National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4)

Qualification code NC154303

Unlock your real estate career with the National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) Level 4. This qualification will enable you to apply for your real estate salesperson’s licence with the Real Estate Authority (REA) and work under the supervision of an agent or branch manager.

Programme update

This qualification is the new, online version of the National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson). 

If you began your study of the National Certificate in Real Estate Salesperson with us before June 2015, and you wish to complete the qualification, please contact us to discuss this.

New students

If you are new to Open Polytechnic and haven’t studied the National Certificate in Real Estate Salesperson before, you can enrol in this qualification from the Choose courses tab.

Are you transferring from another tertiary provider?

If you have studied part of the National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) with another tertiary provider and would like to continue your studies with Open Polytechnic, please contact us before applying to enrol and we can help you with a study plan.

Any questions?

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For more information view the brochure below or request a brochure to be sent to you. If you have any questions please contact us.


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  • Level 4  
    Credits 47 
  • Workload

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $995 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

Study plan

We strongly suggest that you submit one assessment at least every three weeks as per the recommended study plan. This will allow you to finish the first course within 16 weeks.

Individual assistance

Our team of experienced and dedicated tutors are available for one-on-one, individualised support. You can contact your tutor via telephone, email, and our online discussion forums.

Free tutor-led online presentations

Our online presentations cover key topics to support your learning and can be watched from the comfort of your own home or office. You can hear from subject matter experts, get up-to-date industry information, and get extra help from tutors when you need it.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will know about:

  • the real estate industry in New Zealand and how it works
  • land ownership, transfer of ownership, titles and
    council zoning
  • inspection, appraisal, and sale and purchase agreements
  • how to facilitate the sale of real estate, including auction and tender methods
  • property, contract and building law and the legal constraints of operating as a real estate salesperson
  • misleading and deceiving conduct and misrepresentation
  • the Real Estate Agents Act 2008, including licensing and the code of professional conduct.

Employment pathways

Holders of this qualification may apply to the Real Estate Agents Authority for a real estate salesperson’s licence under the provisions of the Real Estate Agents (Licensing) Regulations 2009.

They must do so if they wish to operate as a salesperson in the real estate industry.

Academic pathways

People with this qualification can apply for admission into NC1288 National Certificate in Real Estate (Branch Manager) (Level 5); or ND1731 National Diploma in Real Estate (Agent) (Level 5).

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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