Legal Update Course Changes in 2018
New for 2018, we are pleased to unveil a revamped Legal Update course, the Council’s mandatory Relicensing Education Program (REP) course. With an increased emphasis on ethics, consumer protection, and regulatory compliance, the updated 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.
And you’ll access that information through a combination of online learning and in-class sessions that give you the best of both worlds. It’s a fresh approach to the required relicensing education, designed to give you an enhanced educational experience.
The course content in 2018 focuses on:
- consumer protection,
- important regulatory updates,
- ethics, and
- best practices.
Completing Legal Update ensures that you are up-to-date with key information, and that you have the skills and knowledge to provide a high standard of service.
New in 2018: A Blend of Online and In-Class Learning
Beginning in 2018, the Legal Update course will have two consecutive components:
- a self-paced online component, and
- a full-day classroom session.
You’ll start the course by reviewing material online, answering quizzes and self-assessments as you go. The online component is completed at your own pace, over two weeks from the time of registration.
Once you’ve completed the online component, you’ll participate in a day-long classroom session filled with discussion and activities. By engaging with the material ahead of time, everyone will be better-prepared to take part in discussions, making the day in the classroom more valuable for all learners.
Be sure to give yourself enough time to complete both components of the course before your licence expiry date: the revised course will take a minimum of three weeks to complete. To help ensure every licensee is aware of the new requirements, you’ll see licence renewal notices from the Council arriving in your inbox earlier, and more frequently.
Classroom sessions at board offices and through PAMA
In many cases, trading services classroom sessions will continue to be offered at local board offices. The Professional Association of Managing Agents (PAMA) will continue to provide classroom sessions for rental and strata versions of the course.
Instructors You Recognize and Respect
The highly-qualified instructors who teach the classroom sessions have always been a big part of the Legal Update course’s effectiveness and success. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) and PAMA, who administer Legal Update courses on the Council’s behalf, will work with the instructors to ensure they’re well-prepared to deliver the new course content and format.
Transitioning to the New Course
The Legal Update 2018 blended format course will be available beginning in late January 2018. The revised course will be phased in gradually over the next six months, giving licensees options for completing their relicensing requirements.
If your licence will expire in the first six months of 2018, and you have not yet completed your REP requirement by taking a Legal Update course, you can choose to either:
- Complete Legal Update 2017 online (rental, strata, or trading)
- Complete Legal Update 2018 blended (rental, strata, or trading).
Any licensee whose licence expires on or after July 1, 2018 must complete the Legal Update 2018 blended course in order to renew their licence.
Course fees will be changing to reflect the enhancements that have been made to content and format, and we will have more information about these changes in upcoming issues of the Report from Council. Revenues from course fees will be directed towards further course enhancements to make sure that in the years to come, the Legal Update course continues to keep pace with changes in BC’s real estate sector and to provide a high standard of professional education.