Real estate training made simple

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ESI Academy is a SSETA Accredited Training Institute. The Academy was established by ESI Attorneys in 2019 as an opportunity to give back to the real estate industry, which is at the core of the business.

We provide courses with accredited material that will guide and educate learners who are interested in property, and prepare them for a career in real estate.

Our goal is to add value to the real estate industry by providing realtors with the necessary tools to enhance their business as well as meet legislated requirements.

our vision


To remain relevant in an ever-changing environment and economy. To provide the real estate industry with skilled, qualified, professional individuals that will enhance and add value to the industry.

our mission


ESI Academy strives to upskill and empower estate agents to effectively assist their buyers and sellers in making a success of one of their biggest investments. Our aim is to partner with high-performing and efficient industry players that are instilled with a culture geared towards customer satisfaction.


Guiding you when you need it most

Our facilitators offer over 20 years of experience in real estate and training, and are members of the IEASA board. They are highly qualified and approachable with hands-on work experience, as well as a passion for both the real estate and training industries. 


After realising his love for teaching people, Charles started his facilitation career in 1996 while working for Standard Bank. He then became a facilitator, assessor and moderator in the Real Estate Industry in 2010, providing various colleges and real estate companies with training in the NQF 4 and NQF 5 Real Estate qualifications. Charles has a passion for property and currently serves as Director on the board of The Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa, and is also the founder and principal of Charles Edwards Properties.

Charles Edwards

Merle Vivier


Merle joined the ESI Academy in November 2021.  She has 25 years of experience in the training industry in various sectors and has dealt with different SETA`s. She is passionate about training and the upskilling of people.

Merle believes strongly that good business ethics is the foundation that forms good business relationships. She enjoys spending time with family and friends braaiing and just having fun in her leisure time.


Chleo joined the Academy in June 2021 as an admin assistant. Chleo loves spending her free time with her family and friends, as well as outdoor activities such as hiking.

She is always up for new challenges and adventures.

Chleo Davis

Kayleen Edwards


Kayleen holds a BCom Law degree and PPRE designation. She completed her NQF4 qualification in Real Estate and is currently finishing off her NQF5 qualification in Real Estate. Kayleen previously worked in the legal fraternity and worked her way up from intern agent to office manager between 2016 and 2021 at a real estate company.

One of her loves is to inspire and motivate people which led her to being a youth leader and an adolescent patient mentor at one of Cape Town’s leading hospitals. Her hobbies include listening to and playing music, playing her oboe, singing in the church choir and taking beach walks. She is excited to be part of ESI Academy’s team to support agents in growing and nurturing their careers.

The Training

08:30 – 16:30
Monday to Friday

ESI Academy courses are presented via webinar and at our training venue in Tygervalley, Cape Town. 

A map and directions will be provided on registration.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival.

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