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Registration for September 2014 RES Examination is CLOSED!

Registration for November 2014 RES examination will commence on 29 September 2014 and close on 07 November 2014.


Real Estate Salesperson (RES) Examination

From 22 Oct 2010 onwards, one of the key salesperson registration criteria for entry into the real estate agent industry will be to pass the mandatory examination set by the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) or possess equivalent qualification. Prior to taking the examination, applicants will be required to complete the preparatory RES course conducted by a CEA Approved Course Provider (ACP).

NTUC LearningHub (LHUB), a CEA Appointed Exam Administrator, offers:

  • Real Estate Salesperson (RES) Exam
    • This exam is an entry level examination for new entrants who wish to practise as salespersons in the real estate industry
  • Real Estate Agency (REA) Exam
    • This exam is for persons who intend to assume the role of the Key Executive Officer (KEO) / Practising Director or Practising Partner of an estate agent


Under the new regulatory regime administered by the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA), one of the registration criteria for property agents (or individual salespersons) is that they must pass the CEA’s Real Estate Salesperson (RES) examination or have equivalent qualification. This is to ensure that agents intending to do estate agency work are well qualified, professionally competent and be able to work effectively in the real estate industry. Equally important is that they must uphold good ethical standards.


As it is a requirement by CEA for the exam administrator to verify that all candidates meet the required pre-requisites, candidates will have to bring along the required documents (original RES course completion certificate, original highest qualification certificate, CEA qualification assessment approval email notification (applicable for overseas qualification only), results slips (for retakers only) and identification documents like NRIC &/or passport) to of our 4 customer service counters for verification before making payment.

Please note that the minimum requirements to take the RES examination are:

For New Industry Entrants

  • Must have 4 GCE "O" Levels; or
  • 4 GCE "O" LEVELS passes taken over two sittings, but the passes must be for different subjects; or
  • WSQ Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (Speaking, Writing, Listening, Reading and Numeracy) = Level 5; or
  • Candidate who wish to submit their qualifications (e.g. overseas qualifications, private diplomas etc.) for assessment by CEA to determine if they meet the minimum educational qualification requirement may do so through the Approved Course Provider (ACP) they intend to enrol for the RES course. An administrative fee of $53.50 (inclusive of GST) is payable for each application submitted. Candidates must complete the CEA Qualification Assessment Request Form and attach all supporting documents, and they must also produce the original documents to ACP for verification. CEA will inform the candidate of the outcome of the assessment.
  • Qualifications assessed to be accepted in lieu of 4 GCE "O" Level passes, for the purpose of RES/REA course registration, RES/REA examination registration and registration to be a salesperson or KEO/practicing director, are valid for a period of 3 years from the date of CEA's notification of the acceptance. A fresh application has to be re-submitted to CEA for qualification assessment once the 3-year period lapses.


  • Must have successfully completed the new RES course

Repeat Candidates (Documents Required during Registration/Payment)

  • All pre-requisites documents

  • Previous examination result(s)

Mode of Examination

  • RES is the new and only industry entry qualifying exams for Real Estate Salespersons.

  • With effect from MAY 2013, the RES Exam format will include a new Case Study Section in both Paper 1 and 2 in the form of Multiple Choice Questions. Both Paper 1 and 2 will adopt the same format as follow: 

    • 2 Papers each (2.5 hours per paper)

    • Paper 1:Section A: 50MCQs (50 marks), Section B: 15MCQs with reference 1 or 2 case studies (30 marks), Section C: 10 Fill-in-the-blank short answer questions (20 marks).

    • Paper 2: Same format as Paper 1.

  • With effect from the July 2011 RES examination, modular passing will be allowed. Candidates who have passed either Paper 1 or Paper 2 need to retake only their failed Paper from the August 2011 RES examination onwards. Upon passing the remaining Paper, the candidate will be considered as having passed the RES examination and will be subsequently issued an RES Exam Certificate. The candidate must submit the salesperson registration application through and with support of a licensed estate agent within 2 years of the date of issue of the final results. Otherwise, the results will be invalid for registration purposes.

  • Candidates who fail both Papers will need to retake the RES exam as a fresh candidate; i.e. need to take Paper 1 and 2 in a single sitting in their next attempt. Modular passing will apply only if the candidate has passed one Paper. There shall be no retrospective consideration of results from earlier RES examinations taken from Jan to Jun 2011.

Important Note: Please be informed that all RES course participants are required to pass the RES examination, comprising of two papers, within 2 years from the date of issuance of the RES course completion certificate. For candidates with a modular pass in one paper of the RES examination, they are required to pass the remaining paper within 2 years timeframe. Should they fail to do so, the modular pass in one paper will not be valid and candidates will have to re-take the RES course before attempting the RES examination (i.e.both paper 1 and paper 2) again.

Duration of Examination

  • Paper 1: 2.5 hrs

  • Paper 2: 2.5 hrs

With effect from July 2013; Paper 1 will be conducted on Sunday from 9:30am-12:00pm and Paper 2 will be conducted on Saturday from 9:30am-12:00pm. All candidates are reminded to arrive at least one hour before the commencement of examination.

Successful candidates must apply for registration 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.


Revised RES Examination Syllabus - May 2014

The RES examination syllabus has been revised in Jan 2014 and will apply for May 2014 and subsequent RES examinations.


With effect from May 2014 and subsequent RES examinations, there will be a revision in the examination syllabus for both RES Paper 1 and Paper 2, as such all examination questions will be set based on the revised syllabus.

