Practical conveyancing for candidate attorneys and
newly admitted attorneys

is a course that deals with the following questions -

  • Do you want to learn more about the practical side of conveyancing?
  • Do you need a proven system that would help you to conduct your conveyancing practice with confidence?
  • Are you having difficulty with the financial aspects of a deeds file?

If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then this practical three-day crash course is tailor-made for you.

What is the aim of the course and who should attend?

The aim of this course is to offer practical training to –

  • candidate attorneys and newly admitted attorneys entering employment in a deeds section, or
  • sole practitioners who are working without a conveyancing typist.

What is the scope of the course?

It explains the registration of transfers or mortgages, from the opening of the file to the stage when it is finally closed.

Practical tasks

This course is modelled on our training courses for conveyancing typists. It covers the practical tasks a conveyancing typist must be able to perform, but it has been adapted to save valuable time. This has been done by taking into account the theoretical knowledge already possessed by candidate attorneys, attorneys and/or conveyancers. Furthermore, the time usually required for evaluation in typists’ courses has been eliminated.

Course content

  • Registration of a conventional deed of transfer:
    • including the sectional title deed
    • handling the finances relating to a transaction
    • a proven system for the registration process (i.e. steps that have to be followed)
    • correspondence
    • drafting of appropriate supporting and registration documents
  • Bond registration and cancellation procedure (theory and practice)
    See course content

Method of presentation

The course consists of a theoretical and a practical section. Practical case studies are discussed to indicate how the theory is applied in practice.

  • Knowledge of the theory is assumed. To ensure the necessary theoretical knowledge, a set of notes, in which the applicable theory is discussed, is made available in advance. Course attendees are advised to register early to give them time to read through the theoretical part.
  • The practical section is dealt with during the lectures. A comprehensive manual covering practice is handed out at the lectures.
  • The course material can be used afterwards in office as an indispensable reference guide.


The course is presented over three week days.

English and Afrikaans

Complete lectures and course notes are available in either Afrikaans or English. Afrikaans course attendees may attend English lectures but opt to receive Afrikaans notes and vice versa, on condition they specify this at registration.


The course was compiled by Gawie le Roux, Erinda Frantzen and Melissa Smit.


The lecturer is Melissa Smit, a senior conveyancing typist with years of practical experience, from Pretoria.


The dates and early registration can be viewed under Register

Closing date for registration

Note: Registrations close one week before commencement of a course.


R3,400 or
R2,900 for early registration


Course Content

The prescribed syllabus for the examination is covered in the following parts and chapters:

Part 1 - Conveyancing Practice and the Deeds Registries Act

Chapter 1 - General background
Chapter 2 - Transfer procedure
Chapter 3 - Agreement of sale
Chapter 4 - Deed of transfer
Chapter 5 - Power of attorney
Chapter 6 - Servitudes
Chapter 7 - Estate transfers
Chapter 8 - Partition transfers
Chapter 9 - Certificates of registered title
Chapter 10 - Township establishment
Chapter 11 - Endorsements
Chapter 12 - Lost deeds
Chapter 13 - Bond procedures
Chapter 14 - Mortgage bonds
Chapter 15 - General

Part 2 - Sectional Title and Deeds Office Procedure

Chapter 1 - Sectional Titles
Chapter 2 - Deeds Office Procedure

Part 3 - Conveyancing Practice and Other Applicable Acts

Section A - The Big Five

Chapter 1 - Matrimonial Property
Chapter 2 - Alienation of Land
Chapter 3 - Subdivision of Agricultural Land
Chapter 4 - Value-Added Tax
Chapter 5 - Transfer Duty

The 2011 brochure is not available at present. The information on our website is correct and up to date.