About BCREA

What are the differences among the provincial real estate organizations?

Here’s an overview of real estate organizations in BC
For more information, check out Who’s Who in BC Real Estate.

What does BCREA DO?

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is the professional association for about 22,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing on provincial issues that impact real estate. Working with the province’s 11 member boards, BCREA provides continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms to help REALTORS® provide value for their clients. More information.

To demonstrate the profession’s commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that help ensure economics vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods.

Real Estate Licensing

How do I apply for my licence?

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia (604.683.9664, toll free: 1.877.683.9664) handles all aspects of licensing.

How do I register for the Applied Practice Course?

Residential course registration

Commercial course registration
The completed application must be mailed or delivered (if paying by cheque), delivered (if paying by cash) or faxed (if paying by Visa or MasterCard). Please note that registrations are not taken over the phone.

How do I sign up for PDP courses?

BCREA’s PDP courses are available for licensed REALTORS® through local real estate boards. Contact your member board for a listing of available courses and to register.

If I have an out-of-province real estate licence, how do I get a BC licence?

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia (604.683.9664, toll free: 1.877.683.9664) handles all aspects of licensing. More information

What steps do I take to become a REALTOR®?

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia has posted step-by-step instructions on how to obtain a real estate licence on their website here.

Where can I get information on becoming a sub-mortgage broker?

Contact the Registrar of Mortgage Brokers, 604.953.5300.

Where can I take the property management course?

Where do I take the licensing course?

Using a REALTOR®

Are Professional Development Program (PDP) credits awarded for the Applied Practice Course?

No.

Can I cancel my course registration?

Requests for cancellation of the Commercial Applied Practice Course must be made in writing and emailed to sallen@bcrea.bc.ca. No refunds will be processed for cancellation once the course has commenced.
Cancellation of the course prior to the course date will be refunded subject to the following administration charges:

More than 10 business days in advance of the course date$87.50 (10% of the course fee plus GST)
Less than 10 business days in advance of the course date$262.50 (30% of the course fee plus GST)

Refunds will be issued by cheque and require approximately three weeks for processing. Please note that refunds are not issued until BCREA has received notification from the Real Estate Council of British Columbia that the licence has been surrendered.

Can I transfer to a different course?

Requests for transfers must be made in writing and emailed to sallen@bcrea.bc.ca ten business days before the course start date. Please note that a transfer fee is applicable for each transfer request.
Transfer requests are subject to the following administration charges:

More than 10 business days in advance of the course date$87.50 (10% of the course fee plus GST)
Less than 10 business days in advance of the course date$262.50 (30% of the course fee plus GST)

How can I find a particular topic in an issue of Legally Speaking?

Functioning the same way that a Google search does, you simply type in keywords or topics, click the search button, and the Legally Speaking issues containing the keywords will display. Click here to use the search feature at the top of the Legally Speaking archives page.

How can I find a REALTOR®?

Visit realtor.ca, consult family and friends, or phone a few real estate companies and interview some REALTORS®.

How can I find out if someone has a real estate licence?

You can determine this by using the Real Estate Council of British Columbia’s online Licensee Search tool. Alternatively, you can contact the Council by phone at 604.683.9664, or toll-free at: 1.877.683.9664.

How do I apply for my licence?

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia (604.683.9664, toll free: 1.877.683.9664) handles all aspects of licensing.

How do I get my deposit back?

This is a legal question that requires consultation with either a lawyer or a notary public.

How do I make a complaint against a REALTOR®?

The Real Estate Council of BC outlines the complaint process here.

How do I register for the Applied Practice Course?

Residential course registration

Commercial course registration
The completed application must be mailed or delivered (if paying by cheque), delivered (if paying by cash) or faxed (if paying by Visa or MasterCard). Please note that registrations are not taken over the phone.

How do I sign up for PDP courses?

BCREA’s PDP courses are available for licensed REALTORS® through local real estate boards. Contact your member board for a listing of available courses and to register.

How do I register?

Registration information is available here.

How long do I have to complete the course?

After registering for Component One, you will apply for your licence. Your temporary licence will be issued after you complete Component One, approximately two weeks later. Components Two, Three and Four of the course must be completed within six months of the date of the licence. If that doesn’t happen, your real estate licence may be terminated.

How will my registration information be managed?

BCREA establishes a confidential file for each individual who registers for the Commercial Applied Practice Course. Access to information in an individual’s file is limited to selected employees for education purposes and for reporting to the Council to update licensing records.

I still have questions. Who do I contact?

Contact BCREA’s Education Department at apc@bcrea.bc.ca or the Real Estate Council of British Columbia’s Education Department at education@recbc.ca.

I still have questions. Who do I contact?

For particulars about the conduct of the course, please contact:

BCREA’s Education Department
Phone: 604.742.2791
Email: sallen@bcrea.bc.ca
Office hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

For information regarding licensing requirements, please contact:

Education Department
Real Estate Council of British Columbia
Phone: 604.683.9664, Toll free 1.877.683.9664
www.recbc.ca

If I have an out-of-province real estate licence, how do I get a BC licence?

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia (604.683.9664, toll free: 1.877.683.9664) handles all aspects of licensing. More information

Is there an accelerated course?

Yes. Individuals from British Columbia who are re-qualifying their licence or individuals transferring from within the United States are exempt from Components Two and Four of the Commercial Applied Practice Course, but completion of online Components One and Three is required.
Individuals who have to re-qualify for a representative’s licence by rewriting the trading services licensing examination, and who have not completed the Commercial Applied Practice Course in the past two years are required by RECBC to take the accelerated course. Details are set out on RECBC’s website.

What are the benefits of using a REALTOR®?

