In PPRA Notifications

This serves to advise all estate agents who wish to undertake the upcoming Professional Designation Examination (PDE) scheduled to take place on 19 November 2020 that enrolment for such is now open.  Enrolment is done strictly via the MyEAAB portal available on the EAAB website and an examination candidate must be in possession of their 7 digit personal identification number or reference number to be able to enroll.  The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) Call Centre, 087 285 3222, may be requested to confirm such reference numbers.

  1. Eligibility

The PDE is written by registered estate agents who are certificated against or exempted from completing the prescribed qualifications.

  • PDE 4 (this is an examination that must be written by eligible intern and non-principal estate agents). It is only meant for those who have been certificated against or exempted from completing the Further Education and Training Certificate: Real Estate (NQF 4). Interns must have also completed the compulsory 12 month internship period and submitted a logbook which has been approved by the EAAB in order for them to be able to enroll for the examination via the MyEAAB portal.
  • PDE 5 (this is an examination that must be written by eligible Principal estate agents). It is also meant only for those who have been certificated against or exempted from completing the National Certificate: Real Estate (NQF 5).
  1. Check and update your qualifications status on the MyEAAB Portal

Examination candidates are unable to enroll for PDE 4/PDE 5 unless their qualifications (and intern logbook where required) are updated. Therefore those who have not yet updated their qualifications (a certified certificate of competence issued by the Services SETA or a signed and dated confirmation letter of successful external moderation by the Services SETA, the RPL Centre or Skills Development Provider) may do so logging and attaching these copies via the On-Line Query on MyEAAB Portal or sending a certified copy to

  1. Venue-based Examination  versus On-Line examination

The EAAB is most pleased to announce that all future exams will be conducted strictly via the new online Exam platform. Thus there will no longer be venue-based examinations. All prospective exam candidates are therefore urged to enroll for the forthcoming examination scheduled to take place on the 19th November 2020 by completing the Enrolment form which is available on the EAAB website, and make the necessary payment immediately to ensure that the EAAB generates the examination seat numbers and capture the candidate’s details in the new Online Examination system on time to avoid any delays in accessing the new system.

In addition, all prospective exam candidates are urged to install Chrome or Firefox if they will be using the Computers; otherwise the new online exam system is compatible with all Apple and Android devices.

The prospective examination candidates who enroll and make payments before 31 October 2020 will be communicated their examination seat numbers by no later than the first week of November (these will also be loaded on MyEAAB portal for viewing by examination candidates).

All examination candidates issued with the examination seat numbers will also have an opportunity to have a tour into the new online Exam system in order to ensure that all enrolled examination candidates are ready and conversant with the functionality. The link of the new system will be emailed to all enrolled candidates during the first week of November (the link will be emailed to those who would have already received the examination seat numbers).

  1. A summary of important rules for examination enrolment

4.1     Unless PDE enrollment via MyEAAB Portal and payment is received prior to the examination date, no examination seat number will be allocated.  Estate agents who wish to enroll should therefore ensure that they first enroll for the examination and then make payment using the correct Unique Seven Digit Reference Number usually used for FFC payments.

4.2     For confirmation of examination seat numbers, estate agents are requested to check the MyEAAB portal as such are issued automatically via the EAAB SAP system and populated against their system profile.

4.3     Examination results are released at least 8 weeks after the examination date and appeals must be lodged within 10 – 14 days of receiving results.

4.4     Examination results can be viewed through the MyEAAB On-Line Query Management portal.

4.5     Examination certificates for those who have passed are issued at least 60 – 90 days after the release of examination results.

4.6     Examination candidates who are not successful are allowed to lodge their appeal against the examination results by submitting their appeal and the required fee within 14 days of being informed of their results. The policy of the EAAB is that appeals received after the 14 days period will not be processed.

4.7     Examination candidates must allow sufficient time for a thorough preparation for the examination.  Therefore those wishing to undertake the examination are advised to ensure that they obtain the required study material from the EAAB prior to enrolling for the examination.

4.8     Examination duration is 4 hours.

4.9     Examination will be conducted strictly via the online platform.

4.10   It is an open book examination.  Tips for the examination are available on the EAAB website (under Education – Professional Designation Examination).

4.11   Examination candidates are allowed to use calculators of any type, where required.

4.12   Examination candidates may use dictionaries, if required.

The EAAB wishes all examination candidates the best of luck!

Issued by:        Estate Agency Affairs Board
Education and Training Department
Date of Issue: 01 October 2020


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