NSW Real Estate Agent Licence

Real Estate Agent Licence 

About us

The NSW Real Estate Training College is a leading provider of training in the NSW and QLD real estate industry. We offer flexible online learning where you study in your own time, at your own pace. All course material is accessible via our website ensuring students receive the most up to date information

Course outcomes and pathways

Successful completion of the Real Estate Agent Licence course – CPP40307 Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate)  - meets the educational requirements needed for application to the NSW Office of Fair Trading for a Real Estate Agent Licence.

Being a holder of a NSW Real Estate Agent Licence can provide you with many benefits, including owning and operating your own real estate agency or employment as a Licensee.

Upon completion of the course students are awarded the qualification CPP40307 Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate).

The qualification contains the following units of competency:

    • CPPDSM4007A - Identify legal and ethical requirements of property management to complete agency work
    • CPPDSM4008A - Identify legal and ethical requirements of property sales to complete agency work 
    • CPPDSM4009 - Interpret legislation to complete work in the property industry
    • CPPDSM4015B - Minimise agency and consumer risk  
    • CPPDSM4080A - Work in the real estate industry 
    • CPPDSM4003A - Appraise property 
    • CPPDSM4004A - Conduct auction OR CPPDSM4020 - Present at tribunals
    • CPPDSM4005A - Establish and build client-agency relationships
    • CPPDSM4006A - Establish and manage agency trust accounts 
    • CPPDSM4010A - Lease property 
    • CPPDSM4011A - List property for lease 
    • CPPDSM4012A - List property for sale
    • CPPDSM4013A - Market property for lease 
    • CPPDSM4014A - Market property for sale 
    • CPPDSM4016A - Monitor and manage lease or tenancy agreement 
    • CPPDSM4017A - Negotiate effectively in property transactions 
    • CPPDSM4019A - Prepare for auction and complete sale 
    • CPPDSM4022A - Sell and finalise the sale of property by private treaty 
    • CPPDSM4049 - Implement maintenance program for managed properties 
    • CPPDSM4056 - Manage conflict and disputes in the property industry 
    • BSBRKG304 - Maintain business records 
    • BSBSMB406 - Manage small business finances
    • BSBLED401 - Develop teams and individuals
    • CPPDSM4001A - Act as a buyer's agent

Students undertaking the course take approximately 6 to 10 weeks to finish. However, there is no time restriction and you may choose to complete studies in more or less time. 

Completion of this course will provide advanced standing in the Business Agents Licence and the Stock and Station Agent Licence programmes. College staff can assist you in determining the pathways that are most appropriate for your career plan.

Training and assessment

Course assessment is competency based.  Competency-based assessment is largely activity-based and practical. However, competence also implies that an individual demonstrates an understanding of the knowledge that is the basis of the practical task being carried out.

There are a combination of assessment activities and tasks requiring written responses. Assessment tasks also contain scenarios that require you to demonstrate you can transfer knowledge into workplace situations.

Completed assignments are uploaded onto the website for marking – there is a 2MB upload limit -  or you can email your assignment to us.

Assessment is conducted within approximately 48 hours of submission.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL).  RPL is the formal recognition that your current knowledge and skills meet the requirements of a given unit of competency. It does not matter how you achieved your current level of knowledge and competence – formal training, on-the-job training, self study, work experience, life experience. What does matter is that you are able to provide evidence that your knowledge and competence meet the requirements of a particular unit of competency (competency standard). When you have provided this evidence and it has been accepted as proving your knowledge and skill in a particular area, you will be given credit for a specific competency without having to engage in further study. For further information, please review the RPL application form located in main menu.

Legislative and licensing requirements

All applicants for a personal licence must satisfy the Commissioner for Fair Trading that he/she is:

  • at least 18 years of age
  • a fit and proper person to hold a licence. Any person in partnership with a licensee in a property agency must also be a fit and proper person
  • has the qualifications required for the licence
  • is not a disqualified person
  • has paid the relevant contribution to the Property Services Compensation Fund.

The Act defines a real estate agent as a person (whether or not the person carries on any other business), who for reward (whether monetary or otherwise), carries on business as an auctioneer of land or as an agent:

  • for a real estate transaction – ie. the purchase, sale, exchange, lease, assignment or other disposal of land, whether or not an auction is involved or
  • for inducing or attempting to induce or negotiating with a view to inducing any person to enter into, or to make or accept an offer to enter into, a real estate transaction or a contract for a real estate transaction or
  • for the introduction, or arranging for the introduction, of a prospective purchaser, lessee or licensee of land to another licensed agent or to the owner, or the agent of the owner, of land or
  • collecting rents payable in respect of any lease of land and otherwise providing property management services in respect of the leasing of any land or
  • for the sale or purchase of rural land with an area of up to 20 hectares or
  • for a buyer or
  • for the sale of residential premises in a retirement village.

A licence holder who wishes to act solely as a buyer’s agent may have a condition placed on their licence noting that they may only act as a buyer's agent.

Student support services


If you find you need assistance you are welcome to contact us by email or take advantage of our 24 hour, 7 days a week student phone support. We also provide mentoring service and assistance in the areas of language, literacy and numeracy.

Privacy Statement

Macdonald Education Pty Limited (trading as The NSW Real Estate training College) is committed to protecting the privacy of all of our students. When we handle personal information we act in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

How do I enrol?

  • Create a new account, or log on if you have a username and password
  • Submit payment
  • Complete an enrolment form (located in the main menu)

Need more information?

For further information on the College, programmes offered and College policies, please refer to the ‘Student Handbook’ located in main menu of our website, or call us 02 9987 2322.

Course Cost: $1655.00

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