RES Course Provider Comparison Review (Updated By Duration & Intensity)


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Hello, aspiring realtor!


You might have wondered: "Which is the best RES course? How long does it take to complete? Does the express or normal course duration suit me better?"

In this article, I will list down the different permutations of the real estate salesperson courses available from the 5 of the major RES course providers, their duration and who they are more suitable for whether you are working at a full time job, parents of young kids or prefer to intensively study and complete the course soonest.


These days, courses span between 2 weeks to 19 weeks depending on the course structure you choose.


Thankfully, CEA approved course providers have many variations that makes it easier to find one that works around your schedule.


Before we begin, it is important to note that:

  • CEA requires a minimum attendance of 75% for qualification for the RES exams.

  • An RES Certificate of Attendance will then be issued for your exam registration purpose.

  • You must fulfill the RES Course admission criteria IF you are taking the exams.

  • If you are taking the course for learning purposes and don't intend to sit for the exams, you will not need to fulfill the admission criteria BUT will also not get the Certificate of Attendance and cannot sit for the RES exam.

  • All RES Course costs listed below do not include RES Exam fees.

  • NTUC members can use UTAP subsidies to defray up to $250 of their RES Exams costs.

RES Courses Comparison Review

(By duration & intensity)








RES School: BenchMark Pro


Venue:

151 Chin Swee Road #03-31

Manhattan House Singapore 169876.


There are 3 types of RES courses at Benchmark Pro, all taught by the passionate trainer and founder David Huan himself.


Costs:


- $650 Nett (No GST)

- SkillsFuture credits can be used.


Course Types and Durations:


Weekends RES Crash Course (3 Weekends)


Duration:


- Spread over 3 weekends consecutively (Sat & Sun x 3)

- 830am to 630pm daily.


Suitable for:


- People who work very busy weekdays and only have weekends available.

- Working parents who have to shuttle and take care of the children on weekdays.



Full Day RES Crash Course (8 Weekdays)


Duration:


- Spread over 8 full days.

- Monday to Thursdays X 2 weeks consecutively.

- 10am - 530pm daily.

- Allows you to finish the course in the shortest time possible.


Suitable for:


- People who have ample leave to clear one shot and prefer intensive lessons rather than spreaded out over time.

- Self-employed people who have freedom of working wherever they are.

- Those on a sabbatical and unemployed currently.

- Those who need to make it in time for a nearing exam date.



Weekday Nights RES Course


Duration:


- Spread over 14 week nights.

- Only on weekdays.

- 7pm - 10pm.

- Allows you to pace yourself in learning and absorbing topics.


Suitable for:


- Those who prefer to learn in smaller chunks.

- People who are not able to take full day leaves over a period of 8 days.

- Working adults who may need to work late sometimes.

- Those whose exam dates are a few months away.





RES School: Pioneer Training Centre


Venue: Jurong East or Sunshine Plaza in Bencoolen Street


There are 4 types of RES courses at Pioneer Training Centre.


Costs:


- $738 per pax. $650 per pax if you sign up with a buddy.

- SkillsFuture credit claimable.


Course Types and Durations:


Weekends RES Course (4 Weekends)


Duration:


- Spread over 4 weekends consecutively (Sat & Sun x 4)

- Rotates lessons between half days to full days on alternate weekends.

- Example on some days lessons are only 10am - 1pm or 2 - 5pm and on some days both sessions.


Suitable for:


- People who work very busy weekdays and only have weekends available but yet do not want to burn their entire weekends totally. (So it's kind of the less intense version of Benchmark Pro's 3 weekends course)

- Working parents who have to shuttle and take care of the children on weekdays and yet want to enjoy some weekend time as well.



Full Day RES Crash Course (Mon/Wed/Fri)


Duration:


- Spread over just 6 full days (Interestingly as Benchmark Pro needs 8 full days to complete the same syllabus)

- Lessons are only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

- 10am - 5pm daily.

- Allows you to finish the course in the least time possible.


Suitable for:


- People who have ample leave to clear and prefer intensive lessons rather than spreaded out over time.

- Self-employed people who have freedom of working wherever they are.

- Those on a sabbatical and unemployed currently.

- Those who need to make it in time for a nearing exam date.



Weekday Nights RES Course


Duration:


- Spread over 9 weeks.

- Only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

- 7pm - 10pm.

- Allows you to really pace yourself in learning and absorbing topics.


Suitable for:


- Those who prefer to learn in smaller chunks.

- People who are not able to take full day leaves easily.

- Working adults who may need to work late sometimes.

- Those whose exam dates are a few months away.



Express Weekday Nights RES Course


Duration:


- Spread over 19 days with some rest days in between.

- Only on weekday nights.

- 7pm - 10pm.

- Less intense than the full day course but still intense nonetheless.


Suitable for:


- Those who prefer to learn in smaller chunks.

- People who are not able to take leave to do the intensive course.

- Working adults who may need to work late sometimes.

- Those whose exam dates are at least 1.5 months away.





RES School: Real Centre Network


Venue Choice:


Real Centre Network (Toa Payoh) 490 Toa Payoh Lor 6 #09-16 HDB Hub Biz 3 Singapore 310490 Tel: +65 6511 3009


Real Centre Network (Tampines) 300 Tampines Avenue 5 #05-03 NTUC Income @ Tampines Junction Singapore 529653 Tel: +65 6260 0301


There are 5 types of RES courses in RCN and it varies according to their training venue.


Costs:


- $834.60 ($780 + GST)

- SkillsFuture credit claimable.


