Updated: Sep 5
Keen on exploring an exciting career in property sales?
Let's get right into what you need to get started!
How much it cost to get a property agent licence?
Before you attain your licence and ID tag as a real estate agent, these are the costs you will need to prepare for:
1. Real Estate Salesperson (RES) course:
Generally in the $650-800 region at the various RES course providers (I'll list the better ones later in this article)
- If you’re an NTUC member, you can enjoy up to $250 UTAP subsidy for your RES exams.
- Singaporeans & Permanent Residents 25 years old and above can utilise their SkillsFuture credit of up to $500.
2. RES Exams:
$417.30 (inclusive GST) for 2 papers.
$235.40 (inclusive GST) per paper for re-takers.
After passing the exams, you would normally need to pay to register with a licensed estate agency.
Real Estate Agent Registration Fee: $53.50 + $230 annual CEA fees = $283.50
Professional Indemnity Insurance: $120
Agency levied admin fees for name cards/ID Tag/Start Up Course/Admin fees: $300-500 range.
What is the Real Estate Salesperson (RES) Course about?
Implemented in 2010, real estate agents must first complete the RES Course from CEA approved course providers.
This course will help you learn about and understand the rules and regulations governing property agency work and practices and Singapore's laws and guidelines in the buying, selling and renting of HDB flats, private apartments and condominiums, commercial business spaces and industrial properties.
RES courses cover so many different areas that even practising real estate agents of more than a decade are unable to fully remember all the material.
- Must be at least 21 years old
- Singaporean or Permanent Resident
- Minimum of 4 GCE ‘O’ level passes or equivalent (WPLN)
- Fulfils CEA fit and proper criteria
Real Estate Salesperson (RES) Exams
Exams are currently held 3 times a year during Feb, June and October. You would be wise to register at least 2 months in advance as registration closes 1-2 months prior.
*An update on the resumption of the RES exams in Sept 2020*
Following the cancellations of the RES exams in Feb and June 2020 due to COVID, the Council of Estate Agencies (CEA) will be resuming the RES exams in September to clear backlogs for the past two sessions.
Safety control measures will be taken to mitigate any potential risks and candidates who had registered for the February 2020 exams will be given first priority to attend the Sept 2020 exams by registering by no later than 31st August 2020.
RELC, the exam administrator, will be writing directly to candidates to inform and provide them with registration details.
If there are remaining slots available, CEA will open exams registration to all candidates between 1st to 11th September 2020.
CEA will extend the RES course certificate validity period by 1 year for those who have completed their course between 22 February 2018 and 30 April 2020 so as to allow ample time for the sitting of future RES exams.
For further updates, please visit https://www.relc.org.sg/professional-qualifications/skills/cea-res.
Exam Eligibility Criteria:
Exam candidates will need to comply the following:
- Complete the RES course with a minimum 75% attendance record before they are eligible to receive the "Certificate of Completion for RES Course".
$417.30 (inclusive of GST) for 2 papers.
$235.40 (inclusive of GST) per paper for retakers.
2 papers each (2 ½ hours per paper)
Both Papers 1 & 2: - Section A: 50 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) - 1 mark each - Section B: 15 MCQ with reference to 1 or 2 Case Studies – 2 marks each - Section C: 10 Fill in the Blank Short Answer Questions (SAQs) - 2 marks each
- Exam Administrator will notify you of your results.
- RES course participants will have to pass the RES examination within 2 years from the date of issue of the Certificate of Completion of RES Course.
- If you are unable to pass any remaining Papers within the 2-year timeframe, you will have to retake the RES course and sit for the full RES examination again i.e. both Papers 1 and 2.
Appeal of RES Exam Results
If you think that you should have passed the exams, you may submit an appeal to review your exam paper via SEAMEO Regional Language Centre (RELC), CEA's appointed examination administrator, within 5 working days from the date of the notification of examination results.
A non-refundable fee of $64.20 (inclusive of GST) is charged for the review of each examination paper.
Important Note for Aspiring Property Agents and Foreigners:
Attending the RES Course and passing the RES Examination does not automatically qualify you to be a real estate agent.
The applicant has to comply with the full registration requirements stipulated under the Estate Agents Act, which include meeting the fit & proper criteria.
Please check the complete list of registration criteria on CEA’s website before registering for the RES Course.
For foreigners who wish to register with CEA as salespersons, they will need to have a valid Employment Pass (EP) issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
They should consult an estate agency that is prepared to support their future registration application, who would then check with CEA.
Thereafter, when they register for the RES Course, they will need to produce a letter of sponsorship from the real estate agency.
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List of Recommended CEA Approved Course Providers for the RES Course 2020
There are many training centres and in case you are wondering which RES course provider to go for, this list will be helpful as I have heard good reviews from the new property agents who have joined us.
If you stay near to central areas, BenchMark RealPro and Real Centre Network are the best choices!
If you stay in the west, head to Pioneer Training & Consultancy.
If you are an East sider, head to Singapore Estate Agents Association.
BenchMark RealPro Pte Ltd (Highly Recommended! Passionate & awesome trainer David Huan)
Tel: 67355860 / 67355861
Venue: 151 Chin Swee Road #03-31 Manhattan House Singapore 169876.
Institute of Estate Agents
Tel No: 6323 1770
Venue: 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #07-01 HDB Hub East Wing Singapore 310480
Pioneer Training & Consultancy Pte Ltd
Tel No: 6462 6093 / 9424 3483
Venue: Blk 134 Jurong Gateway Road #03-309P Singapore 600134
Real Centre Network Pte Ltd
Tel No: 6511 3009
Venue: 490 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #09-16 HDB Hub Biz 3 Singapore 310490
*Update: RCN now has branches in Tampines and Jurong too.
Singapore Estate Agents Association
Tel No: 6702 1602 Email: email@example.com
Venue: 60 Paya Lebar Road #13-23 Paya Lebar Square Singapore 409051 (Office Lift Lobby 1)
Each real estate school has different RES course schedules to suit busy working adults or parents alike with courses such as weekends only, Saturdays only, specific weekday nights and express classes. Check them out here for a review and comparison of their costs and duration.
What happens after i pass my RES exams?
Congratulations if you managed to pass your exams! It was no mean feat!
By now you might have done your research on which agency to join.
Finally, this is what you need to do:
Submitting a Salesperson Registration
Get an application form from your real estate agency and submit your salesperson application to CEA for the ‘In-Principle Approval‘ (IPA).
Approval of CEA Registration
Within 4-6 weeks, you should receive a notification of CEA's approval.
Congratulations! CEA has confirmed your registration with your estate agency. You are ready to start on an exciting and rewarding real estate career!
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P.P.S. Passed your RES Exams? Find out what steps to take next to quickly reach your goals!
P.P.P.S. Find out which real estate agency to join after passing your exams!