What are the industry requirements?
The new qualification requirements are set out under regulation 6 and regulation 6A of the Real Estate and Business Agents (General) Regulations 1979 (WA).
For full registration requirements, please visit the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safetys (DMIRS) licensing and registration page.
Changes to registration requirements
Students already enrolled within CPP40307 Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) and having completed the required Units of Competency will meet the educational requirement to apply for a registration in Western Australia until 30 September 2021. Registered training organisations (RTO) must also stop teaching CPP40307, and certification documentation issued prior to 30 September 2021.
REIWAs current courses for restricted property management registration, restricted sales registration, and unrestricted registration within CPP41419 Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice will be the new and only registration requirement with DMIRS as of 1 October 2021.
The new qualification has been structured in such a way which clearly identifies both restricted and unrestricted registrations, and any specialist requirements for regulators across the country for a more consistent approach. For more information on the new qualification, please visit DMIRS licensing qualification flowcharts page.
How does this impact on new applications for registration?
Registration students who have completed the required Units of Competency from CPP40307 will only have until 30 September 2021 to apply for registration with DMIRS, and we recommend that you allow adequate time to both apply and receive a response from the regulator. Remember to take into consideration that you will require a police clearance which is less than three months old.
For more information on how this may specifically apply to you, please visit the DMIRS pathways to real estate and business agent licensing and registration 2020 page.
Effect on existing registrations
The new qualifications will have no impact on existing sales representatives and property managers as long as they maintain the currency of their registration.
If a registration lapses, or is cancelled, you may have to complete the new qualification requirement in order to renew your registration. It is therefore more important than ever that sales representatives and property managers ensure they complete their CPD requirements each year as DMIRS have been issuing fines to those who have not met their CPD requirements. The Department also has the right to cancel a registration due to non-compliance.
Extension to transition period
The new qualifications were endorsed on 25 February 2019 and was released on training.gov.au on 21 March 2019.
In September 2019, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) made the decision to extend the transition period for the previous qualification, CPP40307, to 30 September 2021. This decision impacts all RTOs nationally and was based on requests from RTO's across Australia. This decision was not made or influenced by REIWA or DMIRS.
What does this mean for the previous qualification?
- RTO's can continue enrolling students, deliver and assess Units of Competency within CPP40307 until 30 September 2021.
- RTO's can continue issuing certification documentation for CPP40307 until 30 September 2021.
For more information on the extension, please visit the ASQA website.
How does this impact the delivery of the new qualification?
- RTO's can commence delivery of the new qualification, CPP41419, as long as they have it on scope.
- Prior to 30 September 2021, RTOs must finish students' enrolment on the previous qualification, CPP40307, and ones not completed must be transitioned into the new qualification, CPP41419.
For information on what the new training package means for licensed real estate agents, please visit our real estate licence information page.