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What is the passing mark for a RECA exam?
The passing mark for all RECA exams is 70%.
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No. RECA must receive a certified criminal record check in your full legal name before you become licensed and register with a brokerage.
No. RECA does not limit or otherwise regulate the number of people that can be registered with a single brokerage. However, the broker’s responsibilities remain the same regardless of how many individuals are registered.
No. You must advertise using the brokerage’s current name, though you can include additional wording that also indicates the former name of the brokerage (i.e. Brokerage ABC, formerly operating as Brokerage 123).
You can request an official licence history through your myRECA account. Within the Licence History tab of your myRECA account, there is a “Request Licence History” button. Click on that button and follow the steps. For more information, review pages 3-6 of the Licensing tutorial here.
The only cost associated with adding commercial real estate to your authorization is the cost of the Practice of Commercial Real Estate course and related fees if you have not completed it within the past 36 months. That course currently costs $850. Adding commercial real estate to your authorization after successfully completing the Practice of Commercial Real Estate course does not cost anything.
No. Full payment is due to RECA prior to licensing.
RECA doesn’t have monthly prorated licensing fees; however, RECA does lower its licensing fees for the last three months of the fiscal year (July-September). For a current fee schedule, please click here.
In the real estate brokerage, mortgage brokerage, and property management sectors, associates need at least two years of licensed industry experience within the last five years.
No. In order to trade in real estate in Alberta, you require a licence from the Real Estate Council of Alberta. Local real estate boards are voluntary trade associations, and are unrelated to licensing through RECA.
No. They do not require a CCRC; however, the proprietor, or a partner, or an officer or director of the brokerage, other than the broker, must complete the Brokerage Licence Suitability Questions. For more information on opening a brokerage, click here.
Yes. Industry members can have a licence in multiple industry sectors (real estate, mortgage brokerage, real estate appraisal). There is separate pre-licensing education for each sector, and separate licences and licence fees for each sector. If you want a licence in multiple sectors, it’s a good idea to talk to your broker about it too.
If you don’t renew by midnight on September 30, you will not be licensed and authorized as an industry professional on October 1. You must immediately cease all activities that require a licence.
No. If your real estate licence is restricted to specific practice areas (residential, commercial, rural, or property management), you can only trade in those practice areas. If you are not licensed to trade in commercial real estate, you cannot assist buyers or sellers on a commercial real estate transaction even if your broker says it’s okay.
No, but in order to enroll in the pre-licensing education you require proof of the ability to study in Canada. If you don’t have a Canadian birth certificate or a Canadian Citizenship Card/Certificate, you need either a Permanent Resident Card or a Work Permit with no study restrictions. Click here for more information.
No. You can only be registered with and providing services on behalf of one brokerage at a time.
Your real estate associate renewal fee includes the licensing fee ($475 for 2016/2017 licensing year) and your premium for the Real Estate Insurance Exchange (REIX) ($275 for the 2016/2017 licensing year).
No. Licensing fees are non-refundable.
In the Licensing tab of your myRECA account, you can click ‘View Certificate’ from your licence information. It will create a PDF certificate for you to download or print.
Real estate, mortgage brokerage, and real estate appraisal licensing is province-wide. If you are licensed through RECA, you can provide services in any location in Alberta.
No. There is a licensing exemption for individuals/companies that manage properties they own.
RECA does not prevent its licensees from holding other designations, but RECA suggests its licensees also check with their other licensing or regulatory bodies (for example, the Alberta Securities Commission, Canadian Securities Institute, Alberta Insurance Council).
It depends on a number of factors. You may want to consider completing a suitability review before enrolling in pre-licensing education. Click here for more information.
Login to the myRECA system at www.myreca.ca. The first screen you see after logging in is the “My Information” page within the “My Account” tab. There is a blue button that says “Apply” beside the words “AKA Name.” For more information, click here.
A vulnerable sector check only determines if individuals have a sexual offence conviction for which they’ve received a pardon. The RCMP carries out a Certified Criminal Record Check (CCRC) using fingerprint comparison to review an individual’s entire criminal history. A CCRC is required for licensing as an industry professional in Alberta.
Marriage certificates, certificates of divorce, legal name change documents, and birth certificates are acceptable documents for proof of legal name change.
You can request that RECA send an official copy of your licensing, education, and/or disciplinary history to another jurisdiction by going to the Licence History section of the Licensing tab within your myRECA account. Click on Request Licence History, and myRECA will prompt you to select the types of history you want: education, licensing, or disciplinary, and to what organization and jurisdiction you want RECA to send the history.
The structure of the sale of the business determines if you require a real estate licence to sell the business on behalf of another person.
