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BCREA's Role in Real Estate Education

BCREA's Role in Real Estate Education

BCREA plays two important roles in real estate education in BC. Working closely with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, the Association develops and delivers the Applied Practice Courses, which are required for new licensees. BCREA also develops courses for the Professional Development Program, which is required continuing education for REALTORS®.

Applied Practice Courses
As the second step in the real estate licensing education process, new licencees are required to take either the Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course. Learners will take part in online modules, face-to-face sessions and practical field assignments. The Applied Practice Course has four components which are completed over a six-month timeframe.


For information on Designated Agency, click here.


The applied practices courses were developed by BCREA and are offered at various locations throughout the province. Instructors are experienced real estate professionals trained in instructional methods.

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Professional Development Program (PDP)
The Professional Development Program (PDP) is a continuing education program that was introduced in January 2006 by BCREA and its 11 member boards. As a condition of real estate board and association membership, REALTORS®  must complete 18 credits (about three courses) during each 24 month licence registration period.  Learn more about the PDP credit system here.

On November 1, 2013, BCREA and its 11 member boards announced exciting enhancements to the PDP - click here to learn more about the new program.

With increasingly self-reliant consumers in today’s highly-competitive business environment, REALTORS® need a superior standard of real estate practice. BCREA responds to this need by:

  • developing relevant and practical continuing education courses
  • designing Professional Toolkits and other materials that serve as useful reference guides
  • using knowledgeable instructors who are well respected in the profession
  • providing interactive, engaging learning opportunities in a variety of formats
BCREA PDP courses are developed with REALTORS® in mind. Instructors are dynamic experts who bring their knowledge and experience to course attendees in an informative, entertaining style. The courses are fast-paced yet encourage discussion and interaction. 

Emerging and seasoned professionals will find that BCREA’s PDP courses enhance their professional skills and provide practical solutions for today’s most challenging issues. PDP courses are well attended and received because REALTORS® recognize how important it is to continue learning throughout their careers.

BCREA offers more than 30 BCREA-owned PDP courses on a wide variety of topics including agency, law, commercial, property management, technology, office management and ethics.  BCREA also accredits a roster of external vendor courses for PDP credit.  Click here to learn more about the PDP course categories.

REALTORS® can learning more about the PDP courses that are right for them by contacting their real estate boards for information on upcoming PDP courses in their areas.  The complete roster of PDP courses can be explored here.

The PDP and the Real Estate Council of BC’s Relicensing Education Program (REP) run concurrently and have the same required course. More information about REP is available by clicking here.