Applicants will need to attend and complete the RES Course conducted by a CEA Approved Course Provider (ACP) before applying for the RES examination.

Requirements to fulfill before you apply for the RES Course and the RES Exam.

The applicant must:

a. Be at least 21 years old

b. Singaporean or Permanent Resident

1. Minimum Criteria


Important Note:

  • If you intend to register as a real estate salesperson, please be reminded that you need to fulfill ALL salesperson registration criteria as stated on CEA's website:

Please also be informed that attending the RES Course and passing the RES Examination does not automatically qualify an individual to be a real estate salesperson. The applicant has to comply with the full registration requirements stipulated under the Estate Agents Act, which include meeting the fit & proper criteria. Please check the complete list of registration criteria on CEA’s website at 
before registering for the RES Course.

For foreigners who wish to register with CEA as salespersons, they will need to have a valid Employment Pass (EP) issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). They should consult an estate agent that is prepared to support their future registration application, who would then check with CEA for a preliminary assessment of their registration eligibility. If their preliminary assessment outcome is positive, they are then allowed to use the relevant education qualification certificate and a letter of support from the estate agent to register for the RES Course.”

2. Qualifications accepted by Council For Estate Agencies (CEA) 

Please note that these are some of CEA's guidelines and are not exhaustive. CEA reserves the right as the approving authority for all qualifications.
(i) Minimum of 4 GCE ‘O’ levels passes
Must be different subjects in one or two (2) sittings 
(ii) GCE 'A' / 'O' level passes
Must be different subjects - at least 4 credits taken in Singapore 
(iii) Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) 

All 5 Modules must have at least level 5 or above

(Please refer to paragraph 4 for more details)

(iv) Full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma IB Diploma certificate
(v) IP Year 4 or Year 6 internal examination results

Singapore national school-based Integrated Programme (IP) MUST pass at least 4 different subjects for their IP Year 4 or Year 6 examinations.  

(vi) Master NITEC Certificate
  • Old Certificate Title: National Technical Certificate 1 (NTC1) 
(vii) Higher NITEC Certificate 
  • Old Certificate Title: Industrial Technician Certificate (ITC)
  • Certificate in Business Studies (CBS) 
(viii) Diplomas from local Polytechnics
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)
  • Singapore Polytechnic (SP)
  • Temasek Polytechnic (TP)
  • Republic Polytechnic (RP)
  • Nanyang Polytechnic (NP)
(ix) Degrees from local Universities
  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Singapore Management University (SMU)
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
  • Singapore University of Social Science (SUSS) formerly known as SIM University or UniSIM
  • Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

List of Recognised and Equivalent Qualifications: Click HERE

a. Individuals who have passed all 3 examinations in General Practice by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) will be considered as having obtained equivalent qualification to the RES and REA examination.
b. Holders of qualifications in non-real estate related fields such as business administration, economics, marketing, law etc will be required to take the REA/RES examination.

    3. Course Requirement for New Entrants:

    New entrants must meet the educational qualification of at least 4 GCE "O" Level passes or equivalent, which is one of the regulatory requirements for salespersons. CEA accepts combined GCE “O” level results taken at not more than 2 sittings.

    4. Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) Assessment

    The Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) assessments are computer-delivered English Language literacy and numeracy assessments developed by the British Council, in collaboration with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). They are used to assess English Language literacy in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, and Numeracy ability. Click HERE for more information and booking of WPLN assessment.

    5. Academic Qualification Assessment Applications

    Candidates with private diplomas or foreign certifications or who do not possess 4 GCE "O" Level passes or other academic qualifications may submit to CEA for assessment.

    From 31st July 2021, applicants can submit their academic qualification assessment applications and make payment directly to CEA via ACEAS on CEA’s website. Applicants will be able to submit their applications and supporting documents online to CEA through the ACEAS portal.

    6. Revised Terms and Conditions for Approved Course Providers

    The ACPs shall conduct educational qualification checks and associated administrative duties to ensure course participants meet the minimum educational requirement of at least 4 GCE “O” level passes (applicable to new entrants who wish to register as salespersons) before they register for the RES Course.                                                                      

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