Dispute between services Seta and the estate agency affairs board resolved
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.