A) Salesperson Registration Application
Individuals who wish to join the industry as a real estate salesperson (RES) must fulfil the prevailing registration criteria, which includes passing the Real Estate Salesperson examination, and approach a licensed estate agent (EA) to submit a RES registration application to CEA. Refer to Section B below for the registration criteria for RES.
EAs will have to log into CEA’s e-services to initiate the RES registration application process. After the EA has initiated the application, the registering RES will then be able to log in to CEA’s e-services to complete the application and submit it to the EA. The EA can then verify and submit the application form to CEA and make payment. Please refer to the image below for an illustration of the workflow and process.
Note: RESs are not allowed to join more than one EA at a time. CEA will take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to approve an application from the date of receiving the application and all the required supporting documents. Upon approval, CEA will send a notification to both the EA and the registering RES.
B) Registration Criteria for Salespersons
The criteria for salesperson registration are as follow:
| Registration Criteria |
| Additional Information |
| i. Must be a Singaporean or a Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) for over 10 years. || |
(a) If you are a SPR for less than 10 years at the point of submitting your salesperson registration application, you will be required to submit either:
• a Certificate of No Criminal Conviction (CNCC) from your country of origin; or
• supporting documents e.g. local educational qualifications, IRAS statements, previous employment passes or long term visit passes, etc. to prove that you have been residing in Singapore for 10 years or more.
(b) If you are a foreigner, your estate agent must approach CEA for a preliminary assessment of your registration eligibility and submit the required supporting documents e.g. a copy of the employment contract or the work pass held by you. If an employment contract has not been signed between the estate agent and yourself, the estate agent may submit a draft employment contract to CEA instead. If you do not possess a work pass in Singapore yet, the estate agent may do a preliminary self-assessment on the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s website using the “Employment/ S Pass Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)” to check the type of work pass that you would likely qualify for if an application for work pass is submitted to the MOM on your behalf. You must also fulfil other salesperson registration criteria as shown below.
| ii. Must be at least 21 years old. || - |
| iii. Must have a minimum of 4 GCE 'O' Level passes or equivalent. || |
(a) If you do not have the minimum 4 GCE ‘O’ Level passes, you may submit a Level 5 and above Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) assessment in these 5 components (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Numeracy). Find out more about the WPLN Assessment (PDF,935KB), and register at the British Council.
(b) You may email us your qualifications (e.g. overseas qualifications, private diplomas etc.) for assessment to determine if the qualifications meet the educational qualification requirement. Check if you meet the RES course requirements.
| iv. Possess a pass in the Real Estate Salesperson (RES) examination or equivalent. || - |
| v. After attaining iv), be registered with CEA through one licensed estate agent. ||Please approach a licensed estate agent to submit your salesperson registration. The estate agent will submit your salesperson application to register you as their salesperson. |
| vi. Must not be an existing licensee/Key Executive Officer of another licensed estate agent ||If you are an existing KEO of a licensed estate agent, you will need to resign from the KEO position, before joining the new estate agent. |
| vii. Must not hold a moneylender's licence and not be an employee, director, or partner of a licensed moneylender || - |
| viii. (Applicable only for returning and renewing salespersons) Complete at least 6 credit hours of continuing professional development (CPD) (PDF,851KB) courses for each CPD cycle. || |
For KEOs/ Practising Directors/ Partners/ Salespersons:
(a) If you have de-registered for up to 2 years, you are required to fulfil the same number of CPD hours as if you did not leave the industry, before applying for registration.
(b) If you have de-registered for more than 2 years, you are required to take the RES course and pass the RES examination before applying for registration.
Click here to check if you have fulfilled your CPD requirements.
| ix. Must be covered by a Professional Indemnity Insurance valid for at least one year from the commencement date of the registration ||Learn more about CEA’s requirements for Professional Indemnity Insurance. |
| x. Must not be in arrears with the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board for Medisave contribution. ||
Check if you are in arrears of CPF Medisave contribution.
| xi. Fulfil the fit and proper criteria under the Estate Agents Act || |
CEA shall determine if the 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:
(a) Where the person has been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty or fraud, or any offence under the Estate Agents Act
(b) 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.
(c) Where the person is an undischarged bankrupt or has made a composition or arrangement with his / her creditors.
(d) Where CEA takes the view that a person is not fit and proper after considering any other relevant facts or matters.
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)
The information above also applies to the practising partners in General and Limited Partnerships, and practising directors in Companies.
The application fee to register a new salesperson and to renew the registration of a salesperson is $53.50 (inclusive of GST) and the annual registration fee per salesperson is:
|Salesperson Registration granted for: |
|Registration Fee (excluding GST) |
a. A full calendar year, or part of a calendar year starting on or before 30 June and ending on 31 December
|b. Part of a calendar year starting after 30 June and ending on 31 December |