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Concise online courses produced by university lecturers consisting of the same online material (lecture videos and course notes) delivered to university students.

Our short courses are designed for individuals eager to learn property but who do not have the desire to pursue a formal degree or it’s simply not practical for them to attend on-campus lectures.  Our short courses are not intended as a substitute for a formal qualification in property.

Our courses are also ideal for property professionals wanting to sharpen their fundamentals while also earning continuing education credits as well.

Unfortunately, no.  Although short course participants access university-level lectures and course notes, Think Sharp's online short courses are not formally offered by an NZQA-accredited university and do not contribute to any university degree, diploma or certificate.  Transfer credit to other universities is also not an option.

Each course has a stated number of hours which is approximately the number of lecture video hours. We suggest that you should anticipate spending twice this number of hours to complete your short course.  This additional time is consumed by pausing and taking handwritten notes while watching the lectures and re-watching material as needed.  You'll also spend time answering the embedded quiz at the end of each lecture video.  After you've completed watching all of your course's lectures you'll want to revise the material and prepare for the comprehensive online test.  Ultimately the time you allocate to completing your short course depends on your study habits.  A safe rule of thumb is double the nominal course length.

None aside from a minimum age of 18 years old. Course participants are expected to understand spoken and written English with the lectures' closed captioning feature  designed to assist non-native speakers better understanding the course content.

Enrolments in our short courses are continuous so you start the moment you enrol.  Our courses are self-paced meaning you complete them on your own schedule and timeframe within a year of enrolment.

Firstly you should download your lecture notes.  To do so, make sure you're signed into your user account.   Next click on My Account in the upper-right hand corner of the screen.  Once there click on the "Files" tab and download your lecture notes' PDF file.  Once you've printed out your notes you should be ready to start sitting your lectures.  Simply click on 'My Courses' in the main menu and navigate to your course name.  Lastly click on your desired lecture and start getting sharp! 

If you wish to earn university credit then you should sidestep our online short courses and either apply to the University of Auckland's Bachelor of Property programme, which is a 3-year full time undergraduate degree, or apply for a Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) which is not associated with a degree or diploma but would allow you to transfer your credits to a BProp later if you choose. Admissions for CoP students are at the discretion of the Head of Department and it depends on student numbers and room capacity.

No, Think Sharp's short courses are independent study. If you desire face-to-face, personalised tuition you should consider applying for either a Bachelor of Property or Certificate of Proficiency and enrol in full university courses.

The most straightforward reason for opting to have your comprehensive online test proctored by ProctorU is to satisfy your organisation's CPD requirements.  Not all professional bodies require proctoring, but some do.  Also a proctored test comes with a more substantial  Certificate of Achievement rather than a Certificate of Participation. Lastly working towards a closed-book proctored assessment is an effective motivator and encourages more diligent studying and enhanced learning overall.  There is an extra fee since the online proctoring service comes at a cost.

Our website protected with a 256-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption.  In terms of private information, we do not see or have knowledge of any user-generated passwords.  The data that is collected and known to us such as course participants’ names and email addresses is kept confidential and is not shared with any third parties.

For the most part, yes.  It is possible to view our online lecture videos from most mobile devices with the exception of Windows phones as support for such devices has been discontinued.  Most tablets should be able to display our lecture videos without any additional app but some devices such as iPhones will require the free Techsmith Smart Player app.  We suggest that you view our lectures using a PC or Mac to get the full benefit from them. Ensure that your browser is up-to-date and has the most recent version of Adobe Flash installed.

Money Matters

Our short courses comprise university lecture content and course notes. For instance our Property Finance and Investment suite of courses is equivalent in content as a full undergraduate course. That suite's course fees total $160 plus GST, or $184 inclusive. University tuition in New Zealand for an equivalent course is approximately $775 for domestic students while international course fees exceed $3,900.

Of course a full university paper earns credit towards a degree and includes graded assignments, face-to-face tutorial sessions, written tests and exams and the ability to visit the lecturer during office hours. These differences aside our short courses offer incredible value for money as they provide the same knowledge and skills as the full university papers and can be completed at your own pace without ever having to step foot on campus.

