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Part 1 – Education Requirements for Licensing

To qualify for a real estate licence in BC, you must satisfy the Council’s education requirements. These requirements include:

  • Demonstration of proficiency in English.
  • Successful completion of a licensing course.
  • Successful completion of a licensing examination.
  • Successful completion of an applied practice course (required for trading services licence only).

You must also meet the age requirements (you must be at least 19 years of age in order to qualify for licensing) and the Council’s Good Reputation requirements.

There are additional requirements to qualify for licensing as an associate broker or managing broker:

  • Successful completion of the brokers licensing course.
  • Demonstration of sufficient experience.

For more information about licensing requirements, please see the Licensing section of the Council’s website.

Division 1. Pre-Licensing Education

Language Proficiency Requirement

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In order to ensure that licensees are competent to communicate in English with other licensees and consumers, all individuals must satisfy a Language Proficiency Requirement (LPR) before writing a licensing examination. The LPR may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  • Graduation from an English language high school or equivalent.
  • Graduation from a recognized university degree program at an accredited university, college or technical institute at which English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Successful completion of a 3-credit course in English composition or English literature at an accredited university, college or technical institute at which English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Prior successful completion of a real estate licensing course and examination through the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division.
  • Completion of requirements for Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation (or legacy designation CA, CGA or CMA).
  • Completion of the Language Proficiency Index Examination (LPI Exam) with a Level 4 or higher grade on essay portion of the exam.
  • Licensed in another jurisdiction in North America and have satisfied that jurisdiction’s language requirements.

Licensing and Applied Practice Courses

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In order to ensure that licensees are qualified to practice, the Council, through its course providers, has developed the following required licensing and applied practice courses:

  • Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course
  • Rental Property Management Licensing Course
  • Strata Management Licensing Course
  • Broker’s Business Planning and Financial Management Licensing Course
  • Residential/Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course

Delegated Course Providers

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In delegating course delivery and administration, the Council sets specific standards for competency and knowledge required to practice real estate services under the Real Estate Services Act. The Council periodically conducts reviews of course content to ensure that courses remain current and that required standards continue to be met.

The Council has delegated the administration of the licensing courses to the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division.

The Council has delegated the administration of the Applied Practice Courses to the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA).

Access and Diversity for Licensing Courses

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The University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division is committed to ensuring that all students, staff and visitors are able to study and work in an environment of tolerance and mutual respect that is free from harassment and discrimination.

The Real Estate Division’s goal is to ensure fair and consistent treatment of all students, including students with a disability, in accordance with their distinct needs and in a manner consistent with academic principles.

Services are available through the UBC Access and Diversity, and candidates who have physical, sensory or specific learning disabilities are encouraged to contact the UBC Access and Diversity make appropriate arrangements.

Examination Results

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Examination results are only released in writing. Candidates will be advised in writing through their individual Course Resources Webpage online and by regular mail and by no other means.

Examination Rewrites

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Candidates applying to rewrite examinations are allowed to do so on the scheduled dates or at the Computerized Examination Centre at the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division. After an unsuccessful attempt, candidates must wait a minimum of 90 days to rewrite the examination.

Examinations must be completed no more than two (2) years after successful completion of the course assignments. An individual who fails an examination two (2) times in succession must retake and successfully complete the applicable licensing course before again attempting the examination. This is required by the Rules. No special examinations are provided. Waivers will be considered only in exceptional circumstances and must be made in accordance with the Education Waivers Policy.

Residential / Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course

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Applicants applying for a licence to provide trading services are required to register in and complete Components 1 & 2 of the Residential Trading Services Applied Practice Course or complete Component 1 of the Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course prior to applying for licensing. Once licensed, individuals have six (6) months to complete Components 3 & 4 of the Residential course or Components 2, 3 & 4 of the Commercial course, unless the applied practice course requirement has been waived.

a) Course Waiver

You are eligible to request that the Applied Practice Course be waived if:

  1. You have completed the Applied Practice Course within the last two (2) years.
  2. You are licensed in another Canadian jurisdiction with occupational standards equivalent to those in BC, you have completed any required post-licensing education in that jurisdiction, and you are qualified for licensing in BC under labour mobility legislation.
b) Accelerated Course

You are eligible for an accelerated version of the Applied Practice Course in the following instances:

  1. You have completed the Applied Practice Course more than two (2) years ago.
  2. You have been licensed for at least one (1) of the past three (3) years in another jurisdiction in the US, New Zealand, Australia or a Canadian jurisdiction without occupational standards.

