8 courses to become the best Real Estate Salesperson there ever was

Are you keen to become a property agent? If you are, you surely know about the RES Examinations. If you’ve yet to hear about them, the CEA’s Real Estate Salesperson (RES) examination is an entry-level certification for new entrants who wish to practise as a salesperson in the real estate industry. To register as a Real Estate Salesperson and become a licensed property agent, you must pass this exam or equivalent (see other requirements here).

The following courses are Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) approved. All course takers will have to achieve at least 75% attendance in order to be issued the Certificate of Completion for the course. The Certificate of Completion is valid for 2 years, for the purpose of determining eligibility to take the RES examination.

Do note that the RES examination fees are not included in the course fees. If you’re already part of an agency or team, however, your fees will most likely be sponsored (or you’ll be taking their in-house training programme).

Without further ado:

* All fees are in SGD unless otherwise stated and are up to date as of Sept 2019.

Course Provider List

Benchmark Realpro was founded in 2011; their principal trainer, David Huan, holds a Certificate in Elements of Conveyancing Practice, a Diploma in Real Estate and Property Management, as well as a Full ACTA (Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment) certified by WDA (Singapore Workforce Development Agency). He also has more than 25 years of real estate experience.

The training centre offers complimentary RES Notes, RES Summary Notes, and online 24/7 RES Exam Q&A to its students.

Duration: 3 weekends, 8 weekdays, or 14 weeknights long

Fees: $650 nett

SkillsFuture Claimable: Yes

Office: 151 Chin Swee Road, #03-31 Manhattan House, Singapore 169876

Hastor Property Services was founded in 2010. Their RES course is taught by Francis Ong Chin Hwee (experience in both public and private sectors, examples being IRAS and GLO Property Consultants Pte Ltd) and Henry Team (in the real estate industry since 2008). Additional revision classes are available at a Hastor student/non-student’s own cost.

Duration: 18 lessons in total held every alternate weekday, around one and a half months long

Fees: $650 nett

SkillsFuture Claimable: Yes. The course is also UTAP funding claimable.

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

Formed in 1998, IEA is Singapore’s national real estate organization. The professional body aims to represent the real estate profession and offers a range of real estate certification programmes, as well as events like networking for members. Membership of IEA is by Individual Agents only.

IEA’s RES course will provide students with basic lecture notes. Do note that while online revision and past questions are available, this will be at a student’s own cost. Make up lessons are also available on a case-by-case basis.

Duration: 5 full days or 5 evenings long

Fees: $688 nett

SkillsFuture Claimable: Yes. The course is also UTAP funding claimable.

Office: 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #07-01 HDB Hub East Wing, Singapore 310480

Life Mastery Academy was founded with the aim to positively contribute to people’s lives through training. Over 350 students enrolled in their RES courses in 2018, which are delivered by Mr. Sam Gian and Mr. John Yong. Additional revision classes are available at a student own cost. Make up classes are available within 2 consecutive batches and there will be free refresher classes for graduated students, lasting for a period of two years.

Duration: Day classes (20 lessons long, Tuesdays and Thursdays) and night classes available (20 lessons long, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)

Fees: 828 nett

SkillsFuture Claimable: Yes. The course is also UTAP funding claimable.

Office: Blk 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #02-510, Singapore 310190

Pioneer Training was founded in 2011. Their RES course offers apps for students to do self-check learning, model answers, 24/7 online Exam revision, as well as a mock test before the exams. Every course intake will have at least 2 course facilitators, and you can request for makeup lessons online if necessary. Their trainers are ACTA certified.

Duration: Weekdays, weekday evenings and weekend classes available.

Fees: $738. There is a buddy price of $650, for those that sign up with a friend for the same batch.

SkillsFuture Claimable: Yes. Group and corporate discounts are available.

Office: Blk 134 Jurong Gateway Road, #03-309P, Singapore 600134

Real Centre Network was set up in 2010. Their trainers are ACTA certified, having taught RES courses since they were introduced, and the course will provide RES course takers with course books and lecture slides. An online student learning portal will be open to students and additional revision classes are available at a student’s own cost.

Duration: 18 Sessions, 3 hours each

Fees: $834.60

SkillsFuture Claimable: Yes. The course is also UTAP funding claimable.

Office: 490 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #09-16 HDB Hub Biz 3, Singapore 310490

RIA School of Real Estate was established in 1982.  Replacement classes are available upon request.

Duration: Weekday and weekend classes available. Express courses are also available.

Fees: $834.60

SkillsFuture Claimable: Yes

Office: 490 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #03-13 HDB Hub Biz 3,Singapore 310490

The Singapore Estate Agents Association was formed to represent the Estate Agencies and Salespersons in Singapore and aims to advocate for, and further, real estate agencies and salespersons’ common interests. Student Membership is free up to one year of taking the RES/REA course with SEAA, with additional revision classes and study group sessions available at a student’s own cost.

Duration: Full day classes (9 consecutive days), weekend classes (9 classes), evening classes (18 classes)

Fees: $728. There is a discounted price of $700, for those that sign up with a friend.

SkillsFuture Claimable: Yes. The course is also UTAP funding claimable.

Office: 60 Paya Lebar Road, #13-23 Paya Lebar Square, Singapore 409051

Are there any agents out there that have taken a RES course recently? We’d love to hear your experience and honest opinions in the comments! It’d surely be helpful for property agent aspirants. We look forward to hearing from  you!

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