Be recognised for your experience and skills

May/June 2017 edition

Danielle Andrews
REINSW Education & Training Manager

Been in the industry for a while, but haven’t taken the leap to obtain your Real Estate Licence? You may be able to obtain recognition for the skills and experience you’ve gained over the years. Here’s how.

With training reforms now imminent, there’s an increased emphasis on agents attaining their Real Estate Licence by successfully completing the CPP40307 Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate).

If you’re an experienced agent, this could potentially be a little frustrating as you already have lots of experience and have developed many skills. Why should you have to go back to formally study them?

REINSW believes you shouldn’t have to spend time re-learning things you already know and can already do. That’s why we offer our learners the opportunity to have their experience and skills recognised via our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program.

We’ve recently streamlined and updated our RPL process to make it as easy, straightforward and affordable as possible.
How do you receive RPL?
You need to provide evidence demonstrating your existing knowledge, skills and experience.

There are three stages to having your knowledge and experience recognised for the issue of a full Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate). You can also be recognised for just some units of competency within the qualification, rather than all of them, which gets you part of the way there.
1. Self assessment
Once you’ve enrolled in the RPL program and have paid the administration fee, you’ll receive access to an online self-assessment tool.

First you need to answer a series of multiple choice questions, where you rate your level of experience and/or the frequency that you complete certain activities.

Then you need tell us about your skills, knowledge and experience so we can assess whether you are eligible for RPL in a particular unit of competency.

Finally, you need to complete the Evidence Kit document. This gathers details of your current and recent work history, plus relevant contacts to help support your RPL application.
2. REINSW review
Now it’s our turn!

An REINSW assessor will review your self assessment and contact your references. They’ll then arrange for a phone or face-to-face interview to confirm our understanding of your experience and skills.

Once we’ve done this, we’ll advise you in writing of the outcome. This could mean you receive recognition for a full Certificate IV qualification, or recognition for particular units within the Certificate IV. If you’re not recognised for the full qualification, we’ll advise you of the additional training you need to complete in order to attain the full Certificate IV.
3. Recognition
Once you have paid the Recognition Fee, you’ll be issued with the relevant credentials for the units of competency you’ve achieved via RPL.

If you need to complete any additional training, REINSW can provide this in a combination of distance and face-to-face formats. Up to two clusters of units are covered by the Recognition Fee. If you require three clusters, you’ll be given a 50 per cent discount on the full cost of the training. Where more than four clusters are required, we’ll transfer your Recognition Fee (minus an administration fee) to your training costs. This will likely be a cheaper priced option for you.

To find out more about RPL, including pricing, please visit