What topics are covered in the RES Course & Exam Syllabus (2021)?

Updated: Jan 2

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

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.

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Expectation of Cognitive Levels

The RES examination syllabus provides the desired learning outcomes for each topic of study, and the cognitive levels examination candidates are expected to acquire in each section of the syllabus.

The following are indications to assist candidates to understand the depth of knowledge expected of them:

LEVEL 1 – REMEMBERING: Candidates are aware of the basic terminology and concepts of the laws/rules/regulatory requirements/procedures. They should be able to recognise, list, define, describe or name the term or concept.

LEVEL 2 – UNDERSTANDING: Candidates are able to interpret, infer, classify, paraphrase or explain a term or concept in a scenario or case study.

LEVEL 3 – APPLYING: Candidates are able to make use of the knowledge and apply in practical situations. This is exhibited through analysis of their client’s situations and being able to offer professional and accurate advice to their clients.

Level 1 is the lowest cognitive level. To reach the next level, the candidate has to attain the prerequisite knowledge and skills at lower levels first, i.e. attaining Level 3 implies that one has acquired the thinking skills at Levels 1 and 2.

For the purpose of testing attainment of Level 3 in the RES examination, questions could be asked in a direct manner or based on practical scenarios or case studies.

Prior to taking the RES examination, candidates must complete the RES Course (of at least 50 hours of classroom learning) provided by any of the CEA Approved Course Providers (ACPs).

ACPs are encouraged to create learning opportunities for the RES course participants to acquire the requisite knowledge and skill sets during the lessons.

Find out more about the costs, recommended course providers and other topics on getting your RES licence in the next article!

Or read, Tips to pass your RES Exams on your 1st attempt!

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P.S. Brand new and interested in the RES Course? Find out how to get your property agent licence and become a property agent in Singapore!

P.P.S. Passed your RES Exams? Find out what steps to take next to quickly reach your goals!

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