Course Description

Become a licensed real estate agent in NSW

This course is a nationally recognised TAFE qualification, and it satisfies the educational real estate registration and licensing requirements in NSW.

Designed to deliver you a comprehensive roadmap to the world of real estate, the course features units in:

  • Property appraisal
  • Marketing properties for sale
  • Preparing properties for auction
  • Leasing properties
  • Negotiating property transactions
  • Legal and ethical requirements of property management
  • Preparing property reports
  • Selling properties by private treaty
  • Managing a real estate agency

This course is structured into ‘milestones’ which allow you to apply for and receive your NSW Certificate of Registration, NSW Real Estate Licence and the nationally recognised property services qualification as you move through the course.

Once you have completed this course you could be qualified to work as a registered real estate sales agent, a licensed real estate agent or you could even run your own real estate agency in NSW.

Importantly, when you study online with Open Colleges you have the freedom to fit study around your life. There are no classes to attend and no deadlines, you simply work through the course in your own time and at your own pace. 

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region.

Potential career outcomes

  • Property Manager
  • Property Officer
  • Real Estate Sales Agent
  • Real Estate Sales Assistant
Course number E1170
Qualification name CPP40307 Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate)
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Multiple choice questions, Portfolio of evidence, Presentations, Scenario-based questions, Short-answer questions, Written reports
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)


There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course requires you to read comprehensive learner workbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and engage in online discussion forums. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication.
As such, entry to the course requires English proficiency to Year 11 level or equivalent:

  • A qualification at the Certificate III level or
  • 2 years of work experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)


You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Some assessments require learners to record audio/video. This can be achieved by engaging up to two colleagues in the workplaced or with friends, family and other learners to record this via various means such as Skype.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.


Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW. Students studying through Open Colleges are not subject to TAFE NSW grading criteria, receiving an ungraded outcome for Units of Competency and Qualifications successfully completed.

Certificate of registration (part 1)

  • Develop knowledge of estate agency operations 
  • Interpret and comply with legislative and agency requirements 
  • Model ethical practice 
  • Identify industry employment requirements
  • Develop knowledge of property sales 
  • Develop knowledge of sales process 
  • Identify roles and responsibilities of sales personnel 

Certificate of registration (part 2)

  • Apply knowledge of property management 
  • Develop knowledge of property management process 
  • Handle moneys 
  • Identify roles and responsibilities of agency personnel in property management 
  • Establish rapport with clients 
  • Handle initial client enquiries 
  • Maintain and use client database 
  • Deal with client complaints and problems

List and market properties for sale

Complete the sale

List and market properties for lease

Property management






What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Find out more

Anthony Wemyss

Anthony is a licensed Real Estate Agent with 23 years’ experience in the industry. He has previously worked as a Sales Agent, Buyers’ Agent and Property Manager.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Financial Services, Certificate IV in Property Services, Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Anthony currently spends his time operating a boutique real estate and mortgage broking business as well as assessing students completing their Certificate IV in Property Services.

Danny Irvine

A licenced real estate, stock and station and business agent, as well as an accredited auctioneer, Daniel has over four decades experience working within the real estate industry, including owning and operating his own real estate business. Experienced in sales, property, management and leasing, Daniel holds a Diploma of Business (Real Estate Management), Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. An expert in the field, Daniel currently splits his time by providing consultancy advice to real estate businesses, as well as training and assessing up and coming real estate agents.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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