Rental Property Manager Licensing
Before you review the following steps on how to become licensed as a rental property manager in BC, make sure you also read about Real Estate as a Career, for important information about
- the real estate industry,
- RECBC’s licensing and education requirements,
- an outline of anticipated expenses and budget items.
About the Role of a Rental Property Manager
Rental property managers provide real estate services to or on behalf of owners of rental real estate. Services that rental property managers provide may include
- trading services in relation to the rental of the real estate,
- collecting rent or security deposits, and
- managing the real estate.
All rental property management licensees provide services through a real estate brokerage and are overseen by a managing broker who has responsibility for the activities of licensees at the brokerage.
Step-by-Step Licensing Guide
Before registering in the licensing course or applying to RECBC for licensing, carefully review the following information to make sure you have considered all the requirements for becoming licensed in BC.
- Do you meet the Good Reputation Guidelines?
Make sure you are familiar with RECBC’s Good Reputation Guidelines. If you are concerned about whether you satisfy these requirements, you may wish to seek legal advice.
- Will you satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement?
Before you can register to write the licensing exam, you must demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please take steps to ensure that you satisfy these requirements before registering in the licensing course. Find out more about the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
- Do you satisfy RECBC’s employment criteria?
To apply for licensing in British Columbia you must satisfy one of the following employment criteria proving that you are eligible to work in Canada:
- be a Canadian citizen
- have Permanent Resident status
- hold a valid work permit/visa
- have Landed Immigrant status
Note: Your work permit/visa must not have any restrictions that would preclude you from engaging in real estate activity/employment.
The Rental Property Management Licensing Course is offered by the UBC Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division.
The course is flexible in order to meet the needs of busy adult learners, with just enough structure to ensure high-quality learning. You can register at any time during the year for this self-paced blended learning course. For more course information and to register online, please visit the UBC Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division’s Rental Property Management Licensing Course.
Students in the licensing course must:
- complete all course assignments within one year of registering. The course assignments take a minimum of 10 weeks to complete. On average, most individuals complete the course and exam within six months, based on completing one assignment a week. Each assignment takes approximately 10-12 hours to complete.
- obtain a minimum grade of 70% on the licensing examination.
For detailed information regarding the course topics, you can view the Table of Contents.
The following student support services are included in the course tuition fee:
- Tutorial assistance from course specialists, through a toll-free number and email.
- Online course resources, containing course updates, study materials, schedules, discussion forums, and tutorial information.
If you feel that you have previous education or experience that would exempt you from either the Licensing Course or Examination, please review RECBC’s Education Exemption Guidelines.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT EXTERNAL TUTORS/LECTURES.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the tutorial assistance and lectures provided with their Rental Property Management Licensing Course rather than spending additional money on external tutors/lectures.
RECBC and the UBC Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division are not affiliated with any external tutorial classes. These services are not monitored and RECBC and the UBC Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division cannot be responsible for any information provided by these individuals or companies.
External tutorial companies regularly make false claims, such as “only 30% of students pass the exam” or “we’ll guarantee that you will pass the exam” so that you will spend your money with them. Remember, there are no guarantees and the UBC Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division works with all students to provide every opportunity for success.
Make sure you understand all the information that is required as part of the Application for Representative, Associate or Managing Broker Licence form.
Begin talking to real estate brokerages to find the brokerage that is the right fit for you, and to make arrangements to join the brokerage when you are licensed. Your licence application must be signed by the managing broker of a real estate brokerage in BC that is prepared to engage you.
You must submit an original criminal record check completed within the previous 90 days along with your licence application to RECBC. If you have a criminal record or charges to disclose, please also provide a statement explaining the circumstances that gave rise to any convictions or charges as well as copies of sentencing documents. Find more information on the criminal record check requirements.
If you have concerns about your eligibility for licensing, review RECBC’s Good Reputation Guidelines. If you still have questions, you may wish to seek legal advice.
After you have successfully completed the Rental Property Management Licensing Course and examination, you may apply to RECBC for licensing as a representative licensed to provide rental property management services by completing the Application for Representative, Associate or Managing Broker Licence form.
Please make sure your application includes ALL of the following:
- A completed Application for Representative, Associate, or Managing Broker License form.
- An original criminal record check from your local police agency.
- A copy of government-issued photo identification.
- The appropriate licensing fee.
Mail or courier your completed application with all required documents to: Real Estate Council of British Columbia, #900-750 West Pender Street| Vancouver, BC| Canada| V6C2T8
Please send your application, including all original documents (no photocopies or scans) in one package by mail or courier. Do not email or fax your application.
One Year Time Limit: You must apply for licensing within one year of the date on which you successfully completed the licensing examination. If more than one year has elapsed, you will be required to rewrite the examination and/or recomplete the Real Estate Rental Property Management Licensing Course. No exceptions.
Relicensing Education Program: Once licensed, you will be required to complete a continuing education course during each two-year licence period as a condition of continued licensing. For further information, please see the Relicensing Education Program Page .
Budget: Before you make the commitment to becoming licensed, it is important to consider all the costs you may encounter and budget appropriately. Some of the costs to consider include:
- Rental Property Management Licensing Course and Supplemental Fees
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General (CELPIP-G) Test (if required).
- Licensing Fees
- Criminal Record Check – costs vary depending on police agency.
- Related business expenses: smartphone, computer, printer, scanner, website, internet access, business clothing, car lease, and business car insurance, etc.
- You should also take into account the costs and time needed to establish a practice and to build up an income to meet your personal requirements. Make sure you have sufficient capital available to support yourself if your personal goals are not met as soon as you would like.