No. If you do not reside in New Zealand and you will be accessing your course from outside New Zealand, your purchase will be a zero-rated supply and therefore you will not be charged GST.  Overseas participants may be required to provide a declaration by email to support a zero-rated supply.

There will be a minor additional cost to print and bind an online short course’s lecture notes which are provided as a downloadable PDF file.  Lecture notes vary in length but can reach upwards of 100 pages.  Printing the lecture notes is not an absolute requirement but course participants are strongly encouraged to take handwritten notes while watching the online lectures as this will enhance their learning.  For course participants living in New Zealand, one option for printing and binding their lecture notes is The Online Printer.

It depends.  If you enrol in our Residential Finance or Commercial Property Investment short courses you will need to acquire an emulator for the HP10B II financial calculator.  These are available for PCs, Macs and mobile devices.  Here is a link to download an emulator for use on a PC while Mac and mobile device users can purchase a low-cost emulator from RLM Software or other provider.

Yes, you can pay course fees on behalf of one or more of your colleagues or as a gift for friends or relatives but when you do please explain this in the “Order comments” field at the bottom of the checkout page.  We will confirm the details of the actual course participants with you via email and then register the appropriate individuals in the appropriate courses.

Yes, members of supporting organisations (presently RICS, Property Institute NZ and Property Council NZ) are offered a 10% discount.  A 10% discount is also available for University of Auckland alumni.  Simply contact us and we can pass you the appropriate coupon code.

As per our mission statement we believe cost should not be a barrier to higher education.  Please get in touch with us to discuss your situation and together we can find a solution.

Yes.  Online learning is new for most everyone.  Therefore if you find that you are not benefiting from your short course, simply contact us and request a full refund within 7 days of purchase.

Certificates and CPD

Our courses are comprised of bite-sized lecture videos each containing an embedded quiz at the end.  To fully participate in a course, participants must enter their details when prompted at the start of each lecture, watch each lecture in full and attempt the questions at the end.  Usage data is delivered to us daily.  When you’ve completed your short course you may sit your comprehensive online test and receive your downloadable certificate.  If you’ve opted to have your test proctored by ProctorU, additional instructions will be provided.

There are no pass/fail determinations in our short courses.  For those who elect not to have their comprehensive online test proctored by ProctorU their test score will not appear on their  Certificate of Participation, which is automatically issued upon test completion.  This certificate is issued regardless of test performance.  For participants who invest in the optional ProctorU service, their Certificate of Achievement will state their score but there is no judgement of pass or fail.  Participants not satisfied with their score can re-take their proctored online test by paying the optional ProctorU fee to do so.  There is no limit to the number of re-attempts.

Simply contact us and provide the name of person, the certificate being referenced and the date of issue.  We will contact the individual, assuming they have indeed taken our short course, and request their permission to confirm with you the validity of the referenced certificate.  We will then get back in touch with you.

Yes.  Our standard short courses conclude with the course participant being awarded a Certificate of Participation assuming he/she has completed the course requirements.

For participants who elected to have their comprehensive test proctored by ProctorU they will receive a Certificate of Achievement showing their test score and a statement that their identity was confirmed by ProctorU. This particular certificate may be required by some professional organisations for CPD credit or by employers who desire confirmation of knowledge gained.

As our courses are comprised of university-level lectures and course notes, they have been deemed suitable for several professional organisations continuing professional development (CPD) programmes including RICS Formal CPD, PINZ CPD and REAA non-verifiable CE.  Other organisations such as the NZ Law Society, IPENZ and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand leave CPD requirements largely open and to the sole discretion of members.

For PINZ members, your courses' online comprehensive tests must be proctored by ProctorU in order to earn PINZ CPD hours.  While there is no minimum score that you must achieve in your test, your percentage score is displayed on the associated "Certificate of Achievement".  For PINZ's own online courses they require a minimum pass score of 75%.  This should give you a guide as to PINZ's expectations.

That partly depends on the style of your CV, but here is a suggestion that may be suitable:

Short Courses in Property (www.ThinkSharp.co.nz)

Certificate of Achievement in Construction Project Management - 2018
Certificate of Achievement in Commercial Building Services - 2018

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