As part of its bid to educate all involved in property purchases, rental or management, whether professionals or members of the general public, the Institute of Estate Agents (IEASA) has included workshops for the layman, so as to provide a more “inclusive” service, says Annette Evans, regional manager of IEASA, Western Cape.
Every agent who has a full status Fidelity Fund Certificate [FFC] is required to attend ongoing training to retain his or her licence and agents accumulating Continuous Professional Development (CPD) via IEASA will gain non-verifiable points in proportion to the hours spent at each training session. IEASA’s aim is to offer a variety of skills development training for all licensed property professionals in 2016.
The calendar of events and training lined up for February will include:
- On the 10th February, a rentals workshop presented by Cilna Steyn, specialist in eviction law and author of “Property and Rental Eviction – the Landlord’s Guide”, which covers all legal aspects of rental property management for rental agents. This workshop is ideal for the DIY landlord as well as estate agents and will cost R684 for members and R912 including VAT for non-members.
- A free public information session will be held on the evening of the 10th from 6pm to 8pm, which will cover the rights, roles and responsibilities of tenants and landlords, as well as lease clauses, all presented in layman’s language. “We strongly advise tenants, landlords and investors to attend as they will learn more about rentals from an attorney’s perspective, meet author Cilna Steyn and have an opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session,” says Evans.
- The first group of the year’s full training in National Qualifications Framework level 4 in real estate (NQF4) begins on the 10th February (with another starting on the 24th). This course runs over a period of six months, and covers the principles of real estate property law, sales and marketing ethics, and growing a business. This qualification involves submitting a Portfolio of Evidence and a variety of assignments, both practical and theoretical. The cost is R13 800 for members and R14 650 for non-members.
- A legal update session for agents, to be held on Thursday 18th February from 9:30 am to 12 noon at their training centre in Sheldon Way, Pinelands. The cost to members for this workshop will be R50 plus VAT and for non-members R250 plus VAT. This session will include analyses of new case studies and new clauses in contracts from an attorney of the Cape Law Society.
Apart from the training scheduled for the month, there are two networking and social events lined up: the IEASA Golf Day on Thursday, 11th of February at the Bellville Golf Club and a City Sightseeing Bus Tour on the 19th. Agents are encouraged to attend both of these as they are ideal ways of meeting agents outside of the “normal” circles and build up a great referral network, Evans says.