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Level 3 Award in Commercial Property Agency - England, Wales & Northern Ireland

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This is an introductory qualification ideal for candidates wanting to gain or improve existing knowledge in the key areas related to commercial property agency.

What will be covered?

Examination questions are based on the Qualification Specification so please refer to this document when studying: 

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Unit 1: Health and Safety, Security and General Law (COM1)
Understand the general concepts of law relevant to a property professional. It deals with the historical development of the law as well as current concepts, relevant statute and common law.

Unit 2: Practice and Law Relating to Commercial Property Agency (CPA2)
This unit is about the law a commercial and business transfer agent needs to know that is specific to the sale, acquisition and letting of commercial property; including law relating to commercial property transactions and the importance of understanding & complying with legislation concerning commercial & business transfer agency services.

Unit 3: Law Relating to Commercial Property (CPA3)
Covers the law relating to real property and commercial & business premises that agents need to know when selling, acquiring and letting commercial property. Also covers financial, rating, taxation and licensing matters regarding freehold and leasehold premises used for commercial & business purposes, and the legislation relating to use and occupation of commercial property, with the roles & procedures of those involved in commercial transactions.

Unit 4: Commercial Property and Business Appraisal and Basic Building Construction (CPA4) 
How the agent provides appraisals and valuation services, as well as advice to owners or occupiers of freehold or leasehold commercial/business premises prior to the sale or letting of their interests. Valuation and marketing techniques are covered, as well as best practice of these in accordance with legislation. Financial and accounting issues relevant to valuation, sale or letting and the different types of building construction and common building defects and remedies are also explored.

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How long will it take?

Up to 12-18 months to complete, requiring approximately 120 hours of qualification study time in total.

You have 3 years from your date of registration to achieve all of the required units to complete the qualification. If you fail to pass all units within this 3 year timescale, you will need to re-register, but you will be able to carry over results of any previously achieved units which are still available for assessment at the time of re-registration.

How will I be assessed?

Each of the 4 units are assessed by a multiple-choice examination which is taken on a computer at a UK Pearson Vue test centre.

Each examination consists of 20 multiple-choice questions which must be answered within 30 minutes and a pass mark of 70% must be achieved (this equates to 14 out of 20 questions answered correctly). 

What will I get?

You will receive a nationally recognised qualification at a level broadly equivalent to an A-Level. This qualification is also recognised by  NAEA Commercial for their membership. 

HOW TO BEGIN

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Read the Qualification Specification

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Enrol and register for your qualification and pay the £50 registration fee

(only enrol if you are a new candidate)

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Study towards your qualification

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Book exams online or call Pearson Vue's booking line on 0161 8557 537

Qualification

Methods of study

We know how important it is for study to fit into your busy life. Propertymark Qualifications are distance learning based, so you decide how to prepare for the exam. It's great because you can choose when and how you study.

Sample questions 

These documents help show the type and level of difficulty of questions, similar to those that you will be asked during your examinations:

Propertymark membership and courses

Propertymark Qualifications have worked with colleagues at Propertymark to ensure that learners can access resources to support their study whether that's by attending a Propertymark training course or by becoming a member of a Propertymark professional body.

Thinking of becoming a member?

While training courses can be attended whether you're a Propertymark member or not, membership allows you to book courses at a discounted rate and gives you access to exclusive member resources. Also Propertymark members receive a £100 discount on learning packages.

Workbooks and study materials

We have learning packages to support you with your qualification, whatever your chosen discipline and location in the UK. Learn in a way that suits you. With a wide range of online, interactive and printed resources from experts, there are learning packages available that support the study of Propertymark Qualifications perfectly.

Contact us to find out more

Contact the team at Propertymark to learn more about your membership and training and view all pricing options.

Recognised Centres and Apprenticeship providers

Private training providers deliver learning programmes and the Propertymark Qualifications exams directly to their learners and apprentices. Each organisation who become a Recognised Centre meets stringent recognition criteria by Propertymark Qualifications and are subject to ongoing quality assurance.

A number of centres operate nationwide and are happy to take on individual learners and customers, although they may charge fees for these services in addition to those for your Propertymark Qualifications exams. Find a recognised centre.


Examinations

Examinations are held at UK Pearson Vue test centres and there are roughly 140 test centres across the country.

How much do they cost?

  • £50 - when booking individually 
  • £80 - when booking two units together that will be taken back to back on the same day by one candidate. Use promotional code TA_TWO_EXAMS16 when booking online.
  • £100 - when booking three units together that will be taken back to back on the same day by one candidate. Use promotional code TA_THREE_EXAMS16 when booking online.

Visit our examinations page to learn more about our examinations as well as viewing a helpful guide that will give you tips on what you should do before your exam and what you can expect to happen during and after your exam. 


Results & certification

You will be issued with a results slip from Pearson Vue immediately after your examination. For failed examinations, the bottom of the slip will include a scoresheet, highlighting areas in which you have scored high/low in.

You will be issued with a passed letter once you have achieved all necessary units of the qualification. This letter will be posted to your registered postal address, typically the Monday after you have passed your final examination.

A qualification certificate will be posted to your registered postal address within three weeks of completing your final examination. You do not need to apply for the certificate or pay a further cost as the fee is included within the examination fees. 


Enrol for this Qualification

 

...the benefits to gaining the qualification are endless.
~ Tania Marshall - Lettings Candidate of the Year Finalist

 ...just having the qualification makes me feel even more confident in my role.
~ Elizabeth Anderson

The relationship between a landlord and their agent should be a long one, built on trust and confidence, and what better way to assure your landlord than having proof of your knowledge with a professional qualification.
~ Sara Hawkins

Having these qualifications really helps you prepare for the property industry, as you learn relevant information that will aid you in a property related job.
~ Nina Chambers

By undertaking a qualification with Propertymark Qualifications, it not only helps in giving property experts the knowledge they need to do a better job but it also gives us something just as valuable...credibility. 
~ Andrew Everett

It provides you with a personal sense of achievement in addition to the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently carry out your role to the highest standard.
~ Heather Fraser, Rising Star 2019

Studying for this qualification will help separate you from other agents whilst also increasing your confidence when interacting with customers. 
~ Sean Rawson, Sales Candidate of the Year 2019

Being properly qualified gives you the confidence to offer a professional and compliant service. Go for it!
~ Melfyn Williams, Employer Champion of the Year 2019