Education: Your Knowledge is Our Priority
Educating licensees is one of the Council’s most important responsibilities, and in the past few years we’ve introduced key changes to increase standards of professionalism and protect consumers.
We’re committed to working with our education partners to provide courses that are consistent with current best practices for adult education, that use technology effectively, and that focus on ethics, regulatory requirements, and protecting the public. Over the next few years we’ll continue to focus on improvements to education that will help you to provide high-quality real estate services to your clients.
2015: The Council introduced new Applied Practice Courses for individuals becoming licensed for trading services. Delivered by the British Columbia Real Estate Association, the courses include components that must be completed before licensing, and in the first six months after licensing. Learners benefit from a combination of online learning, practical field assignments completed under the supervision of a managing broker, and in-class sessions where they practice the skills they will need in their daily business lives as real estate licensees. The new courses have received highly positive evaluations from participants.
2016: The Council increased the required passing grade on all licensing examinations to 70%. The new required passing grade is consistent with the requirements in other Canadian jurisdictions.
2017: After extensive consultation with its education providers, third-party experts, and industry members, the Council introduced a new standard for English Language Proficiency which all students must meet before writing a licensing examination.
2017: The Council is initiating a third-party review of its licensing education, to identify areas that can be strengthened and potential changes that will increase the effectiveness of licensing courses. The review, which is scheduled to be completed in March 2018, will include opportunities for feedback and engagement by licensees. Find out how you can get involved.
2018: The Council will introduce changes to the content and delivery of the mandatory relicensing education course, Legal Update. Starting in January 2018, Legal Update will be delivered as a blended course: learners will begin by reviewing important regulatory content online, at their own pace, before participating in an interactive day in the classroom. After successfully completing the online learning component, licensees will be better prepared for the classroom activities and discussions.
Relicensing Course Changes in 2018
The Council is working with its education partners to introduce changes to the format and delivery of the 2018 Legal Update course. Online registration for the 2018 Legal Update course will open in January, 2018.
See the Council’s Education pages for more information about the Relicensing Education Program. We’ll share further details about the course changes in upcoming issues of the Report from Council newsletter.