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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 become licensed in this province.  

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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 Canadian Free Trade Agreement ensures that workers certified to practice 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 a minimum of one year within the past three years should follow the steps outlined for applicants from American jurisdictions.

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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 RECBC from the regulatory agency (via email or regular mail), or you may send the sealed history to RECBC yourself. 
  • Please note: if you send the licensing history yourself, it must arrive in the original sealed envelope from the originating regulatory agency. 
  • You can find contact information for regulatory agencies in North America at arello.org.

Show/Hide Answer Step 2: Satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement 

The Rules require that all applicants for licensing must satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Individuals who have been licensed in another jurisdiction in Canada and have satisfied that jurisdiction’s language proficiency requirements are deemed to have satisfied those requirements.

 

You are deemed to have satisfied the requirement if you are from: 

  • Alberta 
  • Saskatchewan 
  • Yukon 

You must satisfy the requirement if you are from:

  • Manitoba
  • Ontario 
  • Quebec
  • New Brunswick 
  • Nova Scotia 
  • Newfoundland & Labrador 
  • Prince Edward Island 
  • Northwest Territories 
  • Nunavut 

You can satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement in one of these two ways:

  • by achieving a level 7 or higher on each of the four parts (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) of the CELPIP-General test or 
  • by providing proof that you have graduated with a bachelor degree or higher from a recognized university degree program at an accredited university, college, or technical institution where English is the primary language of instruction. Please provide a sealed transcript from the educational institution as proof of graduation.

Show/Hide Answer Step 3: Submit an Application for Representative, Associate or Managing Broker Licence 

  • Obtain an original criminal record check from your local police agency. 
  • Once you have obtained your criminal record check, you can apply to RECBC 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). 
  • Obtain a copy of a piece of valid, government-issued photo identification and submit it with your application. Find out more information on RECBC’s photo identification requirements
  • Apply as a first-time applicant by submitting a completed Application for Representative, Associate or Managing Broker Licence form.  Make sure you include:
    • the sealed copy of your original licensing history
    • a completed Out of Province Certification form, and
    • proof of satisfying the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • Send your application and all original documents in one package to RECBC’s 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, original criminal record check and English Language Proficiency requirement documentation are not received along with your application, RECBC 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 4: Review Required Reading Materials

By signing the Out of Province Certification form you acknowledge your obligation to know, understand and conduct your business as a real estate licensee in strict accordance with BC’s Real Estate Services Act, Regulation, Rules, and Bylaws. A reading list has been prepared for you to achieve this requirement. 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.

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Some of the costs you can expect include:

 


 

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) 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 RECBC 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 RECBC from the regulatory agency (via email or regular mail), or you may send your licensing history to RECBC yourself. 
  • Please note: if you send it yourself, it must be in the original sealed envelope from the originating regulatory agency. 
  • You can find contact information for regulatory agencies in North America at arello.org.

If we do not receive your request letter and licensing history, a response will not be issued.

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

Caroline Allen
Manager, Licensing Education 
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 RECBC 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 satisfy RECBC’s English Language Proficiency Requirement in order to schedule an exam.
  • 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 RECBC’s requirements for criminal record checks.
  • Once you have obtained your criminal record check, you can apply to RECBC 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).  
  • Obtain a copy of a piece of valid, government-issued photo identification and submit it with your application. Find out more about RECBC’s photo identification requirements.
  • 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 RECBC’s 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: