Working at Bayleys

Learn more about working at Bayleys including how to become an Agent, Agent's earning potential & other FAQs.

Your career in real estate begins here!

To work as a sales person in Real Estate you will need to complete the National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson).

What this means for you

The first step in the process is to enquire if there is a vacancy in the office of your choice.  The Manager of the relevant Bayleys office will act as your point of contact to the industry while completing the course. Once you have obtained your real estate license the expectation is  that you would join their team as an independent contractor and commence your real estate sales career.

For more information about the Bayleys Property College email 

There are other options for obtaining your Real Estate license 

There are other service providers to choose from when deciding who to complete your qualification with. All providers offer similar versions of the course as directed by the Skills Organisation. However the providers vary in the way they deliver content to students.

  • Unitech - cost approx. $1800: 12 week block classroom course. Courses start at set times throughout the year.

  • Open Polytech - cost approx. $1400: Self study course with the optional classroom lessons. Classroom courses state at set times throughout the year.

When you have gained your qualification you can then apply to the Real Estate Authority for your real estate license.  All up this can take from six weeks to four months to complete.

More information on the National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) 

This is the qualification a person must hold before they are entitled to apply for a salesperson’s licence.

Successful completion of this qualification ensures you meet the licensing requirements to obtain a salespersons’ licence to sell property in New Zealand. The qualification will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to know to appraise the value of property and to sell property in New Zealand. It also covers the important legal requirements, to ensure you have the knowledge to bring about a sale or transaction that meets the client and customer needs set out in the law. 

To learn more about becoming a salesperson with Bayleys offered through Bayleys’ Property College, contact Bayleys’ recruitment manager, Carol Henry. Phone 0800 Bayleys (09 375 8652) or email


How much can I expect to earn as a real estate sales person?

Our experience shows that the more educated you become with real estate skills and techniques, the greater success your vendors will have, resulting in more success and income for you.

The real estate agency brand you work for along with the training you receive, will determine how much you can expect to earn as a real estate sales person.

The table below outlines the typical career earning and learning path for Bayleys sales people

Bayleys Residential salesperson average gross commission was $242,000 in the financial year 2016 to 2017.

What further support do you offer to enhance my sales career with Bayleys?

Once you have completed your National Certificate and received your salesperson’s license, we will place you on our next available 4 day Sales Success Workshop. This course focuses on sales and negotiation skills to propel your business to the next level.

In addition to this programme  you have complete access to our ecampus online training suite where you can up skill online. We have videos, interactive learning modules and scripts and dialogues to cover every situation you may find yourself dealing with.

Your managers also run regular in office training workshops and our yearly sales conferences will keep you performing at your best.


It’s simple. All you have to do is fill in a training agreement with the Bayleys Property College team.

The training agreement is your commitment that you will carry out training in one of our real estate office or home and complete your national qualification.

For more information call the Bayleys Property College training team on 0800 BAYLEYS (0800 229539).  Call us to discuss how we can help get your sales career off to a flying start.

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How to begin your career in real estate

How long will it take complete the workplace training programme?

We suggest you complete one assessment per fortnight. If you are able to complete more, that’s fantastic, as long as you keep the momentum going you’ll finish in no time at all.

What is a unit standard?

Unit standards specify what a trainee needs to know, do, and understand for assessment. They are not lesson plans or programmes, but specify outcomes to be achieved.

How long does each unit take?

We suggest you read the assessment first, then preview the study guide to find the answers to any knowledge gaps you may have. In total each unit assessment could take as long as 10-20-hours to complete, and depends on how much you know before you start.

Is this basically like correspondence?

Yes it is. However because you will be working in the industry you will have additional access to skills and knowledge that you can apply to the assessments.

Is your on job training programme similar to what the polytechnics do?

The unit standards are exactly the same. The Skills Organisation develops the unit standards that the polytechnics assess. The delivery method is the difference. The Skills Organisation workplace study guides focus on compliance as we recognise that you will have access to the practical skill base, since you will be working in the industry on a daily basis.

When does your workplace training programme start?

The programme starts the day you receive your study material. Unless your office is running in house training sessions, there are no fixed course dates. This allows you to work at your own pace while you earn. We do give you guidelines as to when each assessment is due to be returned for marking.

Do I have to go to classes?

No. Your branch may offer support workshops or training sessions to support you however the workplace study guides are self-contained and you do not need to attend a class. You may ask your branch manager or agent mentor for support if you are having difficulty.

Can I have a refund?

The refund policy is in the terms and conditions. We do not give refunds outside of this policy.

I have a degree can I get my licence?

Yes if your degree is in schedule three of the licensing regulations. You may be required to do an assessment as well.

What do I need to get started in real estate?

You must complete your National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) prior to applying for your licence as a salesperson. You can do this through The Bayleys Property College.

Can I use my National Diploma in Real Estate to apply for my agent’s licence?

If you achieved your diploma before 2008, you will need to do some extra units to achieve the National Diploma in Real Estate (Agent) (Level 5). This is the new qualification that a person must hold before they apply for an agent's licence.

Can I cross credit my degree?

Yes, if your degree is listed in Schedule three of the Real Estate Agents (Licensing) Regulations 2009. Download and send the application form to The Skills Organisation to process.

If your degree is not listed in Schedule three of the Real Estate Agents (Licensing) Regulations 2009, you will need to do the prescribed qualifications.

I’ve completed the salesperson’s course. Can I apply for my salesperson’s licence?

If you have units numbered 15500, 23134 to 23138, 23140, 23141, and 26148 to 26150, then you have the National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4) and can apply for a salesperson's licence.

If you only have units numbered 23134 to 23138, and 23155, then you will need to complete five extra units to achieve the National Certificate in Real Estate Salesperson (Level 4), before you can apply for a salesperson's licence. If you only have units numbered 4653 to 4660, you will need to complete the new National Certificate in Real Estate (Level 4).

Bayleys also offer a number of scholarships annually - download the application form here.

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