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Relicensing Education Program

 

Relicensing education helps ensure that all licensees stay up-to-date with the skills and knowledge to continue providing a high level of service to real estate consumers. Before applying to renew a real estate licence, every licensee must have completed the applicable requirements of the Council’s Relicensing Education Program (REP).

There are two required courses in the Relicensing Education Program:

Legal Update  — all licensees must complete this course. Courses are available addressing the specific needs of trading services licensees, rental property management services licensees, and strata management services licensees. 

Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure — trading services licensees and rental property management services licensees must complete this course.  You can complete this course at any time. We encourage you to take the course as soon as possible.
Licensees who have a renewal date on or after October 1, 2018 must provide proof of having completed the course with their licence renewal application. Strata management services licensees do not need to complete this course.

Select a tab below for more information about each course.

 


 

Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure

 

Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure has been developed by the UBC Sauder School of Business in collaboration with the Council. The course gives licensees the information they need to understand and comply with the rule changes effective from June 15, 2018. 

Learn more about Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure by selecting from the tabs below.

Show/Hide AnswerAgency and Disclosure Course Overview

 

Who Must Take the Course

You must complete the mandatory Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure course if you are licensed to provide trading services and/or rental property management services.

You do not have to take the course if you are licensed for strata management services.

 

When Should You Take the Course

Each trading services and rental property management licensee will receive an email from the Council with a link to the Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure course registration page on the UBC Sauder School of Business website.

 

We are contacting licensees in priority order, based on licence expiry date. You can find more details about when you can expect to be contacted by selecting the How to Register tab.

 

When you receive your registration link, you can visit the Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure course registration page and choose a course start date that is convenient for you. We encourage all licensees to take the course as soon they are able.

 

Course Cost

The Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure course fee is $75. Course fees must be paid upon registration.

Course revenues will support the development of further educational resources and courses to enhance licensees knowledge and help them to comply with regulatory requirements.

 

Course Length

Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure is a self-paced online course. In most cases, it is estimated the course will require a total of 5-6 hours to complete. 

The course must be completed within three days of registering,  or the learner will be required to re-register.    

 

Course Details

This new online course, developed in partnership with the UBC Sauder Real Estate Division, provides licensees the information they need to understand and comply with the changes to the Rules, effective from June 15, 2018.

Licensees will learn the technical requirements of the changes to the Rules, the rationale behind the changes, and what the changes may mean to their day-to-day practice.  This will help ensure that licensees are able to communicate effectively with consumers about the required disclosures and changes to agency introduced by the changes, helping to ensure that consumers can make informed real estate decisions.

 

There are five modules:

Module 1 – A Primer on Agency
Module 2 – Disclosure of Representation in Trading Services
Module 3 – Disclosure of Risks to Unrepresented Parties
Module 4 – Disclosure to Sellers of Expected Remuneration
Module 5 – The Ban on Dual Agency and Dual Agency Disclosure

 

Each module includes a lesson (including an introductory video) and an assessment. In order to proceed through the modules, learners must complete the lesson and obtain a mark of 70% or higher on the module assessment.

Once a learner has completed and passed the module assessments, he or she will be provided with a completion letter.

Submit the course completion letter to the Council at the time you apply to renew your licence. Do not send the completion letter to the Council in advance of your renewal application.

 

Show/Hide AnswerHow to Register

 

All trading services and rental property management licensees will receive an email from the Council between May 25 and June 13, 2018 with a link that allows them to register for a course offering. 

 

Registration Details

Registration for Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure is online through the UBC Sauder School of Business website.

You will be asked to select a course start date  from the choices available.

Make sure you have your licence number and your UBC Real Estate Division student number (if you have one) handy. You will need these numbers to register. If you don’t have a student number, the Real Estate Division will assign you a number, and it will require additional time to process your registration. 

Once your registration has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email from the UBC Sauder School of Business website with details for accessing the online course.

 

Phased Registration May – June 2018

Opportunities to register for the Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure will be offered to licensees in three phases throughout late May and early June 2018. 

 

Licensees will by contacted by email and will receive a link allowing them to register for the online course. All trading services and rental property management licensees will receive the opportunity before June 15, 2018 to register in the course.

