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IEASA, Western Cape - NQF4 not difficult to acquire

Some older and/or possibly less well educated estate agents have picked up the idea that the new NQF4 qualifications required of an estate agent, which will be compulsory by 2012, are extremely difficult to acquire and they are, therefore, planning to continue working in property only for as long as they can do so without qualifying, says Sandy Walsh, head of training at the Western Cape Institute of Estate Agents South Africa (IEASA).

“This,” said Walsh, “is a great pity because we do not want South Africa to end up in a situation where there are so few estate agents that clients will not be able to get a really competitive service. This could happen if the current attrition rate is continued.”

Walsh said all that although it can take time to work through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) requirements, the intellectual challenges are not too serious.

“Any person who has worked successfully as an estate agent for some years,” she said, “should be able to cope. If an agent did not achieve English, Afrikaans and Mathematics at matric, this can simply be assessed through RPL. Obtaining the qualification by RPL requires some focus and good time management for a few months but it is easily achievable for any knowledgeable, experienced agent.”

The Institute is running monthly information sessions on the NQF level 4 requirements – which covers the full training for intern agents, the RPL criteria for experienced agents and exemption options available to agents with prior tertiary qualifications.

“The flexibility of the NQF4 criteria,” said Walsh, “make meeting the required standard easier than most agents realise – especially if the agent already has a track record in property.”

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