Looking Ahead: Service Plan and Strategic Plan
In February 2018 the Council published its 2018-2021 Service Plan and Strategic Plan. The Service Plan outlines our goals and objectives for the next three years, and the performance measures we will use to track our progress towards achieving them. The service plan includes our financial plan and operating environment, and is updated each February.
The Council’s strategic plan works in parallel with our commitments to government, which are outlined in our Service Plan. It includes a renewed vision and key values that will guide work to regulate real estate licensees and protect consumers.
“Our mandate is to regulate the real estate industry in the public interest. This plan presents our vision for the future,” said Council Chair Robert Holmes. “I want to thank the many stakeholders and organizational partners who provided input on how to enhance consumer protection. Their participation was of great assistance to us during the process of developing this plan.”
“During our consultations with stakeholders, we were privileged to hear the thoughts and perspectives of many individuals, both industry and non-industry members, on the challenges and opportunities ahead for real estate regulation in BC. Their comments were an integral part of our development of goals and objectives for the next three years.”
The renewed vision and plan support the Council’s transition from a self-regulating body, to a Crown agency with Council members appointed by and accountable to the provincial government.
The Council’s vision for the future is of a province where real estate consumers have confidence in competent and ethical real estate professionals. Our strategic plan will support the realization of this vision, by focusing the Council’s resources to achieve its strategic goals and objectives.
Prescreening Applications No Longer Available
As of January 23, 2018, the Council is no longer accepting and investigating prescreening applications from licensing candidates who are unsure about their eligibility for licensing.
Our recommendation to anyone who wants to become licensed but who is concerned about their eligibility (because of a prior or current criminal record, bankruptcy or insolvency, or other issues that could impact licensing eligibility), is to carefully review our Good Reputation Guidelines before submitting a licence application. After reading the Good Reputation Guidelines, if an applicant still has questions about their eligibility, they may wish to seek legal advice.
Applying for a Licence
When applying for a licence, applicants must provide a criminal record check with their application. Applicants must disclose any criminal convictions and charges in their application, including any conditional or absolute discharges. The Council also considers applicants’ general business and personal reputation. Depending upon the circumstances, a criminal record may or may not be a bar to licensing.
When the Council has concerns about an applicant’s suitability, we may order a Qualification Hearing to determine if the individual can be licensed. The Hearing Committee may decide that:
- the applicant is not suitable for licensing,
- the applicant is suitable for licensing, or
- is suitable but requires conditions placed on the licence.
Licence conditions may include restricting the individual to a particular brokerage and requiring periodic reports from the managing broker, or other measures to ensure that the individual practices safely and under appropriate supervision.
Applicants who are found to be unsuitable for licensing will not receive a refund for course fees, hearing costs or other expenses relating to their application.
More information on applying to become licensed:
Legal Update 2018 Course Launched
Effective January 2018, the Council unveiled a revamped Legal Update 2018 course that features a blended format of online, self-paced learning and a one-day classroom session. The Legal Update 2018 course will give you more of the important regulatory information you need in order to comply with your legislated requirements and provide professional service to clients.
If you are unsure about which course you are required to take in order to renew your licence, review the Relicensing Education Program page on our website.
For further questions about registration, relicensing requirements or renewal applications, contact the Council’s education department via email, at [email protected].