Being a real estate salesperson or an agent can be a lucrative career. However, before you start, you will need to register as a real estate agent with the Queensland government. This process is rather straightforward, but there will be certain requirements that you should be able to meet. Read ahead to find out how to become registered as a real estate salesperson in Queensland:
Understand the Limits of the Certificate
As a real estate agent in the state, there will be certain activities you are allowed and not allowed to do. For starters, having this license will not allow you to work as a contractor. Property contractors require a separate full license in the state. With this license, you will be allowed to buy or sell houses, businesses, or land. You can request property certificates QLD, negotiate a real estate deal, arrange property exchanges, show properties up for sale, advertise real estate for sale, or open a property for inspection with intent to sell. You can manage a realtor’s place of business, but not conduct major business without a separate license. It’s very important to understand that you will not be allowed to conduct real estate auctions of any sort, or manage trust accounts.
The eligibility criteria to become a licensed real estate agent in Queensland are simple. First, you must be an adult over 18 years of age. Secondly, you must pass all the mandatory training courses. More on that below.
There are also certain aspects that make you ineligible to hold this license. If you have been convicted of a serious legal offense (punishable by 3 years or more in prison) in the past five years, or if you are currently disqualified for holding similar types of registration certificates or licenses, then you are ineligible to register as a real estate agent in the state. The state will also consider certain aspects such as criminal history, past disqualifications, being on the receiving end of a successful claim fund action, character issues, and your eligibility to work in Australia.
Non Citizen Applicants
Non-citizens can apply to hold a real estate agent license provided that there’s a visa that allows working in Australia. Also, the applicant must provide a certified copy of the passport with the rest of the application.
The application must be lodged with an original or a certified copy of identification, such as a birth certificate, passport, or a citizenship certificate. The registration fee and the criminal history check fee should be paid with the application. If you provide any qualifications, proof must be provided with the application.
Wait for Processing
Once you have submitted your application, you will have to wait between 4 to 6 weeks for a response. The application processing time could be delayed if you have submitted your application with some missing documents, or if you don’t pay required fees on time.
Training for Licensing
If your application is admitted, then you will have to undergo training from a provider recognised by Queensland. You can get an exception if you have an equivalent certificate obtained in the previous two years. If you don’t successfully complete the training, you won’t get your license. Training will involve taking courses in a property services package.
You can obtain your real estate salesperson license once you successfully complete your training.