How to Become a Real Estate Agent (Property Practitioner) in South Africa

The real estate industry in South Africa offers an exciting and rewarding career path for those looking to join this dynamic field. As a real estate agent, you will have the opportunity to work with various properties and clients, helping them to buy, sell, or rent their dream homes. This article outlines the necessary steps to follow in order to become a successful real estate agent in South Africa.

  1. Join a Real Estate Company
    The first step in becoming a real estate agent is to join a reputable real estate company. This will provide you with a platform to learn and gain valuable experience in the industry. It is essential to choose a company that shares your values and offers support and mentorship as you navigate through the early stages of your career.
  2. Register at the PPRA as a Candidate Property Practitioner (Previously know as Intern Agent).
    To become a real estate agent in South Africa, you must register as a Candidate Property Practitioner with the Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority (PPRA) (Previously known as the EAAB). This registration is mandatory and ensures that you comply with industry regulations and adhere to the highest professional standards.
  3. Start with Training
    Once you have registered with the PPRA, it is time to begin your training. This involves several stages:
    1. Office Induction
      This phase introduces you to the real estate company’s policies, procedures, and systems. You will learn about the company culture, how to use their tools and resources, and the expectations they have of their agents.
    2. Industry Induction
      During this stage, you will learn about the South African real estate industry, including relevant legislation, market trends, and best practices.
    3. 12-Month Internship
      This is a mandatory one-year internship that provides you with hands-on experience in the real estate field. During this time, you must complete the following:
      1. Logbook to be completed (practical workplace experience) – Document your practical workplace experiences in a logbook to demonstrate your competency in various aspects of real estate.
      2. Qualification: FETC: Real Estate NQF4 – to be certified by SSETA – Complete the Further Education and Training Certificate in Real Estate (NQF Level 4), a nationally recognized qualification certified by the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SSETA).
      3. Write the PDE4 exam within 2 years after obtaining the NQF4.
    4. After completing your internship and obtaining the NQF4 qualification, you must pass the Professional Designation Examination for Property Practitioners (PDE4) within two years.
  4. Upgrade to Non-Principal Property Practitioner (Previously known as Non-Principal Full Status Agent)
    Upon passing the PDE4 exam, you can now upgrade your registration with the PPRA to a Non-Principal Property Practitioner.
    1. Commence with CPD (Continuous Professional Development)
      To maintain your registration and stay up-to-date with industry changes, you must participate in ongoing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities.
  5. (Optional) If you wish to proceed to become a Principal Propery Practioner (Previously known as Principal Agent):

    Qualification: NC: Real Estate NQF5 – to be certified by SSETA
    To become a Principal Property Practitioner, you must complete the National Certificate in Real Estate (NQF Level 5), also certified by SSETA.
  6. Register a firm (Business Property Practitioner – BPP) at the PPRA to be upgraded to Principal.
    Once you have obtained the NQF5 qualification, you can register a firm with the PPRA as a Business Property Practitioner (BPP) to upgrade your status to Principal Property Practitioner.
    1. Write the PDE5 exam within 2 years after registering the BPP
      After registering your firm as a BPP, you must pass the Professional Designation Examination for Principal Property Practitioners (PDE5) within two years. This exam assesses your knowledge and competence in managing a real estate business.
    2. Commence with CPD for Principal Property Practitioners
      As a Principal Property Practitioner, it is crucial to continue your professional development through CPD activities specifically tailored for Principal Property Practitioners. This ensures that you stay current with industry changes and maintain the highest standards of professionalism and expertise.


Becoming a Property Practitioner  in South Africa requires dedication, hard work, and continuous learning. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can embark on a successful career in the real estate industry and ultimately become a trusted professional who helps clients navigate the complex world of property transactions.

If you’re ready to begin your journey as a real estate agent in South Africa, we are here to support you every step of the way. We specialize in assisting aspiring agents with the logbook completion, obtaining the NQF4 qualification, managing CPD requirements, and ensuring a smooth FFC/registration process. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of the industry, making your transition into a successful real estate career as seamless as possible.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve your goals as a real estate professional in South Africa. Together, we will turn your dreams into reality and set you on the path to success in this exciting and rewarding industry.

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