• you require a real estate licence for the portion of the sale of a business that involves the lease or sale of real property
• you do not require a real estate licence to sell a business if the sale of the business is by a sale of shares even if the sale of the shares includes real estate
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Yes, you can. There are currently three approved course providers for classroom delivery of Real Estate Update 2017 (Residential/Rural). You can find their contact information here
Yes, completing the program in the allotted timeframe includes completing the required exam(s). You have a maximum of 18 months to complete the Real Estate Associates Program from the date you enroll in the first course, the Fundamentals of Real Estate. In addition to the Fundamentals course, you need to complete at least one practice course (residential, commercial, rural, or property management) and its exam within that 18-month period.
If you have been unauthorized as a mortgage broker for less than 3 years, you can re-instate your registration without re-taking the pre-licensing education. If it is three years or more since you were last registered, you will need to complete the licensing education, Mortgage Associates Program, in its entirety before becoming authorized.
To withdraw from a course and receive a refund, you must send a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org within 10 business days from the date you purchased the course. If your request is approved, payment will be sent to the person who paid for the course less a non-refundable amount of $300 for course administration costs. No refund will be approved after 10 business days.
The passing mark for all RECA exams is 70%.
No. Learners must have access to the internet to complete their education programs, including the course exercises, case studies, quizzes, practice exam, exam tour, etc. Learners must also view the online course content in order for the applicable activities to open and become accessible.
No. If you do not pass the rewrite exam, you will have to re-enroll in the program/course to continue your learning. Attempting to write an exam more than the permitted number of times is a violation of the Education Code of Conduct for Learners.
Yes. If you have a current Real Property Administrator (RPA) or Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation, you may apply to RECA to be exempt from the property management course and exam. If RECA approves your application, you will not be required to complete this course or exam. For further information on how to apply for this Education Exemption, please contact RECA at email@example.com. Other licensing requirements, such as a Certified Criminal Record Check, will still apply.
No. If educated in Canada, 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 We will not accept a photocopy of your physical diploma.
It depends how many practice courses a learner wants to complete. The Fundamentals of Real Estate course, which all individuals must complete before becoming licensed in real estate is $1,400. After successfully completing Fundamentals, learners have to complete at least one practice course before becoming licensed. Learners who want authorization in more than one real estate practice area must complete additional practice courses. For full details on the process and costs of those courses, click here.
Yes. Alberta’s GED tests are a way to obtain a high school equivalency diploma, and RECA accepts them. For more information about our eligibility process and requirements, click here.
No. If you weren’t already authorized to trade in commercial real estate, completing a course through your local Board will not provide you with authorization to do so. In order to trade in commercial real estate, you must have commercial real estate listed as a practice area on your real estate authorization from RECA, which requires the completion of pre-licensing education.
You have two options in order to extend your original course expiry date.
• A one-time 30-day extension, which does not require supporting documents, for a $300 fee. You can purchase your 30-day extension through your myRECA account under My Applications.
• A one-time extension for extenuating circumstances, which does require supporting documentation. For more information on this option, please contact RECA Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a course has expired, you will not be able to receive an extension, as expired courses are not retained in the system. If you would like an extension, ensure you request one well in advance of your course expiry.
There is no additional education requirement to become a mortgage broker. To become a broker in real estate brokerage or property management, you need to:
• complete the Real Estate Brokers Program;
• score 70% or higher on the Real Estate Brokers Program final exam; and,
• be authorized for ALL real estate activities (residential, commercial, rural and property management).
No, we are not an accredited institution and don’t qualify for student grants.
Once you complete a course, RECA will issue you a Permission to Write (PTW). Your PTW will include Exam Guidelines as well as a list of RECA-approved exam centres. Contact one of these exam centres to book your exam. Please note some exam centres require up to 10 days’ notice.
A Permission to Write is valid for one year from the date of issue, and a Permission to Re-Write is valid for sixty days from the date of issue.
To review a completed re-licensing course, log into myRECA and click the Education tab. Next, click on “History” to find courses you have completed and then click “Access Course” to review the material. Once in the course, you can also download the course eBook. The eBook is located under the Resources tab at the top of the course screen.
No. You only have one year to become licensed from the date you passed your last REAP exam. If you do not become licensed in that one-year period, you must re-do REAP, including the exams.
You can request an official copy of your education history through your myRECA account. Go to the Licence History section of the Licensing tab, click on Request Licence History, and myRECA will prompt you to select the types of history you want: education, licensing, or disciplinary.
No. You have to write your exam in Alberta, at one of RECA’s approved exam centres.
