This is a two year apprenticeship programme aimed at school leavers and mature applicants who are considering a career in the auctioneering and property services sector. Participants work four days per week with an auctioneer, estate agent, property management or property letting business while paid by the employer, and attend classes in the college one day per week over two academic years.
Applications should be made on the college online application system.
- Valuations 1: This module aims to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skills and competences to understand the property market and interests in property. The learner shall demonstrate the ability to value property, through methods of valuation.
- Valuations 2: This module aims to build on the strong foundation that the learner obtained in Valuations 1. The learner shall advance their skills of valuation. This module shall develop the learners’ knowledge of general principles of valuation and investment.
- Estate Agency Skills: The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an overview of the skills needed by an estate agent, a thorough understanding of how and why these are used by an estate agent in the provision of professional property services, and to provide the learner with hands-on experience of these skills in the workplace.
- Estate Agency Practice: Learners are given an overview of the business of estate agency and a thorough knowledge and understanding of the role of a property services professional and of the range of property services provided by same.
- Marketing and Customer Service: The key principles of service marketing are introduced to the learner. The module aims to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skills and competences to deal effectively with internal and external customers’ queries which supports and advances the objectives of a Property Service business.
- Economics for Property Services: Learners will be equipped with an understanding of the principles of economic theory and to apply it to a range of business scenarios, with particular emphasis on the property and construction industries.
- ICT for Property Services: This module equips the learner, with knowledge, skills and competencies in Word processing, Digital Photography and Customer Relationship Management systems used in the delivery of property services.
- Professional Development: Learners develop the relevant knowledge, skills and competence to develop professionally in the Property Services sector.
- Law for Property Services 1: Learners shall develop an understanding of the Irish legal system and an appreciation of the terminology used in the legal profession with particular reference to property services. They learn about the principles and structure of the law as applicable to property service providers.
AWARD STAGE (Year 2)
- Building Construction 1: This module aims is to provide the learner with a comprehensive understanding of the basic theory surrounding the different types of building construction methods typically used in Irish residential property and of the most common construction related issues as they affect a property professional in his/ her daily negotiations. It also aims to provide the learner with a thorough understanding of the process of a house build from green field to show house and of the current trends in the residential new build market.
- Building Construction 2: This module aims to provide the learner with a first-hand understanding of the principles of building construction and technology. The module also aims to allow the learner to understand domestic drainage, domestic water, and sources of energy and BER certification. The module also aims to provide the learner with knowledge of construction techniques, such as roof construction, staircases, windows and finishes.
- Sales and Marketing: This programme module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to plan, prepare and execute sales and marketing plans which support and advance the objectives of a Property Services company.
- Property Management 1
- Property Management 2
- Law for Property Services 2
- Professional Management Capstone
The minimum entry requirements are as follows:
- Leaving Certificate Grade 06/H7 or above in 5 leaving certificate subjects or equivalent OR
- A full QQI Level 5 or Level 6 Certificate in a Business Discipline equivalent OR
- Other relevant experience/employment (3 years) having reached the age of 19. Adjudicated on a case by case basis.
An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements, eligibility interview and being offered an apprenticeship contract by a registered employer following an interview process.
The following progression routes have been discussed by CDETB with SCSI and DIT:
On completion of the apprenticeship programme, learners may be eligible to apply for year 2 of the following degree courses:
- BSc (Hons) Property Studies (Part-time), SCSI/DIT
- BSc (Ord) Auctioneering, Valuation and Estate Agency (Full-time) DIT
- BSc (Hons) Property Economics (Full-time) DIT NOTE: The above progression opportunities are not yet fi nalised with SCSI/DIT.
On successful completion of the apprenticeship, one can apply for a PSRA licence and be employed in a range of roles in auctioneering, estate agency and property management organisations. A person may also decide to do further study with a view to specialise.
- Duration and Work Placement: 2 years (college classes one day per week, work at employer’s office 4 days per week).
- Fees: There are no fees payable.
- QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Auctioneering and Property Services
- Eligibility to apply for a PSRA licence ((all four categories)
- Eligibility to apply for Associate membership with SCSI.
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