EAAB Notices & PDE Dates

Author:  Estate Agency Affairs Board [EAAB]

EQUIVALENCY EXEMPTION MATRIX FOR FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING CERTIFICATE:   REAL ESTATE (NQF LEVEL 4)  SAQA QUAL ID 59097

1. Definitions

Term Definition
EAAB The Estate Agency Affairs Board duly constituted in terms of section 3 of the Act.
Education Regulations The educational requirements as set forth in The Training of Estate Agents Regulations, 2008 Government Gaz ette No. 31125 on 4 June 2008.  [R633]
Estate agent An estate agent as defined in section 1(vi) of the Act.
SAQA The South Afri can Qualifications Authority , established by the National Qualifications Framework Act, 67 of 2008.
The Act

The Estate Agency Affairs Act, 112 of 1976 .

2. Purpose and scope of the policy

The policy seeks to remove barriers to entry into the estate agency sector by amending the restrictive equivalency exemption matrix which requires that, for a degree or diploma to qualify for a full exemption, business-type subjects relevant to the real estate profession need to have been completed.  Under the prevailing dispensation, for instance, degrees and diplomas in the humanities, social sciences, teaching, arts etc., do not contain enough relevant subjects to be considered.  As such, subjects that are not considered for exemption include: Anthropology, Social Work, Languages, Linguistics, Politics, Geology, etc.  The policy amends the restrictive equivalency exemption matrix by allowing qualifications with subjects not previously considered for full exemption against the NQF 4 real estate, to be considered for full exemption.

The policy does not apply to persons who do not hold, at least, any three-year or any other similar tertiary qualification with the status of an NQF Level 6 qualification obtained from a tertiary academic institution accredited with the Council on Higher Education.

3. The application of the policy

3.1 Notwithstanding the new requirements in considering the equivalency exemption applications, a matric certificate with two official South African languages MUST be produced to qualify for the language exemptions. Even candidates with a relevant degree or diploma may not be fully exempt against NQF 4 Real Estate qualification, if they cannot produce their matric certificate with two South African languages, unless their qualifications were obtained in a foreign country.

3.2 It is further imperative that for a qualification to be considered for full exemption, it must have been completed in full. Thus, any shortage of 1 or more subjects to complete the degree or diploma, shall lead to a disqualification for exemption.

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