No. To become eligible to enrol in the applicable pre-licensing education you must have a minimum of Canadian high school education or equivalent. To learn more about education eligibility and which documents RECA accepts as proof of Canadian education, click here.
No. RECA course manuals are shipped to learners directly from our printer, so it is not possible for you to pick up your manual at the RECA office. You should receive your manual within 10 business days of enrolling in a course.
• the measurements represented do not imply they are in accordance with the RMS
• you include an explanation as to why the property could not be measured using the RMS
• you disclose the measurement methodology used
No. The RMS only applies to licensed real estate brokers, associate brokers, and associates when trading in residential real estate.
RECA’s RMS don’t define what a bedroom is for listing purposes, though local real estate boards may require their members to only classify a room as a bedroom if it contains certain features (for example, a closet).
No. The ownership style of a property is irrelevant to how to measure it; what matters is whether the property is detached or attached. Real estate professionals must measure detached properties, whether they are single-family homes or condominiums, using the exterior wall at the foundation. For properties with any common walls, such as half-duplexes, townhouses, and apartments, measure the interior perimeter walls (paint-to-paint) at floor level.
No, RECA doesn’t provide education or certification to non-industry members in the Residential Measurement Standard. If you want to operate a property measurement business, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the RMS using the materials available on RECA’s website, and make sure you are able to demonstrate your experience and competence in residential property measurement using the RMS.
No, RECA does not require you to hire a measurement company to measure your listings. You can take the measurements yourself, but you must ensure you are using the Residential Measurement Standard.
No. The registered size of a condominium unit is found on the condominium plan that is filed with Alberta Land Titles. A condominium unit’s registered size may include areas such as parking stalls, garages, below grade areas, balconies and storage areas. The RMS area of a property is the sum of its above grade living space.
Yes. You can measure the property yourself or you can engage another qualified person to measure it using the RMS. To determine whether someone is competent to measure properties in accordance with the RMS, you might ask them to detail:
• how were they/their staff trained in the RMS
• the number of properties they/their staff measured using the RMS
• the equipment, processes, and software they use to calculate the RMS
• references from other real estate professionals who have used their service
In addition, you should ensure the person or service has Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance for their measurement services.
If the property is not built yet, you are permitted to calculate the size by applying the RMS to the blueprints provided by the builder, and you must disclose that you’ve done so. However, if the property is built, you must measure it using the RMS. It is not acceptable to simply use the size indicated in the blueprints.
Log in at www.myRECA.ca, go to the “My Account” Tab, click on “Payment History” on left menu. From there, click the Tax Receipt links to download available tax receipts
Yes, RECA encourages industry professionals to follow it on social media and to share its consumer resources.
The Real Estate Act sets out the specific composition of Council, and stipulates who is responsible for appointing Council members. Review RECA’s website for more information on Becoming a Council Member.
Associates are permitted to incorporate. In order for a brokerage to be able to pay commissions to an associates’ corporation, the associate must own no less than fifty percent (50%) of the shares issued by that corporation.
A brokerage can pay a referral fee to an unlicensed person if the activities of that person did not require a licence under the Real Estate Act. For more information, click here.
No. As all of your advertising is done on behalf of the brokerage with which you are registered, your broker is responsible for reviewing it and ensuring it complies with the advertising rules in place.
Licensed industry professionals can include professional designations and certifications in their advertising as long as they are current.
Your CCRC must be no older than 6 months at the time you submit an application for licensing.
If your account becomes temporarily disabled because you had 5 failed login attempts, please call RECA during regular business hours at 1-888-425-2754.
The Real Estate Act and the Real Estate Act Regulations govern the Real Estate Council of Alberta’s operations. RECA derives its authority to set, regulate, and enforce standards for real estate brokerage, mortgage brokerage, property management, and real estate appraisal professionals in Alberta from the Real Estate Act.
Yes. The myRECA system is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, for licensing transactions and education course access. Remember, though, that RECA’s office hours are 8-4:30 p.m., Monday-to-Friday, if you require additional phone or email assistance.
Your associate is the person who is required to notify RECA of the bankruptcy, not you as broker. To do so, they need to login to their myRECA account. On their “My Account” page, they need to click on “notify the Executive Director” and follow the on screen steps. Full details are available at https://www.reca.ca/industry/publications/PDF/myRECA-tutorial-Notify-Executive-Director.pdf.
No. As long as you previously advised RECA of this event, you do not need to notify RECA of it again. The renewal process requires you to advise RECA of events that have occurred since your last application or since your last notification to the executive director under section 40 of the Rules.
No. The notification requirement is in the case of a judgement being rendered against you, not simply upon the filing of a civil claim.