Upskilling Made Easier With The REIQ

Journal, Training,  Buyers and sellers,  Property Managers,  Salespeople

Changing careers can be a daunting prospect, especially if it means spending time and money skilling up or becoming certified. The REIQ sat down with Daniel Brisblat, a residential agent who jumped into real estate on the back of a 20-year career in retail, to discuss career change and training with the REIQ.

Scroll to the bottom for a video of the interview.

After a two-decades-long career with Eureka Street Furniture, Brisblat made the leap into a successful career as a real estate agent. He took to property sales like a duck to water, and is now the lead sales agent at Place Estate Agents Graceville. He’s also just upgraded to a full real estate licence, giving him the know-how to start his own agency one day. Like most success stories, Brisblat’s has humble beginnings. For him, it all started with a registration course at the REIQ.

“I hadn’t studied in a classroom for 22 years,” says Brisblat, who walked in not knowing a module from a unit or a short answer question from a case study. That lack of experience never proved a problem though, as Brisblat and his fellow students were guided through every turn. “It can be daunting for people, but I always had plenty of help, plenty of support, and options for things like private tutoring,” he says. “.”

As well as excellent support, Brisblat says the course content was up-to-date and relevant enough to start working effectively from day one. “I was equipped to hit the ground running right away – in fact, in my second week my manager was out and asked me to do two contracts of sale for him and, well, obviously I’d learned enough in my training to be able to handle that,” he laughed. “I suppose that gives you an idea of whether the training’s adequate.”

Just recently, the REIQ welcomed Brisblat back through its (virtual) doors to complete a full licence course. The full licence offers a fully comprehensive education on the ins and outs for real estate practitioners, including everything one needs to know to successfully open and run their own business. While Brisblat isn’t looking to start his own agency right now, he wanted to expand his real estate knowledge and broaden his options for the future. “Once you do the full licence and see all the time, complications and stresses an owner has to deal with on the day-to-day, you get a better understanding and appreciation for the challenges they’re faced with,” he says. “I wanted to skill myself up as best I possibly can, and also have options down the track if opportunities come my way.

Brisblat chose to study the first time around with the REIQ because according to him, it’s “the most professional and recognised brand for real estate training in Queensland.” But it was the REIQ’s supportive atmosphere and accommodating instructors that brought him back a second time. “The classes are good, they’re small, they’re intimate, so it’s not intimidating when you arrive,” he says. “Everything came through quickly, the staff were supportive – I even became friends with a couple of my teachers and we’re still in touch today. It’s personalised service, which is great.”

If you’re looking to upskill or take the plunge into a self-driven and rewarding career, register for training with the REIQ here. Unsure if real estate is right for you? Speak to one of our career coaches today.

