Become an accredited property investment professional with a QPIA®

Help your clients make better property investment decisions. The PIPA Accreditation Program is an industry accreditation, self-paced online learning course consisting of six modules.

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What is the QPIA® and who would it benefit?

In a recent study independently conducted by PIPA 96% of property investors would choose an accredited professional over one that isn’t.

The PIPA Accreditation Program has been developed by PIPA (Property Investment Professionals of Australia) as an industry benchmark of knowledge and skills for individual investors and professionals in industries involved with property investment.

The course consists of 6 modules developed by property industry experts and can be done individually or as a complete course to deliver education for anyone wishing to develop and expand their personal knowledge on property investment, or look for a career in property investment advising as a Qualified Property Investment Adviser (QPIA®). The PIPA Accreditation Program is suitable for anyone interested in or working in the property industry.

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Module 1 – An Introduction to Property Investing


This module provides an overview of the property industry:-
Basic investing principles
The economy and its cycles
An overview of the legalities
Regulatory body information
Different types of property investments

Module 2 – Legislation and Regulation of Property


The module identifies the relevant sources of regulation that interact with property:-
Historical common law protections
Consumer protection legislation and regulation
Codes of Practice

Module 3 – Property and the Broader Economy


This module will assist your understanding of property as part of the broader Australian economy:-
History of the Australian economy
Sectors of the Australian economy
Concept of cycles of economic activity

Module 4 – Property as an Investment


This module identifies the issues that need to be taken into account as you help your client think about their overall investment position:-
Different property types
Land and building use principles
Building and construction types
Introduces the property investment advice process

Module 5 – The Purchase Process and Financing


The module aims to cover the purchasing process and financing in depth, including:-
Understanding how properties are valued
Negotiation skills
The purchase process from negotiation to settlement
Borrowing capacity
Different loan types and ownership structures

Module 6 – Property Advice and The Advice Model


This module covers the face to face elements of property investment advice. Including:-
Soft skills that build trust
Documentation and filing as a PIPA QPIA® – Qualified Property Investment Adviser

“It gives clients (and myself) confidence in my professionalism and experience.  In an industry full of sharks, it is great to ease a client’s mind that a QPIA® will always work with the client’s best interests at heart”

Rachel Cole
Empower Wealth Advisory

Frequently asked questions

What does PIPA do?

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has been formed by industry practitioners with the objective of representing the industry and raising the professional standards of all operators servicing consumers in property investment.

By adhering to a Code of Conduct and obtaining professional standards of accreditation through education, PIPA members demonstrate to the investing public, government, regulators, media, and other stakeholders within the property investment industry their commitment to excellence.

What is the PIPA Accreditation Program?

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has developed the PIPA Accreditation Program, a professional industry award, to address the need for professionals in the property investment industry and related industries to be appropriately qualified to give advice in property investment.

PIPA is committed to the development of industry standards in property investment advice. It has developed the PIPA Accreditation Program as the first step in quality education for all those involved in giving property investment advice to property investors.

How is the course delivered?

The PIPA Accreditation Program is an online self-paced industry accreditation course, consisting of six modules.

Assessment is a blended approach, consisting of a final exam and end of topic assessments for each module, plus a skills assessment as a third component of Module 6.

Each module is designed to be studied at your own pace, with a time limit to complete each module of six months from the date of enrolment.

Do you have exemptions for recognised prior learning?

PIPA recognises your prior learning and industry experience and is happy to consider your application for recognised prior learning.

Please contact us to discuss your options.

How do I become a QPIA®?

PIPA has developed the PIPA Accreditation Program as the training platform for those wishing to become a Qualified Property Investment Adviser (QPIA®).

Upon successful completion of the PIPA Accreditation Program and satisfying PIPA criteria, participants can apply to become a QPIA®.

To achieve this standard and in order to keep this qualification at a current level, you will be required to:

  1. Successfully complete the PIPA Accreditation Program;
  2. Be able to demonstrate at least 2 years relative industry experience i.e. real estate & associated services, finance, or mortgage services, etc;
  3. Maintain full membership of PIPA or be gainfully employed by a member company;
  4. Undertake the QPIA® Continuing Professional Development Program; and
  5. Register the QPIA® status with PIPA, renewing annually.

** Please note that use of the QPIA® post-nominal and logo without complying with the items listed above is not permitted.**

The Pathway to becoming a QPIA®

We strive to bring accountability, ethics, and education to the property investment industry.

PIPA exists to improve the professional standards of anyone providing property investment advice to consumers. Our voluntary Code of Conduct means that members adhere to a high set of professional standards to help protect consumers. Qualified Property Investment Advisers (QPIAs®) have the highest form of industry-recognised, specialist training and can be trusted to provide tailored and unbiased advice to consumers.

PIPA also regularly produces research, analysis, and publications to help educate our members, media, and consumers about the property investment sector.

By signing up for our newsletter, you will gain access to two of our most valued resources – the Annual Investor Sentiment Survey report and the quarterly PIPA Adviser e-magazine.

2023 Investor Sentiment Survey

The Annual PIPA Investor Sentiment Survey is a rare snapshot of the buying intentions of property investors.

PIPA Adviser Magazine

The PIPA Adviser provides the latest research on market conditions, including forecasts for next year.