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How do I become licensed in British Columbia if I’m already licensed in another jurisdiction in North America?

Applicants from Canadian Jurisdictions

In accordance with the Agreement on Internal Trade and the Trade Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement, the Real Estate Council of British Columbia will recognize real estate licence applicants from all Canadian jurisdictions that have an occupational standard*.  Individuals who are currently licensed, qualified** to be licensed or who have been unlicensed for less than one (1) year and who are of good reputation and suitable to be licensed at the level and for the category for which they are applying, without additional requirements, subject to the applicant signing a certification that acknowledges their obligations to:

a)     know, understand and practice in strict accordance with the Real Estate Services Act of British Columbia, including the Regulations, Rules and Bylaws;

b)     familiarize themselves with the laws of British Columbia as they apply to the business of a real estate licensee;

c)      only engage in services or provide services as pursuant to their licence level and category; and

d)     abide by any restrictions or conditions that may be imposed upon the issuance of a real estate licence in British Columbia.

This means that licensees from other Canadian jurisdictions that have provincial or territorial certification (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Yukon Territories) may make application for licensing without having to be tested on their knowledge of real estate practice in British Columbia.  It is important to note that registration with the Council is still required. This includes completing and submitting the appropriate licensing forms including an out of province certification form, licensing history, paying the applicable licensing fees, errors and omissions insurance fees, compensation fund fees, having a criminal record check performed, being sponsored by a managing broker in British Columbia and providing certification attesting to the fact that applicants will familiarize themselves with the laws of British Columbia as they apply to the business of a real estate licensee.   Additionally, qualified** applicants from Canadian jurisdictions with occupational standards who have never been licensed must also complete the applicable Trading Services Applied Practice Course as per the Council’s requirements for all first-time licensees.

Note: Licence applicants from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut who have been licensed for not less than one (1) year during the three (3) years preceding application, or who have held an active licence in another Canadian jurisdiction with occupational standards (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Yukon Territory) and are not currently qualified to be licensed in that jurisdiction but have been licensed for not less than one (1) year during the three (3) years preceding application, may refer to the process detailed below for applicants from American jurisdictions.

*Occupational standard means the skills, knowledge and abilities required for an occupation as established by a regulatory authority of a Party and against which the qualifications of an individual in that occupation are assessed. 

** Individuals who have completed the required licensing education in their home jurisdiction within the last year and are currently eligible for licensing in that jurisdiction without any additional requirements.

Step 1

Request an original copy of your licensing history, including your education and disciplinary records, from the licensing body in your jurisdiction.  You may have it forwarded directly to the Real Estate Council of BC from the licensing body (via email or regular mail), or you may send your licensing history to the Real Estate Council of BC yourself.  Please note: if you send it yourself, it must be in the original sealed envelope from the originating licensing body.  For contact information for licensing bodies in North America, visit arello.org.

Step 2

You are required to obtain an original criminal record check from your local police agency and submit it along with your licence application to the Council. Click here for detailed information.

Once you have obtained your criminal record check, you can apply to the Real Estate Council of British Columbia for licensing at the level and category for which you are currently licensed in your home jurisdiction (e.g. representative, associate or managing broker).   To apply, you must complete the  Application for Representative, Associate or Managing Broker Licence form.  Include the sealed copy of your original licensing history and a completed Out of Province Certification form.

Click here for licensing fees.

**Please forward all original documents in one package to the Council office via mail or courier. Please do not email or fax your initial application as the original criminal record check is required.**

Note: Qualified applicants who have never been licensed must also register for either the Residential Trading Services Applied Practice Course or the Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course delivered by the BC Real Estate Association.

If your licensing history, Out of Province Certification form and original criminal record check are not received along with your application, the Real Estate Council of British Columbia cannot proceed with your licence application.  Note: qualified applicants who have never been licensed must also register in the applicable Trading Services Applied Practice Course prior to licence application.

Section 10(b)(i) of the Real Estate Services Act requires real estate licence applicants to be at least 19 years of age.

Step 3

Prior to engaging in real estate trading services (sales) or to acting as a managing broker in British Columbia, applicants must review and familiarize themselves with the following list of reading materials that have been prepared for licensees from other Canadian jurisdictions. Please click here to view the reading list.

Notes

  1. A list of expected fees and expenses associated with obtaining licensing is shown at the bottom of this page.

  2. When applying for licensing, individuals must have their intended brokerage sign the application for licensing


Applicants from American Jurisdictions

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia exempts individuals from the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course but not the Examination who have held an active real estate licence in the United States for not less than one (1) year during the three (3) years preceding application.  In order to become licensed in British Columbia, please follow the steps below:

Step 1

Send a letter to the Real Estate Council of British Columbia requesting permission to become licensed in BC based on your licensing history.  You must enclose an original copy of your licensing history including your disciplinary record or have it forwarded directly to the the Real Estate Council of BC from the licensing body in your jurisdiction.  See this link for contact information regarding licensing bodies in North America.  Please note that, if you send your licensing history to the Real Estate Council of BC yourself, it is required to be sent in the original sealed envelope from the originating jurisdiction.

Note: If your request letter and licensing history are not received, a response will not be issued.

Please include a return address and make the letter attention:

Caroline Allen
Education and Licensing Officer
Real Estate Council of British Columbia
900 – 750 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6C 2T8
or by fax: 604–683-9017

Step 2

Upon Council verification that you satisfy the requirements for the exemption, you will receive written permission to challenge the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Examination.

Step 3

When you have successfully completed the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Examination, prior to making application for licensing, you must register in a shortened version of the Residential Trading Services Applied Practice Course delivered by the BC Real Estate Association.  Commonly referred to as the Accelerated Applied Practice Course, students will be required to complete the following seven units over 3.5 days of in-class instruction:

Unit 1 Agency Disclosure and the Code of Ethics
Unit 3 Listing Appointment
Unit 4 Listing Documentation
Unit 7 & 8 Contract of Purchase and Sale
Unit 9 Offer and Completion
Unit 10 Legal and Ethical Issues

Once licensed, individuals have 6 months to complete this 3.5 day in-class course.  This course is a requirement of licensing and failure to complete the course will result in licence termination.

Step 4

You are required to obtain an original criminal record check from your local police agency and submit it along with your licence application to the Council. Click here for detailed information.

Once you have registered in the Accelerated Applied Practice Course and received your original criminal record check, you may apply to the Real Estate Council of British Columbia for licensing as a representative licensed to provide trading services (sales) by completing the Application for Representative, Associate or Managing Broker Licence form.

Click here for licensing fees.

**Please forward all original documents in one package to the Council office via mail or courier. Please do not email or fax your initial application as the original criminal record check is required.**

Section 10(b)(i) of the Real Estate Services Act requires real estate licence applicants to be at least 19 years of age.

Notes

  1. When applying for licensing, individuals must have their intended brokerage sign the application for licensing

  2. Should more than one year elapse from the time you pass the exam until a licence application is submitted by you, you will be required to pass the exam again. No exceptions.

Budget

Individuals should expect to incur costs for:

  • Licensing history – Contact real estate licensing body
  • Required reading list
  • Study materials – Real Estate Trading Services Challenge Package $350 or the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Manual and Examination Study Guide may be purchased separately at a cost of $139.10
  • Examination fee (Applies only to applicants from American jurisdictions) – Regularly scheduled examination – $85 or Computerized Examination Centre – $125
  • Criminal record check – costs vary depending on police agency
  • Licensing fees (includes 2 year licensing fee, Errors & Omissions Insurance and Compensation Fund Corporation assessment)
  • Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course Fee (Applies only to applicants from American jurisdictions)