Here’s what others have to say

Very impressed with the trainers that I have had for the past 3 days. Each individual trainer was very helpful and made sure that everyone in the class understood everything before we progressed through the modules.
Shannon Goldsworthy
Shannon Goldsworthy
04:34 23 Oct 19
I found the REIQ Real Estate Licence Online Training Course was very good, easy to access, with brilliant course materials to read and assignments that really checked on your understanding of the details of every aspect of real estate practise. I enjoyed the course even though it took a few months due to working full time and found the support of the trainers and assessors very helpful and encouraging. Thanks REIQ Training team for helping me through!
Lindy Lear
Lindy Lear
10:47 18 Oct 20
I cannot recommend REIQ enough. The training, environment & staff were beyond my expectations. A special mention for Rachael who is a trainer at REIQ. Rachael knows her stuff. Her knowledge of the industry and style of delivery helped me get across the line and score my dream job.
Paul Conway
Paul Conway
05:11 15 Jan 20
Had Melissa Sullivan conducting the sales registration course for the past two days I have to say I think this woman is inspiring she kept the class focused and engaged throughout the two days. I dont normally complete surveys but felt that I wanted to share that this lady has inspired me to give sales ago and I never thought i would say that as i have been a PM and honestly never thought I could see myself as a sales agent... Thanks Mel for such a great two days
Karen Riddell
Karen Riddell
07:04 03 Aug 17
Jodie was an amazing help throughout the training. We had a few technical issues and I knew that I could call and get it sorted alongside her. She was always supportive and no task was ever a bother for her. Thanks again Jodie !!
Kirsty Bohn
Kirsty Bohn
04:40 30 Jun 21
Adam Milton
Adam Milton
01:52 22 Nov 17
I contacted REIQ, as I wanted to upgrade my real estate licence to a full licence. I have now completed the necessary upgrade and I just wanted to thank all the staff and trainers who were my guides during this time. Particular mention to Rachael Wilschefski who did everything she could to help me and was a joy to talk to, Trudi Fleet was a fantastic support to me and a big thank you to the assessing team. If anyone is considering using REIQ to get their licence or upgrade, I highly recommend using REIQ. Once again, thank you. Helen Knight
Helen Knight
Helen Knight
00:31 05 Mar 21
Good course. Materials and tools given to finish the course easily. Was no problem to finish. Support is there if needed it.
Jade Dodds
Jade Dodds
09:11 09 Oct 20
Gerry MacKenzie
Gerry MacKenzie
06:53 12 Oct 20
I wasnt sure that I would get through the Agents and Licence course with everything I had on, made an attempt a year ago with another provider that went totally pear shaped but the REIQ course is structured in a way that made sense. While all of their trainers are experts in their field, they offer onsite student support on Tuesdays with Rachel providing the right advice and reassurance to get you there, even if you havent studied for a while. If you've ever wanted a career in Real Estate this is where you get started!
Lynette Nitson
Lynette Nitson
01:48 13 Jan 20
Recently I completed the Real Estate Licensing course at REIQ and was blown away by the help and support provided by Ms. Connie McKee who is a trainer at REIQ. Connie is very professional and has years of knowledge and work experience in the Real Estate Industry.I am glad I chose REIQ as my pathway into the Real Estate Industry.
Kaizan Irani
Kaizan Irani
00:23 30 May 19
Great friendly environment
David Priest
David Priest
22:47 19 Nov 19
Welcoming and friendly staff, always available to support their members. The Property Management Support Team is particularly helpful. Well worth the subscription fees just to have access to advice from these experienced practitioners.
Laura Valenti
Laura Valenti
21:29 16 Jun 18
Jason Bond
Jason Bond
10:29 19 Jun 18
Katie Cotton
Katie Cotton
10:04 31 Oct 17
Liam Hanlon
Liam Hanlon
12:06 05 Sep 17
Great training course was very informative. I feel I gained lots of knowledge and there is a lot of support from the REIQ team online, via phone and in person and am looking forward to starting my career in the real estate industry!
Laura Stills
Laura Stills
08:14 22 Oct 20
Proud to be a member of such a prestigious organisation. Thank You for the support 🏡
Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith
07:28 07 Mar 18
Just done two days interactive training with Melissa Sullivan. Sensational! Such a great presenter and electric delivery of material. Quick paced and hands-on!Very glad to have been in this class!!! Awesome
Miles Griffiths
Miles Griffiths
07:01 26 Jun 18
Recently completed my Licence course and thoroughly enjoyed the in-class tutorials taught by highly professional trainers with many years of industry experiences. The student support that is available every Tuesday is an extremely helpful resource, again with very experienced trainers to ensure you get the right advice the first time. REIQ has really structured the entire full Licence course end to end thoughtfully, especially when you’re new to this industry. Highly recommended!
Julian Phua
Julian Phua
07:01 02 Oct 19
Helpful staff. Useful networking events and training videos.
Eagle Real Estate
Eagle Real Estate
02:27 25 Jul 18
I would like to share with you our experience that we have recently had through the REIQ Professional Development Team.We have had an awesome start to 2020 thanks to the great service provided by the REIQ Professional Development Team. Congratulations to Liz who started and finished her Certificate of Registration Course with the REIQ in December 2019. She loved the training, particularly the fact the trainers are experienced and still walk the talk and are active in real estate. Fast turnaround for marking of the assessments with help on hand by way of tutoring if needed meant she could get the Application to Office of Fair Trading for her registration happening quickly. We are thrilled, from start to finish with the course and application to Fair Trading she had her Certificate of Registration within 5 weeks. Really impressed with the training, help and support team REIQ gave Liz and the quick processing time by the Office of Fair Trading.We also regularly use the Property Management Support Service and General Agency Advice Service and believe it offers great value for our membership. The PMSS team provide practical advice by practising property management professionals who can relate to the everyday challenges property managers face.Keep up the good work Team REIQ,
RE/MAX Ignite
RE/MAX Ignite
05:56 21 Jan 20
Haydn Denovan
Haydn Denovan
02:51 20 Mar 18
In February I decided to take steps to buy management rights to a unit complex. As I have not studied for some time I chose REIQ to do my RLA course. Initially I didn’t engage the help through student support but it came to a point I needed some assistance. Selina Randall and Connie McKee were wonderful help. I personally feel they went over and beyond to help me complete the course and enable me to follow through with final settlement of the new business in just a few weeks Thank you so very much ladies. You were both amazing
Irmy Thomas
Irmy Thomas
06:35 18 Jun 21
Great staff that are always helpful.
Kensington Ràpoza
Kensington Ràpoza
11:20 28 Dec 19
Jacqui McKeering
Jacqui McKeering
02:01 08 Mar 18
Michelle Wright
Michelle Wright
04:07 26 Feb 18
Blake Richard
Blake Richard
01:34 05 Mar 18
Tina Nenadic
Tina Nenadic
12:57 02 Mar 18

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