Dis­pute be­tween ser­vices Seta and the es­tate agency af­fairs board re­solved

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

THE SER­VICES Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Au­thor­ity (SSETA) and the Es­tate Agency Af­fairs Board (EAAB) ad­vised this week that the re­cent dis­pute be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions has been am­i­ca­bly re­solved.

The two bodies have jointly agreed to re­new their ef­forts for the pro­fes­sion­al­i­sa­tion of es­tate agents and to en­sure that most af­fected es­tate agents are fully qual­i­fied by the De­cem­ber 2011 dead­line that was es­tab­lished for this pur­pose. Both par­ties have agreed that:

The Sseta is the qual­ity as­sur­ance body for the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of study ma­te­rial and ed­u­ca­tion providers and recog­ni­tion of prior learn­ing as­sess­ment cen­tres where the SA Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Au­thor­ity ap­proved es­tate agency qual­i­fi­ca­tions are con­cerned.

The EAAB will en­sure that suf­fi­cient Sseta-ac­cred­ited con­stituent as­ses­sors and mod­er­a­tors are pro- vided from the ranks of the EAAB to serve the Sseta in its qual­ity as­sur­ance en­deav­ours.

The com­pre­hen­sive text­book pub­lished by the EAAB for the NQF Level 4 qual­i­fi­ca­tion for non-prin­ci­pal es­tate agents will be re­viewed and qual­ity as­sured by the Sseta. Fol­low­ing this the work will be:

Rec­om­mended for the use by all Sseta-ac­cred­ited train­ing providers as sig­nif­i­cant re­source ma­te­rial for peo­ple who wish to be cer­tifi­cated against the Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Cer­tifi­cate: Real Es­tate (NQF Level 4).

Made manda­tory for every­one en­ter­ing the es­tate agency pro­fes­sion for the first time and con­clud­ing a des­ig­nated learn­er­ship agree­ment for this pur­pose.

Made com­pul­sory for all es­tate agents seek­ing to un­der­take the pro­fes­sional des­ig­na­tion ex­am­i­na­tion (PDE) for the award of pro­fes­sional recog­ni­tion, which will be man­aged by the EAAB on be­half of the Sseta.

Skills De­vel­op­ment Levy-pay­ing mem­ber com­pa­nies are en­cour­aged to ap­ply di­rectly to the Sseta’s learn­er­ship depart­ment for in­for­ma­tion about the regis­tra­tion of learn­er­ships by un­em­ployed peo­ple who wish to pur­sue pro­fes­sional ca­reers as es­tate agents.

Full de­tails of the ap­pli­ca­tion process will be an­nounced shortly.

It is also hoped that a bur­sary scheme will be launched.

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