Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar has primary responsibility for the Real Estate Council of Alberta’s (RECA) regulatory functions. This includes licensing, discipline, and trust assurance and practice review. The Registrar is responsible for the Office of the Registrar.
Licensing Services administers all licence applications, including new licences, licence renewals, and licence information reviews.
- carrying out transparent, consistent, and fair licensing reviews to ensure RECA issues licences in the public interest
- administering licensing reciprocity applications from industry professionals in other jurisdictions who want an Alberta licence
- administering the myRECA licensing database, and providing licensing and disciplinary histories
- providing support for RECA’s Professional Standards unit when RECA suspends, cancels, or adds conditions to a licence
Professional Conduct Review
One of the fundamental responsibilities of any regulatory body is to conduct investigations and take disciplinary action when necessary. RECA’s Professional Conduct Review unit investigates unauthorized activity and the conduct of industry professionals.
The Professional Conduct Review unit reviews all complaints, conducts investigations, and reports their findings to the executive director.
RECA’s Professional Conduct Review unit includes a team of staff with both investigative and industry experience.
Professional Conduct Proceedings
Professional Conduct Proceedings staff present cases to hearing panels based on a referral from the executive director to determine whether there is sufficient evidence of conduct deserving of sanction to recommend that the executive director refer the matter to a Hearing Panel.
Each year, Conduct Proceedings lawyers close 80 to 100 disciplinary files. When this is not possible, the matter proceeds to a contested hearing. Appeals and other court action may follow.
Trust Assurance and Practice Review
RECA’s Trust Assurance and Practice Review Program provides positive, constructive assistance to industry professionals with respect to accounting and legislative requirements by:
- providing assistance related to trust accounts and record keeping
- recommending effective record keeping and administrative procedures
- identifying and resolving potential problems
RECA’s Trust Assurance and Practice Review Program also helps:
- reduce the occurrence of activities that violate the Real Estate Act or the Rules;
- reduce the number of claims against the Assurance Fund
Trust Assurance and Practice Review also develop practice guides and interpretation guidelines.