Professional Development

Being a REALTOR® means committing to a standard of professionalism that goes beyond regulatory requirements. BCREA and the ten real estate boards facilitate REALTOR® professional development in BC, providing learning opportunities to enhance skills, confidence, and knowledge within the profession.

Looking to register for Legal Update or the Applied Practice Course with the Real Estate Council of BC? Click here.

About the Professional Development Program

Each licensing cycle, REALTORS® are required to complete a minimum of 18 hours of professional development. REALTORS® can fulfill these requirements by taking a combination of accredited and self-directed professional development.

To learn more about the revitalized Professional Development Program that launched on January 1, 2020, click here.
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.

REALTORS® are required to complete at least 12 hours of accredited professional development each licensing cycle. You can find a list of all accredited learning opportunities here.

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.

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 of learning

REALTORS® can use 6 hours of self-directed learning toward their 18 required PDP hours each licensing cycle. REALTORS® may choose to fulfill all 18 hours with accredited learning opportunities.

Find a course

Browse the course calendars to find instructor-led and self-paced online learning opportunities being offered across the province.

BCREA and the real estate boards have developed self-paced online and instructor-led learning opportunities to suit the diverse learning styles and dynamic schedules of REALTORS®. These opportunities will help you enhance your skills, confidence and professional knowledge.

REALTOR® Education

Who does what?
RECBC Real Estate Council of BC

Regulatory education is the education that’s required by real estate licensees to earn and maintain their real estate trading services license. The Real Estate Council of BC is responsible for all aspects of regulatory education, including the Applied Practice Course and the Legal Update Course.

UBC’s Sauder School of Business hosts the online portions of these courses on behalf of the Council.


BCREA develops and offers professional development opportunities to support commercial and residential REALTORS® throughout their careers.

BCREA is also the steward of REALTOR® professional development in BC. Working with the province’s 10 real estate boards, BCREA ensures BC’s professional development framework for REALTORS® reflects best practices in adult learning and accredits professional development opportunities developed by third-parties.

MemberBoards Real Estate Boards
(Member Boards)

Real estate boards (also called member boards) host in-person professional development opportunities at their offices. Some also develop their own professional development opportunities that can be offered by other member boards as well.

Click here to learn more about BC’s ten member boards.

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