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Steps To Be A Real Estate Salesperson

If you are interested in joining the Real Estate industry & building your career, read up on our guide to understand the requirements and procedures. Feel free to contact us for more enquiries.


Minimum educational requirement: 4 GCE “O” level passes

This ensures that individuals have the basic competency level to act as real estate salespersons*. Candidates are required to show their original qualification certificate for verification by CEA’s appointed examination administrator when they register for the RES examination. CEA accepts combined GCE “O” level results taken at not more than 2 sittings.

Individuals who are unable to meet this criterion must take the Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) assessment administered by the SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)

CEA recognises the WPLN (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Numeracy) Level 5 in lieu of four GCE “O” level passes. Refer to details of the assessment.

*Under the Estate Agents Act, estate agents refer to estate agency businesses (sole proprietors, partnerships and companies). Such businesses are commonly known as property agencies. Salespersons refer to individuals who perform estate agency work. They are commonly known as property agents.

Individuals must also take the Real Estate Salesperson (RES) course, pass the RES examination, and fulfil all other registration criteria before they can register with CEA to be a salesperson. Enrol for RES course today.

One of the RES Approved Course Provider, Realty International Associates Pte Ltd (RIA) is a subsidiary of ERA Realty Network Pte Ltd. ERA will open to all RES candidates from any approved RES course providers revision class (via zoom) for all candidates prior to the RES exam.

You have to pay for the course fee first and subsequently you may claim the reimbursement from Skill Future Credit for $500/- for your course fee. Click for more details : Skills Future Credit. (Must be above 25 years old).

More info on Skills Future Credit : User Guide.

You may also claim the RES course fee within 6 months upon completion of the course from Union Training Assistance Programme, (UTAP) if you are a  NTUC member.

The yearly schedules of RES examinations: MAR, JUL & NOV of the year.

Holders of any diploma or higher academic qualification which has real estate as a major are advised to check with CEA whether they are required to take the REA/RES examination.

List of Recognised and Equivalent Qualifications

Qualifications assessed to be accepted as equivalent to REA and/or RES examination, for the purpose of registration to be a KEO/practising director or salesperson, are valid for a period of 3 years from the date of CEA’s notification of the acceptance. A fresh application has to be re-submitted to CEA for qualification assessment once the 3-year period lapses.

Send your verification to : licensing@cea.gov.sg
(Attention : Officer-in-charge)

You may also log on : www.cea.gov.sg or www.realcentrenetwork.com for more details.