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Candidate practitioners have overstayed their welcome

Steven Ngubeni leading the way

MAIN IMAGE: Mr Steven Ngubeni – Chairperson of the PPRA

During the recent seminars hosted by Rebosa  in partnership with the NAR and Nedbank, Mr Steven Ngubeni, Chairperson of the PPRA, gave a vital update on several key matters, notably the thorny issue of qualifications for candidate practitioners before the 30 June deadline.

A final deadline for registration

A big focus for the PPRA is the professionalisation and regulation of the industry, in order to enhance the perception of estate agents with buyers and sellers. A major hurdle to this is the high number of candidate practitioners who have yet to complete their qualifications and register as property practitioners with the PPRA.

Ngubeni explained, “I am appealing to you to comply with the June deadline for registration because we have no intention of extending it…We have around 15 000 registered, full status, practitioners, who have taken on around 30 000 candidate practitioners. Most of these candidates, I bet above 80%, you have overstayed your welcome as candidates. That means you have spent more than one year being a candidate, which we know is not a desirable state, some of you are ten years into it”.

The issue

The PPRA has determined that the  NQF 4/PDE 4 requirement remains intact until the consultation process to align the qualification standard with the new regulations has been concluded. This is ongoing and the outcome and implementation thereof will not occur by 30 June. Existing candidates therefore have  no choice but to comply timeously.

Another problem that arose was the debacle around writing the PDE exam as the PPRA continuously fumbled registration, booking venues and struggled providing an electronic exam without glitches.

Based on the current system in place, most candidate practitioners would be hard pressed to comply with the 30 June deadline.

The RPL solution: register now!

During the seminar Mr Ngubeni announced that there is now a solution as presented by Rebosa, in conjunction with Charter Academy – the option of an RPL, Recognition of Prior Learning. “What does it mean for you? It means that if you’ve been a candidate agent for at least twelve months, you can now appeal for your workplace learning to be recognised by obtaining the equivalent of an NQF4 and becoming a full status practitioner,” Ngubeni explained, “It’s not a favour, it is a legitimate option within the legal framework in this country, so there is no excuse not to comply with the June deadline, Make use of the RPL”, he stressed.

The RPL details

Run by Charter Academy, the Accelerated RPL programme has been designed to help candidate practitioners to complete the qualification as quickly as possible. And the news gets better – Rebosa is offering an exclusive opportunity to complete the course for the discounted rate of R3,200. This Accelerated RPL will allow candidate practitioners to complete their Portfolio of Evidence for the NQF 4 qualification in three to four weeks. The Portfolio will still need to be moderated by Services Seta before the certificate is issued.

The PPRA requires both the logbook and the Services Seta moderation to take place before allowing a candidate practitioner to register for the PDE.

This offer lasts until Tuesday 28 February.

Candidate practitioners can apply to register now via this link: or by using the QRC below:

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