Many property courses don’t carry kosher accreditation, board warns
PROPERTY courses are being presented as accredited continuous professional development programmes by some educational bodies.
However, it is only courses that are offered by the Estate Agency Affairs Board that are accredited, says Annette Evans, regional manager of the Institute of Estate Agents, Western Cape.
“Many training providers are saying continuous professional development points will be accrued in accordance with the board’s recommended cycle. But the board has said that no courses or service providers other than the board itself are accredited to provide these workshops or courses.
“All these non- accredited courses are being presented under false pretences and won’t result in legitimate continuous professional development points.”
Agents are asked to report these education providers and should send copies of the advertisements they come across to the board’s legal department. Reports on any false courses may also be sent to Jimmy Baloyi at email@example.com.
Agents may call Evans at 021 531 3180 or e- mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evans says the institute offers attendance certificates for all its courses, which agents should keep for their portfolios of evidence and as proof that they are keeping up to date with legislation and all property matters.