Commercial Property Broker - Law and Practice online short course

Course starts 19 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
13 November 2020
Course Starts:
19 November 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation.
8–9 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R12,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Regular legislative changes and ongoing advancements in technology make for a commercial real estate landscape that’s constantly evolving. Professionals who want to thrive in this space need to arm themselves with the relevant knowledge and skills in order to advance within the industry.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Commercial Property Broker – Law and Practice online short course takes a multidisciplinary approach to the subject to fully prepare you to understand the changing nature of commercial property. You’ll not only explore recent developments in commercial real estate, but also gain an understanding of the laws, regulations, and financial principles that govern practice in this field. Guided by industry experts, you’ll learn about leasing, zoning schemes, land registration, and property taxation, and walk away with the confidence to navigate every step in the commercial property transaction cycle.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • A grounding in the processes involved in listing, valuing, and grading commercial properties

  • An understanding of land-use planning legislation and the implications of zoning for clients

  • The skills to draft an effective commercial lease agreement and navigate the conveyancing process

  • The ability to adapt to new laws, technological innovations, and industry trends

Is this course for you? 

This course is designed for property practitioners, real estate agents, law professionals, business owners, and those eager to broaden their knowledge and expand their skill sets to find success in the commercial property sector. It’s ideal for those who want to keep abreast of industry trends and legislative changes, and remain relevant and informed in an evolving field.

Professionals who are starting out in property, or who work in the banking and energy sectors, can take this course to lay a foundation for career growth, and individuals who already have expertise in commercial real estate can earn validation in the form of a certificate of completion from UCT.

Course curriculum

Learn how to value and market non-residential property as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to the commercial property landscape
  • Module 2 The commercial property transaction cycle
  • Module 3 Rights in real property
  • Module 4 Law of contract
  • Module 5 Land-use planning: legislation and practice
  • Module 6 Land registration and conveyancing
  • Module 7 Property finance and tax
  • Module 8 The modern broker

Grow your knowledge of commercial property law

This UCT online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore the legal and financial parameters of selling and leasing property.

Your Course Convenor

The design of this online course is guided by UCT faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Terry Boxall

Terry Boxall

Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa

Head Tutor

Annie Swan

Annie Swan

Commercial and Industrial Property Broker, Find An Office and Find A Warehouse

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Explore the role of a commercial property broker and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 19 November 2020.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.