a career in real estate

As a career, real estate really is what you make it. There are so many different kinds of real estate careers, from residential to commercial, business broking and buyers agent – just to name a few. We often hear that real estate professionals enjoy the flexibility and lifestyle this profession can provide. Check out a few more of the benefits of a real estate career below:

The benefits of a real estate career:

No degree required!

Unlike other professions, you don’t need to study for three years plus at university to get started. With the REIQ’s online study options and scheduled classes, you can start any time and complete at your own pace.

Variety

Once you have your qualifications there are a variety of career paths to explore, including real estate salesperson, property manager, corporate support, principal or business owner and auctioneer, plus many more!

Hard work is rewarded

If you’re working as a salesperson or business owner, the harder you work and the better service you provide generally means the more you can earn! With a great attitude, good work ethic, and the right skills and tools there’s no ceiling to your potential earnings.

Your job is portable!

Real estate professionals live and work all over Queensland. Thinking of a sea change? You’re very likely to find real estate businesses there, or you can start your own!

Be your own boss, or work for someone else

If independence appeals to you – with a Real Estate Agent Licence you can open your own business, whether it’s a large agency with a number of employees working out of a shopfront, or just yourself working from home. If you’d prefer to work for someone else there are also plenty of opportunities to do just that.

What real estate professionals say

How they make the industry work for them

Changing careers?

Real estate offers people of all ages and from all walks of life the opportunity to embark on highly successful careers. Your career so far may have helped you cultivate skills and experience that will benefit you in the real estate profession, including potentially:

  • Business skills – Business skills held by those people with a financial or small business background are very valuable in real estate
  • Trade skills – Practical knowledge gained while working in a trade (particularly a building or property-related trade) are also useful
  • Sales skills – Sales skills are transferable from other industries and can be applied across many aspects of the real estate profession
  • Admin & planning skills – Planning and administration skills from office and corporate work will stand you in good stead in real estate
  • Service & communication skills – Customer service and communication skills from retail and hospitality work are also easily applied in real estate and very helpful!
  • Community – You may have built networks (and therefore a potential future customer base) as a result of being involved in local community groups, sporting teams, school ‘parents and friends’ groups – the list goes on!
  • Buying & selling property – Experience gained during your own property rental and purchase activities throughout your life may also provide valuable insight into real estate customer needs
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ANGELA DUNCAN

After over 12 years later, Angela Duncan still feels like she hasn’t even scratched the surface of what’s possible, and how big of an empire you can build with real estate. While the money is great, it’s the freedom and lifestyle for her family that keeps her going. Watch the video to hear why Angela loves her real estate career.

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Starting your career in real estate has many benefits!

You can be successful in real estate at any age and with varying amounts of experience. It is a profession that rewards hard work, talent and persistence. Some of Queensland’s most successful real estate business owners (such as Jean Brown and Haesley Cush) started straight out of school. Here are four reasons it’s a great idea to start in real estate straight as a first career:

Start earning while you’re learning!

Most of our students are already working (many of them in real estate businesses) which is why we offer a variety of flexible options for study that you can fit it in around your day job.

No degree required!

Unlike other professions, you don’t need to study for three years plus at University to get started. And with a price tag starting at $900, it’s a lot more affordable than Uni too.

One course = many opportunities!

Once you have your qualifications (either registration or licence), there are a variety of career paths to explore including sales agent, property manager, corporate support, principal or business owner and auctioneer plus many more.

Learn valuable, portable skills!

Real estate gives you the chance to lean skills that are valuable across many different careers such as negotiation, teamwork, sales and administration – the list goes on!

REAL ESTATE CAREER PATHS

Real estate offers such a wide variety of roles that if you identify something you enjoy, chances are you can find it here! For example, Property Management calls on your organisational ability, communication skills and attention to detail. Real estate sales may suit a good communicator with excellent customer service skills who can work autonomously. Business broking may appeal to someone financially literate who enjoys negotiation. There are so many different opportunities, including commercial real estate, buyer’s agency, business ownership, residential letting and auctioneering to name just a few. There’s something for everyone! If you’ve got a real estate career in mind, we can find you the right course. Simply contact us or check out a few of the options below.

