate agents to register for their Professional Designation Exam (PDE) qualification, they first need to be found competent by their training service provider. Once this is done, they then have to receive confirmation of competence from the Services Sector Education Training Authority (SSeta), and they will then receive clearance from the Estate Agency Affairs Board that they are registered and qualified to write the final exam,” she says.

“What is happening however, is that it is taking up to two years in some cases for the SSeta to issue competency certificates, and the EAAB has stepped in to provide an intermediary solution. The board has said it will accept letters of confirmation instead of certificates.”

To streamline the exam application process, the EAAB now accepts a letter from the training provider confirming that SSeta found the person to be competent so they no longer have to delay waiting for the SSeta certificate before they can write the exam, as was the case in the past, says Evans.

The next EAAB PDE exam date is November 12.

Evans says the institute is helping members by guiding them through the process, holding regular workshops, running regular events and update sessions to help agents get their PDEs and enable them to keep up to date with current legislation.

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