Education Waivers Policy

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If you have an attained the required level of education in the requisite knowledge areas through prior education or training, you may be eligible to apply to have some or all of the standard educational requirements for licensing waived.

Requests for Education Waivers

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To make a request to have some or all of the licensing education requirements waived, submit the following information in writing to the Real Estate Council of British Columbia.

Requests based on prior education and training must include:

  • A full description of your experience in real estate (trading services, rental property management and/or strata management).
  • Supporting documentation to verify your stated real estate experience such as
    • official transcripts, degrees or diplomas,
    • a resume,
    • letters of reference,
    • licensing history including disciplinary action (if applicable),
    • any other relevant information.

 

The Council staff or the Council’s Education and Licensing Committee will consider your request. Official transcripts must be received from the educational institution in a sealed envelope. After your request has been reviewed and a determination made, you will be notified in writing with instructions on how to proceed with qualifying for licensing. The Council will notify course providers when a waiver is granted to an individual.

If your request for an education waiver is denied, the Council will provide you with written notice including the reasons for the denial.

Appeals

To appeal a Council decision to deny your education waiver request, you must submit an additional written request. The Council will reconsider an education waiver request in cases where applicants make significant additional information available. The Council will provide written notice of its decision upon reconsideration of a waiver request.

Any further appeals of Council decisions must be made to the Financial Services Tribunal.

Approved Prior Knowledge and Training

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The information below outlines circumstances in which previously licensed representatives or brokers may request waivers to the standard educational requirements, as well as post-secondary and professional education programs that the Council recognizes as equivalent to some or all of the standard licensing education requirements.

a. UBC Commerce Real Estate (M.Sc. or B.Comm., Real Estate)

If you have been awarded a Masters of Science (M.Sc.) Real Estate or a Bachelor of Commerce Real Estate (B.Comm) from the University of British Columbia in the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the applicable trading services and/or rental property management licensing course and examination if:

  1. You hold an M.Sc. with Urban Land or Real Estate major.
  2. You hold a B.Comm. Real Estate and your transcript indicates you have completed COMM: 434 – Land Law (or BUSI 111).

If you have been awarded an M.Sc. Real Estate or a B.Comm. Real Estate from the University of British Columbia in the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the managing broker course and examination.

Note: to become licensed at the broker level individuals must have been licensed as a representative in BC for at least two (2) of the past five (5) years (sec 2-10 of the Rules).

If you have been a student in an M.Sc. Real Estate or a B.Comm. program at the University of British Columbia within the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the trading services and/or rental property management licensing courses if:

  1. You are a B.Comm. Real Estate student and your transcript indicates you have completed the following courses: COMM 307, 306, and 434 (or BUSI 111).

If you have been a student in an M.Sc. Real Estate or a B.Comm. program at the University of British Columbia within the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the managing broker course if:

  1. Your transcript indicates you have completed the following courses: COMM 203, 205, 280, 290, 292, 293, 294, 295 (or equivalent).

Note: to become licensed at the broker level individuals must have been licensed as a representative in BC for at least two (2) of the past five (5) years (sec 2-10 of the Rules).

b. Diploma in Urban Land Economics (DULE)

If you have been awarded a Diploma in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia within the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the following:

  1. Real Estate Trading Services Licensing course and examination.

If you have been awarded a Diploma in Urban Land Economics with Real Estate Management Option from the University of British Columbia within the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the following:

  1. Rental Property Management Licensing course and examination.

If you have been a student in the Diploma in Urban Land Economics program at the University of British Columbia within the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the applicable licensing course if:

  1. Your transcript indicates you have completed the following courses: BUSI 111, 121, 221, 330 (applies to trading services).
  2. Your transcript indicates you have completed the following courses: BUSI 111, 330, 331 and 441 (applies to rental property management services).

