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Becoming a REALTOR®

Becoming a commercial or residential REALTOR® means making a commitment to professionalism that goes beyond regulatory requirements, becoming a member of your local real estate board and upholding the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. Find out how to join the profession.

  • Step 1
    STEP 1

    Successfully complete the Real Estate Council of BC’s (RECBC) Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course offered through the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.

  • Step 2
    STEP 2

    Successfully complete RECBC’s Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice course, depending on whether you want to practice residential or commercial real estate.

  • Step 3
    STEP 3

    Find a brokerage you want to work for once you’re licensed. Make sure this brokerage is a member of a local real estate board.

  • Step 4
    STEP 4

    If you have successfully completed your regulatory licensing training, your brokerage will sign your application and mandatory criminal record check and then send both to RECBC.

  • Step 5
    STEP 5

    Congratulations, if your application is approved, you’re now a real estate agent…

  • Step 6
    STEP 6

    . . .but not yet a REALTOR®. To officially become a REALTOR®, your next step is to join your local real estate board. Joining a board also makes you a member of BCREA and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).

  • Step 7
    STEP 7

    Maintain your real estate license by completing RECBC mandatory licensing courses, like Legal Update, once every two years.

  • Step 8
    STEP 8

    Maintain your REALTOR® designation by completing 18 hours of professional development through BCREA and/or member-board accredited learning every two years.

What is the Value of Becoming a REALTOR®?

Benefits of being a REALTOR® include:

  • Access to MLS® Systems operated by real estate boards
  • Professional standards and business practices
  • Access to standard forms
  • Educational standards and opportunities
  • Access to statistics, newsletters and other industry communications
  • Leading-edge marketing and technology tools
  • Arbitration services
  • Networking opportunities

Supporting Organizations

  • Real Estate Council of BC

    Regulatory agency in charge of licensing, Real Estate Services Act, and complaints against licensees.

  • Real Estate Foundation of BC

    Funds real estate related education, research, law reform, and other activities.

  • Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate

    Real Estate Council oversight, and licensing and practice rules.

  • Real Estate Errors & Omissions

    Liability, insurance, and insurance protection.

  • Real Estate Compensation Fund

    Oversees compensation fund and trust accounts. Protects public from suffering compensable loss.

  • Real Estate Institute of BC

    Umbrella group for the real estate industry responsible for professional development seminars, workshops, and high industry standards.

CREA
  • National Standards
  • CREA Brands and Trademarks
  • Federal Government Advocacy
  • Economic Analysis

BCREA
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Economics
  • Government Relations
  • Standard Forms
  • Arbitration

11 member boards
  • MLS®
  • Education
  • Marketing Tools
  • High Standards of Business Practice and Ethics

23k BC REALTORS®
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Residential Transactions
  • Leasing and Renting


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