What topics are covered in the RES Course & Exam Syllabus (2022)?

Updated: Mar 21

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Preparing for the RES exams?

Here is a summary of the current RES examination syllabus that was revised and took effect from 1 Jan 2017. 

The Real Estate Salesperson course curriculum and materials developed by CEA Approved Course Providers (List of Recommended Course Providers) must adhere to the examination syllabus endorsed by CEA.

The RES Examination Syllabus is prepared in the context of local laws, rules and regulations governing estate agency work and practices, and the buying/selling/leasing of HDB flats and private residential, commercial and industrial properties in Singapore.

RES Exams Paper 1

Competency Unit 1: Real Estate Agency Industry Overview & Basic Land Law Concepts

Real Estate Agency Industry Overview 1.1 Real estate markets and submarkets 1.2 Real estate market players and government intervention

Basic Land Law Concepts 1.3 Introduction 1.4 Land 1.5 Estates in land 1.6 State Lands Act 1.7 Rights in another’s land 1.8 Registration of titles

Competency Unit 2: Dealing with Interest in Land

2.1 Law of Contract 2.2 Law of Agency 2.3 Landlord and tenant law 2.4 Negligence 2.5 Conveyance inter vivos 2.6 Mortgage 2.7 Gift 2.8 Trust 2.9 Succession 2.10 Future interests 2.11 Co-ownership 2.12 Restrictions on capacity to hold land 2.13 Planning and development of land

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RES Exam Paper 2

Competency Unit 3: Regulation of Real Estate Agency Industry & Real Estate Marketing

3.1 Regulation of real estate agency industry 3.2 Role and functions of salespersons and their requisite knowledge and skills 3.3 Principles of real estate marketing 3.4 Types of listing 3.5 Methods of sale 3.6 Regulations on advertisements 3.7 Marketing of residential property 3.8 Marketing of commercial property 3.9 Marketing of industrial property 3.10 Marketing of special properties 3.11 Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act

Competency Unit 4: Property Transactions

4.1 Sale of uncompleted private properties 4.2 Sale of completed private properties 4.3 Collective sale of private properties 4.4 Sale of HDB flats 4.5 Leasing of private properties 4.6 Subletting of HDB flats 4.7 Foreign worker housing 4.8 Taxes on property 4.9 Property finance and financial calculations


RES Course Exam Syllabus
Ensuring quality control in the real estate industry


The objective of the RES Examination is to ensure that new entrants meet the following requirements before they practise as real estate salespersons.


1. Possess the fundamental knowledge of real estate concepts, real estate market, law of contract, law of agency, planning and development control, and principles of marketing so as to be professionally knowledgeable when performing estate agency work.

2. Able to apply knowledge required for estate agency services, in particular knowledge on the handling of sale and lease of residential, commercial and industrial properties and including but not limited to title searches, immigration checks and financial calculations.

3. Understand and apply good ethics, relevant laws and regulations, and best practices in estate agency work so as to uphold the professional standing of real estate salespersons.

4. Be knowledgeable about prevailing market information and government policies and regulations.