If you have been awarded a Diploma in Urban Land Economics program at the University of British Columbia in the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the managing broker course and examination if:

  1. Your transcript indicates you have completed the following courses: BUSI 111, 433.

If you have been a student in the Diploma in Urban Land Economics program at the University of British Columbia within the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the applicable licensing course if:

  1. Your transcript indicates you have completed the following courses: BUSI 111, 433.

Note: to become licensed at the broker level individuals must have been licensed as a representative in BC for at least two (2) of the past five (5) years (sec 2-10 of the Rules).

c. BCIT – Professional Real Estate Diploma (Marketing Management Technology)

If you have been awarded a Professional Real Estate Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the trading services and/or rental property management services and/or strata management licensing course and/or the managing broker course.

d. Langara College

If you have completed Real Estate Program courses from Langara College in the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the applicable licensing course if:

  1. You have received a Diploma in Real Estate (applies to trading services).
  2. Your transcript indicates you have completed the following courses: PROP 1004, 1005, 1023, 1024 (applies to trading services).
  3. You are a graduate of the Property Management Certificate Program and your transcript indicates you have completed the following courses: PROP 1001, 1004, 1005, 1020 (applies to rental property management services).

You are eligible to request a waiver from the managing broker course if:

  1. You have completed a Diploma in Real Estate your transcript indicates you have completed the following courses: GBSC 1006, ENTR 1009, PROP 1095.

Note: to become licensed at the broker level individuals must have been licensed as a representative in BC for at least two (2) of the past five (5) years (sec 2-10 of the Rules).

e. BC Lawyers or BC Law Degree

If you are a BC lawyer or have been awarded a law degree from a university in British Columbia in the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the trading services licensing course if:

  1. You hold an LL.B. or J.D. degree conferred by a BC university.
  2. You are (or have been in the past ten (10) years) a member in good standing of the Law Society of BC.
f. University Graduates

If you have been awarded a degree from a university in the last ten (10) years, you are eligible to request a waiver from the applicable licensing course if:

  1. Your transcript indicates you have completed a sufficient number of real estate courses (content must be similar to that required for UBC B.Comm. in Real Estate).

You are eligible to request a waiver from the managing brokers course if:

  1. Your transcript indicates you have completed a sufficient number of business management courses (eg. Masters of Business Administration or Bachelor of Business Administration).

Note: to become licensed at the broker level individuals must have been licensed as a representative in BC for at least two (2) of the past five (5) years (sec 2-10 of the Rules).

g. Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)/Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC)

You are eligible to request a waiver from the applicable licensing course and/or managing broker course if you hold one of the following designations from the IREM or REIC (status of the designation must be current):

  1. Fellow of the Real Estate Institute (FRI) designation (applies to trading services and broker).
  2. Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation (applies to trading services, rental property management services and broker).

Note: to become licensed at the broker level individuals must have been licensed as a representative in BC for at least two (2) of the past five (5) years (sec 2-10 of the Rules).

h. Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

*designation status must be current

You are eligible to request a waiver from the trading services licensing course and/or managing brokers course if you have been awarded one of the following designations from RICS (status of the designation must be current):

  1. Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) designation.
  2. Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) designation.

Note: to become licensed at the broker level individuals must have been licensed as a representative in BC for at least two (2) of the past five (5) years (sec 2-10 of the Rules).

i. Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI)

You are eligible to request a waiver from the rental property management licensing course if you have been awarded the following designation from BOMI (status of the designation must be current):

  1. Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation.
j. Mortgage Brokerage in BC course

If you previously passed the Mortgage Brokerage in British Columbia course and examination and you wish to hold a real estate licence in BC, the following is required:

