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Level
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2 Years
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In Summary

The two year National Auctioneering and Property Services Apprenticeship leads to an Advanced Certificate in Property Services and allows apprentices to hit the ground running early in their career.

Ultimately, apprentices develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for a successful career in estate agency, property management and property letting. Apprentices also learn about all areas of the business by completing projects and case studies. 

Apprentices spend four days a week in the workplace and attend college one day per week. They develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for a successful career in estate agency, property management and property letting. The apprentice is supported in the workplace by a mentor and a structured programme of on-the-job training and development.
 
Apprentices will earn a Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Auctioneering and Property Services
 
Applications can be made through the participating colleges. 
 
To apply to Cork College of Commerce, click here. To apply to Ballsbridge College of Further Education, click here
 
 
Click here to view brochure. 

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Entry Requirements

Before applying to this apprenticeship, please check that you meet all entry requirements. 

  • Minimum of 5 Passes (O6/H7) in Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

          OR

  • Full QQI (level 5 or 6) Business award or equivalent.

           OR

  • Those seeking to use experiential learning to access the programme through a structured interview process.

For more detailed entry requirements, visit www.ballsbridgecollege.com/apprenticeship

Training

Training providers for apprenticeship programmes are subject to change, so make sure to check with your local ETB to see if they are providing the training for this apprenticeship.

In advance of completing an application for the Auctioneering and Property Services Apprenticeship it is important to understand the commitment you will need to provide to this programme.

Learners will be employed in Auctioneering, Estate Agency, Property Management and Property Letting firms. Learning will take place in the company where apprentices will work four days per week and learners will attend college one day per week. 

There are two terms per annum.

  • Academic learning is delivered through a combination of lectures, discussion and group sessions.
  • Employers support apprenticeships with a structured programme of on-the-job training and development.
  • Workplace mentors and supervisors help along the way.

Programme Content

Year 1:

  • Valuations 1&2
  • Estate Agency Skills
  • Estate Agency Practice
  • Marketing and Customer Service
  • Economics for Property Services
  • ICT for Property Services
  • Professional Development
  • Law for Property Services 1

Award Stage (Year 2)

  • Building Construction 1&2
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Property Management 1&2
  • Law for Property Services 2
  • Professional Management Capstone

The training is provided by the following institutions:

This list is by no means exhaustive and training providers are subject to change, so make sure to check with your local ETB to see if they are running this Apprenticeship programme.

To check whether courses are running in your area for Apprenticeships, check with your local ETB using this link and select your county. 
Apprenticeship training takes place in various locations around the country. The list above is by no means exhaustive and training providers are subject to change. Please check with your local Education and Training Board (ETB) to get more information about specific training locations for this apprenticeship. To check your local ETB use this link and select your county.

Skills & Qualities

  • Employ professional judgement to qualify and recommend the most suitable buyer to a client.
  • Communicate in a positive, engaging, energetic and passionate manner with clients, potential clients, members of the public.
  • Be punctual, reliable, diligent and respectful and act with integrity towards clients, peers and colleagues at all times.
  • Display a willingness to learn new skills, solve problems and work as part of a team.
  • Show thoroughness and attention to detail in all aspects of the work of a Property Service Provider.
  • Show awareness of the huge role personal appearance, grooming and dress plays in generating trust and confidence among clients and colleagues.

You will be trained to: 

  • Determine the valuation most suited to the property or land being valued and to the purpose of the valuation. Produce written valuations.
  • Show a property to a client, highlighting key features which appeal to the relevant target market.
  • Negotiate with vendors and buyers to ensure the successful sale of property or land.
  • Generate sales leads and create potential business opportunities in every encounter, whether with members of the public, neighbours or professional colleagues.
  • Network effectively to obtain market information, second opinions and business.
  • Write clearly and persuasively when creating sales and marketing copy and when communicating with clients and colleagues.
  • Measure and photograph a property in accordance with industry standards and guidelines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic construction principles when dealing with clients and industry professionals; draw and interpret simple technical drawings and simple building plans.
  • Manage his or her time so as to maximise productivity, working to a tightly scheduled diary and dealing with multiple clients in the one day.
  • Manage property in compliance with current legislation and in a way that ensures that both clients and tenants meet their legal obligations and benefit from their legal right.
  • Demonstrate proficient computer skills, in particular Microsoft Word.

