Real Estate Essentials

Getting Started Essentials - Certificate of Registration Course

Part of the Real Estate Essentials series:


Launch your career in the best possible way.

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

Choosing to learn with REINSW means your training is highly regarded by employers because it is backed by the leading industry body for property professionals in NSW, which gives your career an added edge. 

"Great trainers, very informative, fun and lots of interaction. Glad I chose to do my certificate of registration course with REINSW." - Yolanda Lindsay, Certificate of Registration Course student in 2014

What you'll learn

Getting Started Essentials comprises the four units of competency mandated by industry regulator NSW Fair Trading for entry into the real estate profession. The four units are required in order to apply for a real estate salesperson Certificate of Registration from NSW Fair Trading.

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

Once you have successfully completed Getting Started Essentials, including the in and out of class assessments, you will receive Statements of Attainment from REINSW for the four completed units. When you receive the Statements of Attainment, you can then apply to NSW Fair Trading for a Certificate of Registration.

* Please note that Getting Started Essentials is a short-course and the title of this course should not be confused with a certificate qualification under the Australian Qualification Framework.

"A fantastic course run by very professional trainers who are all active in the industry. All the information was relevant and geared towards optimising your knowledge of the industry in NSW." - Diane Giuseppini, Certificate of Registration Course student in 2014



There are no formal prerequisites to undertaking Getting Started Essentials. However the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 2002 (which is the Act that governs the property industry) 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."

REINSW requires all potential students to:

  • Have an intermediate level of computer skills and knowledge
  • Have an intermediate level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN)
  • Be 16 years and over at the time of enrolment
  • Reside in New South Wales

"Very satisfied with the course. Good mix of theory and practical tasks. Will use REINSW in the future." - Mitch McClintock, Certificate of Registration Course student in 2014

Course delivery - you choose!

Getting Started Essentials takes approximately 57 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, Getting Started Essentials is offered through a number of delivery modes to suit how you to wish to learn. These include:

Classroom – $749.00 (GST exempt)
If you elect to enrol in Getting Started Essentials via classroom mode, you will be required to undertake five (5) full days of face-to-face training (35 hours), plus approximately 22 hours of out of class assessment work.

You will be required to participate in experiential and situational simulations, and in and out of class assessment activities. All activities are designed to integrate theory and practice.

Learning and assessment resources are provided on the first day of the course, and are delivered in plain English.

You have six months to complete the course, including assessment submission. Electronic assessment submission is available.


From 1 January 2015, all
students undertaking Nationally
Recognised Training will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

Find out more >>> 




View the course calendar >>>

REI House
30-32 Wentworth Avenue

How long?
5 days

How much?
$749 (GST exempt)

To enrol?
Download enrolment form >>>



At a time that suits you!

At your computer

How much?
$625 (GST exempt)

To enrol?
Enrol online >>> 



How much?
Price on application

To enrol?
Call REINSW Training on (02) 9264 2343



As part of the enrolment process, students are required to read the Student Handbook, which details policies and procedures relevant to your learning.
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eLearning – $625 (GST exempt)
To enrol in Getting Started Essentials via eLearning, you need to have intermediate computer skills and knowledge, and have access to the internet.

Using self-paced online learning materials, you will be required to undertake approximately 10 hours tutorial and reference reading, plus approximately 22 hours of assessment work.

You have six months to complete the course online, including assessment submission. Assessments include online participation and off-line research activities.

Your assessment tasks will be submitted online as you progress through your learning. You can view your progress at any time and feedback from the assessor will be added directly into your eLearning account.

To view an eLearning demonstration:

  • Access the demonstration unit by clicking here >>> 
  • Login using the following details:
    -   Username:
    -   Password: TrialAccount#1
  • Select Communication demo
  • Click Launch next to ‘Communicate with clients’

Personal training plan – price on application
If you enrol in Getting Started Essentials via a Personal Training Plan, you will undertake a combination of face-to-face training and eLearning tailored to your particular needs.

Regardless of the mode of delivery, all assessment tasks are aimed at confirming your ability to apply acquired knowledge and skills to the workplace. Your assessments may include:
  • Written questions
  • Role plays
  • Case studies
  • Problem solving activities
  • Group practical activities
  • Research activities
  • An assignment that consists of a major project

We encourage you to complete and submit your assessments within two weeks of completing the Getting Started Essentials, while the information is still fresh in your mind. Students are required to submit all assessments for a course with multiple units at the same time. All REINSW assessments are written in plain English and must be submitted in plain English. You must keep copies of your assessments, as REINSW takes no responsibility for lost assessments.

In order to complete assessments, you must have access to a computer, Microsoft Word (or similar), an email address, the internet and a printer.

Throughout the duration of Getting Started Essentials, and after completion of the course, REINSW expert trainers and assessors are available to provide support to students should they require assistance with any part of their learning.

The assessment marking process takes seven weeks from the date an assessment is received by REINSW. This timeframe is made up of five weeks marking time plus two weeks administrative processing. In most instances, results are released within this timeframe. Students are welcome to contact REINSW Training after five weeks to verbally gain their result.

Plan your learning

In order to gain your Certificate of Registration, you need to factor in:

  • the time required to attend or undertake the training
  • the time required to complete and submit your assessments
  • the time required for your assessments to be marked and processed by REINSW
  • the time required for NSW Fair Trading to process your application for a Certificate of Registration. NSW Fair Trading application processing time can take up to six (6) weeks. You should contact NSW Fair Trading direct to gain a clear indication and understanding of possible application timeframes. REINSW has no control over NSW Fair Trading application processing timeframes.


Recognition of Prior Learning

At REINSW, we value your existing skills and knowledge based on your previous work and life experiences, and any partial or completed qualifications. We can offer you an alternate assessment process and this is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

REINSW will not accept evidence for RPL that is more than 12 months old.

There is a non-refundable application fee for RPL. To have an RPL application kit sent to you or to find out more, please call (02) 9264 2343 or email


How to enrol

To enrol download enrolment form >>>, contact REINSW Training on (02) 9264 2343 or email

* Please note, from 1 January 2015  all students must have a Unique Student Identifier before any Registered Training Organisation (such as REINSW) can issue a Statement of Attainment or Qualification Certificate upon the successful completion of training. Find out more about the USI >>>

More information

If you have any questions about Real Estate Essentials, please contact REINSW Training on (02) 9264 2343 or email