BCREA’s Role in Real Estate Education

BCREA’s purpose is to ensure the continued value of BC REALTORS®. In the area of education, we do this in three ways:

Applied Practice Courses

As the second step in the real estate licensing education process—after taking the licensing course and examination—new licensees are required to take either the Residential or Commercial Applied Practice Course. Learners take part in online and face-to-face sessions, and complete practical field assignments. The Applied Practice Course has four components, which are completed over a six-month timeframe.

BCREA offers these courses on behalf of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, and works closely with the Council to make sure they meet high standards.

Professional Development Program

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is the continuing education program introduced in 2006 by BCREA and our 11 member real estate boards. REALTORS® must complete 18 credits (about three courses) during each 24-month licensing period.

We offer more than 30 BCREA-owned PDP courses on a wide variety of topics including agency, law, commercial, property management, technology, office management and ethics. We also accredit external vendor courses.

Relicensing Education Program

The Relicensing Education Program (REP) is required by the Council for relicensing. That is, every two years, licensees must take a required course. REP and PDP run concurrently and have the same required course: Real Estate Errors & Omissions Insurance Legal Update.

Like the Applied Practice Courses, BCREA develops and administers residential and commercial versions of Legal Update on behalf of the Council.