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Unit of competency details

CPPDSM4080A - Work in the real estate industry (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Is superseded by CPPREP4005 - Prepare to work with real estate trust accountsSupersedes but is not equivalent to CPPDSM4080A Work in the real estate industry, CPPDSM4006A Establish and manage agency trust accounts. 20/Mar/2019

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 07/Apr/2011

Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 03/Sep/2008 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to enable a new entrant to the industry to gain a basic understanding of the industry and work ethically and effectively in a real estate agency. This includes awareness of ethical and conduct standards, core functions of real estate agency operations, legislative and regulatory framework within which the industry operates and industry employment requirements.

The unit may form part of the licensing requirements for persons engaged in real estate activities in those States and Territories where these are regulated activities.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit of competency supports the work of licensed real estate agents and real estate representatives.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor

Pre-Requisites

Prerequisite units 

Nil

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of employability skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit of competency is packaged, will assist in identifying employability skills requirements.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and/or the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Develop knowledge of estate agency operations .

1.1 Key features of the agency principal relationship are identified and interpreted according to legislative requirements  and agency practice.

1.2 Roles and responsibilities of key personnel  involved in estate agencies are identified in line with legislative requirements and agency practice.

1.3 Information on key operations of estate agencies  is identified in the context of legislative and agency requirements.

1.4 Forms of business ownership , organisational structure  and services  offered by estate agencies, including liabilities and responsibilities, are identified.

Interpret and comply with legislative and agency requirements .

2.1 Approaches for sourcing and accessing legislation  relevant to agency operations are applied.

2.2 Legislation and ethical and conduct standards  relevant to estate agency operations, including legislative limitations on agency practice, are identified to ensure compliance with legislative and agency requirements.

2.3 Licensing and eligibility requirements  for licensed real estate agents, real estate representatives and other employees, including offences and penalties, are identified to ensure compliance with legislative and agency requirements.

2.4 Key provisions of consumer protection and privacy legislation are identified in relation to agency practice.

2.5 Purpose of trust funds  and the key legislative controls on trust funds relevant to authorised employees are identified to ensure compliance with legislative and agency requirements.

2.6 Roles and responsibilities of government agencies  and industry bodies are identified in relation to agency practice.

2.7 Personal understanding of legislative requirements is assessed and verified with relevant people.

2.8 Situations in which specialist advice  is required are identified and sources of appropriate advice are determined in line with agency practice.

Model ethical practice .

3.1 Ethical and conduct standards, including penalties for breaches, are identified and interpreted to ensure compliance with legislative requirements and industry and agency practice.

3.2 Agent's liability for breach of contract and negligence is identified in the context of legislative and agency requirements.

3.3 Personal understanding of ethics and conduct standards required for good agency practice is verified with relevant people to ensure compliance with legislative requirements and industry and agency practice.

3.4 Situations in which specialist advice is required are identified and sources of appropriate advice are determined in line with legislative and agency requirements.

Identify industry employment requirements .

4.1 Industry employment requirements  are identified and interpreted to ensure compliance with legislative requirements and agency practice.

4.2 Employee and employer rights and responsibilities regarding conditions of employment are identified and interpreted to ensure compliance with legislative requirements and agency practice.

4.3 Effective communication strategies  are employed to establish rapport with clients, determine client needs, and provide accurate advice and follow-up services in line with agency practice.

4.4 Personal presentation and professional image are assessed for compliance with industry and agency norms.

4.5 Personal knowledge and skills in providing real estate services are assessed against industry competency standards and other relevant benchmarks to determine continuing training needs and priorities.

4.6 Opportunities for continuing training to maintain currency of competence and develop specialist and advanced skills and knowledge are identified, planned and applied in line with agency practice.

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

This section describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required skills :

  • ability to communicate with and relate to a range of people from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
  • analytical skills to interpret documents such as legislation, regulations, employment contracts and licensing requirements
  • application of risk management strategies associated with advising clients on property sales and property management options
  • computing skills to access agency and resource databases, use standard software packages, send and receive emails, access the internet and web pages, and complete and lodge standard documents online
  • decision making and problem solving skills to analyse situations and make decisions consistent with legislative and ethical requirements
  • literacy skills to access and interpret a variety of texts, including legislation, regulations and rules of ethics; prepare general information and papers; prepare formal and informal letters, reports and applications; and complete standard forms
  • negotiation skills to assist clients with property sales and property management matters
  • numeracy skills to calculate and interpret data, such as commissions and entitlements
  • planning, organising and scheduling skills to undertake work-related tasks such as inspecting properties
  • research skills to identify and locate documents and information relating to real estate operations
  • self-management skills to organise own work, deliver quality customer service and effectively manage competing demands
  • teamwork skills to work effectively in and promote communication between sales, property management and administrative teams in an agency environment.

Required knowledge and understanding :

  • agency principal relationship
  • continued training needs for agents and agents' representatives
  • employee and employer rights and responsibilities
  • ethical and conduct standards
  • features of good agency practice
  • forms of business ownership, and organisational structure and services offered by estate agencies
  • key operations of estate agencies
  • key principles of consumer protection and privacy legislation
  • legislative limitations on agency practice
  • licensing requirements for estate agents
  • nature of trust funds and key legislative controls on trust funds
  • offences and penalties under the legislative framework
  • relevant federal, and state or territory legislation and local government regulations relating to:
  • anti-discrimination and equal employment opportunity
  • consumer protection, fair trading and trade practices
  • employment and industrial relations
  • financial services
  • OHS
  • privacy
  • risks and risk management strategies
  • roles and function of industry bodies
  • roles and functions of government regulatory agencies
  • roles and responsibilities of estate agency personnel
  • sources of specialist advice relating to real estate operations.