The revised examination syllabus has:

  • No change to the scope of topics covered compared to the old syllabus.

  • More detailed elaboration on the relevant topics to enhance practical knowledge.

  • Updates on the rules, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to real estate agency practice.

  • Learning outcomes and expectations of cognitive levels for each learning outcome, to facilitate candidates to better appreciate the level of understanding that is required for each topic.

  • Re-organisation of topics between the RES Examination Paper 1 and Paper 2 to provide synergy and to achieve a well-balanced coverage for both papers.

The table below shows the list of topics in the old and revised RES examination syllabus:

Old RES Examination Syllabus

Revised RES Examination Syllabus

Paper 1 - Basic Real Estate Concept and Law

Paper 1

Unit 1: Real Estate Agency Industry Overview

Competency Unit 1: Real Estate Agency Industry Overview
(including Estate Agents Act and regulation of real estate industry)

Unit 2: Basic Concepts of Real Estate

Competency Unit 2: Basic Land Law Concepts and Dealings with Interests in Land

Unit 3: Laws Governing Estate Agency Practice and Real Estate Transactions


Paper 2 - Real Estate Salespersons Practice and Regulations

Paper 2

Unit 4: Marketing and Customer Services

Competency Unit 3: Real Estate Marketing

Unit 5: Estate Agents Act 2010 and Estate Agency Practice

Competency Unit 4: Property Transactions - Laws and Practices
(including sale and lease of HDB and private properties)

Unit 6: Sale and Lease of HDB Properties


Unit 7: Sale and Lease of Private Properties



Exam Fee

$246.10 (Incl. GST) for 2 Papers
$149.80 (Incl. GST) for 1 Paper

Result and Certificate

With effect from the July 2011 RES examination, modular passing will be allowed. The results for July 2011 RES examination onwards will be in one of the following formats:

  • Pass (P)
  • Fail (F)
  • Pass Paper 1; Fail Paper 2 (P1 F2)
  • Fail Paper 1; Pass Paper 2 (F1 P2)

The RES examination results are released 4 - 6 weeks after the examination is held. The process may be extended due to other relating factors such as the number of candidates taking the examination. A certificate will be issued to successful candidate.  No replacement certificates will be re-printed for lost certificates, only a letter of confirmation of qualification attained will be issued upon formal request made. The exam fees paid do not cover the delivery of the certificate to the candidate.

Jul 2014 RES Exam Results Released on 20th Aug 2014

Candidates who have passed both papers in July 2014, may collect their certificates at our Bras Basah branch from 27th Aug 2014, 1pm onwards.

Examination Schedules 2014

With effect from May 2013, there will be a change in the examination date for both RES Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 will be conducted on Sunday, and Paper 2 will be conducted on Saturday.

Schedule Date / Time
Paper Type
Online Reg Closing Date
Registration Closing
25 Jan, Sat
(9.30am – 12nn)
26 Jan, Sun
(9.30am – 12nn)
22 Mar, Sat
(9.30am – 12nn)
03-Mar, Mon
23 Mar, Sun
(9.30am – 12nn)
24 May, Sat
(9.30am – 12nn)
05-May, Mon
25 May, Sun
(9.30am – 12nn)
19 Jul, Sat
(9.30am – 12nn)
20 Jul, Sun
(9.30am – 12nn)
27 Sep, Sat
(9.30am – 12nn)
08-Sep, Mon
28 Sep, Sun
(9.30am – 12nn)
22 Nov, Sat
(9.30am – 12nn)
03-Nov, Mon
23 Nov, Sun
(9.30am – 12nn)

Note: Prior to RES / REA exam registration, candidates are advised to check the exam timetable carefully with NTUC LearningHub, CEA’s Appointed Exam Administrator. Under exceptional circumstances, there may be a change to the exam dates scheduled, online and counter registration closing dates.

*Candidates cannot select their preferred examination venue.

*Registration for the following month's RES examination will only start after previous month's examination is completed. 

#Registration and payment for each RES examination will close at 6pm, 2 weeks before the first exam paper or when full capacity is reached, whichever is earlier. Please note that no prior notice will be given. 

Exams can be conducted in these various locations: 

  • NTUC Trade Union House (NTUH) - NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd, 73 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189556

  • Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability (DNI), 80 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609607

  • LHUB Industry Skill Centre@ Benoi, EMS Building, 60 Benoi Road, Singapore 629906

  • Singapore Management University (SMU-LKC) - Lee Kong Chian School of Business, 50 Stamford, Singapore 178889

  • Singapore Management University (SMU-SOA) - School of Accountancy, 60 Stamford Road, Singapore 178900

  • Singapore Management University (SMU-SIS) - School of Information Systems, 80 Stamford Road, Singapore 178902

  • Singapore Management University (SMU-SOE) - School of Economics and Social Sciences, 90 Stamford Road, Singapore 178903

  • Marketing Institute Of Singapore - 410 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188726 


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RES / REA exam registration centres: 

  • NTUC Trade Union House (NTUH)

NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd

73 Bras Basah Road, #02-01, Singapore 189556

Operating Hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 7.15pm 
                              Saturday: 8.30am - 1.00pm
                              Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed 


  • Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability (DNI)

NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd

80 Jurong East Street 21, #02-03, Singapore 609607

 Operating Hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 6.00pm 
                               Saturday: 8.30am - 1.00pm
                               Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed


  • TradeHub 21 (TH21)

NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd

18 Boon Lay Way, #04-120,Singapore 609966

Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 8.15am - 6.00pm
                               Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed


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