Being an estate agent is not as easy as you think which is why professionalization of the South African real estate profession was established. Nowadays there is a standard when it comes to the training and internship of those who wish to become an estate agent in the future. Aside from the setting standards, they have also provided a list of educational requirements that one must poses in order to qualify into becoming a state agent. There are several requirements that one should have in order to have the chance to become a professional estate agent. Below are what you should have gone through if you really want to become a certified estate agent.
- You should undergo internship under a principal estate agent who already has his or her certification from the EAAB for 3 years or more. With this mentor-protégé relationship, the intern would learn hands on work on what they would do in the future.
- The internship lasts for 12 months and it should be taken continuously. This length of time spent with a more experienced estate agent aims to help the intern to learn on how to deal with the different scenarios that may come their way once they are in the said industry.
- Every intern should have their eaab logbook. In this logbook, all of the activities and functions that were performed by the intern during the internship would be duly noted. This serves as evidence to his or her 12 month internship under a principal estate agent.
- While undergoing the internship, the intern still needs to complete the FETC or the Further Education and Training Certificate. Through this step, the intern will gain more knowledge and skills with regards to properties and the real estate profession itself.
- In case the qualification of the intern is not completed yet, he or she can complete it provided that his or her other experiences are relevant to the real estate industry. Through it, they won’t have to start all over again and would just need to fill in the gaps by attending trainings that would help them fit the standards.
Through the 12 month internship, it is expected that the intern will be able to get skills and knowledge that would be used once they are in their chosen profession. The internship helps to make sure that the interns are not only knowledgeable in the theoretical field but also ready in the workplace.
The road to becoming a full pledge real estate agent may seem long and challenging but it is really meant to help anyone who wishes to become a real estate agent ready for whatever he or she faces regarding future dealings. If you really want to become a real estate agent, you have to toughen up and try your best to go through all the requirements because nothing is sweeter than receiving a message from the EAAB that you are eligible to become a principal real estate agent. For all the hard work, there is certainly a great reward in the end.