Frequently asked questions

We often receive questions from persons interested in our courses. A few of the most frequently asked questions, along with our answers, are listed below.

I know nothing about deeds. Will the course help me?

Yes, undoubtedly. The course was designed to make provision for a learning curve. In our presentation of Modules 1, 2 & 3 (Basic Diploma in Conveyancing Practice), we start from the assumption that you know nothing about deeds. About 40% of the people who attend the Basic Diploma have no or very little experience of deeds. These people enrol for the course because they want to switch careers. Some are already working at law firms as litigation typists or receptionists and would like to switch over to the deeds section.

I have been working with deeds for a number of years. Will the Basic Diploma in Conveyancing Practice be of value to me?

Yes, undoubtedly. It will probably be easier for you than for the people who have no previous experience of deeds, but you will undoubtedly add to your knowledge. Many experienced conveyancing typists who have attended the Basic Diploma have said that they have undoubtedly benefited, because they -

  • have discovered for the first time why certain things are done in practice;
  • have a new understanding of the theory behind what they do every day; and
  • are able to see the whole picture for the first time.

So far we have not had a single typist who told us that the course meant nothing to her. See the comments from our students and decide for yourself.

I am nervous about the assessment (test) for modules 1-6. Suppose I don’t pass?

You are in good company. Almost everyone is nervous about this "test". Many people have not written an examination for many years and feel unsure about what to expect. We fully understand this and so we have adopted the following approach:

The test written at the end of some modules is an open-book test. The idea is not to test your "memory", in other words how well you can remember what we have done. The idea is rather to see whether you understand the material we dealt with in the lectures and are able to apply it in practice. You are therefore permitted to use the study material and practical examples that we distributed in class, just as you would use them if you had to tackle a similar task while working at office. The only difference is that you can’t ask a colleague for help.

In some modules no test is written at the end of the module, but assessment takes place during the lectures. This means that we practise drafting and that you will have your final mark by the time you complete a module. Most learners like this method of assessment, because it is very practical and consists mainly of "drafting" (drawing up clauses or documents).

What is the aim of the assessment? Couldn’t one just as well omit it?

The assessment in Modules 1 and 2 is especially important for newcomers to conveyancing work. Those are people who have never worked with deeds before and are considering this as a new career opportunity. The assessment will tell us whether a person has any aptitude for this type of work. If anyone does very badly in the assessment, this may be an indication that the person is not suited to this type of work and should rather consider a different occupation. No one should feel bad about this. We are simply saving the learner and his or her employer the distress of finding out the hard way that there is a mismatch here. Since our inception we have had to tell only a very few of our learners that the assessment of their work for Modules 1 and 2 indicates that either they will have to work very hard to make a success of conveyancing or they should possibly consider a different occupation.

Must I be able to type and use a computer?

We assume that you can type and use a computer. We will not teach you how to type or work on a computer in this course. We teach you the theory and practical skills that you will need to function as a conveyancing typist. Once you have mastered these skills you will find it easy to use your computer for this purpose.

Why is the assessment for the Higher Diploma voluntary?

The Higher Diploma in Conveyancing Practice covers advanced work. Most of the people who take it have already proved themselves in practice and consequently may not feel that they want to do the assessment and receive a certificate. Those who want to receive a certificate and diploma can choose to do the assessment. Modules 7-9 take the form of a one-day seminar and can also be done online. See online workshops.

I am an attorney. May I also attend the typist’s course?

Yes, certainly. A number of attorneys have already attended this course. These include attorneys who have already been admitted as conveyancers. Some of them attend the course along with their typists, others come on their own. The reason is very simple. A conveyancer and his or her typist work together as a team. They each have their own area of specialisation. A conveyancer is trained to deal with a certain specialised part of conveyancing practice. This does not mean that immediately after finishing his or her training that conveyancer is equipped to open a file and deal with the correspondence on that file. A great deal of practical experience is needed. This is where attorneys find our course valuable. If you are an attorney or an admitted conveyancer and you would like to know exactly what work is expected of a deeds typist, you should find this course useful. Please phone us for advice on which modules we specifically recommend. We assume that you need more guidance on practical issues rather than the theoretical side of the work.