Programme overview

A career in real estate is a mix of office work and being out in the field, and the commissions are a direct reflection of the hard work applied. It’s a fast-moving career that combines people skills with data analysis and an understanding of market trends. This certificate provides you with the knowledge, skills and requirements for entry into this exciting industry. 

Become familiar with auction and tender methods, the law of agency and land ownership, council zoning, building law and the transfer of ownership and titles. Complete sale and purchase agreements, and learn about the legal requirements involved with the sale of real estate. You also look at how to identify misleading and deceiving conduct and misrepresentation, and develop your negotiation skills. 


  • A prerequisite for employment in real estate sales
  • Updated to cover the most current laws
  • Flexible study options: choose from two different campus locations  
  • Good support system with a dedicated tutor
  • Work experience in a real estate branch office, with assessments conducted in the field  
  • Lecturers who are qualified real estate professionals, with years of industry experience 
  • Hands-on classroom experience
  • Small classes
  • Guest speakers are professionals currently active in the industry (advertising, marketing, auction, sales)
  • Students who have already gained the Real Estate Salesperson's Course can complete the relevant new unit standards only, without having to repeat material they've already learned


  • Unitec Mt Albert Campus - 139 Carrington Road, Mount Albert, Building 182, Room 2003 (map)
  • North Shore - Candida Office Park, 61 Constellation Drive, Rosedale on Level 2, Building 3 (Barter card building)


Some assessment of this qualification happens in class, so you'll need to check that you can attend every class before enrolling in this programme. You will also need to complete approximately 6 hours of Industry Based Learning (IBL) outside of class time. Your assessment is done by an authorised branch manager, who works directly with you during your IBL experience.

Class Intakes

Note: You must attend these classes at the same time to be eligible to graduate.

The Real Estate programme is held throughout the year and starts on various dates. Applications close 10 days before the programme's start date or as soon as all places have been filled. This is a very popular programme so we recommend you apply early.

Mt Albert

*Please note that classes 1217 and 1218 are no longer accepting applicants as they are full.
*Please note that classes 1438 and 1445 are no longer accepting applicants as they are full.
*Please note that classes 5125 and 5126 are no longer accepting applicants as they are full.
*Please note that classes 5210 and 5223 are no longer accepting applicants as they are full.

Class NumberFrom - ToDayTimeIn Class Dates
1217 and 1218*13 Mar – 2 JunMonday – Friday9.00am - 1.00pm13 Mar – 28 Apr
1438 and 1445*1 May – 21 JulMonday – Friday9.00am - 1.00pm1 May – 9 Jun
1439 and 144612 Jun - 1 SepMonday – Friday9.00am - 1.00pm12 Jun – 21 July
5125 and 512624 Jul - 13 OctMonday – Friday9.00am - 1.00pm24 Jul - 1 Sep
5211 and 52194 Sep – 24 NovMonday – Friday9.00am - 1.00pm4 Sep - 13 Oct
5210 and 522323 Sep – 6 DecSaturday9.00am – 5.00pm23 Sep – 6 Dec


*Please note that class 1440 and 1447 are no longer accepting applicants as they are full.
*Please note that classes 1441 and 1448 are no longer accepting applicants as they are full.

Class NumberFrom - ToDayTimeIn Class Dates
1440 and 1447*20 Feb - 12 MayMonday – Friday9.00am - 1.00pm20 Feb – 31 Mar
1441 and 1448*3 Apr - 23 JunMonday – Friday9.00am - 1.00pm3 Apr – 19 May
1442 and 144922 May - 11 AugMonday – Friday9.00am - 1.00pm22 May - 30 Jun
1443 and 14513 Jul – 22 SepMonday – Friday9.00am - 1.00pm3 July – 11 Aug
5214 and 522114 Aug – 3 NovMonday – Friday9.00am - 1.00pm14 Aug – 22 Sep
5215 and 522225 Sep – 15 DecMonday – Friday9.00am - 1.00pm25 Sep – 3 Nov

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in two different subjects, one subject must be English
2. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
3. A minimum of four years secondary education
4. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet these requirements? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 2 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

All courses and timetables for 2018 will be available shortly.