Continuing education

Continuing education helps reinforce your knowledge and addresses topical issues and trends and changes to legislation.

Continuing education requirements

Licensed real estate agents must complete at least 20 hours of continuing education each year by 31 December.

This includes:

  • 10 hours of verifiable education on topics set by REA and¬†delivered by approved education providers
  • 10 hours of non-verifiable education¬†on other topics and types of learning.

If you don't complete the training by 31 December, your licence will be cancelled in January of the following year.

We have developed a guide to help you understand your continuing education obligations.

Read more about verifiable education here.
Read more about non-verifiable education here.
Read about the approved education providers here.
Download the Guide to continuing education [PDF, 603 KB].

The continuing education programme will change in 2019. Read about the changes here.

Temporary exemptions

If you have completed either the National Certificate in Real Estate or the National Diploma in Real Estate, you will be exempt from the continuing education requirements in the year you complete it and the following calendar year.

You must have completed the whole qualification to qualify for the exemption and will need to provide a copy of your NZQA certificate so we can update your record with the exemption.

If you voluntarily suspend your licence

If your licence is voluntarily suspended for less than 12 months, you will be required to complete your continuing education as if you had been working.

If you suspend your licence for 12 months or more, you will not have to complete continuing education while your licence is suspended. However, you will need to complete continuing education when you revive your licence, and you will also need to do a verifiable refresher course.

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