1000 more agents get new qualifications

Another 1000 estate agents from 100 different companies around the country have just graduated from Ditasa - the Development Institute and Training Academy of Southern Africa – with their new NQF level 4 and 5 qualifications.

This brings the number of agents who have qualified through Ditasa over the past two years to almost 3000 – from around 400 real estate companies – and another 3000 are expected to finish their courses by the end of next year.

That’s quite an achievement for one training provider and has earned the praise of Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO of the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SSETA), who describes Ditasa as the “most successful, most effective and most sustainable group training organisation in SA, and definitely the one that other training providers in the services sector should emulate”.

Speaking at the recent Ditasa graduation ceremony, Dr Blumenthal said he was not making these assertions lightly, as SSETA had assessed and accredited scores of other training providers in the past few years while funding most of the training to date for estate agents working to obtain the new qualifications that will become compulsory by the end of 2011.

He also commended Neville McIntyre, chairman of Ditasa’s parent company Jigsaw Holdings, who he called “the diamond in the real estate industry when it comes to training and development”, for his unfailing commitment to the process of transformation through workplace skills development.

Looking to the future, Dr Blumenthal said he expected that a total of between 11 000 and 12 000 of the 45 000 estate agents currently registered would have their new qualifications by February next year, and that most of the rest would qualify by the end of 2011.

Then over the next three to four years, SSETA would be encouraging all agents but particularly principals to move into a “degree state” of continuous professional development. “We want to get to the point where all qualified practitioners in the industry have an undergraduate degree, and principals and others in management positions all have post-graduate qualifications.”

To facilitate this, he said, SSETA planned to ensure that group training organisations like Ditasa were accredited as associate or community universities that could deliver many components of a degree, so that working agents would only have to spend a short time at one of the existing universities to finish their studies.

Article by: www.ditasa.co.za