EXTENSION OF THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS COMPLIANCE DEADLINE
In June 2022, the Board of the PPRA granted an extension in respect of the compliance with the Education Regulations by issuing Practice Note ETD01/2022 thereby giving property practitioners (intern estate agents and principals) who had failed to comply with Education Regulations of 2008 until 31 January 2023 to comply with the said Regulations. In terms of Practice Note ETD01/2022, the property practitioners concerned would have been blocked from operating and receiving Fidelity Fund Certificates (FFCs) had they not attained the necessary education qualifications and written Professional Designation Examination (PDE).
The PPRA received several requests from property practitioners and their representative bodies to consider extending the compliance deadline in light of the fact that there are delays in the issuing of qualification certificates from Services SETA which will make it impossible for some property practitioners to comply with the 31 January 2023 deadline.
Having considered all the relevant factors, including the interests of the candidates as well as the need to ensure compliance with the Regulations, the Board of the PPRA hereby extends the deadline to comply with Education Regulations to 30 June 2023.
The PPRA further notes that some candidates who were exempted from writing PDE in terms of Sub-regulation 7(3) of the Education Regulations have to date failed to comply with the requirement to undergo the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme in terms of Regulation 6. We encourage all such candidate to enrol for the RPL programme through RPL Centers approved by Services SETA to ensure that by 30 June 2023 they have complied with this requirement.
All affected candidates are expected to meet the new and the final deadline by 30 June 2023 as no further extension will be granted. Failure to comply with this deadline may result in the property practitioners being barred from operating as property practitioners.
The Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority
Issued on 18 November 2022
Communique On The Extension Of The Education Requirements Compliance Deadline