  1. You must complete the applicable supplemental course and supplemental exam to become licensed to provide the applicable service if you:
    1. passed the mortgage brokerage exam in last year,
    2. are currently registered as a sub-mortgage broker, or
    3. were previously registered as sub-mortgage broker and your Education Re-qualification Waiver period as calculated by the Council has not expired.
  1. Must complete the applicable supplemental course and full licensing exam to become licensed to provide the applicable service if:
    1. it is more than one (1) year after you passed the mortgage brokerage exam but less than two (2) years since completing course assignments, or
    2. you were previously registered as sub-mortgage broker and your Education Re-qualification Waiver period as calculated by the Council has expired.
k. Sub-Mortgage Broker Registration in BC

If you passed the trading services licensing course to qualify for registration as a sub-mortgage broker in BC, you may be eligible to request a waiver from the trading services licensing course and examination if you have been continuously registered as a sub-mortgage broker and your Education Re-qualification Waiver period has not expired.

If you passed the real estate trading services licensing course to qualify for registration as a sub-mortgage broker in BC you may be eligible to request a waiver from the real estate trading services licensing course if:

  1. You were previously registered as a sub-mortgage broker and your Education Re-qualification Waiver period has expired.
  2. You were previously licensed to provide trading services in BC, you became a registered sub-mortgage broker during your Education Re-qualification Waiver period, you subsequently terminated your sub-mortgage broker registration and your Education Re-qualification Waiver period as calculated by the Council has expired.

Part 2 – Applying for Licensing

To apply for a representative licence you must submit your application within one (1) year from the date you passed the licensing examination. Completion of a supplemental course and examination will not extend the length of time you are permitted to apply for licensing. If you are applying for a trading services licence you must also complete the required pre-licensing components of the applied practice course within one (1) year of passing the licensing examination.

To apply for an associate broker or managing broker licence you must submit your application within five (5) years from the date you passed the licensing examination.

Licence Application Requirements

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In order to apply for a licence, you must use the prescribed Application for Representative, Associate or Managing Broker Licence Application Form. You are required to provide the following information:

  • The category and level of licence for which you are qualified.
  • Your legal name, address and contact information.
  • Name of the brokerage where you will be working.
  • Citizenship, work visa or immigration status.
  • Information relating to reputation and suitability (including a current criminal record check):
    • other discipline, course orders or judgements against the individual or a related business
    • bankruptcy/discharge, etc.
  • Your qualifying education including exam dates.
  • The signature of the managing broker or an officer or director at the brokerage where you will be licensed.

The Council will review the application. If the Council finds that you meet the qualification requirements for licensing, a licence will be issued and sent to the brokerage.

Licence Reciprocity

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If you are currently licensed to provide real estate services in another Canadian jurisdiction with occupational standards* equivalent to those in BC, or have been licensed in the past twelve (12) months, you are eligible to apply for licensing in BC. You must submit the following with your licence application:

  • A licensing history from the jurisdiction in which you are or were licensed.
  • An Out-Of-Province Certification form.

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If you have held a real estate licence in another jurisdiction, you are eligible to request a waiver from the applicable licensing course and examination if:

  1. You have completed the required licensing education in the previous twelve months in a Canadian jurisdiction with occupational standards equivalent to those in BC. You will be required to complete the applied practice course.
  2. You have been licensed in a jurisdiction in the United States for no more than two (2) years after the surrender of your licence in BC.
  3. You have been licensed in a jurisdiction in the United States for no more than two (2) years since passing the BC trading services licensing examination.
  4. You completed the BC rental property management licensing course and examination and have been providing rental property management services in a Canadian jurisdiction without rental licensing requirements for no more than two (2) years since passing the examination.

*Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Yukon Territory. This includes licensed rental property managers from Alberta and Saskatchewan.

If you have held a real estate licence in another jurisdiction, you are eligible to request a waiver from the applicable licensing course if:

  1. You were licensed for a minimum of one (1) year within the past three (3) years in a Canadian jurisdiction with occupational standards equivalent to those in BC. *This includes previously licensed rental property managers from Alberta and Saskatchewan
  2. You have been actively licensed at the representative level in the United States, New Zealand, Australia or a Canadian jurisdiction without occupational standards* equivalent to those in BC, for a minimum of one (1) year within the past three (3) years before applying as a representative.

