Auctioneering, Estate Agency & Valuation


Are you intrigued by the dynamic nature of the property market?  Do you have a confident, outgoing personality and good communication skills?   Are you skilled in the art of negotiation? 

Then why not consider a career  in auctioneering and estate agency?  With the upsurge in the Irish property and rental market, there is demand for qualified estate agents, property valuers and property managers.  This course will give you the foundation  to build a career in this vibrant sector.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including: 

  • Auctioneering Practice
  • Estate Agency and Valuation 
  • Property Management
  • Property Letting

Companies who have hired BFEI graduates include:

  • Sherry Fitzgerald
  • Robert Downey
  • Savilles
  • Douglas Newman Good

Course Structure

Learners are prepared for the following:

  • Understand the principles of property valuation.
  • Appreciate the cyclical nature of the property market.
  • Understand the legal framework underpinning property transactions.
  • Prepare sales brochures and/or catalogues.
  • Assist with marketing property for sale or auction.
Core Elements
  • Estate Agency Practice
  • Valuation
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Law
  • Marketing Practice
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Course Code

  • AEV
  • Duration

  • 1 Year – full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 30
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 25
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days

I decided to attend BFEI for a one year full-time course in Auctioneering, Estate Agency and  Valuation as a precursor  to a part-time Level 6 course in IT Tallaght.  As a mature student  this proved invaluable as the tuition and guidance I received in BFEI enabled me to tackle the higher level course  with confidence and enthusiasm.  The Continuous Assessments (CAs) in BFEI,  in particular, were of a similar high standard  to the ones I have encountered in ITT, giving me, I believe, an advantage over other students in the time management of these projects.  The decision to attend a one year full-time course was not one that I took lightly, but one that has proven extremely beneficial. I would recommend it to  anyone, young or old, who is contemplating  a career in a property related industry.

- Gary Hanlon, Auctioneering, Estate Agency and Valuation Graduate, 2015 -

Support Elements
  • Career Advice
  • CV Preparation
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI.
  • Assessment is based on a combination of work submitted during the year and exams.
  • Learners who successfully complete all 8 subjects will be awarded a QQI level 5 Certificate in Business Studies (5M2102).

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Learners may apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

Learners may also apply directly to IPAV (Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers) for entry to the Level 6 Higher Certificate in Real Estate (Valuation, Sales and Management) delivered part-time in IT Tallaght.

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Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA

Applicants should have achieved five passes OR five O6/H7s  OR a combination of five O6/H7s  OR have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile.

  • Others including Mature Students

If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed individually.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs and registration details.


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees. There are no tuition fees for EU students.


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