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Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers

Press Release

Common Examination for House Agents (CEHA) Board of Examiners – Revision of Some Examination Rules

In line with the Government’s call for service providers to upgrade their standards of professionalism and practice, the CEHA Board has revised some of the rules governing the examination. This initiative is to assist practising agents who seriously desire to obtain the CEHA qualification.

From April 2004 to April 2005, a number of practising agents came forward to apply for the Examination when the rules were relaxed to allow practising agents who concluded at least two transactions in the preceding year prior to April 2004 to take the exam.

With the Singapore Accredited Estate Agencies (SAEA) Scheme coming into force on 11 November 2005, the CEHA Board wishes to extend their support and assistance in the transition period to meet the Scheme’s requirements.

Interested housing agencies who are keen to join the Scheme but do not meet the duly qualified practising agents’ requirement can look forward to sending their non CEHA qualified practising agents to attend a 6-month CEHA course to be conducted by the SAEA Accreditation Board. The course is to train practising agents for CEHA. Non qualified practising agents who attend the 6-month course must pass the SAEA conducted exam.

Practising agents who passed the SAEA examination will be endorsed by SAEA to take CEHA. Practising agents must also submit their log book as evidence of their status as full time practising agents. This 6-month course will be conducted by SAEA till December 2008.

The CEHA Board has also revised the rules to allow candidates who passed at least one paper to take their unsuccessful papers. Under the new re-examination rules, candidates are allowed to take the unsuccessful paper(s) within two (2) years.

These changes are meant to motivate and assist genuine practising agents who wish to continuously improve themselves and pass CEHA. It is also in line with the government’s policy for workers to upgrade their skills. It will also ensure that practising agents raise their level of professional competence in order to remain relevant in the industry and to provide a higher standard of service to their clients.

The revised entry level and the re-examination rules will commence from 1 January 2006 in conjunction with the Singapore Accredited Estate Agencies Scheme. Details of the changes will be posted on the website at http://www.sisv.org.sg.

The CEHA Board strongly encourages all practising agents to obtain the CEHA qualification.

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