You are eligible to request a waiver from the managing broker course if:

  1. You have been actively licensed to provide trading services at the broker level in the United States, New Zealand, Australia or, a Canadian jurisdiction without occupational standards* equivalent to those in BC for a minimum of two (2) years in the past five (5) years.

*Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Part 3 – Continuing Education

Re-licensing Education Program (REP)

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All licensees are required to complete the Council’s Relicensing Education Program (REP) requirement before applying to renew their real estate licence.

Completing the REP Course

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To satisfy the Council’s REP requirements, you are required to complete one applicable Legal Update course during your two-year licence term.

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You may complete this course in a classroom setting or online.

  1. Trading services related courses are developed by BCREA and provided in the classroom at the member real estate boards and online through the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division.
  2. Rental Property Management and Strata Management courses are developed by the Professional Association of Managing Agents (PAMA) and provided in the classroom by PAMA and online through the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division.

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

The REP requirement is separate and distinct from any educational requirements mandated by the various real estate boards throughout the province.

Proof of REP

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Licensees are responsible for accurately reporting REP course completion on their renewal application form. Proof that the appropriate Legal Update REP course was completed during your two-year licence term must be submitted with the renewal application by attaching a certificate of completion, or a copy of an education transcript from the course provider (e.g. real estate board) and must include:

  1. Licensee’s name.
  2. The course name.
  3. The date the course was completed.

Your licence will not be renewed unless you provide documentary evidence with your licence renewal application that you have completed a Legal Update REP course in the last two years.

Individuals who are applying for re-licensing within their Education Re-qualification Waiver period are required to provide proof of REP.

Proof of REP is not required from anyone who must re-qualify for licensing by writing the applicable licensing examination.

Applying to Add Another Real Estate Service to a Licence

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You may be qualified to provide one, two, or all three real estate service categories (trading services, rental property management services, strata management services) through your real estate licence. To add a real estate service category to your licence, you must qualify for licensing to provide that additional service by completing a supplemental course and examination.

If you were previously licensed and pass a supplemental examination within your Education Re-qualification Waiver period, you are eligible to apply for a representative’s licence to provide both services. You will be required to pass both a full licensing examination and a supplemental course and examination in both service categories in order to re-qualify for a representative’s licence if your Education Re-qualification Waiver period has expired.

Individuals adding trading services to a licence are also required to complete the Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course.

Broker’s Licensing Requirements

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You must meet both an EDUCATION and an EXPERIENCE requirement in order to be eligible to apply for an associate broker’s/managing broker’s licence.

Education

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Completion of the Broker’s Business Planning and Financial Management licensing course and examination will satisfy the education requirement for licensing as an associate broker/managing broker licensed to provide trading services, and/or rental property management services, and/or strata management services.

When upgrading to the broker level, an individual will continue to be licensed in the same categories that they were licensed for as a representative. If your rental property management licence was issued before July 21, 1994, you will be required to complete the Rental Property Management supplemental course and examination to continue providing rental property management services.

Registration in the managing broker course is limited to individuals who have:

  1. Completed the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course, Rental Property Management Licensing Course or Strata Management Licensing Course and Examination or equivalent.
  2. Been licensed for not less than six (6) months in BC at the time of course commencement, and
  3. Completed the Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course, where applicable.

Experience

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To satisfy the experience requirement for licensing as an associate or managing broker, you must have:

  1. Been licensed in BC as a representative for at least two (2) of the past five (5) years, or
  2. have been licensed as a Broker in a jurisdiction in the United States, Australia or New Zealand for at least two (2) of the past five (5) years, or
  3. Licensed as a representative or equivalent in their home jurisdiction for at least two (2) of the past five (5) years and one (1) of the past five (5) years in BC.

You may apply to have the experience requirements waived if:

  1. Your experience and training is equivalent to that which you would have obtained if the services were provided as a licensee.
  2. There is an immediate need for a managing broker in the location where you propose to carry on business, or
  3. You are an applicant from another Canadian jurisdiction, and you are qualified to be licensed as an associate or managing broker or you were previously licensed as a broker and you have been unlicensed for less than one (1) year.

