RES Course Provider Comparison Review (Updated 2023 By Duration & Intensity)
I list out the different RES courses available from the 5 of the major RES course providers, according to their cost, duration & intensity.
Are you looking to join Singapore’s exciting and dynamic property industry?
Embarking on a real estate career can be an awesomely rewarding career choice!
I'm a living example of this; having carved out not just a career in property sales and team building, but investing in properties in my twenties and starting several real estate related businesses as well!
You can find out more about my journey here.
But the path to becoming a real estate agent is definitely not an easy one.
Before you can begin your career as a real estate salesperson, you must first attend the Real Estate Salesperson (RES) course and pass the RES exams. Once you have completed these requirements, you can register with the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) as a licensed real estate salesperson.
This complete guide will give you a rundown of to expect on your journey to attaining your licence but don't forget to read up more on the pros and cons, capital required and other important aspects of starting out on my blog under real estate career topics!
I guarantee that you will find it super helpful for deciding whether this career is for you and avoid the pitfalls and heartaches that many of us have gone through!
Call it "Accelerating your wisdom"!
En-route to your real estate career, here are some of the costs you will need to bear.
The cost of the course ranges from $650 to $784 at various CEA Approved Course Providers (read on to find out about the list of our recommended providers).
If you’re an NTUC member below 40, you can enjoy up to $250 UTAP subsidy for your RES Exams.
NTUC members who are 40 and above can enjoy higher funding support of up to $500 each for their course and exams.
Singaporeans & Permanent Residents 25 years old and above can utilise their SkillsFuture credit of up to $500.
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The RES Exams consist of 2 papers which cost $417.30 (inclusive of GST).
If you are retaking the exams, it will cost you $235.40 (inclusive of GST) for each paper.
After passing the papers, you will normally attend a real estate recruitment seminar and register with a licensed estate agency.
These are some typical costs to note:
1. Real Estate Salesperson Registration Fee: $53.50 + $230 (annual CEA fee) = $283.50
2. Professional Indemnity Insurance: $120
3. Agency levied admin fee for name cards / ID Tag / Start Up Course etc: Ranges between $300 to $500
In total, you will need to set aside around $2,200 to obtain your real estate licence with a real estate agency IF you pass on the 1st attempt.
The RES Course is a preparatory course for aspiring property agents to learn and understand the industry concepts and agency practice standards.
Under the Estate Agents Act, it is compulsory for potential property agents to attend and complete the RES Course conducted by a CEA Approved Course Provider.
This regulation is part of CEA’s goal to:
Increase quality standards for real estate agents wanting to pursue estate agency work.
Ensure property agents are professionally equipped and qualified.
Understand and practise good ethical standards.
During the wide-spanning lessons, you will acquire in-depth knowledge on the rules, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to the real estate agency practices like how you should handle a property transaction professionally and in compliance with government policies, state laws, and CEA’s prescribed rules and regulations.
It is truly alot of material and knowledge to remember and understand so, before you sign up for the course, please be mentally prepared and committed to studying really hard!
It is NOT easy and you should join in RES revision classes to help you pass more easily.
Fortunately, we have free RES revision classes for you! So do join in for extra mugging and tips! = )
To put it rationally, the RES Course covers such a broad spectrum of the industry that even practicing veteran real estate agents are unable to completely remember all the rules and regulations.
However, it does ensure that new property agents possess a much higher level of competency and knowledge of the real estate industry and related matters than before the exams were implemented.
To be qualified for the RES Course, you will have to meet these requirements:
1. Must be at least 21 years old
2. Singaporean or Permanent Resident
3. Minimum 4 GCE ‘O’ Level passes or equivalent (WPLN)
4. Fulfils CEA fit and proper criteria
After completing the RES Course with a minimum attendance rate of 75%, you will receive a certification that indicates that you have completed the course.
With this certification, you are then allowed to register for the RES exam at CEA's appointed examination administrator, NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd
The exams are currently held 3 times a year during February/March, June and October.
In order not to miss your desired examination date, you should register at least 2 months in advance as registration closes 1 to 2 months prior.
NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd (LHub)
Hotline: (Mon - Fri, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm): 6336 5482
NTUC Trade Union House
73 Bras Basah Road #02-01
Singapore Institute of Management Headquarters (SIM HQ)
461 Clementi Road. Singapore 599491
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.
There will be a total of 2 papers with Paper 1 and Paper 2 in the following format:
Section A consists of 50 Multiple Choice Questions (50 marks)
Section B consists of 15 Multiple Choice Questions with reference to 1 or 2 Case Studies (30 marks)
Section C consists of 10 Fill-in-blank Short Answer Questions (20 marks)
The duration of each paper is 2.5 hours.
