Queensland is booming, with thousands of Australians making the trek north in search of sunshine and pristine tropical beaches. The Australian Financial Review reported earlier this year that Australians were flocking to Queensland at the ‘fastest pace in 20 years’.

When interstate migration is added to Queensland’s birth rate, the result is the highest level of population growth anywhere in Australia.

What does this mean for the property industry? It means all these new Queenslanders will need homes, and this translates into great professional opportunities for real estate professionals.

Do you know that the Sunshine Coast region has the highest median house price of any regional area in Australia? House prices there rose about 50% during the pandemic.
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How do you break into the real estate industry in Queensland?

So how do you find a job in the Queensland property industry?

Ultimately, you need to obtain a Queensland Office of Fair Trading, real estate licence. The Office of Fair Trading is the Queensland Government agency responsible for regulating the real estate industry, including:

  • real estate agent registration or licence
  • letting agent licence
  • auctioneer registration or licence.

These qualifications are required by law for any suitable person who wants to conduct property transactions in Queensland. To become registered or licensed, you must complete professional education programs and satisfy good character requirements.

Once you’ve completed your real estate educational qualifications and applied for an equivalent licence or registration, it can take the Office of Fair Trading QLD (real estate) between four and six weeks to process your application. It’s good to keep this in mind when you’re making plans to launch your real estate career.

Let’s look at what each of these roles will enable you to accomplish in the Queensland real estate industry, and what types of qualifications you’ll need to work in these roles.

Queensland fair trading requirements for real estate

Queensland real estate salesperson registration

Registration as a Queensland Office of Fair Trading real estate salesperson is an entry-level qualification that will allow you to:

  • negotiate the sale or purchase of homes, commercial properties or land on behalf of a buyer or seller
  • negotiate leasing of residential or commercial properties on behalf of landlords
  • advertise property for sale or rent
  • conduct assessments of property for sale or rent
  • open properties for sale or rent to inspection by potential buyers or renters.

As a registered real estate salesperson, you’ll work under the supervision of a real estate agent who holds a Queensland Office of Fair Trading real estate licence. Real estate salespeople are not permitted to conduct property auctions or manage real estate trust accounts.

The Queensland Office of Fair Trading requires that applicants for registration as a real estate salesperson be at least 18 years of age and meet certain standards of good character.

You’ll also need to complete 12 subjects taken from the Certificate IV in Real Estate (CPP41419) with a registered training provider. The exception, is if you’ve earned an equivalent qualification within the past two years.

Your course can be completed over a few weeks or months, depending on whether you engage in full-time or part-time study.

Once you’ve completed your course, you can apply for Queensland Office of Fair Trading real estate salesperson registration and begin your new career in this industry.

Find out more about Real Estate Sales Person Registration

Real estate agent licence

It may be that you’re a registered Queensland real estate salesperson who’s looking to take the next step in your career. Or perhaps you simply want to enter the property industry at a more senior level.

To accomplish this, you’ll need to satisfy the requirements for an Office of Fair Trading real estate licence.

This is the full real estate licence granted by the Office of Fair Trading QLD (real estate). It will enable you to:

  • own or manage a real estate agency
  • negotiate purchase, sale or rental of residential or commercial property and land
  • assess property values for purchase or rent and collect rental payments from tenants
  • manage an apartment complex and sell units independently
  • establish and manage a trust account.

To qualify with the Office of Fair Trading for Queensland real estate agent licence training you must be 18 years of age and satisfy character standards.

You’ll also have to complete 19 subjects taken from the Certificate IV in Real Estate Study (CPP41419) and the Diploma of Property (Agency Management) (CPP51119). On average, students complete their real estate course within a few months, depending on whether they study part or full time.

Once you’ve successfully completed your real estate agent license course, you can apply to the Queensland Office of Fair Trading for your full real estate licence.

Find out more about Real Estate Agents Licence

Resident letting agent licence

The Queensland resident letting agent licence authorises you to negotiate, manage and rent out units of behalf of owners and body corporates. You’ll conduct property inspections, collect rent and manage a trust account.

As a letting agent, you are not qualified to work as a licensed real estate agent and cannot sell units or properties within the complex you’re managing or another established agency. To qualify with the Office of Fair Trading as a Queensland resident letting agent, you will need to complete a course of 15 subjects taken from the Certificate IV in Real Estate Study (CPP41419) and the Diploma of Property (Agency Management) (CPP51119).

Find out more about Real Estate Letting Agents Licence

Real Estate Auctioneer course

If you’re looking to conduct and finalise real estate sales by auction, then the auctioneer licence course is for you. The course is composed of 10 units and, on completion, you can apply to the Queensland Office of Free Trading for your auctioneer licence.

Find out more about Real Estate Auctioneer Licence

Auctioneer responsibilities in Queensland

The auctioneer must display their name prominently at the auction site or, if that is impractical, they must announce their name at the beginning of the auction. Prior to the auction, the auctioneer must announce the conditions of the auction property sale, including the deposit required, details of the inspection and any other relevant information. In Queensland it is professional practice, that the auctioneer can only accept a vendor bid up to the reserve price. Before the reserve is reached, the auctioneer can accept bids on behalf of the vendor or their representative. But it is illegal for the vendor to bid once the reserve price has been reached.

How do you know if an agent is licensed?

You can check whether somebody has a property licence by searching the public online register. It’s a free service and available for information only.

Entry Education: the best real estate education you can find

Entry Education (RTO 41529) is Australia’s leading real estate institute. Our popular programs are highly sought after and our staff work hard to provide the best learning experiences with relevant real estate practice. Our students often refer their colleagues to Entry Education and they keep in touch with us longer after they’ve graduated. Once you’ve been a student at Entry, you become part of our real estate family and have our ongoing support and friendship. We’re one big real estate family!

Our tutors and support staff are available between 9 am and 5 pm and beyond. You read right. We make sure our students have study assistance whenever they need it – even outside office hours.

If you’re interested in a Queensland real estate course, contact us here and get started online today, or read our blog post How to become a real estate agent in QLD, Brisbane.
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4 roles that will enable you to work in the Queensland property industry

Published On: June 23rd, 2022 / Categories: Real estate industry /

About the Author: Ryan Keys

Ryan is the co-founder and co-director of the Entry Group. An innovator in the education scene, Ryan takes great pride in encouraging and empowering the students and his peers. Unafraid to challenge the norm, Ryan set the goal to offer unrivalled support for students in the real estate education industry. Eight years on, and Entry Education is the leading and largest real estate education provider, a testament to Ryan’s work ethic and determination.

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