Work Activities

  • Explain the structure of the property industry including its relationship between agent, vendor and buyer, financial institutions and developers, including the main types of agencies and the weaknesses and strengths of each type.
  • List the different valuation methods used in the industry and determine which method is best suited to the purpose of the valuation and to the type of property being valued
  • Describe the rules and code of conduct governing ethical and professional behaviour as set down by the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) and the relevant professional bodies in the industry
  • Identify good practice for maintaining detailed records and office administration for applicant qualification
  • Describe the key concepts, strategies and tools of service marketing and explain how to influence and successfully negotiate the sale of property and land
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the legislative framework within which the industry operates
  • Explain the principles of economic theory and their application to the property market
  • Describe the principles of building construction
  • Explain how to let property and land in compliance with current legislation
  • Discuss the structure and role of the property management company

Day to day work:

  • The Licensed Property Services Provider values residential and commercial property and land for the purposes of sale, probate, family law, development or governmental initiatives 
  • He/She negotiates the sale of residential, commercial property and land either by private treaty or by auction tender. 
  • He/She lets residential, commercial property and land 
  • The Property Services Provider manages residential or commercial property 
  • He/She markets residential and commercial property and land for the purpose of sale or letting

Career Progression

Learners who successfully complete the apprenticeship will be eligible to apply for a licence from the Property Service Regulatory Authority (PSRA).

Examples of progression to Higher Education:

  • BSc (Hons) Property Studies (Part-time), SCSI/DIT – On completion of the apprenticeship programme, the learner would be eligible to apply to year 2 of this degree course.
  • BSc(Ord) Auctioneering, Valuation and Estate Agency (Full-time) DIT – On completion of the apprenticeship programme, the learner would be eligible to apply to at least year 2 of this degree course.
  • BSc (Hons) Property Economics (Full-time) DIT – On completion of the apprenticeship programme, the learner would be eligible to apply to at least year 2 of this degree course.

Getting an Apprenticeship

In order to secure an apprenticeship, you must first secure a contract with an employer. You must apply directly to an employer rather than the training provider. Once you have found an employer to take you on as an apprentice, your employer must then register as an apprentice with SOLAS.

  • The employer must be approved to train apprentices.
  • The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.

The training is provided by the following institutions:

This list is up to date as of June 2019

This list is by no means exhaustive and training providers are subject to change, so make sure to check with your local ETB to see if they are running this Apprenticeship programme.

To check whether courses are running in your area for Apprenticeships, check with your local ETB using this link and select your county. 

To register your interest at Ballsbridge College of Further Education, click here. To register your interest at Cork college of Commerce, click here

Applicants will then be contacted for a CV and other documentation to allow for screening for eligibility.

Applicants who meet the criteria will be called for college interview.

If successful they are sent for interview with registered employers.

If an employer offers an applicant an apprenticeship, they are offered a place on the programme with a two year apprenticeship contract.

To receive the latest updates and discover who is recruiting, contact info@ballsbridge.cdetb.ie OR contact Cork College of Commerce at auctioneering@ccoc.ie OR contact Waterford College of Further Education at info@wcfe.ie      

Finding Vacancies

Finding an employer or registering your interest with an official Coordinating Provider is one of the first things you need to do to start an apprenticeship.

Online Jobsites

Here are some direct links to employment websites that frequently list apprenticeship vacancies.
Note: These websites may include vacancies that are not QQI accredited Apprenticeships.

Current Apprentice Auctioneer Jobs (Where Available)

Apprenticeship Courses

Search for Apprenticeship Auctioneering and Property Services courses.

Pay & Fees

A salary of approx. €20,000 will be paid for the duration of the apprenticeship. There are no fees payable.

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