How to train to be a conveyancer

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A licensed conveyancer is a legal professional in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand who is trained to offer guidance in purchasing and selling property. A conveyancer is similar to a mortgage or title broker in the United States. Oftentimes, conveyancers will work under the supervision of a solicitor, who is an attorney. Conveyancers advise clients regarding the costs of a property transaction, complete title searches and draft contracts and other legal documents pertaining to the transaction.

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Things you need

  • Conveyancer course
  • Certificate of practical training
  • Licensing exam
  • Proof of insurance

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  1. 1

    Complete a course accredited by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. Its websites provides a list of authorised colleges and outlines the course syllabus. It also offers an online distance-learning course. The course is typically part time and is normally completed in 2 to 2 1/2 years.

  2. 2

    Fulfil two years of supervised practical training under the guidance of licensed conveyancers or a solicitors firm, bank, lending institution, government office or property developer. You are required to submit a certificate of training signed by your supervisor each year to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.

  3. 3

    Take the licensing exam authorised by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. You must pay an examination fee. The exam will cover your knowledge of property law.

  4. 4

    Submit a completed application, along with the required licensing fee, to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. Forms are available for downloading on the council's website.

  5. 5

    Produce evidence of that your conveyancer practice is covered by insurance. The Council for Licensed Conveyancers will not give a license to anyone who does not submit proof of insurance.

Tips and warnings

  • Be prepared to come in for an interview. The council has authority to require any applicant to submit to an interview.
  • Your moral and ethical character will be judged by the council. It will not issue a license to anyone it does not deem a good fit for the profession.

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