Your guide on how to become a real estate agent

16 November 2023

"This guide will take you through the steps to start your real estate career in Western Australia with your best foot forward. "

Are you thinking about a career in real estate but not sure where to start? If you’re fascinated by property market trends, love meeting new people and helping them achieve their goals, a career in real estate could be the perfect fit for you.

This guide will take you through the steps to start your real estate career in Western Australia with your best foot forward.

Step One: Complete your education requirements

The first step is to complete the required real estate course. REIWA Training offers Unrestricted Registration (covering both Property Manager course and Sales) as well as Restricted Registration if you prefer to focus on either Property Management or Sales, not both. Choose the real estate course that suits you: 

  • Unrestricted Registration: The best of both worlds – work in both Sales and Property Management. This is also the pathway to getting your real estate licence so you could one day operate as an independent agent or open your own agency.
  • Restricted Sales Registration: Ideal for those looking for a career as a Sales representative.
  • Restricted Property Management: Dedicated to those who wish to manage rental properties.

Step Two: Register with DMIRS

Upon completing your chosen course, you have up to three years to register with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS – more commonly known as Consumer Protection), the WA real estate industry regulator. Real estate professionals must be registered with DMIRS to practise real estate in WA.

Step Three: Gain valuable experience

You’ve completed your training and registered with DMIRS, now it’s time to immerse yourself in the world of real estate. Find an agency or a licensed agent that aligns with your values and who you believe you can learn the most from. You’re now able to pursue your passion for property and help clients find their new home, office space, rural or industry property, or even a small business – the options are endless and the work varied!

If you’re planning to work for yourself or become an agency licensee, you will need two years of experience under your belt and to have completed the CPP51119 Diploma of Property (Agency Management).

Why choose REIWA Training to start your career?

Reputation: REIWA and our members are renowned for upholding the highest professional standards in the industry.

Expert trainers: Our trainers are still active in the industry, as high-performing agents, award-winning licensees and principals (including a past president of REIWA), directors and owners of agencies.

Industry leader: We have our finger on the pulse of real estate which ensures our training courses are up-to-date, relevant and practical.

Work experience: Students get exclusive access to REI Forms, RP Data, and other essential tools of the trade which REIWA provides to our members, and job-ready practical learning at our simulated agency.

Assessment support: Our full-time trainers guide and coach students outside of the classroom, while our dynamic calendar of events provides regular networking opportunities. 

REIWA Training also offers the flexibility to complete your registration online or in-person. Our online modules allow you to work at your own pace (within your enrolment timeframe) and is suitable for those where a classroom may not fit their schedule.

Cygnet West Retail Senior Executive, AJ Ewers said REIWA’s online training platform gave him the flexibility to complete the training around his schedule, raising a family while still working full-time in his previous career as a personal trainer.

For a better insight into starting your career with REIWA Training, hear more from AJ below:

Career opportunities

The real estate industry offers a wide range of career paths to suit your interests and skills. Once you’ve successfully completed your training and registration, you can specialise in areas that align with your passions, such as:

  • Auctioneer
  • Business broker
  • Buyer’s agent
  • Commercial leasing
  • Commercial property management
  • Commercial sales
  • Residential property management
  • Residential sales
  • Rural representative
  • Seller’s agent
  • Strata management

What are you waiting for? Learn more about REIWA Training and join REIWA today to gain the support, resources and ongoing professional development to power your career goals.

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