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, the range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

This unit of competency could be assessed through case studies, practical exercises and questioning relating to the application of ethical and effective work practices, legal principles, federal and state or territory legislative and regulatory requirements and codes of practices affecting real estate operations. Targeted written (including alternative formats where necessary) or verbal questioning to assess the candidate's underpinning knowledge would provide additional supporting evidence of competence. This assessment may be carried out in a simulated or workplace environment.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:

  • application and knowledge of the ethical and conduct standards relevant to licensed real estate agents, real estate representatives and support staff
  • application and knowledge of the key operations of estate agencies and the roles and responsibilities of agency personnel
  • knowledge of legislation and the regulatory framework relevant to real estate agency, including the roles and functions of government regulatory agencies and industry bodies
  • application and knowledge of the key principles of consumer protection and privacy legislation
  • knowledge of the agency principal relationship
  • application and knowledge of employment requirements for estate agents, including the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees
  • application and knowledge of the licensing and eligibility requirements for estate agents and other employees, and penalties associated with related offences.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Resource implications for assessment include:

  • access to suitable simulated or real opportunities and resources to demonstrate competence
  • assessment instruments that may include personal planner and assessment record book
  • access to a registered provider of assessment services.

Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities.

Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required.

Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate, and appropriate to the language and literacy capacity of the candidate and the work being performed.

Validity and sufficiency of evidence require that:

  • competency will need to be demonstrated over a period of time reflecting the scope of the role and the practical requirements of the workplace
  • where the assessment is part of a structured learning experience the evidence collected must relate to a number of performances assessed at different points in time and separated by further learning and practice with a decision of competence only taken at the point when the assessor has complete confidence in the person's competence
  • all assessment that is part of a structured learning experience must include a combination of direct, indirect and supplementary evidence
  • where assessment is for the purpose of recognition (RCC/RPL), the evidence provided will need to be current and show that it represents competency demonstrated over a period of time
  • assessment can be through simulated project-based activity and must include evidence relating to each of the elements in this unit.

In all cases where practical assessment is used it will be combined with targeted questioning to assess the underpinning knowledge. Questioning will be undertaken in such a manner as is appropriate to the language and literacy levels of the candidate and any cultural issues that may affect responses to the questions, and will reflect the requirements of the competency and the work being performed.

Range Statement

RANGE STATEMENT 

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised  wording in the performance criteria is detailed below. Add any essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts.

Legislative requirements  may include:

  • relevant federal, and state or territory legislation and local government regulations relating to:
  • anti-discrimination and equal employment opportunity
  • consumer protection, fair trading and trade practices
  • employment and industrial relations
  • financial services
  • OHS
  • privacy.

Roles and responsibilities of key personnel  may include:

  • licensed real estate agent
  • real estate representative
  • support staff.

Key operations of estate agencies  may include:

  • property management
  • property sales.

Forms of business ownership  may include:

  • corporation
  • partnership
  • sole trader.

Organisational structure  of business may include:

  • franchise group
  • independent agency
  • marketing cooperative.

Services  may include:

  • business broking
  • buyers advocacy or agent
  • marketing, sale and leasing of a range of property types
  • property management across a range of property types
  • residential, commercial and industrial real estate.

Approaches for sourcing and accessing legislation  may include:

  • reading may include:
  • components of legislation
  • structure of legislation
  • legislative language
  • sourcing may include:
  • online
  • hard copy.

Legislation and ethical and conduct standards  may include:

  • conflict of interest
  • duty of care
  • individual behaviour
  • maintaining confidentiality
  • non-discriminatory practices
  • privacy.

Licensing and eligibility requirements  may include:

  • for employment as a real estate representative
  • for licensing as a licensed real estate agent.

Trust funds  refer to:

  • all money received or held by an estate agent or any member of an estate agent's staff on behalf of any other person in the course of an estate agent's business
  • deposits on sales, security deposits and residential bonds paid in cash and bonds in respect of commercial premises, rents and prepaid advertising.

Roles and responsibilities of government agencies  may include:

  • commonwealth government agencies, including:
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Federal Privacy Commission
  • state and territory government agencies relating to:
  • consumer protection and fair trading
  • employment and workplace relations
  • privacy
  • real estate licensing.

Specialist advice  may include:

  • architects
  • bankers and financiers
  • builders
  • government officials
  • industry practitioners and industry bodies
  • investment consultants
  • mentors and coaches
  • OHS representatives
  • planners
  • real estate agents
  • solicitors
  • subcontractors
  • supervisors and colleagues
  • technical experts
  • valuers.

Employment requirements  may include:

  • employer's responsibilities
  • federal and state employment agreements.

Effective communication strategies  may include:

  • active listening
  • being non-judgemental
  • exploring problems
  • expressing an individual perspective
  • providing sufficient time for questions and responses
  • providing summarising and reflective responses in conflict situations
  • using appropriate words, behaviour and posture
  • using clarifying and summarising questions
  • using clear and concise language
  • using culturally appropriate communication
  • using plain English
  • using verbal and non-verbal communication.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Property development, sales and management

Competency field

Competency field 

Real estate