Rightmove has introduced a new qualification that its estate and lettings agents can sign up and qualify for.

Agent members will not have to pay for the training, which will allow them to pass the Level 3 Certificate for Estate and Letting Agents (CELA), though they do have to pay for the actual qualification to a third-party provider once they pass the exam. The new qualification will be regulated by Ofqual and is scheduled to launch by the end of the year. Agents can sign up now to register their interest.

The course has been created specifically ahead of new potential regulations being introduced based on the RoPA (Regulation of property agents) Report. The training is free as part of an agent’s Rightmove membership and provided by industry experts who have contributed to the content of the course, which has been produced to suit all learning styles, including video content.

Agents will receive over 120 hours of online, on-demand training and be able to sit an independently adjudicated exam from awarding body ABBE for a fee of £215 (plus VAT) payable to ABBE to be awarded the qualification.

The qualification is designed for both estate and lettings agents and covers topics including legislation and codes of practice, how to generate opportunities, property marketing and delivering exceptional service. It competes with qualifications provided by Propertymark, whose former chief executive David Cox now works for Rightmove.

“Our comprehensive syllabus covering both sales and lettings features content from some of the industry’s most influential educators, so that agents have access to the highest quality training for free,” said Jason Charles, head of education at Rightmove.

The initiative is part of Rightmove’s aim to broaden its services away from only property listings. Last year it launched a landlord and tenant services division following its acquisition of referencing company Van Mildert in 2019.

Earlier this week Rightmove appointed Matthew Bushby as its new chief marketing officer.

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