Pre-Licensing Education

If you are hoping to become a real estate, mortgage, property management, or condominium management licensee, you will need to complete the eligibility process before you can enrol in a pre-licensing course with a recognized course provider.

RECA’s Industry Councils recognize courses and course providers that meet the set requirements for their respective industries. However, course providers have the freedom to structure and organize their courses as works best for their institutional and instructional needs within these requirements.

The information on courses and course providers below is intended to assist prospective licensees in researching their course options. Select the desired industry below for a list of related courses and recognized course providers. For each course, the recognized course providers are listed with the current exam statistics. Selecting the name of the course provider will take you to the related course information on that provider’s website. While it’s tempting to choose the shortest or cheapest course provider, it’s important to take the time to review the information and select a course you believe will prepare you to provide competent service in your chosen area.

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


All real estate licensees must complete the Fundamentals of Real Estate, the practice course (or courses) applicable to the work they will be doing, and the accompanying exams to become eligible for licensing in Alberta. Real estate practice areas include:

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

Those looking to become a real estate broker, must also complete the Real Estate Broker Program.


For each course, the recognized course providers are listed with the current exam statistics. Selecting the name of the course provider will take you to the related course information on that provider’s website. Learn more about choosing a course provider (pdf).

Fundamentals of Real Estate

This course must be completed by:

  • new real estate associates entering the industry
Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) 2,286 70% 73%
Alberta Real Estate School 1,035 82% 78%
Bow Valley College – new course
NAIT 44 75% 73%
REDI Canada + Haskayne School of Business 144 78% 76%
RELO 858 74% 74%
Rise Real Estate Academy 161 74% 75%

Practice of Residential Real Estate

This course must be completed by:

  • new residential real estate associates entering the industry
  • all real estate associates looking to upgrade their licence to associate broker or broker
Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) 2,285 64% 72%
Alberta Real Estate School 911 75% 75%
NAITnew course
REDI Canada + Haskayne School of Business 27 52% 68%
RELO 1,269 70% 74%
Rise Real Estate Academy 149 64% 73%

Practice of Property Management

This course must be completed by:

  • new property management associates entering the industry
  • all real estate associates looking to upgrade their licence to associate broker or broker
Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) 542 54% 69%
Alberta Real Estate School 10 80% 77%
Bow Valley College – new course
REDI Canada + Haskayne School of Business 84 76% 73%

Practice of Commercial Real Estate 

This course must be completed by:

  • new commercial real estate associates entering the industry
  • all real estate associates looking to upgrade their licence to associate broker or broker
Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics 
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) 566 38% 66%
Alberta Real Estate School 17 53% 69%
Bow Valley College – new course
NAIOP Edmonton Associationnew course
REDI Canada + Haskayne School of Business – new course
RELO 49 37% 66%
Rise Real Estate Academy 34 53% 69%

Practice of Rural Real Estate

This course must be completed by:

  • new rural real estate associates entering the industry
  • all real estate associates looking to upgrade their licence to associate broker or broker
Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) 280 77% 74%

Real Estate Broker Program

Those hoping to become a real estate broker must have at least two years of experience as a real estate licensee within the last five, and must complete the Real Estate Broker Program and the accompanying exam.

Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) 120 53% 69%

 


Mortgage licensees must complete Fundamentals of Mortgage Brokerage and Practice of Mortgage Brokerage, including the accompanying exams, to become eligible for licensing in Alberta. Those hoping to become a mortgage broker must have at least two years of experience as a mortgage associate within the last five, and must complete the Mortgage Broker Program and the accompanying exam.

How to Choose a Course Provider

Fundamentals of Mortgage Brokerage

This course must be completed by:

  • new mortgage associates entering the industry
Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association (AMBA) 701 59% 71%
Alberta Real Estate School 217 66% 72%

Practice of Mortgage Brokerage

This course must be completed by:

  • new mortgage associates entering the industry
Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association (AMBA) 567 81% 75%
Alberta Real Estate School  50 82% 76%

Mortgage Broker Program

Those hoping to become a mortgage broker must have at least two years of experience as a mortgage licensee within the last five, and must complete the Mortgage Broker Program and the accompanying exam.

Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association (AMBA) 13 77% 72%

Condominium managers must complete both the Fundamentals of Condominium Management course and the Practice of Condominium Management course, including the accompanying exams, to become eligible for licensing in Alberta. Those hoping to become a condominium manager broker must have at least two years of experience as a condominium manager within the last five, and must complete the Condominium Manager Broker Program and the accompanying exam.

