Qualifications to work in real estate

You need to be qualified before you can get a real estate licence. You can apply if you have either a standard qualification or a property degree.

Standard qualifications

Different licence classes require different qualifications. You need to apply for a licence within 3 years of completing your qualification.

To become a salesperson

You need either:

  • a New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4) 
  • a National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4). 
To become a branch manager

You need either:

  • a New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Branch Manager) (Level 5)
  • a National Certificate in Real Estate (Branch Manager) (Level 5) (version 3 or later).

You also need 3 years' work experience, which you can gain while you’re studying.

To become an agent

You need either:

  • a New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) with the Real Estate strand
  • a National Diploma in Real Estate (Agent) (Level 5) awarded after 1 July 2010.

You also need 3 years' work experience, which you can gain while you’re studying.

Education organisations

These education organisations offer classroom-based or correspondence training for the standard qualifications. Contact them directly for information about study options and course fees.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (previously Bay of Plenty Polytechnic)

Open Polytechnic

TAFE College

Unitec

Skills

Open Polytechnic and Skills are the only education organisations offering the agents and branch managers qualification.

Property degrees

If you have a property degree, you can use this to apply for any class of real estate licence. To get a branch manager's or agent’s licence, you will also need 3 years' work experience.

You must apply for a licence within 10 years of completing your property degree.

You also need to complete an assessment against unit standard 23137, which covers sale and purchase agreements with The Skills Organisation (Skills), unless you’re already licensed and are applying for a licence of a higher class.

Recognised property degrees
  • Bachelor of Business (Property) conferred by Massey University
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (Real Estate) conferred by Massey University
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (Valuation and Property Management) conferred by Massey University
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Valuation and Property Management) conferred by Lincoln University
  • Bachelor of Land and Property Management conferred by Lincoln University
  • Bachelor of Property conferred by University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Property Administration conferred by University of Auckland
  • Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as a member or fellow with chartered designation in general practice, commercial property, residential property, or valuation.

Visa holders

REA doesn’t give advice about visa restrictions that apply to training or employment in New Zealand.

If you are in New Zealand on a visa and you want to become licensed, you will need to contact an approved education organisation and ask if you can enrol with them. We recommend you also contact Immigration New Zealand(external link) to ensure your visa entitles you to work in New Zealand.

View the education organisations that offer training for real estate qualifications here.

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