How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Canada


Licensed real estate professionals in Canada have a variety of career paths in real estate from which to choose. These include property management, residential real estate, commercial, industrial and investment real estate, farm or acreage real estate and business brokering. With enough motivation and effort, candidates who meet the basic requirements for a license can become real estate agents in Canada.

Meet the Basic Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age.

  • Earn a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent.

  • Become fluent in English.

  • Check the course requirements of your resident province; the courses required to become a licensed real estate agent depend on the province in which you reside.

Become Licensed

  • Complete the Real Estate Associate’s Program (REAP) and the courses offered online by the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) to qualify for a license in Alberta.

  • Apply for work with a broker, who is responsible for applying for the candidate's license and registration from RECA.

  • Undergo an investigation into your background, per British Columbia's Real Estate Services Act. Individuals with summary convictions will not be granted licenses until two years after paying retribution.

  • Choose the real estate career path you want to pursue in British Columbia and pursue the appropriate licensing course of study from the University of British Columbia (UBC) Real Estate Division.

  • Complete a 15-day licensing course in Nova Scotia and correctly answer 70 percent of the exam to pass. If you don't achieve this score in three tries, take the licensing course again.

  • Complete the “Application for a Salesperson” form and a Schedule "A" and have your broker sign the forms. Submit the forms, along with your exam letter, a copy of your birth certificate, your driver’s license and the appropriate fees to the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission.

  • Complete the Real Estate Council of Ontario's pre-registration courses, administered by the Ontario Real Estate Association.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider taking the Real Estate Sales Aptitude Test in British Columbia. While it's not mandatory, the test helps individuals determine if they are suited to real estate work before they spend money to become licensed.
  • Visit the Real Estate Institute of Canada website for contact information for the various provincial governing bodies in Canada.
  • You can't have a record of criminal offense in the five years before applying for a real estate license in Quebec. Also, applicants must not have committed an offense against the Real Estate Brokerage Act, or an act governing real estate brokerage outside Québec, in the five years prior to applying.
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