Legal Update

Updated each year, this course ensures you stay current with the latest legal and regulatory developments, as well as best practice reminders.



RECBC’s Legal Update course is a mandatory continuing education requirement for all real estate professionals. Updated annually, the course includes an online, self-paced learning component and a one-day virtual classroom session. You must complete both the online and virtual in-class components of the Legal Update course before applying to renew your licence.

Cost: $275

To register, you need your licence number. Find your licence number using our Licensee Search

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

Course Overview

Who Must Take the Course

All licensed real estate professionals are required to complete the Legal Update course before applying to renew a licence.

The Legal Update course includes:

  • an online, self-paced learning component and 

  • a one-day virtual classroom session.

You must complete both components of the Legal Update Course before applying to renew your licence.

You are only required to complete one Legal Update Course, even if you are licensed to provide more than one service.


What You will Learn

In the Legal Update Course, you’ll learn about legal and regulatory updates, as well as best practice reminders. It includes recent notable RECBC discipline cases, legal developments, Errors and Omissions reports, and covers key learning points for real estate professionals 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 you stay current with new developments in the ever-changing real estate environment.


When to Take the Course

We encourage you to take Legal Update as soon as possible within your two-year licensing period. Completion of the course is required in order to renew a licence.

RECBC strongly recommends that you begin 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 cost

The Legal Update course fee is $275. This fee covers the expanded delivery model and enhanced content. 


Course Length

The online component of the course is self-paced and must be completed at least one week before the virtual 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 10-15 hours to complete the online component of the course.


Course Details

The Legal Update Course has two parts: a self-paced online component followed by a full-day virtual classroom session. Real estate professionals must successfully complete the online component before attending the virtual classroom session. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Real estate professionals who take the 2020 Legal Update course will learn key concepts related to contracts, agency and conflicts of interest. You will understand how real estate ownership, due diligence and land title matters, and tax considerations affect the professional services you provide to clients. The topic of First Nations land is also highlighted in the online component of the course.

    Legal Update is part of the mandatory continuing education that real estate professionals must complete in order to maintain their licence. The course format consists of two parts: a preparatory online component followed by a one-day classroom component. You can expect to complete online assessments and participate in classroom activities that are created to develop skills for your day-to-day practice.

    The 2020 version of Legal Update introduces greater flexibility by allowing you to tailor your online learning experience through an element called Adventures that relates concepts to a particular practice area. In addition, managing brokers will find flagged content to consider from their perspective.

  • What happens in the online and virtual in-class sessions?

    After registering for the Legal Update Course, you will receive access to the online component on the day it is scheduled to start. You’ll find:

    • Self-paced modules, each with a final quiz with multiple choice questions
    • Adventures in each module specific to the course you registered for.

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

    • Case scenarios,
    • Interactivity,
    • Group work and class discussions, and
    • Distance-based options for those unable to attend in person.
  • If you took the 2019 Legal Update before December 31, 2019, during your current licence period, you have satisfied RECBC’s Continuing Education requirement. You do not need to take another Legal Update Course until your next licensing period. 

  • If I fail the online component, can I still attend the virtual 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 virtual classroom component. If you are not able to complete the online component in time, you will be required to reschedule your course to another available offering. 

  • What will happen if I don’t complete the course by the time my licence renewal application is due?

    If you do not successfully complete the appropriate Legal Update Course by the time your licence renewal application is due, your real estate licence will not be renewed. Register for the next available course and once you have completed it, you can submit a late renewal application form, paying an additional late renewal application fee of $50. 

    If you do not renew your licence, you will not be licensed and cannot provide real estate services. 

  • For questions about the course content, format or timelines for Rental Legal Update, including where and when in-class sessions will be held, contact the Professional Association of Managing Agents  — will open in a new tab  or RECBC at [email protected]