First agents recognised for prior learning

The first group of estate agents who satisfied the Services Seta requirements for proof of prior learning has graduated.


Agents from the Western Cape and Garden Route received their certification at a recent graduation ceremony in Somerset West, with the biggest contingent a group of agents of the Chas Everitt International property group.


More than 50 Chas Everitt agents graduated at this ceremony, and a total of 200 Chas Everitt agents countrywide have qualified, says group special operations and training manager Rod Williams. “We are very pleased that so many of our agents are now fully qualified in terms of legislation that requires either a Recognition of Prior Learning program or a full learnership at NQF4 level.


“As a strong supporter of the required qualifications, the Chas Everitt group believes that the programme will strengthen the estate agent industry as a whole, enhance its image and reputation, and benefit property consumers through better knowledge, skill and professionalism.


“We also believe that consumers will in the near future start checking qualifications before appointing agents and in this respect we are very pleased that our agents qualified based on their previous experience and knowledge obtained through our own in-house training programmes.”


Williams adds that the new qualifications raise the bar of entry into the industry. “And in our opinion this is beneficial, even if it may mean that fewer new agents will come through the ranks. In the past it was very easy to start operating as an agent but aspiring estate agents are now required to make a significant investment in effort as well as financial terms to qualify as agents – and this will go a long way to ensure that property consumers get the best service.”


Chas Everitt has appointed a full-time project manager to oversee the implementation of the new qualifications within its ranks, which is indicative of the seriousness with which the group views the value of the new qualifications within the industry, says Williams.


Graduation ceremonies in other regions around the country will follow in due course.


Issued by Chas Everitt International

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