How do I become a real estate salesperson?

To work in real estate sales in Queensland you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Real Estate Registration course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Real Estate Registration Certificate!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Real Estate Registration course page

How do I become a property Manager?

To work in property management in Queensland you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Real Estate Registration course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Real Estate Registration Certificate!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Real Estate Registration course page

How do I become an independent real estate agent?

To work as an independent real estate agent in Queensland, you’ll need to attain a Full Real Estate Licence. A Full Licence places you in an elite group of real estate professionals with the skills and knowledge to control your own destiny. It’s a negotiating tool because it makes your career more portable, as you can work independently. With a Full Licence you could work as a contractor or open your own real estate business.

To become a real estate agent you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Full Real Estate Licence course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Real Estate Licence!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Full Real Estate Licence course page

How do I become a resident letting agent?

To work as a Resident Letting Agent in Queensland you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Resident Letting Agent course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Resident Letting Agent Certificate!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Resident Letting Agent course page

How do I become a real estate auctioneer?

To work as a real estate Auctioneer in Queensland you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Real Estate Auctioneer Licence course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Real Estate Auctioneer Licence!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Real Estate Auctioneer Licence course page

How do I get a job in real estate?

To work in real estate in Queensland, even if you’re in a real estate administration role (also known as corporate support), the REIQ recommends you attain a Registration Certificate. This is because to speak to anyone about a property listed for sale (even if it’s only on the phone) you are required to have a current Registration Certificate. This is a great way to start in real estate, because it;’s the same qualification that lets you work as a real estate salesperson or as a property manager.

To start your career in Queensland real estate, you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Real Estate Registration course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Real Estate Registration Certificate!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Real Estate Registration course page

