Education

Five Things REALTORS® Should Know About Real Estate and the Economy

Clients rely on REALTORS® to have ample knowledge of the housing market while guiding them through the buying and selling process. To be as effective as possible in advising your clients, a general understanding of what influences the market is essential. With this in mind, BCREA recently created the self-paced online course Economics for REALTORS®:

Eight New Education Courses Released in 2021

‘Tis the season to wind down and wrap up another busy year! With the holidays around the corner, and Santa checking his list twice, now is a wise time to check your Professional Development Program (PDP) hours twice, too.  Ensure you’re up to date with your professional requirements by catching up with BCREA’s accredited education offerings.  

Register Now for Mastering Compliance 2.0

Update – October 20: Mastering Compliance 2.0 is now live. The program and its modules are available for learners on REALTOR Link®. (REALTOR Link® login required)         Pre-register for Mastering Compliance: Anti-Money Laundering Training for Brokers today! The updated online program provides brokers and compliance officers with the tools to master FINTRAC compliance. This program combines self-paced and

Get Ready for Mastering Compliance: Anti-Money Laundering Training for Brokers

BCREA’s popular self-paced education program, Mastering Compliance: Anti-Money Laundering Training for Brokers, is back! This year’s program is touted as “Mastering Compliance 2.0,” with enhancements incorporating feedback from last year. Mastering Compliance: Anti-Money Laundering Training for Brokers helps managing brokers, compliance officers and administrative staff who contribute to FINTRAC compliance at their brokerage meet FINTRAC’s

Have You Checked Out BCREA’s New Courses?

As summer slips away, and we head into a crisp BC fall with a fresh new school year, you might be thinking of heading back to the books as well. This year BCREA introduced six new online courses for REALTORS®, expanding BCREA’s comprehensive online course catalogue. In case you missed them, or you’re thinking of

Popular BCREA Online Course Helps REALTORS® Engage Clients Effectively

Professionalism is one of the core competencies of a REALTOR®, and at the heart of having a high standard of professionalism is effective engagement with your clients. The way you interact with your clients is a key factor in developing a good reputation, your ability to conduct a successful transaction, and it’s an essential factor

Know Your Product: House Structures is Now Available Online

Know Your Product: House Structures is a revamped version of the previously popular Know Your Product, in-person course, where REALTORS® will be provided a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of residential construction including footings, foundations, floors, decks, walls, openings, stairs, roofs, and chimneys. This course is available as a self-paced online offering, that allows you

Save the Date: Mastering Compliance 2.0 Coming October 2021

This post was updated on August 20, 2021, to incorporate that the Anti-Money Laundering Symposium has been moved to early 2022. This October, BCREA will expand its anti-money laundering support for managing brokers and compliance officers with the launch of an updated online version of Mastering Compliance: Anti-Money Laundering Training for Brokers and followed by

What Does It Take to Be a Practice-Ready REALTOR®?

By Katja Gallagher, Education Coordinator, BCREA BCREA needs your input concerning the unique needs and challenges of new REALTORS®. Complete our Practice-Ready REALTOR® survey for your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card! BCREA has launched the Practice-Ready REALTOR® Research Project that seeks to identify opportunities to better support new entrants into the real

Contract Law Foundations for REALTORS®: Online Course Explores Legal Principles Behind Real Estate Contracts

BCREA has created a new self-paced online course, Contract Law Foundations for REALTORS®, which equips learners with a foundational understanding of the legal principles relevant to contracts respecting to real estate in British Columbia. Contract Law Foundations for REALTORS® focuses on the foundational principles, common pitfalls, and best practices with real estate contracts. Possessing an

Radon for REALTORS®: Online Course Helps Navigate Radon in Real Estate

BCREA has launched Radon for REALTORS®, a new self-paced, online course worth three accredited PDP hours, in which Realtors explore radon – the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers – and how it relates to the real estate transaction. With its health risks and inclusion in the Property Disclosure Statement, radon is as pressing

BCREA Launches Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Course

BCREA has launched Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes, a new online, accredited, self-paced course, designed for REALTORS® to learn about the characteristics of a sustainable, energy-efficient home. And explore various sustainability programs (e.g., LEED, R-2000, BC Step Code, Passive House) that go beyond the minimum building code requirements in BC. This course also introduces the “House

Three Online Courses to Consider During BCREA’s Holiday Promotion

By Ellen Baragon, Guest Contributor Looking to end the year by brushing up on your skills or getting a head start on 2021 professional development requirements? Register for any of BCREA’s online PDP courses before December 31 and get 20% off the regular price with promo code HOLIDAY20. Six new online courses were introduced this

Stock Up on Online Courses with a Special Offer This Holiday Season

By Ellen Baragon, Guest Contributor Tired of getting the same old gifts of socks and ties at holiday time? BCREA is currently offering all online professional development courses at 20% off the regular course price, so you can give yourself the gift of knowledge this holiday season. From November 27 to December 31, REALTORS® can

Raise the Bar on Your Practice with the Newly Launched, Client Engagement Excellence: Assessing and Presenting Skills Course

By Ellen Baragon, Guest Contributor Improve your ability to assess client needs, hone your presenting skills, and strengthen your core competencies of agency, disclosure, and ethics in BCREA’s new Client Engagement Excellence: Assessing and Presenting Skills, a self-paced online course available now. Written by real estate client engagement expert Gerald Clerx, the course covers the practical

