To become a licensed real estate, property management, mortgage, or real estate appraisal professional, you must become eligible to enrol in the applicable pre-licensing education.
To become eligible you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a minimum of Canadian high school education or equivalent
- Provide specific government-issued identification (ID)
- Be proficient in the English language
- Be able to lawfully study and work in Canada
- Complete Real Estate Career Information Session (only real estate/property management)
- Complete real estate appraisal education prescribed by AIC, CNAREA, or AAA (only for real estate appraisal)
- Pay a $100 eligibility application fee
- Complete an eligibility application through myRECA
1. Create your myRECA account
Click here, to create your myRECA account.
2. Complete First Time Login process and Education Eligibility Application
Log into your myRECA account at www.myreca.ca and complete the first time login process. Using your myRECA account, complete the online Education Eligibility application and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee. For myRECA tutorials, click here.
3. Upload supporting documents to your myRECA account
In your myRECA account, view the documents required for your application on My Applications under the My Account tab. Click Complete next to your Education Eligibility application for details about the required documents. Any document that appears with an Upload link must be submitted through your myRECA account. Documents without an Upload link must be sent directly to RECA by another party. Applications are processed within 5 business days after receiving all supporting documents. RECA will email you once your application has been processed.
Provide proof of the ability to study in Canada and proof of identity (ID):
Proof of ability to study in Canada (no substitutes accepted):
- If born in Canada, a copy of your birth certificate
- If not born in Canada,
- Front and back copy of your Canadian Citizenship Card/Certificate
- Front and back copy of your Permanent Resident Card
- A copy of your Work Permit with no study restrictions
Government issued photo ID:
- Copy of your Canadian Passport
- Copy of your permanent Driver’s Licence from a Canadian province
- Copy of your Canadian Forces photo ID card
- Copy of Federal or Provincial government-issued photo ID
Proof of any name change requires the following document(s):
- Copy of your marriage certificate
- Copy of your divorce decree (if document has both current and previous names)
- Copy of your legal name change document
4. Provide Proof of Education
You must request an official education transcript or education assessment be mailed directly from the education institution or assessment service to: Real Estate Council of Alberta, Suite 350, 4954 Richard Road SW, Calgary AB T3E 6L1
Proof of Canadian Education includes one of the following:
- High School Graduation transcript showing a graduation diploma was granted
- High School Equivalency Graduation transcript from if you did not complete your Canadian high school education or your transcript cannot be provided
- Post-Secondary transcript showing a diploma or degree was granted
- Transcript showing a minimum of three for-credit, academic courses have been successfully completed in a for-credit degree or diploma program from a Canadian university. The university must be a member of Universities Canada. The transcript must be official, signed by the Registrar or proper authority at the issuing institution
A transcript must come from one of the following:
Proof of Non-Canadian Education includes the following:
- Assessed non-Canadian education transcript stating that it is at least equivalent to at a Canadian high school graduation diploma. The Education Assessment must be done by a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC). Request an educational/comprehensive assessment. Please direct any concerns to the ACESC member you are using.
RECA does not accept the following documentation as proof of education:
- Trade or vocational designations, certificates, or diplomas
- Apprenticeships or fast-tracked or condensed education programs
- Professional or occupational memberships, certificates, or designations
- Non-credit college or university courses, designations, certificates, or diplomas
5. Provide Proof of English Proficiency
All education programs are in English consistent with the Alberta business environment. You must provide English proficiency, in all areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), by submitting one of the following documents:
- Transcripts indicating graduation from an accredited Canadian high school or post-secondary education institution indicating the equivalent of Grade 12 English
- Foreign Education Assessments if it indicates language of instruction was English
- Foreign Education Assessments if it includes equivalent of grade 12 English courses
- English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBIT test with an overall score of 92 and the following minimum scores: Listening, 21; Speaking, 26; Reading, 21; Writing, 24
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Assessment minimum score of 6.0 in all areas with a minimum overall score of 6.5
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General test with a minimum score of 7 in all areas
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) with minimum score of 60
- ESL courses are not accepted as proof of English proficiency
6. Provide Proof of Completing Real Estate Information Session (only applies to real estate or property management professionals)
Please start the Information Session by clicking here.
7. Provide Proof of Real Estate Appraisal Education (only applies to real estate appraisal professionals)
- You must have completed the prescribed education and be a member in good standing of one of the following real estate appraisal associations: Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC), Canadian National Association of Real Estate Appraisers (CNAREA) , or Alberta Assessors’ Association (AAA)
- You must request a letter of good standing be sent directly to RECA.
RECA Education Eligibility Policies
Abandonment Policy: RECA considers an Education Eligibility application abandoned 180 days after paying the application fee. When abandoned, RECA destroys all application-related documents. RECA will contact you regarding your eligibility once we receive a complete application.
- Determine eligibility for enrolment in courses
- Delivery of course materials and course information from RECA and its agent(s)
- All regulatory purposes under the Real Estate Act
RECA maintains reasonable and systematic controls, schedules, and practices for personal information retention and destruction. As part of RECA’s Education course enrollment process, learners are required to indicate they agree to RECA’s collection, use, and disclosure of their personal information for determining their eligibility and enrollment in any pre-licensing or post-licensing education courses, licensing, and other regulatory purposes under the Real Estate Act, in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).