Pre-licensing Education Information for Course Providers

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

RECA’s Board of Directors and Industry Councils are committed to create a credentialing framework that achieves:

  • course providers having all the information necessary to make informed decisions about becoming a course provider
  • all course providers being able to offer pre-licensing education provided they meet RECA’s Course and Course Provider Requirements
  • a fair and competitive pre-licensing education marketplace. Course providers can compete in this marketplace on the basis of:
    • course quality—provided Course and Course Provider Requirements are met
    • education offerings—course providers are free to decide on course modality (physical classroom, virtual classroom, e-Learning or hybrid course offerings). The course offerings can be synchronous or asynchronous
    • course cost – providers are free to set the cost of each course
    • course terms—such as the length of time learners have to complete the course
    • course supports—such as tutors and tutorials
  • course providers having freedom to structure and organize their courses as best works for their institutional or instruction needs, provided they adhere to the Fundamental and Practice Model when required
  • learners having the information necessary to make decisions in a competitive education marketplace. Learners will have access to links to all recognized course providers, average exam pass rates, and average grades by course provider
  • RECA following examination best practices
  • a collaborative relationship between course providers and RECA. With RECA treating all course providers equally, and sharing examinations and learner survey results

RECA has adopted a Pre-Licensing Education Philosophy that guides the credentialing of pre-licensing education.

RECA is committed to:

  • ensuring courses prepare prospective licensees in providing competent service to protect the public
  • effective and reliable examinations that adequately test learner competencies
  • empowering learners to make informed pre-licensing education choices
  • course structures that facilitate learner education options when completing multiple licensing education requirements
  • requiring course providers to adhere to the Course and Course Provider Requirements
  • timely enhancement of course content upon changes to legislation or standards of practice
  • objective and impartial engagement with course providers
  • constructive and collaborative relationships with course providers

RECA will employ the following strategies to meet its commitment:

  1. Follow examinations best practices (see the RECA’s Education Blueprint)
    Examinations are developed and weighted based on objective criteria for assessing specific knowledge, skills, and abilities required for competent practice. Examinations are constantly reviewed to ensure they are effective and reliable at determining learner competence.
  2. Publish examination results
    Monitoring examination results provides information on whether the recognized courses continue to meet course requirements. It also empowers learners to make informed pre-licensing education choices and it provides information that is essential for an informed, competitive education market among course providers. RECA will publish individual course provider and aggregate:
    ▪ Completion and pass rates
    ▪ Average and median exam scores
  3. Conduct learner surveys
    Course and program evaluations provide valuable feedback from learners regarding the overall effectiveness of the Course. Courses help prepare practice ready licensees. Feedback has the potential to alert RECA of any possible competency profile or course deficiencies. Understanding these deficiencies allows RECA to update the competencies or work collaboratively with course providers to keep recognized courses aligned with the established requirements. RECA will survey learners immediately after course completion and 10 months after licensing. This will ensure Industry Councils can determine whether these requirements and education are effective at providing licensees with the competencies necessary to provide competent service. RECA will employ a constructive process for communicating individualized feedback to Course Providers to assist them in enhancing their individual offerings. RECA will publish aggregate Survey reports.
  4. Prescribe course structure
    RECA will communicate course structure by prescribing Foundation and Practice courses to facilitate learner education options when completing multiple licensing education requirements.
  5. Communicate learner outcome changes
    Industry Councils will update Competency Profiles in response to legislative changes, changes to the standards of practice, and changes to the mortgage brokerage, property management, and real estate marketplaces. Course Providers will need to make updates and RECA will provide the timelines required based on the difficulty of the update and urgency of the circumstance. RECA will communicate to learners if course updates have been completed or are pending to enable them to make informed choices.
  6. Require adherence to Course and Course Provider Requirements
    Course and course provider adherence of requirements will result in licensees who are competent to protect the public. This will result in a competitive level playing field for course providers. RECA will pursue all options to seek course providers compliance with requirements including removal of course or course provider recognition.
  7. Collaborate with course providers to meet Course and Course Provider Requirements
    Industry Councils will employ a constructive and collaborative process to establish compliance with Course and Course Provider Requirements.

