With the passing of the Real Estate Amendment Act 2020, the Government of Alberta tasked RECA with divesting itself of pre-licensing education and creating a framework where pre-licensing education is delivered by third party course providers.
Potential course providers should review the information below to determine whether they want to offer condominium manager, mortgage broker, property manager, and real estate broker pre-licensing education; including the steps required to become recognized as course provider and to have pre-licensing courses recognized.
Competency profiles for each of the licence types can be found under the education opportunities below.
If you have any questions about RECA’s education divestment process after reviewing the following information, please email email@example.com.
RECA’s Board of Directors and Industry Councils are committed to create a credentialing framework that achieves:
RECA has adopted a Pre-Licensing Education Philosophy that guides the credentialing of pre-licensing education.
RECA is committed to:
RECA will employ the following strategies to meet its commitment:
Course providers must submit applications that attest they meet and will meet all Course and Course Provider Requirements.
The requirements for eLearning courses include:
The requirements for physical or virtual classroom courses include:
The requirements for combination courses include:
Interested course providers can choose to submit either a:
Applications will be approved based on the course provider’s attestation (i.e., legal declaration) to meeting the requirements. The course provider will be required to submit their instructor code of conduct if they intend to offer physical or virtual classroom courses.
Potential course providers can make an application as a course provider first to ensure they can be recognized as a course provider before going through the expense and effort of developing courses. Once a course provider has obtained recognition, they will only need to apply for the individual courses they wish to provide, using the course application form.
Applications will be approved based on course providers attestation to meeting the requirements. Some supporting materials are required, including a course competency and learning outcome alignment document linking the applicable competency profile learning outcomes to the course syllabus or course outline.
Course materials must follow the applicable course format for the course programs, as set out by the applicable Industry Councils and RECA’s Board of Directors.
Course providers must keep all course related materials on file and submit information to RECA, if required.
Materials submitted by course providers for the purposes of course provider or course recognition will be kept in strict confidence by RECA.
Course providers may apply to become recognized as a course provider and course providers may apply to have condominium management courses effective immediately.
Except for condominium management courses, course providers are unable submit course recognition applications at this time, as not all of the components required for course development have been finalized. Recognized course providers will be provided with these components in January 2022, when course recognition applications may be made.
RECA’s Board of Directors, with input from relevant the RECA Industry Council(s), will be responsible for making course and course provider recognitions.
All course providers meeting the Course and Course Provider Requirements will be recognized by RECA as approved third-party course providers for pre-licensing education.
The Industry Councils have organized pre-licensing education into Fundamentals and Practice formats to enable learners who have completed education in one sector to complete education in another sector without having to duplicate fundamental education they have already completed.
The Fundamentals and Practice formats also enable learners to use different course providers based on their assessment of course providers and of available modality options. For example, a learner may want to complete a fundamentals course by eLearning from a specific course provider and physical classroom practice course from another course provider. Universities and colleges with degree or MBA programs that meet competency profiles set out by the relevant RECA Industry Councils will be exempt from delivering courses in the Fundamentals and Practice formats.
The Residential Property Management Industry Council has prescribed the topics for the Fundamentals of Condominium Management and Practice of Condominium Management Course.
The Fundamentals and Practice topic lists for mortgage broker and real estate broker education will prescribed by the applicable Industry Councils once the applicable competencies are prescribed.
RECA will undertake the processing of learner eligibility requirements on:
For course providers with non-degree, non-MBA programs, course providers will receive a username and password, enabling them to:
For course providers with degree or MBA programs, the communication process is currently in development.
All course providers will have the ability to run exam results reports, including percentage of learners who passed and the average exam mark.
For course providers interested in receiving notification of new developments in the pre-licensing education divestment process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the course providers name and the name of the contact person, to be added to this contact list.
The Examination Blueprint is based on the NCCA and ISO 17024 standards.
RECA will also provide course providers with course examination weightings once these are approved by the applicable Industry Councils.
RECA is committed to ensuring its examination process follows examination best practices and is continuously updating the pre-licensing and practice exam questions to provide increased variety of questions that match the exam blueprints.
To enable course providers to determine whether they want to become a course provider should review the table of course enrollments for the period that RECA offered pre-licensing education.
|Course||2014-2015*||2015-2016||2016-2017||2017-2018||2018-2019||2019-2020||2020-2021||Average Annual Enrolment|
|Fundamentals of Real Estate||673||1,690||1,830||1,167||1,391||1,766||3,180||1,671|
|Practice of Residential Real Estate||n/a||944||1,010||1,003||861||839||1,548||1,034|
|Practice of Rural Real Estate||n/a||131||126||117||119||102||244||140|
|Practice of Commercial Real Estate||n/a||179||242||178||311||304||410||271|
|Practice of Property Management||128||188||227||218||285||296||328||271|
|Fundamentals of Mortgage Brokerage||199||292||244||201||177||255||576||314|
|Real Estate Broker Program||82||113||90||71||105||93||153||101|
|Mortgage Broker Program||–||–||–||–||–||–||45||45|
|Total annual enrolment across courses||n/a||3,537||3,769||2,955||3,249||3,655||6,484||3,942|
*Numbers for 2014-2015 are based on course completion and not on enrolments
As condominium manager licensing is a new area, RECA doesn’t have any related course completion info. Course providers should be aware that as of December 15, 2021, there are 190 condominium management broker and 683 associate condominium manager licensees who will need to complete condominium management education.
To assist course providers with providing pre-licensing education by the applicable deadlines. RECA’s course materials will be made available to all course providers through a non-exclusive agreement. Notable terms of the non-exclusive licence agreement include:
Course providers will need to make their own assessment of whether RECA’s course materials are suitable for the course provider’s intended purpose.
RECA will also consider licensing RECA’s course materials for use in other jurisdictions or for other purposes.
Materials available to course providers interested in offering condominium management pre-licensing education include:
Materials available to course providers interested in offering mortgage broker pre-licensing education include:
Materials available to course providers interested in offering property manager pre-licensing education include:
Materials available to course providers interested in offering real estate pre-licensing education include:
RECA is committed to communicating changes to the information contained in these pages to potential course provider. Course providers who express or have expressed interest and provided their contact information will be notified when additional competency profiles are approved by the applicable Industry Councils and when any new information is posted. To be added to this contact list, mail email@example.com with the names of the course provider and the contact person.