The course was certainly not for the faint hearted, but I am grateful it is how it is as it certainly provides a very comprehensive platform for someone entering the real estate industry. Special mention to the trainers as their experience and professionalism is A class. Thank you.
darren whitaker
darren whitaker
07:30 18 Oct 21
The training experience was great, the team are extremely efficient in assisting throughout the process and provide great guidance through the training/development process.Shout out to Rachael who was extremely helpful and efficient throughout the process.
Eric Jure-Le Manac'H
Eric Jure-Le Manac'H
03:30 11 Oct 21
Professional, educational, supportive and responsive study environment.
Peta Hughes
Peta Hughes
04:13 06 Oct 21
Great course, great structure, and great support!
Joe McLachlan
Joe McLachlan
06:09 05 Oct 21
Really GREAT support and assistance every step of the way. The REIQ training team went above and beyond to provide guidance and encouragement, and to explain anything I asked. So happy I studied with REIQ.
Fay Meares
Fay Meares
07:16 10 Sep 21
REIQ provided great on site and on line training for me and provide prompt assistance when needed.
Son Duong
Son Duong
03:38 25 Aug 21
Just completed my online course for my full License. Course was well structured and easy to follow.Selinda was very patient answering my questions and outstanding in the service she provided helping through the course. Many Thanks Selinda.Would recommend to anyone looking at starting a career in Real Estate
Dave Peters
Dave Peters
06:10 23 Aug 21
A big thank you to Malcom and Linda for their patience and assistance in assisting me with my REIQ full license. I could not have completed my course without their patience and assistance. Highly recommend thank you 🙏
Caroline Humbert
Caroline Humbert
03:07 19 Aug 21
I thoroughly enjoyed studying the registration certificate course. All of my questions and queries were always answered in a timely matter and the staff were super understanding and helpful!
Ashley Leighton
Ashley Leighton
05:03 18 Aug 21
Completed the online full Real Estate Course. Course content was well presented and easy to follow. Trainers and assessors were helpful and professional. Would recommend this to anyone without hesitation!
Rob Alborn
Rob Alborn
03:35 17 Aug 21
The staff and assessors at REIQ could not have been more professional,helpful and encouraging.With a bank of knowledge,they were an invaluable asset in my completion of the full license course.
Roberto Spano
Roberto Spano
10:12 16 Aug 21
Malcom was excellent and very helpful throughout the whole process, from in class education to assisting throughout the assessments. Thanks for the great experience and all the help!
Nathan Spence
Nathan Spence
01:37 13 Aug 21
Studying online with REIQ was a breeze. The assessors marked each assessment in a timely manner and responded very quickly to any concerns. The customer service is outstanding.
Dean Hobson
Dean Hobson
07:01 04 Aug 21
Very easy to deal with, good communication and the assessors where very helpful and provided a quick turn around time for any potential resubmits. Would recommend the REIQ Real Estate course to anyone wanting to start there career in the Real Estate Industry.
Cathie Dawson
Cathie Dawson
01:03 04 Aug 21
During my time undertaking the Real Estate License, I found Connie, Karin and Selinda to be very helpful and thoroughly enjoyed the learning experiences and presentation of the course content. Good work to all at REIQ.
Alan Kelly
Alan Kelly
06:02 01 Aug 21
Big THANK YOU to the REIQ team and there assistance with the course. Malcolm thank you for your fast responses and guidance in the last week. I look forward to seeing the team in the future.
Chad Wakefield
Chad Wakefield
00:57 26 Jul 21
Massive thanks to the REIQ Team, especially Malcolm Riley who were so helpful during my course. Malcolm was a great help and I really appreciate it!
Louise Aguirre
Louise Aguirre
04:45 19 Jul 21
Fantastic experience from the very beginning. The helpful suggestions and recommendations for help with study was amazing and I couldn't recommend REIQ highly enough.
Aaron Vandy
Aaron Vandy
06:21 15 Jul 21
100% satisfaction and great customer service from Malcom Riley, great pace of quick responses.
Harshith Sai
Harshith Sai
07:26 09 Jul 21
Highly recommend Reiq Training, big thanks to all the training staff..Although i'm about to finish my course, i know i will keep in touch with the team of REIQ.All the staff were very professional and great to speak to but Linda Lang were my favourite, very helpful.
sumandeep brar
sumandeep brar
00:52 06 Jul 21
Can not recommend these guys enough, they went above and beyond to help and mark each assignment.
Frank Calugay
Frank Calugay
06:16 02 Jul 21
Great support, concise and clear feedback, if you are thinking of getting your qualifications then this is the team to use. Thank you to all the assessors.
Greg Moody
Greg Moody
04:27 02 Jul 21
Today I completed my course and am just waiting on my Statement of Attainment.REIQ has been extremely easy and straight forward to work with during my studies.I previously was enrolled at NREL and there was absolutely no support, no contact, I was even marked competent on questions I responded asking for help with.However, at REIQ, there's a lot of hand holding (if that's what you need, or you can go it alone if you'd prefer that). I attended the two classes, I had Malcom Riley and Jason Bedwell, respectively. Both were able to bring their immense experience and knowledge and provide not only assistance with the course, but very useful advice from each of their careers in the industry.Malcom really did help to get me past the finish line, so thank you Malcom.A very special mention to Linda Lang, who provided regular assistance at our scheduled support sessions. She is incredibly helpful and patient, was always kind and is probably the biggest reason that I got through the course on time (before the due date as the training package has changed and the one I've been studying is being phased out). Thank you very much Linda.Everyone I have encountered at REIQ is really kind and helpful, passionate about everything they do and the real estate industry as a whole. Definitely eager to get fresh blood educated and ready to enter the industry. I absolutely would recommend them and I will be coming back if I decide to pursue a full licence with the new training package.Jesse