You’re trusting a REALTOR® with your most valuable possession: your home. REALTORS® take this responsibility very seriously. They are highly trained individuals that adhere to a strict Code of Ethics. Your REALTOR® will grant you access to the exclusive Multiple Listing Service®, and all your dealings are insured. More information.

What are the differences among the provincial real estate organizations?

Here’s an overview of real estate organizations in BC
For more information, check out Who’s Who in BC Real Estate.

What does BCREA DO?

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is the professional association for about 22,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing on provincial issues that impact real estate. Working with the province’s 11 member boards, BCREA provides continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms to help REALTORS® provide value for their clients. More information.

To demonstrate the profession’s commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that help ensure economics vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods.

What if I choose to focus on residential sales in Component Three?

A student registered in the Commercial Applied Practice Course who chooses to focus on residential sales in Component Three or chooses to no longer pursue commercial sales must:

  1. Inform BCREA that the area of focus for trading services is now primarily residential and no longer commercial.
  2. Register for and complete Component Two of the Residential Applied Practice Course. This means retaking Component Two and paying a rescheduling fee.
  3. Register and complete Components Three and Four of the Residential Applied Practice Course within six months of licence issuance. Note that all Component Three practical field assignments and Component Four must be completed within six months of licence issuance. You won’t be required to surrender your licence, but licence extensions won’t be granted.
  4. Pay a rescheduling fee (30% of the overall course fee) before starting Components Two, Three and Four.
    The reverse situation would also apply for any student who initially registered in the Residential Applied Practice Course and changed areas of focus from residential to commercial trading services.

What if I miss part of the course?

Absence from the course and subsequent delay in completing the course will only be approved for serious illness or compassionate reasons. Absence will not be approved for holidays, business appointments or other personal reasons. Any requests for an absence must be submitted in writing and emailed to sallen@bcrea.bc.ca in advance, with documentation (e.g., doctor’s certificate) in support of the request.

Due to the blended nature of the course delivery, failure to participate in the online components and/or attend the in-class components will result in a make-up fee. Learners who fail to successfully complete Component One will not be eligible for licensing. Unsuccessful completion of Components Two, Three and Four could result in a learner having to surrender their licence if they were not able to reschedule or complete the course components within the temporary licence period. Learners who are required to make up a component of the course will be required to pay the make-up fee. The make-up fee for any missed component is $262.50 (30 per cent of the course fee plus GST).

Learners required to make up Component Two must do so within one year of completing Component One. Components One and Two must be completed consecutively and within one year of each other. Failure to complete Components One and Two within one year will result in a learner having to redo both components in their entirety. This could also result in the learner having to retake the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course and/or examination.

What is the format of the Commercial Applied Practice Course?

The format of the course is outlined here.

What is the format of the Residential Applied Practice Course?

The format of the course is outlined here.

What is the price of the Commercial Applied Practice Course?

The fee for either of the Applied Practice Courses is $918.75, including GST.

What is the price of the Residential Applied Practice Course?

The fee for either of the Applied Practice Courses is $918.75, including GST.

What responsibilities does a managing broker have to aid learners in the practical field assignments in Component Three?

Managing brokers are responsible for the supervision and conduct of new licensees as required under section 6(2) of the Real Estate Services Act and section 3-1 of the Rules under the Real Estate Services Act. However, how a managing broker chooses to supervise a new licensee is not defined by the Act and is left to the discretion of each managing broker.

The practical field assignments are designed to help new licensees develop skills related to agency, disclosure and contracts, by conducting research and using appropriate forms and resources like the Professional Standards Manual. For detailed information about the assignments in Component Three, see here.

What steps do I take to become a REALTOR®?

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia has posted step-by-step instructions on how to obtain a real estate licence on their website here.

When can I register?

To register for the Commercial Applied Practice Course, you must have successfully passed the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course exam. BCREA recommends you register for the Commercial Applied Practice Course as soon as you receive your licensing examination results.

In accordance with regulations established by the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, you must register for the Commercial Applied Practice Course before your licence will be issued.

Your application must be accompanied by a letter confirming that your primary practice is commercial real estate and signed by a managing broker, director or officer of a brokerage.

Upon receipt of your completed application form and tuition fee, BCREA will place you in the first available course.

When I’m recruiting, how should I explain the residential trading services licensing process?

Information on the licensing process is available here.

Where can I find back issues of Legally Speaking?

Where can I find real estate statistics?

BCREA publishes monthly provincial statistics, monthly Housing Market Update videos, and quarterly housing and mortgage rate forecasts. See the Economics page for more information.

BCREA’s 11 member boards also publish their own statistics. For these, contact the appropriate real estate board directly.

Where can I get a copy of The Condominium Manual?

To order The Condominium Manual, click here.

Where can I get information on becoming a sub-mortgage broker?

Contact the Registrar of Mortgage Brokers, 604.953.5300.

Where can I take the property management course?

Where do I take the licensing course?

Where is the course offered?

The Commercial Applied Practice Course is offered in Vancouver only. BCREA reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment. Should it become necessary to cancel a course, students will be transferred to the next available course at no additional fee.

Other

How can I find a particular topic in an issue of Legally Speaking?

Functioning the same way that a Google search does, you simply type in keywords or topics, click the search button, and the Legally Speaking issues containing the keywords will display. Click here to use the search feature at the top of the Legally Speaking archives page.

Where can I find back issues of Legally Speaking?

Where can I find real estate statistics?

BCREA publishes monthly provincial statistics, monthly Housing Market Update videos, and quarterly housing and mortgage rate forecasts. See the Economics page for more information.

BCREA’s 11 member boards also publish their own statistics. For these, contact the appropriate real estate board directly.

Where can I get a copy of The Condominium Manual?

To order The Condominium Manual, click here.