 

Phase 1: Managing Broker Registration

In recognition of the important role that managing brokers play in advising, educating and supervising licensees at their brokerage, managing brokers received an early registration notice, allowing them to be the first to register for a Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure course offering. All managing brokers should have received a registration link by May 22, 2018.

 

Phase 2: Representatives Registration, in order of licence expiry date

Beginning May 25, 2018, individuals licensed as representative to provide trading services and/or rental property management will begin receiving their registration link for the Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure course from the Real Estate Council.

 

Registration links will be sent to licensees in priority order, based on licence expiry date. This approach gives those licensees who will be renewing their licences between October – December 2018 earlier access to course choices, and ensures that demand on the course registration system does not exceed capacity. 

 

To see when you will receive a course registration link, use the list below. If you are not sure when your licence expires, you can use the Council’s online Licensee Search

 

  • May 25  Oct-Dec 2018 renewals
  • May 28  Jan-Mar 2019 renewals
  • May 31  Apr-Jun 2019 renewals 
  • June 4  Jul-Sep 2019 renewals
  • June 6  Oct-Dec 2019 renewals
  • June 8  Jan-Mar 2020 renewals
  • June 11  Apr-Jun 2020 renewals
  • June 13  Jul-Sep 2020 renewals

 

Phase 3: Renewal Reminders

Once all trading services and rental property management licensees have received an email invitation to register, we will make the registration page public. 

All licensees receive email reminders from the Council as their licence expiry date approaches, advising them to ensure they have completed the REP requirements before applying to renew their licence.

Trading services and rental property management licensees whose licences are expiring on or after October 1, 2018 will be notified that they most include proof with their renewal application that they have completed a Legal Update course and a Rule Changes: Agency and Disclosure course. 

 

 

 


 

Legal Update Course

 

The Real Estate E&O Insurance Legal Update Course provides licensees with important legal and regulatory updates, as well as best practice reminders. It includes recent notable Council discipline cases, legal developments, Errors and Omissions reports, and covers key learning points for licensees to transfer into their business practices. The course incorporates case studies, polls, group discussions, and other activities to explore the key course topics and help licensees remain current with new developments in the ever-changing environment in which they practice.

Each year, new content is developed for Legal Update courses specifically designed to meet the needs of:

  • Trading Services licensees,
  • Rental Property Management licensees, and
  • Strata Management licensees.

Licensees are only required to complete one Legal Update course, even if licensed to provide more than one service (e.g. trading services and strata management services).

The Council strongly recommends that you register for the Legal Update course at least 8 weeks in advance of your licence expiry date, to ensure that you have ample time to complete the course and submit your licence renewal application.

Learn more about Legal Update by selecting the tabs below.

 

Show/Hide Answer2018 Legal Update Course Overview

Effective January 2018, the Legal Update course includes:

  • an online, self-paced learning component and 
  • a one-day classroom session.

Licensees must complete both components of the Legal Update course before they can apply to renew their licence. 

 

Course cost

The Legal Update 2018 course fee is $275. This fee covers the expanded delivery model and enhanced content. Any surplus will fund future content and delivery development.

 

Course Length

The online component of the course is self-paced and must be completed at least one week before the classroom component. There are quizzes and evaluations to ensure that you thoroughly understand the material before going on to a new section. In most cases, it will likely take a total of 5-6 hours to complete the online component of the course.

The Council strongly recommends that you register for the Legal Update course at least 8 weeks in advance of your licence expiry date, to ensure that you have ample time to complete the course and submit your licence renewal application.

 

 

Course Details

 

The Legal Update 2018 Course has two parts: a self-paced online component followed by a full-day classroom session. Licensees must successfully complete the online component before attending the classroom session. Classroom sessions will take place at various locations. 

Online component includes

  • Self pre-assessment,
  • self-paced modules,
  • Each module has a final quiz of 10 multiple choice questions, and
  • Classroom preparation and feedback.

 

 

Show/Hide AnswerHow to Register

 

You will receive a renewal notice by email from the Council with a “Register Now” button for the Legal Update course, like the ones featured on this page. 

