About CEA
The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) is a statutory board recently established under the Estate Agents Act 2010. It is empowered to administer the new regulatory framework for the real estate agent industry and committed to raise the professionalism of the real estate agent industry through collaborative efforts with the industry on industry development programmes. It also serves to protect the interests of consumers through targeted public education schemes.

Commencing its operations from 22 October 2010, CEA's principal functions include licensing of estate agents (referring to the estate agencies) and registering salespersons (referring to the property agents), promoting the integrity and competence of estate agents and salespersons and engaging in the dissemination of accurate information and updates to help consumers clarify doubts in property transactions.
One of the registration/licensing criteria for a real estate salesperson's entry into the real estate agent industry is to pass the CEA mandatory examination or possess equivalent qualifications. Prior to taking the examination, applicants are required to complete a preparatory course conducted by a CEA Approved Course Provider (ACP).
The 2 mandatory examinations administered by CEA include:
  • Real Estate Agency (REA) Examination (available from January 2011) - to be taken by key executive officers, practising partners and practising directors
  • Real Estate Salesperson (RES) Examination (available from Jan 2011) - to be taken by salespersons*
*A candidate applying for salesperson registration may take the REA examination directly without passing the RES examination.
The minimum educational requirement to take the REA or RES examination is 4 GCE "O" level passes or equivalent. If you have taken the compulsory preparatory course provided by a CEA Approved Course Provider and would like to apply for the exam, please click here.

Those who had completed their RES course are required to pass the RES examination within 24 months from the date of issuance of the Certificate of Completion from SAEA.

Upon passing the RES examination, you must apply for registration / licensing with CEA within 24 months of the date of issuance of the examination certificate after which, results will be invalid for licensing and registration purposes.

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