Jezzda2
Jezzda2
03:04 01 Jul 21
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
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
Connie and the team were so helpful through out the REIQ training process. She was always there to assist and give feedback whenever needed. I couldn't recommend Her enough! Thanks Connie!
steve hammant
steve hammant
20:12 29 Jun 21
Malcolm Riley has been excellent with his service and feedback during the classes and thereafter
Abdul Latif
Abdul Latif
00:18 24 Jun 21
Highly recommend Reiq Training! Very easy to sign up, then all the training done through an online portal. Very user friendly. I big thank you to Connie McKee, one of the Trainers/Assessors. She was excellent!
Lara Berryman
Lara Berryman
21:27 19 Jun 21
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
I have done many courses in my career, and I wanted to take some time out and thank the REIQ Team for the passion, commitment and understanding they show. As a former student, I made many phone calls to the office, and every team member offers genuine knowledge to ensure my questions were answered. So a big thank you to you all. I completed my full Real Estate licence several months ago, and I am about to undertake the role of Principal for my own business in real estate. Although I have completed the course, I know I will keep in touch with the team of REIQ. I can recommend this team of professionals so highly. If you or your team are looking to study, update your skills or some general advice in Real Estate, it is a simple phone call.Thank you once againRobert Cox
Robert Cox
Robert Cox
04:41 18 Jun 21
Fabulous training and assistance from a fantastic team of trainers, assessors and their support staff. Queries were always attended to in a prompt and courteous manner. Could not fault REIQ on this one.
Geoff BAKER
Geoff BAKER
14:17 15 Jun 21
I just completed my license upgrade course with REIQ. I was very happy with the online course and how it is self paced as well as the great feedback the assessors giver you along the way.
James Roberts
James Roberts
00:22 14 Jun 21
Completed Real Estate course and couldn't have had a better experience. Course delivery is excellent and trainers / assessors very helpful. Has my highest recommendation for anyone undertaking Real Estate training!
Leon Thomson
Leon Thomson
03:51 02 Jun 21
I had only great experiences with the REIQ - they were more than willing to help and communicate as I needed and made everything very clear. Very glad I went with them 🙂
Ashlee Smith
Ashlee Smith
22:52 01 Jun 21
The REIQ provided very good online learning for those who can not attend the face to face classes. Before I signed in I was a bit worried about that I will not get support if I had problems of understanding the courses. Actually they will help at any time and any way. I have to say thank you to all of you who assisted me to go through my course. They always replied back to me very quick.
Roslyn Chen
Roslyn Chen
16:21 01 Jun 21
The REIQ training course was very informative and interesting. I was very impressed with Connie and the support/marking team. Connie was friendly, helpful, efficient and knowledgeable. She responded to my queries immediately and assisted in resolving my issues in a timeous, professional manner. Her advice and feedback was so appreciated. Thank you Connie and the REIQ team.
Bianca Van Den Bergh
Bianca Van Den Bergh
02:50 31 May 21
Karin provided some helpful tips in some assessment
Regis Amalraj
Regis Amalraj
23:55 30 May 21
REIQ has provided me with more then adequate training to progress on my real-estate journey. The support staff have been nothing but a pleasure to deal with and response is usually received within the same day. I would highly recommend this training to any one who wants to start a real-estate career. I would also like to give a special thankyou to Selinda who has been nothing but awesome to deal with and I'm more then please with her service.
Dylan Browning
Dylan Browning
11:04 28 May 21
Course was 5 full days of substantial material very relevant to all aspects of Real Estate.Our Trainer Malcom Riley was amazing.He tailored the stories and examples to engage each of the students and to date is very accessible when I have a question relating to the on-going learning. I don't think the course would have been as enjoyable without him!
Dominique Krycki
Dominique Krycki
04:50 28 May 21
Professional, friendly staff and supportive. Having a support team available that you can schedule in a time of the day that suits you is fantastic and guide you in the right direction.I am very happy doing my Real Estate license with REIQ.Many thanks to Malcom who has been very supportive.
Lorena Torres
Lorena Torres
06:05 27 May 21
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
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
00:30 05 Mar 21
Having just completed the REIQ Registration/real estate agent course, I'm happy to provide this feedback. The course was very thorough and all the staff at REIQ who I had contact with were super-obliging and friendly. I recommend the course to anyone contemplating a career in real estate.
Geoff Baker
Geoff Baker
07:00 06 Jan 21
Great supportive environment. Whether doing it onsite or online, REIQ makes it easy to suit. Highly recommend
T_ C
T_ C
07:32 06 Nov 20
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
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
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
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
Proud to be a member of such a prestigious organisation. Thank You for the support 🏡
Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith
07:28 07 Mar 18
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