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REINSW Certificate of Registration Course - Getting Started Essentials
Enrol now      Launch your real estate career in the best possible way!

The first step in your real estate career is to complete the Certificate of Registration Course – Getting Started Essentials. This course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to be confident, capable and successful in listing, selling, renting and managing property.

All new entrants to the real estate industry, who intend on performing any of the functions of a real estate agent, must hold a Certificate of Registration issued by NSW Fair Trading.
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When applying for a Certificate of Registration, NSW Fair Trading requires a statement of attainment from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) stating that the applicant has successfully completed the relevant entry certification course.

Completing this course ensures your Certificate of Registration is highly regarded by employers because your training is backed by the leading industry body for property professionals in NSW – giving you the edge as you break into the real estate industry.

Download an enrolment form or a printable version of this information.

When you enrol, you’ll receive FREE student membership of REINSW for 12 months, entitling you to many benefits including discounts on training.


What will I learn?    

Once you have successfully completed the course, including the in and out of class assessments, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for the four units you need to apply to NSW Fair Trading for your Certificate of Registration.

The REINSW Certificate of Registration Course comprises the following four nationally accredited units of competency: 

  • CPPDSM4080A – Work in the real estate industry
  • CPPDSM3019B – Communicate with clients as part of agency operations
  • CPPDSM4007A – Identify legal and ethical requirements of property management to complete agency work
  • CPPDSM4008A – Identify legal and ethical requirements of property sales to complete agency work 

The REINSW Certificate of Registration Course is also available in non-real estate areas of practice (for example, stock and station, business broking and strata management). For more information, please call (02) 9264 2343 or email  

Are there any prerequisites? 

There are no formal prerequisites to undertaking the REINSW Certificate of Registration Course. However the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 2002 states that:

"A person is eligible to hold a certificate of registration only if the Director-General is satisfied that the person:
(a) is an individual who is at least 16 years of age, and
(b) is a fit and proper person to hold a certificate of registration, and
(c) has the qualifications required for the issue of a certificate of registration of the type concerned, and
(d) is not a disqualified person." 

How is the course delivered?  

The REINSW Certificate of Registration Course takes approximately 30 hours to complete. If you have prior experience or have undertaken related training, you may be able to complete the course in a shorter period of time.

In order to provide you with the most satisfying and successful educational experience, the REINSW Certificate of Registration Course incorporates a number of delivery modes. Verbal presentations, participation in experiential activities and case studies, role playing and situational simulations, and written scenarios and workbook activities are all designed to integrate theory and practice.

REINSW delivers this course in a variety of ways:

  • Classroom: Five days of face-to-face training, plus approximately 10 hours of project work. 
  • eLearning: online materials (internet access and intermediate computer knowledge required).
  • Personal training plan: combination of face-to-face training and eLearning tailored to your needs.

Classroom courses
Face-to-face classroom courses are conducted at REINSW at 30-32 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney (see map).

There is a parking station on the corner of Castlereagh and Goulburn Streets.

If you are travelling by train, REINSW is approximately a 10 minute walk from Central Station.

eLearning is a convenient way to complete the REINSW Certificate of Registration Course - Getting Started Essentials. You will have 6 months to complete this course online. To find out more about eLearning, click here

What assessments will I need to do? 

Assessment tasks are aimed at confirming your ability to apply acquired knowledge to the workplace, and will include written questions, role plays, case studies and problem solving activities, and an assignment that consists of a major project.

Assessments are completed in and out of class.

In order to successfully complete the assessments, students will need to have access to the following; a computer, Microsoft Word (or similar), an email address, the internet, and a printer.

There is a 7 week turnaround for marking once your assessment is submitted.

If you have previous skills and knowledge, you may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For more information about RPL, please call (02) 9264 2343 or email  

When will I receive my Certificate of Registration?

 Your Certificate of Registration will be issued by NSW Fair Trading, not REINSW.

You must apply to NSW Fair Trading for your Certificate of Registration, and you can only do so once you have gained your Statement of Attainment from REINSW for the four units of learning you have completed as part of the REINSW Certificate of Registration Course.

It is important to note that you will not receive your Statement of Attainment immediately upon completing the Certificate of Registration Course (either via classroom or eLearning). Your Statement of Attainment will be issued by REINSW when you complete and submit your assessments, and you are deemed competent for each unit of learning.

You can complete and submit your assessments at your discretion at any time after completing your formal learning. REINSW recommends that you do so as soon as possible after your training, while your new skills are still fresh in your mind.

Here are some easy steps to follow:

Step 1 Enrol in the REINSW Certificate of Registration Course by downloading an enrolment form or by calling Education and Training (02) 9264 2343 (Option 1)
Step 2 Undertake your learning Classroom: NSW 5 days
eLearning: self-paced
Step 3 Complete your assessments for each unit Classroom: ASAP or within weeks
eLearning: self-paced
Step 4 Submit your assessments for each unit to REINSW (ensure you keep a copy) Classroom: via email eLearning: via eLearning platform
Step 5 REINSW marks your assessment as 'competent' or 'requiring more information' Classroom: 7 week turnaround from time of submission. eLearning: 7 week turnaround from time of submission.
Step 6 REINSW issues your Statement of Attainment
Step 7 Receive your Statement of Attainment from REINSW Up to 14 days
Step 8 Complete the NSW Fair Trading application Self-paced
Step 9 Take your REINSW Statement of Attainment and NSW Fair Trading application to NSW Fair Trading NSW Fair Trading can take up to 6 weeks to process applications.
Step 10 Congratulations! You have received your Certificate of Registration from NSW Fair Trading and can now work in the real estate industry.


Some tips:

  • Complete and submit your assessments as soon as possible after your training.
  • If you need help with your assessments, call REINSW on (02) 9264 2343.
  • Keep copies of your assessments, as REINSW takes no responsibility for lost assessments.
  • Contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20 for information on their application process.

How much does the course cost? 

  • Classroom: $749
  • eLearning: $625
  • Personal training plan: price determined according to training plan
All prices are GST exempt and include Student Membership.

How do I enrol?  

To register, mail or fax an enrolment form to REINSW Education & Training. 

You will need to read the REINSW Student Handbook before you commence your course, which details policies and procedures relevant to your studies.

The next step – Real Estate Essentials Series 

The Certificate of Registration Course - Getting Started Essentials is the first step in the Real Estate Essentials Series, which is all about choice.

Complete one or complete them all - it's your choice!

Want to attain your Real Estate Licence? Build from the Certificate of Registration Course  to a full Real Estate Licence by completing the entire Real Estate Essentials Series at your own flexible and affordable pace.

Want to build your knowledge? Simply choose the course that is right for you to brush up your skills in a particular area of practice.

Find out more about the
Real Estate Essentials Series.