Application Requirements

Course providers must submit applications that attest they meet and will meet all Course and Course Provider Requirements.

The requirements for eLearning courses include:

  • syllabus, course outline, and document describing the alignment with the learning outcomes prescribed by the Industry Councils
  • access to eLearning course, eBook, or eManual

The requirements for physical or virtual classroom courses include:

  • syllabus, course outline, and document describing the alignment with the learning outcomes prescribed by the Industry Councils
  • instructor materials (e.g., lesson plans, presentations and other materials used to support the instructor)
  • copy or access to classroom and course assessments, manual, and education materials provided to learners
  • the course provider’s Instructor Code of Conduct

The requirements for combination courses include:

  • syllabus, course outline, and document describing the alignment with the learning outcomes prescribed by the Industry Councils
  • instructor materials (e.g., lesson plans, presentations)
  • copy or access to manual
  • copy or access to classroom and course assessments, manual, and education materials provided to learners or eBook/eManual
  • the course provider’s Instructor Code of Conduct
  • access to eLearning course

Course and Course Provider Requirements

Course and Course Provider Requirements

Course Provider Application Process

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.

Course Application Process

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.

Timelines for Course Provider and Course Application Process

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.

Course and Course Provider Recognition review process

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:

  • proof of identity, including age
  • ability to study and work in Canada
  • completion of high school education or equivalent
  • English language proficiency

For course providers with non-degree, non-MBA programs, course providers will receive a username and password, enabling them to:

  • ensure learners have met all eligibility requirements before enrolling the learner in a fundamentals course
  • verify the learner has successfully completed a fundamentals course, and the corresponding examination, before enrolling the learner in a practice course
  • verify the learner has successfully completed all applicable practice courses, before enrolling the learner in a broker course
  • communicate learner course completion and exam readiness

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 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.

Optional Practice Exams

  • RECA provides an optional practice exam learners can take through their myRECA account for a nominal fee and at their convenience. It will provide different, but similar, questions than those on the final exam and will provide the same interface learners will use during a pre-licensing exam.
  • information shared around the practice exams for Condominium Management offers a snapshot of what can be expected for practice exams for other industries

Pre-licensing Exams

  • RECA’s policy is to automatically review any exam lower than 2% from the passing grade of 70%
  • learners they must write a pre-licensing exam provided by RECA’s exam provider within 3 months from the time RECA is notified by the course provider that they have completed that course
  • once they have completed their course, learners will book their pre-licensing exam through their myRECA to be taken at a test centre of their selection across Alberta
  • learners should read the pre-licensing exam instructions thoroughly prior to writing the exam
  • learners are encouraged to flag and report to RECA any questions during the exam that they feel there is an issue with. This helps RECA resolve any issues between the exam and course.

Education Extensions

  • course providers are responsible for reviewing extension requests if the learner is in progress in the course and are not yet set to “Ready for Exam” status in myRECA
  • if a learner is set to “Ready for Exam” and they require an extension on top of the 3 months, then they must contact RECA’s Credentialing Services at to discuss their options
  • for learners who enrolled into first part of their program with RECA prior to September 28, 2021, their program expiry date is set by RECA. Course providers will not be able to accommodate extensions and should refer learners to RECA’s Credentialing Services at to discuss their options

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:

  • all course providers will have access to the course materials
  • all materials will be provided as is
  • licence fees have been based on the anticipation that course providers will need to adapt the materials to:
    • incorporate changes associated with recent amendments to the Real Estate Act
    • incorporate content and learning outcomes required by the competency profiles to be set by the relevant Industry Councils
    • remove content no longer required by the competency profiles
  • in order to reduce course provider risk associated with enrolment projections, licence fees are based on learner enrolment—only payable after the learner enrols in the course and pays tuition

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 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 with the names of the course provider and the contact person.

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