Course providers interested in becoming recognized by RECA to deliver pre-licensing education should understand the pre-licensing marketplace as well as RECA’s role in setting the credentialing framework, including RECA’s Pre-Licensing Education Philosophy.
RECA’s Board of Directors and Industry Councils are committed to providing a credentialing framework that achieves:
Learn more about the pre-licensing education opportunities available and Course and Course Provider Recognition Requirements and the process for applying for recognition.
RECA will notify recognized course providers directly of any changes as they occur.
RECA’s Pre-Licensing Education Philosophy guides the credentialing of pre-licensing education. Under this philosophy, RECA is committed to:
RECA will employ the following strategies to meet its commitment:
Course providers must ensure that a learner has met RECA’s eligibility requirements before enroling the learner in their courses.
As learners must meet the basic eligibility requirements for obtaining their licence and may choose to register with different course providers from one course to the next, RECA will process and track each learner’s eligibility for enrolment into pre-licensing courses, including whether the learner has completed pre-requisite courses and exams.
Recognized course providers will have secure access to view information related to a learner’s eligibility for their courses.
Learners can register for a fundamentals course through the third-party course provider, but before accessing the course, they must prove they meet RECA’s initial licence eligibility requirements.
RECA will process initial learner eligibility based on:
Learners will submit an Education Eligibility Application through their myRECA account, uploading supporting documents as necessary. Once the learner has been deemed eligible, they will be able to access in their desired course with their desired course provider.
Beyond a learner’s initial eligibility, course providers will need to verify a learner has completed the pre-requisite courses before enroling the learner in subsequent licensing courses. Course providers must ensure that a learner has successfully completed:
Course providers are responsible for reviewing extension requests if the learner is in progress in the course.
In order to successfully complete each course, learners they must write the corresponding exam through RECA’s exam provider within three months of completing the course, based on the course completion date provided to RECA by the course provider.
RECA is committed to ensuring its examination process follows examination best practices and is continuously updating the pre-licensing and practice exam questions to provide increased variety of questions that match the Industry Council approved exam blueprints.
RECA’s Examination Blueprint is based on the NCCA and ISO 17024 standards.
Learners can access optional practice exams through their myRECA account for a nominal fee and at their convenience. These practice exams will provide different, but similar, questions than those on the final exam and will provide the same interface learners will use during a pre-licensing exam.
For more information related to RECA’s practice exams, see the article on practice exams for Condominium Management, which offers a snapshot of what can be expected for practice exams for other industries.
Once a learner has completed their course and RECA has received notice from the course provider, learners will be able to book their pre-licensing exam through their myRECA account to be taken at a test centre of their selection across Alberta. As learners have 3 months to write their exam once RECA has been notified by a course provider of their completion of the course, it is important learners build in the time to book their exam.
Learners are encouraged to note and report to RECA any questions during the exam that they feel there is an issue with. This helps RECA resolve any issues between the exam and course. Refer them to RECA’s Exam Preparation Guide.