As of May 2013, the format of the RES exams has been revised to include a Case Study Section in both Paper 1 and Paper 2, presented in the form of multiple choice questions.
The purpose of this change is to assess candidates' ability to analyze and interpret practice-oriented case studies.
Paper 1 covers Competency Units 1 and 2, which include "Real Estate Agency Industry Overview and Basic Land Law Concepts" and "Dealings with Interests in Land," respectively. Paper 2 covers Competency Units 3 and 4, which include "Regulation of Real Estate Agency Industry and Real Estate Marketing" and "Property Transactions."
To obtain your license, you must pass both papers. The passing mark for each examination paper is 60%, and is subject to review by the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA).
The Exam Administrator will notify you of your results.
When are the RES Examination results released?
- The RES Examination results will be released 4 – 6 weeks after the examinations.
Candidates who have passed one paper* are allowed to retake the examination in modular sitting.
The exams results will be in one of the following formats:
Pass Paper 1; Fail Paper 2 (P1 F2)
Fail Paper 1; Pass Paper 2 (F1 P2)
It is a requirement for RES Course participants to pass the RES Exams, comprising two papers, within 2 years of getting your RES Course completion certificate.
If you have a modular pass in one paper of the RES Exams, you are required to pass the remaining paper within the 2 years timeframe.
If you fail to do so, the modular pass in one paper will not be valid and you will have to retake the RES course before attempting the RES Exams (i.e. both Paper 1 and Paper 2) again. Ouch!
It is highly recommended that you join in our regular free RES Exam Revision sessions. Find out more about our revision sessions here.
If you think you should have passed the exams but failed, you may submit an appeal to review your 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.
Do take note that a non-refundable fee of $64.20 (inclusive of GST) will be charged for the review of each paper.
All deferments, whether COVID related or due to legitimate unforeseen reasons such as NS call up, bereavement etc. are subject to approval of NTUC LearningHub and an admin fee of $107 will be levied on each deferment. No refunds will be made.
Applications must be made within 5 working days of the exam date via https://res.ntuclearninghub.com.
Attending the RES Course and passing the exams does not automatically qualify you to be a real estate agent.
It is only part of the criteria.
You still have to fulfil other prevailing registration criteria, which include approaching a registered estate agency to submit a salesperson registration application to CEA.
You can refer to CEA’s website (www.CEA.gov.sg) for the list of registration criteria before you register yourself for the RES Course.
For foreigners exploring a career in property sales, you will need to have a valid Employment Pass (EP) issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) before you can register with CEA as a real estate salesperson.
You will need to produce a letter of sponsorship issued by your real estate agency when you register for the RES Course.
Hence, you should start by first searching for an established real estate agency which is willing to hire you, to support you in your registration application and guide you through the process.
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, Hastor Property (Reputed high passing rate) 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.
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.
Hastor Property Services (Great trainers Celeste Ng and Daryl Ou)
Venue: 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #02-514, Toa Payoh Central,
(Located above KFC, please use the stairs beside KFC and go up to Level 2)
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
BenchMark RealPro Pte Ltd
Tel: 67355860 / 67355861
Venue: 151 Chin Swee Road #03-31 Manhattan House Singapore 169876.
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)
Wondering which RES Course and Training Centre to go for?
Is the express course or the 9 weeks course more suitable for you?
Check out this article about my review of the 5 major course providers programmes that can suit you whether you are a full-time working mum or a self-employed with flexibility in your day to day appointments.
You will learn about the costs, duration and intensity of each course type and who it is most suitable for.
Congratulations! You deserve a pat on your back for enduring through the intensive training lessons and exams.
By now, you should have done your research on which agency you should join. If you are still looking around, here’s a guide on which real estate agency you should join after passing your exams.
There are several real estate agencies in the market and it can be a tough decision to select one.
For your reference, the current Top 4 real estate agencies in the market are Huttons, OrangeTee & Tie, ERA and Propnex.
These are the biggest real estate agencies in Singapore that have established systems in place to help you accelerate in your real estate career.
Last but not least …
Get an application form from your agency and submit your application to CEA for the ‘In-Principle Approval’ (IPA).
Within 4 to 6 weeks, you should receive a notification of CEA’s approval and this means you are ready to start on your exciting and rewarding real estate career!
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Stuart Chng, Executive Group District Director at Huttons, is a renowned leader and personality in the real estate industry.
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