Last chance to apply for a Services Seta bursary
THE SERVICES Sector Education and Training Authority’s (Sseta) decision to cut bursaries for the training and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) of estate agents was a blow to the industry, says Mike Greeff, chief executive of Greeff Properties.
But having paid their skills levies to Sseta, he said, several agencies were at an early stage allocated a number of bursaries, some of which have yet to be taken up.
One such is Greeff ’s Atlantic Seaboard operation run by Marion Taylor, who confirmed that she is one of the fortunate few to have NQF4 Real Estate training bursaries available for the right applicants.
Says Taylor: “If agents have to pay for their own training and qualifying it’ll cost them R7 000 or more.”
There are still a few agents who think they will somehow be allowed to operate after 2011 without the NQF4 qualification, but they are making a big mistake, says Taylor.
“The truth is that in 2012, if they still have not qualified, they will not be issued with fidelity fund certificates.
“This, in turn, means that if they continue to work as agents, they will be acting illegally – and we are hearing reports that attorneys will be instructed by the Estate Agents Affairs Board not to pay commissions to any agents not in possession of valid fidelity fund certificates.
“Those (estate agents) who would like a confidential discussion about taking up a bursary with Greeff Properties are welcome to do so and should contact Graham Leslie, MD of Greeff Properties, on 021 763 4120 or 082 388 0176.”