Course Types and Durations:


Weekends RES Crash Course (5 Weekends)


Duration:


- Spread over 5 weekends consecutively (Sat & Sun x 5)

- 10am - 5pm on most days except 10am - 1pm for 2 days.


Suitable for:


- People who work very busy weekdays and only have weekends available.

- Working parents who have to shuttle and take care of the children on weekdays.


Note:

- Comparing just the weekend crash courses, this is the longest compared to Benchmark Pro's 3 weekends and Pioneer Training's 4 weekends.



Saturdays Only RES Course


Duration:


- Spread over 2 months.

- Every Saturday 10am to 5pm.


Suitable for:


- People who work very busy weekdays and only have weekends available.

- Working parents who have to shuttle and take care of the children on weekdays.

- Those who do not wish to burn their entire weekend studying.

- Those who need to go for church or family outings on Sundays.



Full Day RES Crash Course (Mon/Wed/Fri)


Duration:


- Spread over 8 full days (Interesting as Pioneer Training takes only 6 full days (Despite also being 10am to 5pm daily) to complete the same syllabus)

- Lessons are only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

- 10am - 5pm daily.

- Allows you to finish the course in the least time possible.



Full Day RES Crash Course (Mon/Thurs)


Duration:


- Spread over 10 full days (Interesting as the above intensive full day course takes 8 days only while this takes 10.)

- Lessons are only on Mondays and Thursdays.

- 10am - 5pm daily.

- Allows you to finish the course in the least time possible.


Suitable for:


- People who have ample leave to clear and prefer intensive lessons rather than spreaded out over time.

- Self-employed people who have freedom of working wherever they are.

- Those on a sabbatical and unemployed currently.

- Those who need to make it in time for a nearing exam date.



Weekday Nights RES Course (Weekdays)


Duration:


- Spread over 19 weekday nights.

- Only on weekdays.

- 7pm - 10pm.

- Allows you to pace yourself in learning and absorbing topics.


Suitable for:


- Those who prefer to learn in smaller chunks.

- People who are not able to take full day leave easily.

- Working adults who may need to work late sometimes.

- Those whose exam dates are a few months away.



Weekday Nights RES Course (Tues & Thurs)


Duration:


- Spread over 2 months.

- Only on Tues and Thurs. 2 lessons per week.

- 7pm - 10pm.

- Allows you to pace yourself in learning and absorbing topics.


Suitable for:


- Those who prefer to learn in smaller chunks.

- People who are not able to take full day leave easily and prefer a less intense course than the above.

- Working adults who may need to work late sometimes every week.

- Those whose exam dates are at least 3 months away.


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RES School: Singapore Estate Agents Association (SEAA)


Venue Choice:


Paya Lebar Square (2min walk from Paya Lebar MRT  station) 


There are 3 types of RES courses at SEAA and it's ideal for those who are working or living around Central East areas.


Cost:


- $728 per pax or $700 per pax if you sign up with a buddy.

- SkillsFuture credits can be used.


Course Types and Durations:


Weekends RES Crash Course (9 days)


Duration:


- Spread over 5 weekends (9 days) consecutively (Sat & Sun)

- 10am - 5pm


Suitable for:


- People who work very busy weekdays and only have weekends available.

- Working parents who have to shuttle and take care of the children on weekdays.


Note:

- Comparing just the weekend crash courses, this is longer compared to Benchmark Pro's 3 weekends and Pioneer Training's 4 weekends.



Full Day RES Crash Course (9 Days Express)


Duration:


- Completed over 9 consecutive full days

- Lessons are only on weekdays.

- 10am - 5pm daily.

- Allows you to finish the course in the least time possible.



Weekday Nights RES Course (Weekdays)


Duration:


- Spread over 18 weekday nights.

- Only on weekdays.

- 7pm - 10pm.

- Allows you to pace yourself in learning and absorbing topics.


Suitable for:


- Those who prefer to learn in smaller chunks.

- People who are not able to take full day leave easily.

- Working adults who may need to work late sometimes.

- Those whose exam dates are a few months away.





RES School: Hastor Property Training Academy


Venue Choice:


190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #02-514 Toa Payoh Central Singapore 310190


Located above KFC, use the stairs beside KFC to go up to level 2.


At this point of writing, there seems to be only 1 type of RES course at Hastor Property.


Cost:


- $650 nett

- SkillsFuture credit claimable.


Full Day RES Crash Course (Weekdays)


Duration:


- Spread over 9 full days.

- Lessons are on weekdays only.

- 10am - 5pm daily.

- Allows you to finish the course in the least time possible.



So, we have compared all the different permutations of courses available among 5 of the highly recommended RES course centres - Benchmark Pro, Real Centre Network, Pioneer Training Centre, SEAA and Hastor.


All five are highly recommended and have trainers whom our new on board agents have commended well. Particularly trainers such as Harry Yeo, Celeste Ng, Kent Soo and Thomas Tan from RCN and David Huan from Benchmark Pro who are able to engage students well and spend time and effort elaborating concepts if required.


David Huan also creates his own in-house mind-maps for his students to help them improve retention and it is said that he has a very high passing rate per class.


To summarise, to make your life easier & hopefully better your odds of passing the RES exams on your 1st attempt, choose a course that:


1. Fits your work-life schedule the best so you will have the mental capacity to absorb all the new knowledge.


2. Is in a convenient location that you won't have much excuses to miss class. Not that you should if you are serious about this career.


3. Good patient trainers who are willing to help you understand concepts better by explaining and many times re-explaining.

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