FAQs - Real Estate Traineeship Program

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 CPP40307 – Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate).


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.


The eligibility requirements for traineeships are:-


  • The applicant must have worked for the employer for less than 3 month’s full time.
  • The applicant cannot have gained a Certificate III or IV qualification in the last 7 years. (NOTE: holders of Diplomas or Bachelor degrees do not qualify for Traineeships).
  • Applicants 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
  • All applicants must be aged between 16 and 64 years of age at the time of application
  • 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 traineeship?


To find out if you are eligible talk to you 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.