A) For New Practising Directors/Partners
Salespersons who are appointed as a director or partner of the estate agent, and who will be performing estate agency work under the same estate agent are deemed to be practising directors or partners of the estate agent. Similarly, a non-practising director or partner of the estate agent who wishes to apply for salesperson registration and perform estate agency work under the same estate agent are deemed to be a practising director or partner of the estate agent.
The application for a salesperson to be a practising director or partner shall be submitted by the Key Executive Officer (KEO) of the estate agent. The KEO can submit a “Add Director/Partner” application through CEA's E-services.
An application is not required if the person is already an existing director or partner of the estate agent. The assessment will be done when a salesperson registration application is submitted.
B) Registration Criteria for New Practising Directors/Partners
The registration criteria for a new practising director/partner are as follows:
- Have a minimum of 4 GCE 'O' Levels passes or equivalent
- Possess a pass in the Real Estate Agency (REA) exam, or equivalent
- Be a director or partner of the estate agent
- Not currently be a sole-proprietor, practising director or partner, KEO, or salesperson of another licensed estate agent
- Not been previously a sole-proprietor, KEO, director or partner of an estate agent whose licence was revoked
- Must not be an un-discharged bankrupt or have entered into a composition or scheme of arrangement with their creditors
- Not be in arrears with the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board for Medisave contribution. Please click here to check if you have Medisave liabilities.
Fulfil the fit and proper criteria under the Estate Agents Act
CEA shall determine if a person is fit and proper for registration after considering all relevant facts and matters. In the circumstances listed below, a person shall not be fit and proper for registration, unless CEA determines otherwise:
- Where the person has been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty or fraud, or any offence under the Estate Agents Act
- Where the person has had a judgment entered against him / her in civil proceedings that involve a finding of fraud, dishonesty or breach of fiduciary duties on his / her part
- Where the person is an undischarged bankrupt or has made a composition or arrangement with his / her creditors
- Where CEA takes the view that a person is not fit and proper after considering any other relevant facts or matters
Note : The person is required to declare all prior convictions in a court of law (including a military court), in Singapore or in any other country.
Example: A person who was previously detained under the Misuse of Drugs Act or served with a detention / police supervision order under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act would generally be deemed to be not fit and proper for registration, unless CEA determines otherwise after considering all facts and matters (including circumstances of the prior detention / supervision)
For applications involving foreigners, estate agents should first check with CEA on the type of employment pass they should possess.
C) Processing Your Application
CEA will need to process each application and shall revert as soon as practicable. The status of the application can be viewed in the E-services.
D) Links to Information on Real Estate Agency (REA) Course and Examination
The Real Estate Agency (REA) examination is for persons who intend to assume the role of the Practising Director/Partner or Key Executive Officer (KEO) of an estate agent. Candidates will need to attend and complete the REA Course conducted by a CEA Approved Course Provider before applying for the REA examination. You may click on the links below to learn about the REA course and examination.