How to Choose a Course Provider

Fundamentals of Condominium Management

This course must be completed by:

  • new condominium manager associates entering the industry
Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Condominium Manager Education Consortium (ACMEC) 300 69% 72%
REDI Canada + Haskayne School of Business 104 84% 75%
UBC Sauder Real Estate Division 17 76% 74%

Practice of Condominium Management

This course must be completed by:

  • new condominium manager associates entering the industry
Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Condominium Manager Education Consortium (ACMEC) 450 71% 72%
REDI Canada + Haskayne School of Business 190 79% 73%
UBC Sauder Real Estate Division 20 70% 72%

Condominium Manager Broker Program

This course must be completed by:

  • new condominium manager brokers
  • all individuals who currently offer condominium manager services as an associate broker or broker who DO NOT currently hold a licence with RECA in another industry
Recognized Course Provider Exam Statistics
Exam Attempts Success Rate Average Score
Alberta Condominium Manager Education Consortium (ACMEC) 118 55% 68%

Cost: $65 per attempt         |           Number of Attempts: unlimited

Only learners who have completed their course requirements with the course provider will be able to access the prep exam.

Your course provider will need to update your course status to ‘Ready for Exam’ in myRECA before you can access the prep exam. After your course status has been updated, you will get an email from RECA with necessary exam information.

Purchase a prep exam

  1. Login to your myRECA account
  2. Click on the Education tab and navigate to the bottom on the page to find the course in the course table
  3. Click “Purchase Practice Exam” under Exam Activities to open the Meazure Learning Exam Booking portal
  4. Follow the prompts to select and purchase your prep exam attempt

You will be able to write your prep exam immediately after your payment goes through.

Write your prep exam

  1. In the Meazure Learning portal, go to “Assessments.”
  2. Find your prep exam using the exam codes.
  3. Click “Write Assessment” to be begin.
Remember:

  • You will have 135 minutes to complete the prep exam once you begin
  • You get one attempt per purchase. Once your prep exam is submitted (or the time runs out) you will not be able to go back into it
  • Your prep exam does not provide the answers to the questions; it is meant to be as if you were writing the pre-licensing exam

 

Why write a prep exam

Those who complete prep 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. Prep exams are taken on the same platform as the pre-licensing exam.
  • Prep exams let you know the competencies in which your knowledge may be weak. This enables you to focus your studies on specific competencies 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 prep 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.

Please review the Pre-licensing Exam Preparation Guide (pdf) for more information.


Cost: $235 per attempt         |           Number of Attempts: 2

Only learners who have completed their course requirements with the course provider will be able to book their pre-licensing exam.

Your course provider will need to update your course status to ‘Ready for Exam’ in myRECA before you can access the pre-licensing exam booking system—Depending on the course provider, you may need to advise them that you’ve completed the course requirements in order to initiate this process. After your course status has been updated, you will get an email from RECA with necessary exam information.

Please note: Pre-licensing exams are administered by Meazure Learning. RECA cannot change your booking or provide refunds; you will need to contact Meazure Learning directly by email testingsupport@meazurelearning.com for assistance.

Accommodations

Accommodations take 2 weeks to book. Pay for the exam but do not book anything. Email the accommodations request form to credentialing@reca.ca and RECA will submit the request to Meazure Learning. Once processed, you will receive a confirmation booking email from Meazure Learning.

Purchase and book a pre-licensing exam

  1. Login to your myRECA account
  2. Click on the Education Tab and navigate to the bottom on the page to find the course in the course table
  3. Click “Purchase Pre-licensing Exam” under Exam Activities to open the Meazure Learning Exam Booking portal
  4. Follow the prompts to select and purchase your pre-licensing exam attempt

  5. Once you have booked your exam, check your email for the Purchase Confirmation Receipt. This email will include a link to complete the booking process through Meazure Learning:
    • Select the city/province in which you will write the exam
    • Select your preferred Exam Centre Location from the available options in your area
    • Choose up to three dates and times you could write the exam
  6. Check your email for a follow up email from Meazure Learning confirming the test centre availability.
    • If the test centre is unavailable at your preferred times, you will be asked to select new dates.
    • If the test centre is available, you will receive a confirmation email with the booking and exam centre details.

Prepare to write your pre-licensing exam

Learners must pass their pre-licensing exams before the course expiration date indicated in myRECA, no exception. An exam grade of at least 70% is required to pass the exam.

Learner tip: We are currently in the process of adjusting the pre-licensing exams to ensure consistency across licences. Once adjusted, all Fundamental exams will include 120 questions and all other exams will include 100 questions.

Download the Pre-licensing Exam Preparation Guide (pdf) for additional information.

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