This is a two year apprenticeship programme aimed at school leavers and mature applicants who wish to follow a career in Property Services. Learners will be employed in Auctioneering, Estate Agency, Property Management and Property Letting firms. Learning will take place in the company where apprentices will work four day per week and learners will attend college one day per week. A salary of approx. €20,000 will be paid for the duration of the apprenticeship.
Application is made through the college application system. Applicants will then be contacted for a CV and other documentation to allow for screening for eligibility. Applicants who meet the criteria will be called for college interview. If successful they are sent for interview with registered employers. If an employer offers an applicant an apprenticeship, they are offered a place on the programme with a two year apprenticeship contract.
On graduation, in addition to achieving a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Auctioneering and Property Services, learners will be eligible to apply for a Property Services Regulatory Licence (PSRA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 of equivalent OR
- Other relevant experience/employment (3 years) having reached the age of 19. Adjudicated on a case by case basis.
- ‘on the job’ training combined with college tuition
- students ‘earn as you learn’ taking home a salary of approx. €20,000
- Large and small Auctioneering and Estate Agency companies have already committed to taking on apprentices.
On successful completion of the apprenticeship, a person will be eligible to apply for the licences A, B, C and D with the PSRA.
CDETB discussed the following progression routes with the SCSI and with DIT:
BSc (Hons) Property Studies (Part-time), SCSI/DIT – On completion of the apprenticeship programme, the learner would be eligible to apply to year 2 of this degree course.
BSc(Ord) Auctioneering, Valuation and Estate Agency (Full-time) DIT – On completion of the apprenticeship programme, the learner would be eligible to apply to at least year 2 of this degree course.
BSc (Hons) Property Economics (Full-time) DIT – On completion of the apprenticeship programme, the learner would be eligible to apply to at least year 2 of this degree course.
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2 years (college classes one day per week, work at employers office 4 days per week)
QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Auctioneering and Property Services
Eligibility to apply for a PSRA licence
There are no fees payable.
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