Real Estate Practice Areas

Real estate professionals in Alberta can work in four practice areas, or sectors:
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Real estate associates become eligible to practice in any of the above sectors by completing the corresponding pre-licensing education practice course. They can practice in as many sectors as they choose as long as they’ve completed the education for that sector.

Real estate brokers and associate brokers must complete all four practice courses.

Retaining, Adding, or Dropping Practice Areas

To retain the ability to practice in their chosen sector(s), real estate associates must complete any subsequent relicensing education courses for the sector(s).

If they choose to, real estate professionals can remove a sector from their authorization through the renewal process. However, if a broker or associate broker removes a sector, their licence class will change to associate.

If a real estate professional changes their mind after removing a sector, they can re-add the area of practice to their authorization within 3 years (provided they have completed all related re-licensing education courses), and reinstate their broker or associate broker licence class, if applicable.