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Frequently Asked Questions – English Language Proficiency Requirement

 

On September 1, 2017, the Council will require students enrolled in real estate licensing courses to demonstrate their proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in English by passing the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General test (CELPIP). Licensing students must achieve a Level 7 or higher on the test before attempting a licensing examination.

The Council’s updated English Language Proficiency Requirement recognizes that strong language skills are essential for real estate practitioners.

Students may qualify for an exemption to the requirement by providing the UBC Sauder School of Business Real Estate Division with proof of either of the following:

  1. Graduation from a recognized university degree program at an accredited university, college or technical institute at which English is the primary language of instruction.
  2. Licensed in another jurisdiction in Canada and has satisfied that jurisdiction’s language requirements. 

For answers to common questions about the Council’s language proficiency requirement, please see the FAQ items below.

 

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If you have questions that are not answered in these FAQ’s, please email education@recbc.ca.

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Show/Hide Answer I have satisfied the Council’s current language proficiency requirements, and I want to register for the licensing course. What should I do?

You must ensure that the UBC Sauder School of Business Real Estate Division receives your course registration and documents proving that you satisfy the current language proficiency requirement (including LPI test results, if any) on or before August 31, 2017.  

If the Real Estate Division has not received your course registration and proof that you satisfy the language requirement by August 31, 2017, you will be required to satisfy the new English Language Proficiency Requirement before you can register to write a licensing examination.

Show/Hide Answer I am registered in a licensing course and I have the documents to satisfy the language proficiency requirement under the current policy. How do I proceed?

Students in the licensing course who want to satisfy the language requirement under the current policy must ensure that the UBC Sauder School of Business Real Estate Division receives all required documents (including LPI test results, if any) on or before August 31, 2017.

If the Real Estate Division has not received proof that you satisfy the language requirement by August 31, 2017, you will be required to satisfy the new English Language Proficiency Requirement before you can register to write a licensing examination.

Show/Hide AnswerI am currently registered in a licensing course and I have satisfied the current language proficiency requirement. Will I have to write another language test before I can take the licensing examination?

No. The change in the Council’s language proficiency requirement will not affect those students currently in a licensing course who have already satisfied the requirement.  

The Council’s updated English Language Proficiency Requirement will apply to current licensing course students who have not provided proof that they satisfy the language requirement by August 31, 2017, and to all students registering for a licensing course on or after September 1, 2017.

Show/Hide Answer If I register for a licensing course and write the LPI exam prior to September 1, 2017, will this satisfy the Council’s language proficiency requirement?

In order to satisfy the Council’s language proficiency requirement using LPI test results, the UBC Sauder School of Business Real Estate Division must receive test results on or before August 31, 2017.

If the Real Estate Division has not received proof that you have satisfied the language requirement by August 31, 2017, you will be required to satisfy the new English Language Proficiency Requirement before you can register to write a licensing examination.