 

You can expect to receive your first renewal notice from us six months ahead of your licence expiry date, ensuring that you have lots of time to complete the required course.

 

Click on the button in your renewal notice email to register online at the UBC Sauder School of Business website for the Legal Update course. Or, use the registration buttons on this page to access the Sauder School of Business registration page.

 

At the time you register, choose a classroom session for a date and time that is convenient for you.  

 

Once your registration has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to access the online component of the course, through the UBC Sauder School of Business website.

 

 

Show/Hide AnswerLegal Update 2018 Transition Information

 

If your licence expires between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018

If you have not completed a Legal Update course in your current licensing cycle and your license is expiring between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018, you can choose to:

a) complete the online Trading Services Legal Update 2017 course or Rental/Strata Legal Update 2017 course

OR

b) complete the Trading Services Legal Update 2018 course or Rental/Strata Legal Update 2018 course.

Either course will be accepted as satisfying the Council’s Relicensing Education Program (REP) requirement.

 

If your licence is expiring on or after July 1, 2018

a) If you did not complete your REP requirement in your current licensing cycle prior to December 31, 2017 and your licence is expiring on or after July 1, 2018 you must complete the Legal Update 2018 course to renew your licence

OR

b) If you registered for the online Legal Update Course 2017 during the period September 1, 2017 to January 26, 2018, you must complete the course by June 30, 2018 in order for the course to satisfy your REP requirements.

The Council strongly recommends that you register for the Legal Update 2018 course at least 8 weeks in advance of your licence expiry date, to ensure that you have ample time to complete the course and submit your licence renewal application.

 

Show/Hide AnswerFrequently Asked Questions about the Legal Update 2018 Course

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Show/Hide AnswerWhat is new about the Legal Update 2018 course?

In 2016, the Independent Advisory Group recommended that the required continuing education for licensees “be strengthened with improved content about ethics and a licensee’s duties to consumers.” The Legal Update 2018 course provides that increased focus and information, without requiring additional hours in the classroom. By adding a self-paced online component, licensees arrive in the classroom ready to take part in discussions and participate actively in an enriched learning environment.

Show/Hide AnswerHow does the Legal Update 2018 course work?

After registering for the Legal Update 2018 course, you will receive access to the online component. It will include:

  • A self pre-assessment,
  • Self-paced modules, each with a final quiz of 10 multiple choice questions
  • A self post-assessment, and 
  • Classroom preparation and feedback.

Once you have completed the online component, you can attend the classroom component, which will include:

  • Case scenarios,
  • Interactivity,
  • Group work and class discussions, and
  • Distance-based options for those unable to attend in person.

After completing both portions of the course, you will receive confirmation of course completion which you must include with your licence renewal application.

Show/Hide AnswerI took the Legal Update 2017 course. Do I need to take the Legal Update 2018 course as well?

If you took the 2017 Legal Update before December 31, 2017 during your current licence period, you have already satisfied the Council’s Relicensing Education Program requirement. You will not need to take another Legal Update course to satisfy your Relicensing Education Program requirements until your next licensing period. Make sure you provide proof of course completion with your renewal application.

 

If your licence is expiring between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018 (and you haven’t already satisfied your REP requirement), you can choose to:

 

 

If your licence is expiring on or after July 1, 2018 and you:

  • did not complete your REP requirements before December 31, 2017 you must complete the Legal Update 2018 course to renew your licence. 
  • registered for the online Legal Update Course 2017 during the period September 1, 2017 to January 26, 2018, you must complete the course by June 30, 2018 in order for the course to satisfy your REP requirements.  

 

The Council strongly recommends that you register for the Legal Update 2018 course at least 8 weeks in advance of your licence expiry date, to ensure that you have ample time to complete the course and submit your licence renewal application.

 

Show/Hide AnswerAre there separate courses for different licence categories?

Yes. There will be courses for:

  • Residential Trading Services,
  • Commercial Trading Services,
  • Strata Management Services, and
  • Rental Property Management Services.

If you are licensed in more than one category, you are only be required to complete one Legal Update course before applying for a licence renewal.

 

Show/Hide AnswerHow long will the online component take?

