Education Code Of Conduct For Learners

Purpose: This bulletin explains the conduct RECA expects of learners who enroll in RECA education programs.

This bulletin applies to all RECA learners

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) delivers pre-licensing and re-licensing education for real estate brokers, property managers, mortgage brokers and real estate appraiser professionals. RECA education includes eligibility, enrolment, participation in courses/programs, and passing the associated examinations. This Code of Conduct for Learners applies equally to industry professionals and those who intend to become industry professionals. 

An individual’s intellectual engagement, personal integrity, and ethical conduct are inherent in the learning process. These are necessary for their acquisition of new knowledge to develop new skills. As professionals, individuals are responsible to gain the requisite knowledge, skills, and mindset for continuous improvement to ensure they are competent in the provision of services to the public. Competent practice is integral to maintain the trust, respect, and confidence of other professionals and the public.

RECA supports a principles-based approach to learning to develop professional conduct in practice. Learners must ensure they demonstrate the principles, as stated in the Code of Conduct, when participating in RECA education initiatives. Do not assist those who are dishonest. It only undermines your integrity, and that of the profession, while enabling incompetent service to the public. All industry professionals are responsible to gain the knowledge and skills to ensure their own competence to deliver services to the public. Take this opportunity to be the best professional that you can be.

Principle 1: Learners will be actively engaged in their education and make their best efforts to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills as set out by the identified learning outcomes for that course or program.

Learners need to engage intellectually in the courses and complete all assignments, activities, and quizzes. This helps them identify subject areas where they have met the learning outcomes. They must work to acquire the knowledge and skills expected for the course/program. 

Examples of learners breaching principle 1:

Principle 2: Learners will at all times conduct themselves with honesty, integrity, and respectfulness
Learners must not cheat or participate in any conduct that results in them completing a course, program, assignment, activity or exam from a source outside of their own knowledge. Learners can get advice from others if the assignment or activity guidelines allow it. Learners must be familiar with all examination guidelines and abide by them. They must treat other learners, facilitators, exam proctors, RECA staff, and education partners with respect. Any questions or challenges must be respectful and only for obtaining a proper outcome without insult, threat, or false accusation.

Examples of learners breaching principle 2:

Principle 3: Learners may assist other learners when the assistance provided to them supports their engagement in the learning process and results in their honest acquisition of knowledge and skills
Learners must not help other learners cheat or help them complete a course, program, assignment, or examination from a source outside of the learner’s own knowledge. Learners can get advice from others if the assignment or activity guidelines allow it. Learners must not give other learners information or assistance to complete examinations or assignments.  

Examples of learners breaching principle 3:

Principle 4: Learners will support RECA’s education requirements and will conduct themselves in a manner that does not undermine the integrity, efficacy, and efficiency of any aspect of RECA’s education
Learners should not involve themselves in activities that decrease the efficiency or effectiveness of RECA education courses, programs or examinations. Learners must not help or enable others to complete education without acquiring the knowledge, skills or expertise outlined in the learning outcomes.

Examples of learners breaching principle 4:


Education and disciplinary outcomes
Individuals who breach the Education Code of Conduct for Learners may be subject to disciplinary action and certain education program outcomes, such as:

RECA may deny an authorization and issue an Administrative Penalty up to $25,000 for learners who are not industry professionals and who breach the Education Code of Conduct.

Learners who are industry professionals and who breach the Education Code of Conduct may be subject to a finding of conduct deserving of sanction and receive discipline ranging from an Advisory Note to licence cancellation. 

RECA will refer all breaches of the Education Code of Conduct for Learners that constitute a criminal offence to the applicable police (law enforcement) agency.

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