Real Estate Traineeships


If so, you or one of your new team members may qualify for Government funding via the Real Estate Traineeship Program.


The Australian Government offers a number of initiatives to encourage employers to assist their employees to enter into a training program to improve their skills and to gain a formal qualification. Think Real Estate's Traineeship Pathway for CPP41419 Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice is covered by the program.


Conducted over a period of up to 24 months, the Traineeship Program is a great way for new employees to increase their workplace skill, knowledge and productivity by combining a structured training program with on-the-job experience and have the cost funded by the Commonwealth Government.


A win-win for both employer and employee! (Download the Funding Information for Employers Brochure for full funding details below).


Think Real Estate's flexible study options which are developed in consultation with both employer and employee, make completing the Traineeship Program so easy. Study via workshop, correspondence or online learning.


The minimum expected time for completion is approximately 12 months and the maximum course completion time allowed from enrolment is 24 months. (Note course completion times may vary depending on many factors such as workshop tutorial attendance, the amount of time set aside for self-paced study or the amount of RPL granted). Please see the Participant Handbook for further details.


For further information download our Course Information Booklet, Course Brochure and Guide to Funding below or to speak to one of our highly trained team call 1300 660 402. Please ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student, by reading the Participant Handbook prior to enrolment.


Please note: The CPP40307 Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) will be superseded by CPP41419 Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice on 30th September, 2021. For further information please visit



Real Estate Traineeship FAQs

What is a Real Estate Traineeship? (Only available in NSW)

All qualification training provided by Think Real Estate is fee for service training. However, the Federal Government does provide subsidies to employers for new employees of less than three month’s employment.  If an employee is accepted for a traineeship in real estate they are required to undertake study in the qualification CPP41419 – Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice.

As the Commonwealth Government provides funding to the employer to cover some of the costs of employing a trainee (up to a maximum of $4,000) Think Real Estate only invoices the employer at the time they receive the funds from the government. Note that Traineeships are generally for a period of a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 24 months. The length of time is determined by the participant’s existing skills and knowledge, which will be determined by a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Who's eligible for a Real Estate Traineeship?

In order to qualify for Government funding the applicant must meet all of the required standards in the following list:

  • The applicant must be aged between 16 and 64 years of age at the time of application.
  • The applicant must be a new entrant to the industry, or who have been newly employed with their existing employer within the last 3 months full time.
  • The applicant must be employed full-time in the real estate industry.
  • The applicant must have been employed by your agency for no longer than 3 months.
  • The applicant must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, or a New Zealand passport holder that has been in Australia more than 6 months.
  • The applicant must not have completed a Certificate III or IV qualification within the past 7 years.
  • The applicant must not hold a diploma, bachelor degree or higher qualification in any field.
  • In addition, Trainees must remain employed during the full term of the traineeship. Traineeships are generally for the period of 12 to 24 months, depending on the level of real estate experience. The full cost of enrolment, training and assessment (as charged by Think Real Estate) will generally be covered by government funding provided directly to your employer.

How do I find out if I am eligible for a Real Estate Traineeship?

To find out if you are eligible talk to your employer and then complete an application form.

We will submit your application to our traineeship provider, advising you once this has been done. It will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks from the time of submission before Commonwealth Government funding is approved. Once approved, your allocated Think Real Estate trainer/assessor will contact you and your employer to draw up an approved training schedule and make arrangements to begin your training.  If you are not eligible for a traineeship you can still obtain your qualification by undertaking our Experienced Agents Licence Qualification Course.