A career in real estate can be incredibly diverse, giving you the chance to meet people from all walks of life. The rewards are there for those who work hard, with several real estate career pathways to explore.
By gaining a real estate qualification with Skills, you’ll ensure that you meet the industry licensing requirements that are necessary for your career progression.
Most people start off in real estate as a salesperson and begin learning all the ins and outs of working with property. This provides a solid foundation to branch out into other roles in real estate.
Working in real estate, you’ll face many interesting challenges, be exposed to new and exciting opportunities, and start your journey on a financially rewarding career.
Skills is the standard setting body for the real estate industry. Our qualifications are developed in consultation with the real estate industry
There are other great reasons to study with us:
Real estate professionals need a special set of skills and attributes. You'll need to be:
New to the industry?
For those with no prior experience working in real estate, becoming a salesperson is the best way to get your foot in the door. Once you find a real estate agency that will host you as a learner, you can enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4) programme.
After you complete all of the requirements of the programme, including assessments and a face-to-face interview, you will need to apply for a Salesperson’s licence from the Real Estate Authority (REA). This licence allows you to legally work as a real estate salesperson and sell property within New Zealand.
Please note that you can only apply for the licence after you’ve been awarded the qualification. The licence application is a separate process that is independently managed by REA and can take approximately a month. The sooner you complete the programme and receive your certificate, the sooner you can apply for your licence and start selling property.
Already have salesperson experience?
You can undergo further training to become a branch manager or real estate agent. Once you have at least three years’ experience as a salesperson, and have completed the relevant qualification, then you can apply to be licensed as a branch manager or real estate agent. This opens up your career opportunities, and many real estate salespeople go on to launch their own real estate business.
If you’re interested in the property management side of things, you could also enrol in Skills’ Residential Property Management programme to take your career in this direction.
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