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Real Estate Agent

Māngai Hoko Whare/Whenua

Real estate agents arrange the sale of properties and help buyers find suitable properties.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733

Entry requirements

To become a real estate agent you must be licensed with the Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA). This requires you to have one of the following qualifications:

  • National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) – Level 4
  • National Diploma in Real Estate (Agent) – Level 5
  • National Certificate in Real Estate (Branch Manager) – Level 5.

You may also be eligible for a licence if you have completed a comparable university degree.

Real estate agents must also:

  • be over 18
  • have a driver's licence and their own car.

Secondary education

Useful school subjects include English, maths, and economics.

Personal requirements

Real estate agents need to be:

  • positive and persistent
  • excellent at listening and communicating
  • skilled at selling and negotiating
  • motivated and self-disciplined
  • honest, trustworthy and able to keep information private
  • patient and helpful
  • good at planning and organising, with an eye for detail.

Useful experience

Useful experience for real estate agents includes:

  • sales work
  • public relations experience
  • any work involving contact with people.

A technical background in building or design may also be useful.

Physical requirements

Real estate agents must have a neat and tidy appearance.


Real estate agents must be licensed with the Real Estate Agents Authority.

Related courses

View information on courses in the course database

Find out more about training

The Skills Organisation
0508 547 557 - www.skills.org.nz
The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ)
(09) 356 1755 - info@reinz.co.nz - www.reinz.co.nz



year of training usually required

Valerie Couper in her office on the phone

Real estate agents need excellent listening and communication skills

Tracy Logan and Julianne Norman working at computers in an office

Two real estate agents organising their schedules for the day

Updated 17 Oct 2014