The Estate Agency Affairs Board is wanting to introduce a mandatory one-year programme, to be completed by all intern estate agents, as from 2 January 2013. The aim of the programme is to accommodate the peremptory internship requirements for new entrants into the estate agency profession in terms of the Education Regulations. The programme has been specifically designed to facilitate and monitor the induction of intern estate agents into the estate agency profession and will apply to all new entrants, or intern estate agents, regardless of the future status to which such persons aspire and/or of their current academic, professional or other qualifications.
The programme has, furthermore, been designed to ensure that intern estate agents not only acquire meaningful practical estate agency experience during the twelve-month internship period but that they are also exposed to an applied and relevant practical learning experience that will enhance, and add value and understanding, to their theoretical estate agency studies. The underlying objective of the programme is to ensure that intern estate agents are provided with the required structured learning environment that will assist them to acquire the necessary practical workplace experience that they need if they are competently to perform the functions of a professional estate agents and that, just as importantly, they are not, during the course of the internship period, relegated to the peripheries of estate agency practice.
The maintenance of a mandatory workplace learning programme logbook and workplace portfolio of evidence constitutes an integral component of the entire programme. The EAAB has, to this end, compiled a draft logbook for use by both intern estate agents and their principals (or mentors).
EAAB logbook for intern estate agents