Moving to Alberta From Another Jurisdiction
The Real Estate Council of Alberta recognizes professionals from other jurisdictions in accordance with Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade and has recognition agreements with various USA jurisdictions.
Qualifying Jurisdictions and Applicant ObligationsLicensed professionals from the following jurisdictions are exempt from the pre-licensing education requirements in Alberta for their comparable licence class.
|British Columbia||Colorado||British Columbia|
| Newfoundland and
|Nova Scotia||South Dakota||Quebec|
|Prince Edward Island|
Professionals may require additional education when Alberta-specific issues are not addressed by the education of the originating jurisdiction. Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia practice designated agency and transaction brokerage. As real estate professionals outside of these jurisdictions do not receive education in designated agency and transaction brokerage, they must complete the Consumer Relationships e-learning course on these topics. The Consumer Relationships course fee is $300 and its completion must be within 120 days of RECA issuing a licence. Quebec and New Brunswick professionals must provide proof of English Language proficiency.
English is the language of instruction in all licensing education programs and is consistent with the Alberta business environment. English language proficiency can be demonstrated by providing:
- 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
RECA’s Labour Mobility Policy is located here.
NOTE: Recognition of an applicant’s occupational standards does not exempt them from RECA’s Re-licensing Education Program for the current licensing period, or from any other requirements for licensing and registration with RECA.