New framework January 1, 2020 Professional Development
Program for REALTORS®

The PDP has changed

January 1, 2020

Your existing PDP
credits have been converted
to PDP hours

You now earn 18 hours
of professional development
in two categories

Relicensing education,
like Legal Update, doesn’t count
toward your PDP hours

The PDP is still
aligned with your 2-year
licensing cycle

What is Self-Directed Professional Development?

Self-directed professional development is learning that has not been accredited by boards or BCREA but enhances your professional practice. It allows you to be recognized for learning that meets your individual needs.


Each licensing cycle, 6 hours of your PDP requirements can be met through self-directed learning. To count toward your self-directed PDP hours, a learning opportunity must:

1. Enhance your professional practice
2. Be verifiable and auditable by your board
3. Be a minimum of one hour in length

BCREA does not endorse specific external vendor learning opportunities as eligible for self-directed. Use the criteria and check in with your local real estate board if you are unsure about a learning opportunity being eligible.

Take the quiz!

Hover over each example to find out if it could count toward your self-directed PDP hours!

Industry conference

Yes. A variety of learning formats, such as conferences, webinars, workshops and online learning, that enhance your professional practice, are verifiable and auditable, and last at least one hour could count toward your self-directed PDP hours.

Brokerage or franchise training

Yes. Provided it enhances your professional practice, is verifiable and auditable, and lasts at least one hour, brokerage and franchise training could count toward your self-directed PDP hours.

Learning not directly related to real estate

Maybe! Learning that's not directly related to real estate but helps you better serve your clients could count toward self-directed PDP hours, provided it's also verifiable, auditable and lasts at least one hour.

Listening to a podcast

No. While all learning is encouraged, professional development that's not verifiable, such as reading or listening to a podcast, will not count toward your self-directed PDP hours. As always, if you're not sure, consult with your board.

What Does Self-Directed Learning Mean for You?

What is Accredited Professional Development?

Accredited professional development is learning that's been accredited by boards and/or BCREA and contributes to the fundamental skills, experience and knowledge required of REALTORS® throughout the province.


Each licensing cycle, you will be required to complete at least 12 hours of accredited professional development. You can find a list of all accredited learning opportunities here.

Top Five Frequently Asked Questions

PDP Resources



The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) and BC’s 10 real estate boards oversee the ongoing development and delivery of the PDP. In consultation with REALTORS®, brokers, and instructors from across the province, BCREA and the boards developed this new PDP framework with the aim of giving REALTORS® more flexibility in their professional development.


Submit your questions about the PDP to BCREA using the form below.

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