Pre-Licensing Education

Individuals hoping to become licensed will need to complete the required education through a third-party recognized course provider. For courses without recognized third-party course providers, RECA will extend enrolment in its existing courses until June 30th, 2022, at which point the availability of third-party courses will be re-assessed for further extension. RECA has a legislated deadline to completely divest from offering licensing courses by November 30, 2022.

If you are seeking to become licensed, you will first need to complete the eligibility process, then determine if a RECA or third-party course provider is available. For some courses, there may be multiple third-party course provider options available, in which case learners are encouraged to carefully choose a course provider which is well-matched to their learning needs.


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)

Fundamentals of Real Estate and Practice of Residential Real Estate courses are no longer available through RECA and must now be taken through a recognized course provider.

Course Completion

Learners enrolled in RECA courses with an enrolment date after September 28, 2021, will have six months to complete their RECA pre-licensing course and pass their respective exam.

Those who enrolled in their RECA licensing education programs before September 28, 2021, and have yet to complete their program, have the full 18 months from the date of their enrolment to complete the RECA courses.


Mortgage pre-licensing education consists of the Fundamentals of Mortgage Brokerage course and the Practice of Mortgage Brokerage course. The Fundamentals of Mortgage Brokerage and Practice of Mortgage Brokerage are offered by the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association (AMBA).  The Practice of Mortgage Brokerage course must be completed within six months of the Fundamentals of Mortgage Brokerage being completed.

Mortgage pre-licensing education costs $2,800.


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. Those hoping to become a condominium manager broker must have two years of experience as a condominium manager within the last five, and complete the Condominium Manager Broker Program and the accompanying exam.

Individuals wishing to get their condominium manager licence should review the list of Recognized Course Providers to find the courses that work best for their individual needs Individuals with conditional licences in condominium management can challenge the licensing exams without completing the education. However, the Residential Property Manager Industry Council recommends that conditional licensees complete the education before challenging the exam. Condominium management courses include:

  1. Fundamentals of Condominium Management must be completed by:
    • new condominium manager associates entering the industry
    • all individuals who currently offer condominium manager services who DO NOT currently hold a licence with RECA in another industry
  2. Practice of Condominium Management must be completed by:
    • new condominium manager associates entering the industry
    • all individuals who currently offer condominium manager services who DO NOT currently hold a licence with RECA in another industry
    • all individuals who currently offer condominium manager services who DO currently hold a licence with RECA in another industry
  3. Condominium Manager Broker Program 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

RECA’s exams are written at an exam centre/physical location. To book your exam, you must first complete your practice exam. Once you have completed your practice exam for the course that you’re taking, 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 education@reca.ca. In your email, please explain your situation and the reason for your request.

Exam Preparation Guide

Real Estate and Mortgage Exams

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

Condominium Management Exams

You have 3 months to write your exam from the date you complete your course with your course provider. If you completed your condominium management course, then fail the exam, you will receive an email with instructions for re-writing the exam. If you fail the second* attempt, you must retake the course. Each additional exam attempt is $235.

*Learners who have completed Practice of Condominium Management will have three free attempts to re-write the exam. Contact education@reca.ca BEFORE you schedule your rewrite.

Please note, there is no option to re-write the exam for condominium managers who choose to challenge the exam without taking the course.


Those who complete practice examinations are more successful on the actual examination. There are several reasons for this:

  • you become familiar with the examination framework and can therefore focus on the exam question when completing the actual exam. The practice exams are taken on the same platform as the pre-licensing exam
  • practice exams let you know the areas in which you may be weak, which enables you to focus your studies on specific areas in preparation for the pre-licensing exam
  • practice exams provide you with confidence, which reduces exam anxiety and can lead to better performance overall

RECA practice exams give you the confidence to know you are ready for the real exam, and reflect the real exam experience. 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.

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

Practice exams can be written anywhere, and they have no time limit. 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 won’t be able to go back into it.

Condominium Management Practice Exams

Practice exams for the Fundamentals of Condominium Management, the Practice of Condominium Management, and the Condominium Management Broker Program courses are now available.

Access to the practice exam is dependent on the following:

  • Condominium Managers who are enrolled in a course will be able to see the practice exams in their myRECA account when the course provider reports that they have completed the course.
  • Condominium Managers who want to challenge the exam, need to contact credentialing support staff at education@reca.ca stating they want to challenge the exam.  The condominium manager will then be able to see the practice exam in their myRECA account along with the licensing exam.

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.


RECA’s course materials are designed to be self-paced and are sufficient to prepare you to pass the final exams and work in the industry once licensed. That said, some learners may seek the help of a tutor. A list of RECA-approved tutors is available on myRECA. Remember that seeking help from a tutor is not required to successfully complete RECA exams.

Unapproved Tutors

Seeking the help of a volunteer or paid tutor who is not approved by or affiliated with RECA is okay, but in some cases, it might cause you to unintentionally violate RECA’s Education Code of Conduct for Learners (the Code of Conduct). Individuals who breach or violate the Code of Conduct may be subject to the following consequences:

  • failing grade(s)
  • course or program suspension
  • course or program expulsion
  • administrative penalty up to $25,000

If a tutor or a tutoring company is using or plagiarizing RECA’s materials (e.g., content taken directly from our manuals, eBooks, online content, activities, quizzes, and practice exams) it is a violation of the Code of Conduct.

To avoid the consequences of breaking the Code of Conduct, learners should be vigilant when hiring tutoring services. Tutors should help you strengthen your knowledge of the subject area by clarifying concepts.

The tutoring service that a learner chooses is discretionary and RECA is not responsible for any costs incurred.