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Register as a real estate salesperson

You must register to work as a salesperson for a real estate agent. You must meet all criteria before we can issue a certificate of registration.

Please note: you may only register to work as an employee. A contractor must have a full licence.

Authorised activities

A real estate salesperson registration certificate allows you to:

  • buy, sell, exchange or rent houses, businesses, land or any interest in these
  • manage their place of business (except the principal place of business), unless you are registered with conditions
  • negotiate on behalf of a buyer, seller, landlord or exchanging or renting of houses, businesses or land
  • show property to potential buyers
  • inspect and assess property for sale or rent
  • advertise a property for rent or sale (includes setting up signs)
  • open up a property for inspection for sale or rent.

You may not:

  • conduct auctions
  • operate trust accounts.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a real estate salesperson certificate, you must:

  • be 18 years or over
  • pass the required training courses.

Suitability

You are not suitable to hold a real estate salesperson registration if you:

  • are currently disqualified from holding a licence or registration certificate
  • have been convicted within the past 5 years of a serious offence.

We also consider if you:

  • have a criminal history
  • were the subject of a successful claim fund action
  • have been cancelled or suspended from holding a licence or registration certificate
  • have been previously disqualified from holding a licence or registration certificate
  • are disqualified from being a company director
  • are an insolvent under administration
  • are incapable of satisfactorily doing the job of a registration certificate holder
  • are unsuitable because of your character
  • are allowed to work in Australia.

Serious offences

A serious offence is anything punishable by 3 or more years in prison, including:

  • violent offences (including threats to use violence)
  • fraud and dishonesty
  • drug trafficking
  • extortion
  • arson
  • unlawful stalking
  • an offence of a sexual nature.

Insolvent under administration

If you are an insolvent under administration, you must give us written details of the following:

  • how you became an insolvent under administration (if this was your business, please advise the type of business)
  • what steps you took to avoid going into insolvency
  • how much you owe to each creditor (list them all by name and amount)
  • whether you faced any charges relating to the insolvency.

You will also need to include a letter from your current employer that:

  • is on their company letterhead
  • outlines your role within the company
  • tells us if you will be in a position to influence how they manage their business.

Non-citizens

If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you need to:

  • give us a certified copy of your passport
  • have a visa that allows you to work in Australia.

Lodgement

When you lodge the form, you will need to attach formal identification. These documents must be original or certified copies.

Your identification must be a certified copy of any of the following documents:

  • Birth certificate or extract
  • Driver's licence
  • Passport
  • Citizenship certificate

You will need to pay certain fees when you lodge your application. These include:

  • the registration fee of $312.10 for 1 year or $530.30 for 3 years
  • a criminal history check fee of $38.60.
You will also need to attach your proof of qualifications.

Criminal history check

To confirm your suitability, we will submit your application for a criminal history check. This will be thorough and may be time consuming.

Processing time

The processing time is 4–6 weeks. This can take longer if your application is not complete. This might be because of:

  • missing information
  • unpaid fees.

We will contact you if you submitted an incomplete application. You will need to complete the application before we can proceed. Otherwise, we may withdraw your application.

Refunds

Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to a partial refund if:

  • you withdraw your application
  • we refuse your application.

You may also get a refund on the fee for your criminal history check if it hasn’t been started yet.

Training

You must pass these training subjects from a recognised provider. The only exception is if you’ve held an equivalent certificate within the past 2 years.

You must have successfully completed or been assessed as competent in the required subjects. These subjects are taken from the following industry-recognised training package:

  • Property Services training package (CPP07)

As of 1 July 2016, units taken from the Property Development and Management Training Package (PRD01) no longer form part of the approved training for a real estate salesperson registration certificate.

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Property Services training package

You will need to give us evidence that you have successfully completed the following units from this training package.

BSBSBM/CPPDSM codes Name of course
CPPDSM4008A Identify legal and ethical requirements of property sales to complete agency work
CPPDSM4009 Interpret legislation to complete work in the property industry
CPPDSM4010A Lease property
CPPDSM4012A List property for sale
CPPDSM4015B Minimise agency and consumer risk
CPPDSM4022A Sell and finalise the sale of property by private treaty
CPPDSM4080A Work in the real estate industry

Starting to operate

Do you know your legal requirements?

Once you have your licence, you will need to follow a range of legal requirements.

Penalties may apply if you breach these requirements.

Managing your business

Handling a property transaction

Breaches and penalties

Moving to Queensland?

You can transfer a current, valid licence from interstate or New Zealand to the equivalent licence in Queensland.

Find out what to do

Certified documents

A photocopy is not a certified copy unless you do the following.

Take the original document and a copy of that document to:

  • a Justice of the Peace (JP)
  • a Commissioner for Declarations (C.dec)
  • a solicitor or barrister
  • a notary public.

They will:

  • stamp and/or sign the copy
  • write 'This is a true copy of the original document' on the copy.

This now becomes a certified copy.

Find a JP or C.dec in your area

If you visit any of our locations, you can bring the original document with you and one of our officers wil make a certified copy.

Please do not post us the original documents.

Last updated
28 July 2016

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