The online component of the course is self-paced and you must complete the online component at least one week before the classroom component. There are quizzes and evaluations throughout, to ensure that you thoroughly understand the material before going on to a new section. In most cases, it will likely take a total of 5-6 hours to complete the online component of the course.

The Council strongly recommends that you register for the Legal Update course at least 8 weeks in advance of your licence expiry date, to ensure that you have ample time to complete the course and submit your licence renewal application.

 

Show/Hide AnswerHow do I register?

All licensees register for the Legal Update course online. At the time you register, choose a classroom session for a date and time that is convenient for you. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive access to the online component of the course, through the UBC Sauder School of Business website.

You will receive your renewal notice by email from the Real Estate Council with the registration link, reminding you to ensure you have completed the Legal Update course before your renewal date. You can expect to receive your first renewal notice from us six months ahead of your licence expiry date, ensuring that you have lots of time to complete the required course.

Show/Hide AnswerI need to renew my licence in early 2018. What should I do?

The Council will continue to provide access to the online version of Legal Update 2017 until June 30, 2018. This means that if your license is expiring between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018 and you have not completed a Legal Update course in your current licensing cycle, you can choose to:

a) complete the online Trading Services Legal Update 2017 course or Rental/Strata Legal Update 2017 course

OR

b) complete the Trading Services Legal Update 2018 course or Rental/Strata Legal Update 2018 course.

Either course will be accepted as satisfying the Council’s Relicensing Education Program requirement.

After July 1, 2018 only the Legal Update 2018 course is available for registrants.

The Council strongly recommends that you register for the Legal Update 2018 course at least 8 weeks in advance of your licence expiry date, to ensure that you have ample time to complete the course and submit your licence renewal application.

 

 

Show/Hide AnswerIf I fail the online component, can I still attend the in-class session?

No. You must successfully complete all the sections in the online component of the course before you will be able to attend the classroom component.

Show/Hide AnswerWhat will happen if I don’t complete the course by the time my licence renewal application is due?

If you do not successfully compete the appropriate Legal Update course by the time your licence renewal application is due, your real estate licence will not be renewed.

Show/Hide AnswerI have more questions. Who should I call?

For questions about registration, relicensing requirements or renewal applications, contact the Council’s education department via email, at education@recbc.ca.

For questions about course content, format or timelines, including where and when in-class sessions will be held, contact the Professional Association of Managing Agents or British Columbia Real Estate Association.

 


 

Show/Hide AnswerLegal Update Courses by Licence Category

Trading Services

If you are licensed to provide trading services, you may choose from one of the following options:

Real Estate E&O Insurance Legal Update Course
OR
Real Estate E&O Insurance Commercial Legal Update Course

Rental Property Management Services

Real Estate E&O Insurance Legal Update for Rental Property Managers Course

Strata Management Services

Real Estate E&O Insurance Legal Update for Strata Managers Course

 

Renewal Instructions and Course Information

 

Show/Hide AnswerHow to Renew Your Licence

 

As a licensee, you are responsible for accurately reporting your REP course completion on your renewal application form. You must submit proof that you have completed the appropriate Legal Update REP course in the last two years, and the Agency & Disclosure course if applicable.

Attach a certificate of completion, or a copy of your education transcript from the course provider. Make sure it includes:

  • your name
  • the course name, and
  • the date the course was completed.

If your licence renewal application does not include documentary evidence that you have completed the required REP courses in the last two years, your licence will not be renewed until you have provided proof of completion.

 

Show/Hide AnswerLicensees With Disabilities

 

In keeping with the BC Human Rights Code, it is the Council’s goal to create an ongoing education program that is accessible to everyone and ensures fair and consistent treatment of all licensees, including those with a disability. Licensees with a disability that would prevent them from completing a REP course may request special accommodations and arrangements.

If you wish to request an accommodation, you must provide appropriate assessment and medical records (including medical diagnosis and prognosis). All information will be kept confidential and used only for the purpose of facilitating accommodation.

Written requests for accommodation should be made 30 days in advance of registering for a course and must be submitted with supporting documentation to the Manager, Licensing Education.