Part 4 – Relicensing and Leaves

Re-licensing

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If you have surrendered your licence, it has been suspended or become inoperative, and you now wish to apply for re-licensing, you are required to re-qualify by completing the applicable licensing education and examination.

In recognition of an applicant’s previous knowledge or training, the Council may waive the re-qualification requirements as detailed below.

Representative’s Education Re-qualification Waiver Policy

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The Council will waive the applicable licensing course and examination requirements for individuals who wish to apply for re-licensing as representatives in the same categories after their licence becomes inoperative, is suspended or is voluntarily surrendered, for specified periods known as Education Re-qualification Waiver periods. Education Re-qualification Waiver periods are calculated from the date on which a licence becomes inoperative, is suspended, or is voluntarily surrendered.

(a) The Education Re-qualification Waiver periods are as follows:

  1. After passing a licensing examination you may apply for re-licensing for up to twelve months.
  2. If you were continuously licensed for less than a year, you may apply for re-licensing for a period equivalent to your unbroken licensed period.
  3. If you were continuously licensed for one (1) year but less than five (5) years, you may reapply for licensing for up to one (1) year.
  4. If you were continuously licensed for five (5) years or more you may reapply for licensing for up to two (2) years.

If during your Education Re-qualification Waiver period you passed the managing broker licensing course and examination you may reapply for licensing as a representative for up to five (5) years after passing the managing broker licensing examination.

Candidates who apply for licensing within their Education Re-qualification Waiver period but after their previous licence has expired must provide proof that they have completed their REP requirement with their licence application.

(b) Previously licensed individuals who are no longer eligible for a waiver of the licensing course and examination will be required to qualify for licensing by:

  1. Successfully completing the applicable service category examination within required parameters as described in the Exam Rules section of this policy.
  2. Completing the applicable supplemental examination(s) if the applicant wishes to become licensed for more than one service category.
  3. In the case of an applicant for a trading services licence, completion an accelerated version of the Residential / Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course is required if it is more than two (2) years since the applicant completed an Applied Practice Course.

If you are a former employee of a professional real estate organization your Education Re-qualification Waiver period will be calculated using your last continuous licence period and will begin on the date of termination of your employment.

(c) Confirmation of Education Re-qualification Waiver period

The Council will provide written confirmation of your Education Re-qualification Waiver period, including the date of the expiry of the waiver period. To obtain confirmation, please submit a written request to: education@recbc.ca. The Council will only respond to written requests.

(d) Requests for Extensions

Extensions will be considered only in exceptional circumstances and will be made in accordance with the Medical Leave or Parental Leave policies.

Broker’s Education Re-qualification Waiver Policy

Relicensing as a Associate Broker or Managing Broker

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The Council’s policy for reissuing an associate broker or managing broker licence to someone who has been previously licensed as a managing broker or associate broker is as follows:

(a) The Council will waive the licensing course and examination, and experience requirements for broker re-licensing if the applicant has been unlicensed for less than five (5) years before the date of application.

If you are a former employee of a professional real estate organization your Education Re-qualification Waiver period will be calculated using your last continuous licence period and will begin on the date of termination of your employment.

(b) Previously licensed brokers who have been unlicensed for more than five (5) years are no longer eligible for education waivers and will be required to qualify for licensing by:

  1. Successfully completing the applicable service category licensing examination and the managing broker course examination.
  2. Completing the applicable supplemental examinations if the applicant wishes to re-license for more than one service category.
  3. Completing an accelerated version of the Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course if it is more than two (2) years since the Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course was completed (for trading services only).

Broker’s Education Re-qualification Policy for Relicensing as a Representative

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The Council’s policy for reissuing a representative’s licence to someone who has been previously licensed as a managing broker or associate broker is as follows:

(a) The Council will waive the applicable licensing course and examination for representative level licensing if the applicant for a representative’s licence has been unlicensed as an associate broker or managing broker for less than five (5) years immediately preceding the date of application.

