Real Estate

About Real Estate

A career in real estate can be incredibly diverse, giving you the chance to meet people from all walks of life with several pathways to pursue. Starting as a salesperson provides a solid foundation to working with property which helps you branch out into other roles.

By gaining a real estate qualification with Ignite, you’ll ensure that you meet the industry licensing requirements that are necessary for your career progression and the opportunity to work hard for a financially rewarding career.

Is Real Estate for me?

Real estate professionals need a special set of skills and attributes. You’ll need to be:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • A ‘fit and proper person’ (this means having no criminal convictions). The REA carries out a police check for all licence applications
  • Well-presented and professional
  • Happy with working long and irregular hours, such as on weekends and in the evening
  • A great networker with strong relationship-building skills
  • Driven and self-motivated (especially for sales roles, which are commission-based)
  • Able to understand financial concepts, market trends, and legislation.

New to the industry?

For those with no prior experience working in real estate, becoming a salesperson is the best way to get your foot in the door. Once you find a real estate agency that will host you as a learner, you can enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4) programme.

After you complete all of the requirements of the programme, including assessments and a face-to-face interview, you will need to apply for a Salesperson’s licence from the Real Estate Authority (REA). This licence allows you to legally work as a real estate salesperson and sell property within New Zealand.

Please note that you can only apply for the licence after you’ve been awarded the qualification. The licence application is a separate process that is independently managed by REA and can take approximately a month. The sooner you complete the programme and receive your certificate, the sooner you can apply for your licence and start selling property.


Real Estate Programmes

  • New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4) Thumbnail

    New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4)

    The real estate industry offers rewarding career opportunities in a fast-paced, exciting sector. You’ll be able to set your own work schedule, be your own boss, and meet new people. You’ll help others make life-changing decisions, and directly reap the rewards of your own hard work. If you are considering a career change, the skills and experience you have gained in other fields can enable you to transition easily to real estate sales.

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  • New Zealand Certificate in Residential Property Management (Level 4) Thumbnail

    New Zealand Certificate in Residential Property Management (Level 4)

    Whether you’re an experienced property manager looking to get your skills formally recognised or would like to increase your knowledge in property management, getting qualified in Residential Property Management is a great choice. Our programme will arm you with the knowledge and tools you need for business success, and award you with a nationally recognised qualification.

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  • Real Estate - Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) Thumbnail

    Real Estate - Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)

    ​This programme is designed for experienced salespersons to recognise your current skills and knowledge, gained from hands-on experience, giving you a pathway to a qualification which then enables you to apply to the Real Estate Authority (REA) to become a licensed Branch Manager.

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