Bodies’ res­o­lu­tion puts the real es­tate pro­fes­sion in a po­si­tion to achieve its goals

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

THE RES­O­LU­TION of the dis­agree­ments be­tween the Ser­vices Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Au­thor­ity (SSETA) and the Es­tate Agency Af­fairs Board puts the real es­tate pro­fes­sion back on track to­wards achiev­ing the ad­vanced ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards that will be its defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic af­ter 2011, says Tony Clarke, MD of Raw­son Prop­er­ties.

As long ago as the early 1990s, Clarke was call­ing for pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tions to be­come manda­tory for all agents and fran­chise prin­ci­pals and was heav­ily in­volved in the set­ting up of the re­quire­ments for the now ac­cred­ited qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“It be­came clear a long way back,” says Clarke, “that the in­dus­try had to be able to as­sure its clients that the agents they were deal­ing with had to have the same level of ed­u­ca­tional and com­pe­tency qual­i­fi­ca­tions as were in­tro­duced in the bank­ing and in­sur­ance in­dus­tries. Now that the SSETA and the EAAB have reached ag ree­ment, this goal once again be­comes achiev­able.

“The new NQF4 qual­i­fi­ca­tions make it es­sen­tial for agents to be found com­pe­tent on 20 unit stan­dards and to ac­quire 150 cred­its, each of which in­volves 10 no­tional hours, di­vided 30/70 be­tween class­room study and prac­ti­cal work.

“Af­ter the 1 500 hours put in here, the a g e n t s w i l l b e ve r y m u ch b e t t e r equipped than agents of for­mer years, who were of­ten thrown in at the deep end im­me­di­ately af­ter be­ing ac­cepted for the job and get­ting their fi­delity fund cer­tifi­cates. At the end of their first year, such agents were fully ac­cred­ited – without proof of com­pe­tency be­ing called for.”

Clarke says agents who strug­gle will in­evitably take longer to qual­ify, but will be as­sisted with on­go­ing train­ing.

Un­der the new SSETA/EAAB agreemen t , S S E TA i s r e c o g n i s e d a s t h e qual­ity as­sur­ance body for the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of es­tate agents’ study ma­te­rial and the EAAB un­der­takes to pro­vide suf­fi­cient as­ses­sors and mod­er­a­tors from its ranks to serve SSETA in its qual­ity as­sur­ance as­sess­ments.

The EAAB text­book for the NQF4 qual­i­fi­ca­tion re­mains the stan­dard work, but will be re­viewed and amended reg­u­larly by SSETA.

“The decks are now cleared for us to move for­ward and make SA es­tate agents among the best qual­i­fied in the world,” says Clarke.

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