(b) Previously licensed brokers who have been unlicensed for more than five (5) years and wish to be relicensed as representatives are not eligible for education waivers and will be required to qualify for licensing by:

  1. Successfully completing the applicable service category licensing examination.
  2. Completing the applicable supplemental examination(s) if the applicant wishes to re-license for more than one service category.
  3. Completing an accelerated version of the Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course if it is more than two (2) years since the Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course was completed (for trading services only).
  4. If you have passed the Broker’s Licensing Examination in the last five (5) years.

Leaves

Parental Leave

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A parental leave of up to one year is available to either parent and may be taken at any time up to one (1) year following the birth or adoption of a child. Real estate representatives who wish to take a parental leave must surrender their licence and submit a written request for parental leave to the Council, supported by a birth certificate including parents’ names or proof and/or verification of adoption.      

Upon receipt of a parental leave request, the Council will provide written permission for the leave, including start and end dates of the leave. On or before the end date of the parental leave, you must apply for re-licensing in order to resume providing real estate services.        

Parental leave is not considered a break in licensing history under the Representative’s Education Re-Qualification Waiver Policy. Should you wish to take additional leave following a parental leave, you may do so in accordance with the Representative’s Education Re-qualification Waiver Policy. Your Education Re-qualification Waiver Period will be calculated from the end date of the parental leave. To obtain confirmation of your Education Re-qualification Waiver Period, please submit a written request to: education@recbc.ca.          

Parental leaves may not be taken in combination with other leaves except in certain situations where medical issues arise during pregnancy or childbirth. Parental leaves may not be taken consecutively.

Medical Leaves

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A medical leave of up to one (1) year is available to licensees. Licensees who wish to take a medical leave must surrender their licence and submit a written request for leave to the Council, supported by:

  1. A full description of the reason why you are/were unable to work.
  2. Supporting documentation to verify your condition, such as:
    1. letters from treating medical providers stating that include the following details:
      • the severity of your condition/diagnosis which leaves you unable to work
      • the dates you have been under the medical provider’s care
      • the approximate date you will be able to return to work.
    2. records of disability payments or other similar document (if applicable).

Upon receipt of a medical leave request, the Council will provide written permission for the leave, including start and end dates of the leave. On or before the end date of the medical leave, you must apply for re-licensing in order to resume providing real estate services.

Medical leave is not considered a break in licensing history under the Representative’s Education Re-Qualification Waiver Policy. Medical leaves may not be taken in combination with other leaves.

Should you wish to take additional leave following a medical leave, you may do so in accordance with the Representative’s Education Re-qualification Waiver Policy. Your Education Re-qualification Waiver Period will be calculated from the end date of the medical leave. To obtain confirmation of your Education Re-qualification Waiver Period, please submit a written request to: education@recbc.ca.

Compassionate Care Leave

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Compassionate care leave of up to twenty-eight (28) weeks is available to licensees to care for a family member who is gravely ill. Licensees who wish to take compassionate care leave must surrender their licence and submit a written request for leave to the Council, enclosing a copy of a medical certificate. The total amount of leave that may be taken is twenty-eight (28) weeks in a twelve-month period.

Compassionate care leave will not be considered a break in licensing history under the Representative’s Education Re-Qualification Waiver Policy. Compassionate care leaves may not be taken in combination with other leaves.

Should you wish to take additional leave following a compassionate care leave, you may do so in accordance with the Representative’s Education Re-qualification Waiver Policy. Your Education Re-qualification Waiver Period will be calculated from the end date of the compassionate care leave. To obtain confirmation of your Education Re-qualification Waiver Period, please submit a written request to: education@recbc.ca.

Part 5 – Remedial Education

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Remedial education is the course of studies or training prescribed by the Council pursuant to section 43-2(f) of the Real Estate Services Act. Remedial Education Courses are provided by the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division for licensees required to complete a remedial course of studies. These courses consist of selected material from the licensing course as well as instructive information collected from recent disciplinary decisions.

Additional remedial education requirements may be selected from existing licensing course material, from existing continuing professional education courses, or from such other sources as determined by a Consent Order Review Committee or a Discipline Hearing Committee.

Completion of these requirements is as prescribed by a Consent Order or Discipline Hearing decision.