Pre-Licensing Education

Individuals hoping to become licensed will need to complete the required education through a third-party recognized course provider.

If you are seeking to become licensed, you will first need to complete the eligibility process, before carefully choosing a recognized course provider that meets your learning needs. Review the information below for more information.


Choosing a Course Provider

There’s a lot to consider in choosing a course provider. Prospective licensees should carefully review all their options before registering for any courses.

RECA’s board of directors recognizes courses and course providers that meet RECA’s set requirements. However, course providers have the freedom to structure and organize their courses as works best for their institutional and instructional needs.

The most important considerations for learners when choosing a course provider is that the course will prepare you to pass RECA’s exam to protect the public and to provide competent service in your chosen industry sector.

Courses could vary in number of hours to complete, quality of instruction and materials, course modality—virtual, classroom, or a combination—and more. Not only can these elements affect the cost of the course, they can affect the suitability of the course for individual learners.

What might seem like a great deal financially, could simply reflect fewer learning resources available to individuals.

Education is an investment in yourself and your career. Investing not just money, but time—time in understanding your learning needs, in researching course options, in building your knowledge—can set you up for long-term success protecting the public and providing competent service.

Download RECA’s guide on How to Choose a Course Provider for more information on things to consider when choosing your pre-licensing courses.


Real estate pre-licensing education consists of the Fundamentals of Real Estate course, and a series of practice courses, one for each of the four areas of practice:

  • commercial
  • property management
  • residential
  • rural (agri-business)

Mortgage pre-licensing education consists of the Fundamentals of Mortgage Brokerage course and the Practice of Mortgage Brokerage course.


Condominium managers must complete the Fundamentals of Condominium Management and the Practice of Condominium Management and the accompanying exams to become eligible for licensing in Alberta.

As of October 1, 2023, individuals joining the condominium manager industry can participate in a Graduated Licensing Program, which will allow them to perform certain restricted activities as part of a condominium manager brokerage as they complete their licensing education.

 


RECA’s exams are written at an exam centre/physical location. Learners have 3 months to write their exam once RECA has been notified by a course provider of their completion of the course. You will receive an email with next steps on how to book the exam.

If you require exam accommodations due to exceptional circumstances, please contact credentialing@reca.ca. In your email, please explain your situation and the reason for your request.

Exam Preparation Guide

Learners have two attempts in total to write their respective exam. Learners are responsible for paying the fee of $235 for each attempt. Learners must also write and complete their exams before their program/course expiration date, no exception. Passing grade is 70%.

 


Those who complete practice exams are more successful on the corresponding pre-licensing exams. There are several reasons for this:

  • Being familiar with the examination framework allows you to focus on the exam questions when completing the pre-licensing exam. Practice exams are taken on the same platform as the pre-licensing exam.
  • Practice exams let you know the areas in which your knowledge may be weak. This enables you to focus your studies on specific areas when preparing for the pre-licensing exam.
  • Experiencing the types of questions and the exam platform ahead of time can reduce exam anxiety which has been found to increase confidence and lead to better overall performance.

RECA practice exams allow you to reflect on your knowledge and performance, prepare accordingly, and give you the confidence to know when you are ready for the corresponding pre-licensing exam. Remember that most people will perform better on a practice exam than on a pre-licensing exam. We recommend that learners strive to perform confidently on the practice exam before attempting the pre-licensing exam. Do not be misled by others offering practice exams. Using RECA practice exams means you are getting a practice exam from the actual exam provider in the same platform as the pre-licensing exam.

As a learner, you can access practice exams, at a cost of $65 per attempt, at any time from course completion up until you pass the pre-licensing exam. RECA has also created an Exam Preparation Guide to assist learners.

Practice exams can be written anywhere and have the same time limit as the corresponding pre-licensing exam. When you complete your course, you will get an email with a link to purchase a practice exam attempt, or you can click on “Purchase Practice Exam” in the course table in your myRECA account, under Exam Activities. You will have one attempt per purchase. Once your practice exam is submitted you will not be able to go back into it.

Practice exams are available for all RECA licences and the associated Fundamentals courses.

Access to the practice exam is dependent on the following:

  • Learners who are enrolled pre-licensing courses through a recognized course provider will be able to see the practice exam listed in their myRECA account when the course provider reports that they have completed the course.
  • Once you have purchased your practice exam, you can go to the “Assessments” page in Meazure Learning and click on “Write Assessment” to be begin.

Practice Exams for RECA-led Courses

RECA offers free practice exams for learners who have completed a RECA pre-licensing course. Once you complete a course, you will see a Practice Exam link at the end of the course in the Moodle education platform. You may have to scroll to the bottom of the page. You can access the practice exam at any time from when you complete that course up until you pass the actual exam.