Why It’s Time to Start Thinking About a Radon Gas Test

By Ellen Baragon, Guest Contributor September 23 is the last opportunity for REALTORS® to attend the BCREA webinar, Radon and Real Estate: Understanding New Developments for Practice in BC. Delivered by the BC Lung Foundation in collaboration with BCREA, the first three instances of this webinar – which earns Realtors two accredited PDP hours upon

Take Your Leadership to the Next Level with L200 & L300

BCREA and the Canadian Real Estate Association have partnered to offer Leadership 200 (L200) and Leadership 300 (L300) as interactive virtual courses via Zoom. If you’re involved with your board or BCREA leadership (or you’d like to be!) this is a great opportunity to take these courses online and enhance your leadership skills.   L200

Live Online Course and FAQ Created for REALTOR® Education About Radon Gas

Radon gas is an odourless and colourless radioactive gas that occurs naturally throughout BC

With questions about radon gas recently added to the Property Disclosure Statement in April 2020, REALTORS® may be looking to brush up on their knowledge about the odourless and colourless radioactive gas that occurs naturally throughout BC and which, if accumulated in homes and other buildings, can become a health risk. As a result, BCREA,

Helping REALTORS® Invest in The Future: PDP Discounts During COVID-19

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is helping Realtors invest in the future by providing discounts to our Professional Development Program (PDP) courses. Watch a short message from Anthony Bastiaanssen, Chair of the Board of Directors, to learn more: [iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/zxCvbFqekmQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen style=”position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;” ][/iframe]  25% Discount On All BCREA Online PDP

Online Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are a number of weeks into social distancing and we’ve noticed that many REALTORS® are taking this time to pursue online professional development. Likewise, many individuals and organizations are creating new online learning opportunities to meet the growing demand. This blog post will help you navigate the changing landscape of online learning so you

Changes to REALTOR® Education in Response to COVID-19

A student takes notes during an online class

Since the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, the BCREA Education team has been working closely with the province’s 11 real estate boards to ensure REALTORS® will be able to continue their professional development. We support real estate boards that have chosen to reschedule or cancel in-person course offerings,

New Online Course Helps REALTORS® Expand Reach to Rural Areas

Rural Real Estate Essentials is a new online course offered by BCREA, aimed to help BC REALTORS® expand their reach to rural areas. Promoting knowledge and business growth, the new course provides REALTORS® with foundational knowledge on rural real estate and helps reinforce and enhance the knowledge of REALTORS® already practicing in these areas. Special

BCREA Online Courses Have Moved to the Hub

BCREA’s online courses have officially moved to the Hub, the Canadian Real Estate Association’s online learning platform! All BCREA courses previously available on UBC Sauder’s online learning platform have been integrated into the Hub and, after January 31, 2020, will no longer be available for registration through UBC Sauder.*  The Hub offers streamlined access to

Who’s Who in BC Real Estate?

Have you ever called your local real estate board with a question and then been told to call the Real Estate Council of BC? And then you give them a call and they tell you to call BCREA? It’s not always easy to keep track of who does what, especially when it comes to distinguishing

Define Your Professional Development with Self-Directed Learning

One of the recent changes to the Professional Development Program (PDP) is the introduction of self-directed learning. Watch this video from BCREA and boards to find out what self-directed learning means for you! [iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/dM6JAEIScHU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen style=”position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;” ][/iframe] You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about self-directed learning here

The New Professional Development Program: Top Five Questions Post-Launch

January 1 marked the transition to the new Professional Development Program (PDP) framework. Now that changes to the program are in effect, REALTORS® are asking great questions about what these changes mean in practice. To start you off on the right foot, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions (with answers) below! 1. Does

Real Estate Profession Revises Professional Development Program for BC’s REALTORS®

For Immediate Release Vancouver, BC – January 2, 2020 – With a redesigned Professional Development Program now in place, REALTORS® across BC are working to meet new professional development requirements. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) and BC’s 11 real estate boards revised the Professional Development Program for REALTORS® in BC effective January 1,

Reporting Your Professional Development Program Hours

The transition to the new Professional Development Program (PDP) framework is just around the corner! As of January 1, you’ll report any PDP hours you’ve acquired from learning opportunities outside of your board – whether accredited or self-directed – to your primary member board. As the reporting process looks slightly different at each board, your

Self-Directed Learning: Coming to the PDP January 1!

Self-directed learning will be introduced to the Professional Development Program (PDP) on January 1, 2020. To find out more about self-directed learning and how it fits into the PDP, click here. Below, we’ve answered five of the most frequently asked questions about self-directed learning: 1. I am taking a learning opportunity in 2019 that meets

New PDP Transition Web Page and FAQ Resource

Want to know more about the upcoming changes to the Professional Development Program (PDP)? The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) and real estate boards have released new resources to support you through the transition to the new PDP framework, effective January 1, 2020. PDP transition web pageBCREA and the boards created the PDP transition web

RECBC and BCREA Work Together to Change Regulatory Education

The Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) and the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) have signed an agreement that will see the management of regulatory education for real estate professionals transition to RECBC in the fall of 2019. Through this agreement, RECBC will increase its oversight, control and direct involvement in the development and

Changes Coming to REALTOR® Professional Development

One step closer to a new professional development framework BC’s REALTORS® are one step closer to a new framework for professional development that is more flexible and REALTOR®-focused. On March 26, the leadership of the province’s 11 real estate boards and the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) approved a new framework that will recognize