Becoming Licensed - Real Estate Sales

Before registering in a licensing course or applying to RECBC for licensing, review this information to make sure you have considered all the requirements for becoming a real estate professional in BC.

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Real Estate Sales

Real estate professionals who help consumers to buy, sell or lease property in BC must be licensed to provide Trading Services (real estate sales). As a real estate professional licensed for real estate sales, you will be able to:

  • list property for sale or lease,

  • find properties for your clients,

  • present offers, and

  • draft contracts of purchase and sale or offers to lease.

Professionals licensed for real estate sales usually receive a commission for their services. All real estate professionals provide their services through a real estate brokerage and are overseen by a managing broker who has responsibility for the activities of all the licensed professionals at the brokerage.

Licenced real estate professionals may provide services only to the brokerage with which they are licenced. They are prohibited from providing real estate services in any other capacity. Learn more about restrictions to providing real estate services.

Step-by-Step Licensing Guide

This step-by-step licensing guide gives you an overview of the education and training required to become licensed in BC.

Make sure you also read about Real Estate as a Career, which gives you important information about:

  • the real estate industry,
  • RECBC’s licensing and education requirements, and
  • an outline of anticipated expenses and budget items.
  • Step 1: Register and Complete the Licensing Course and Exam

    The Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course  — will open in a new tab 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 Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course  — will open in a new tab.

    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 and usually spend 10-12 hours per assignment.
    • obtain a minimum grade of 70% in order to pass the licensing examination.

    The course covers a variety of real estate, legal, valuation, and trading services topics. For detailed information, you can view the Table of Contents  — will open in a new tab.

    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.

    For more course information and online course registration, please visit the UBC Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division’s Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course  — will open in a new tab webpage.


    Students are encouraged to take advantage of the tutorial assistance and lectures provided with their Trading Services 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.

  • Step 2: Review the Licence Application Form

    Make sure you understand all the information that is required as part of the Application for Representative, Associate, or Managing Broker Licensing form.

  • Step 3: Talk to Brokerages

    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 licenced. Your licence application must be signed by the managing broker of a real estate brokerage in BC that is prepared to engage you.

  • Step 4: Obtain a Criminal Record Check

    You must complete a criminal record check within 90 days prior to submitting your licence application to RECBC. For those completed through Triton Canada  — will open in a new tab, please indicate you have obtained a criminal record check online in the email of your licence application submission. For those completed in-person, please submit the original criminal record check along with your licence application in one package by courier or mail to RECBC.

    In order to avoid unnecessary delays in licensing you are encouraged to obtain a criminal record check before you begin the Applied Practice Course. 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, Suitability and Fitness Guidelines. If you still have questions, you may wish to seek legal advice.

  • Step 5: Register for the Applied Practice Course

    You may choose to take either the Residential or Commercial version of the Applied Practice Course. It is a blended course, consisting of four components delivered online and in the classroom. The Applied Practice Course builds on the technical knowledge provided in the Real Estate Licensing Course, giving you opportunities to practice the skills you’ll need most as a real estate professional.

    You must complete the required pre-licensing components of the course before your licence can be issued. You will have up to six months to complete the final components of the course while working at your brokerage. Visit the course page for full information and to register in the Applied Practice Course.

    You must complete all components of the Applied Practice Course within the prescribed time limits or your licence will be terminated.

    Please Note: If your Applied Practice Course Component 2 (or Commercial Component 1) will not be completed by April 1, you are required to pay the updated licensing fee. Please refer to the second column on the licensing fee page.

  • Step 6: Apply for Licensing

    As soon as you have started the Applied Practice Course, mail or courier your completed licence application to RECBC.

    Please make sure your application includes ALL of the following:

    1. A completed Application for Representative, Associate or Managing Broker Licence form.
    2. An original criminal record check from your local police agency.
    3. A copy of government-issued photo identification.
    4. 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.

    RECBC will only hold applications in pending status for 90 days. If you are notified that your application is incomplete, or that further information is required, please respond promptly to address the deficiencies.

  • Step 7: Complete the Applied Practice Course

    Once you have received your licence, you must complete all remaining components of the Applied Practice Course within six months.

    If you do not complete the entire Applied Practice Course, your licence will be terminated.

Accommodation Requests

Prospective real estate professionals may apply for an accommodation for this course the basis of a limitation which results from or is associated with a protected characteristic under section 14 of the BC Human Rights Code (Protected Characteristic).

All accommodation requests will be evaluated under RECBC’s Accommodation Policy. Please keep in mind that the authority and the responsibility to evaluate and make a decision about an accommodation request lie with RECBC.

RECBC maintains accommodation-related information in strict confidence and will not use the information for a purpose other than evaluating the accommodation request to which the information relates.

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