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Relocating to BC

 

If you are already licensed in another jurisdiction in Canada or the United States, and you are thinking about relocating to BC and working here as a real estate licensee, you need to know the steps to becoming licensed in this province.  Below, you’ll find information for licence applicants from other provinces and territories in Canada, and for applicants from the U.S.

Licensees in BC who would like information about becoming licensed in another province or in the United States should contact the regulatory agency in that province or state for information on licensing requirements and processes.


 

Applicants from Canada

If you are currently licensed, qualified to be licensed, or if you have been unlicensed for less than one year in one of the Canadian provinces or territories listed below, you can apply for licensing in BC without writing BC’s licensing examination. The Agreement on Internal Trade ensures that workers certified to practise in one province or territory are entitled to be certified in that occupation in BC without having to complete additional material training, experience, examinations or assessments. However, you must complete all the steps outlined  below in order to become licensed in BC.

  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon Territories

Applicants from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut who have been licensed for not less than one year in the three preceding years should follow the steps outlined for applicants from American jurisdictions.

Show/Hide Answer Step 1: Request your licensing history

  • Request an original copy of your licensing history, including your education and disciplinary records, from the regulatory agency in your jurisdiction. 
  • You may have the licensing history forwarded directly to the Council from the regulatory agency (via email or regular mail), or you may send the sealed history to the Council yourself. 
  • Please note: if you send the licensing history yourself, it must arrive in the original sealed envelope from the originating regulatory agency. 

Show/Hide Answer Step 2: Complete an Application Form

  • Obtain an original criminal record check from your local police agency. Click here for detailed information on the Council’s requirements for criminal record checks.
  • Once you have obtained your criminal record check, you can apply to the Council for licensing at the same level and category for which you are currently licensed in your home jurisdiction (e.g. representative, associate or managing broker).  
  • Complete the  Application for Representative, Associate or Managing Broker Licence form.  Make sure you include:
  • Send your application and all original documents in one package to the Council office via mail or courier. Please do not email or fax your application, as the original criminal record check is required.

If your licensing history, Out of Province Certification form and original criminal record check are not received along with your application, the Council cannot proceed with your licence application.  Note: applicants who have completed the educational qualifications for licensing but who have never been licensed must 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.

Show/Hide Answer Step 3: Review Required Reading Materials

  • As a licensee relocating from another Canadian jurisdiction, before you begin providing real estate trading services (sales) or acting as a managing broker in British Columbia you must review and familiarize yourself with the following materials.

 

Applicants from American Jurisdictions

If you have held an active real estate licence in the United States for not less than one (1) year during the three (3) years preceding years, in order to become licensed in BC, you must first pass the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Examination.

To apply for licensing, please follow the steps below:

 

Show/Hide Answer Step 1: Request Permission to Apply for Licensing

  • Send a letter to the Council requesting permission to become licensed in BC based on your licensing history.  
  • Request an original copy of your licensing history, including your education and disciplinary records, from the regulatory agency in your jurisdiction. 
  • You may have the licensing history forwarded directly to the Council from the regulatory agency (via email or regular mail), or you may send your licensing history to the Council yourself. 
  • Please note: if you send it yourself, it must be in the original sealed envelope from the originating regulatory agency. 

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

Please include your return address and send the letter to the attention of:

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

Show/Hide Answer Step 2: Write the Licensing Examination

  • Once the Council has verified that you satisfy the requirements for the exemption, we will send you written permission to challenge the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Examination, including detailed instructions on how to register for the examination.
  • You must successfully complete the examination.
  • Should more than one year elapse from the time you pass the exam until you submit your licence application, you will be required to pass the exam again. No exceptions.

Show/Hide Answer Step 3: Complete the Applied Practice Course

  • Before applying for licensing, you must register in a shortened version of the Residential Trading Services Applied Practice Course delivered by the British Columbia Real Estate Association.  This course is a requirement of licensing and failure to complete the course will result in licence termination.

Show/Hide Answer Step 4: Complete an Application Form

  • Obtain an original criminal record check from your local police agency. Click here for detailed information on the Council’s requirements for criminal record checks.
  • Once you have obtained your criminal record check, you can apply to the Council for licensing at the same level and category for which you are currently licensed in your home jurisdiction (e.g. representative, associate or managing broker).  
  • Your application must be signed by the managing broker at the brokerage at which you intend to work.
  • Complete the  Application for Representative, Associate or Managing Broker Licence form.

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.

Show/Hide Answer  Budget Appropriately

Some of the costs you can expect include:

  • Licensing history – Contact your current regulatory agency for information
  • 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)