Education Policies

RECA Education Programs develops and delivers comprehensive, leading-edge courses for the industry professionals RECA regulates. The education policies create the framework for our courses, services, exams, and philosophy. It also ensures learners know what to expect from RECA Education Programs, and what is expected of them.

RECA Education Programs Core Values (condensed)

RECA’s licensing education programs have an established set of core values which are outlined below. These values directly correlate with the expectations of adult learners seeking the requisite competencies (knowledge and skills) necessary to become a professional in today’s workplace.

  • RECA education is available anytime. Learning is accessible at anytime regardless of learners’ work, family, or personal schedule. This value is supported by the flexible delivery of e-learning.
  • RECA education is accessible from anywhere regardless of the remoteness of the geographic location. This value is supported by the flexible delivery of e-learning.
  • RECA education is designed for self-paced learning in order to meet individual learning needs and the availability of learners’ time. This value is supported by the flexible delivery of e-learning.
  • RECA education promotes learners taking responsibility for their learning through supporting a self-directed and timely approach to their education. The learners’ progress in the courses is dependent on them. This value is supported by the course design which requires the learner to demonstrate mastery of each learning module before they are able to advance in their course and which enables learners to review and repeat any content to achieve that mastery.
  • RECA education develops instructional materials based on accepted core competencies for the respective profession, where applicable. Core competencies are the knowledge and skills required to competently perform the activities of the respective profession. This value is supported by the learning constructs, content, and assessments which align with the core competencies.
  • RECA education develops instructional materials that are current, accurate, and contextually relevant. This value is supported by the subject matter research and content curation process used to created professionally written material, as well as the content review and feedback provided by applicable subject matter experts.
  • RECA education is designed using a modular format for greater ease of assimilation by the learner, to facilitate updating and re-purposing by RECA as additional educational resources. This value is also supported by the instructional content being logically organized, properly segmented, and progressively scaffolded. Each course segments content into progressive Units, which are composed of Sessions and interactivities for learners to assess their mastery of the material.
  • RECA education is designed using a content-appropriate mix of media design elements that maximize opportunities for active learning by supporting learner interactivity and engagement. This value is supported by the incorporation of selective text, graphics, video, and audio in the courses.
  • RECA education provides relevant knowledge and practice-based information along with examples, activities, and assessments applicable to the respective industry. This value is supported by course design which facilitates the transfer of the knowledge and skills to the workplace.
  • RECA education provides learner assessment opportunities with immediate feedback based on the key learning constructs for the course and the identified competencies for the respective profession. This value is supported by the activities, case studies, quizzes, and practice exam in the courses, which enables the learner to self-assess if they have mastered the material.
  • RECA education encourages learners to develop their ability to apply regulatory requirements to their practice. This requires them to apply the knowledge and skills they gained in the education program, to think critically, and to analyze situations. This value is supported through the numerous practice-related examples and case studies included throughout the courses.
  • RECA education embraces prior learning for education equivalencies for appropriate industries with customized programs, subject to learners meeting the equivalency requirements.  This value is supported through an established policy of education eligibility exemptions.

The honest pursuit of education by those engaged in learning is the cornerstone for the development and enhancement of professionalism.  An individual’s intellectual engagement, personal integrity and ethical conduct are inherent in the learning process and necessary for the acquisition of new knowledge and the development of new skills by that individual.

As professionals, individuals have the responsibility to gain the requisite knowledge and skills and adopt a mindset for continuous improvement to ensure they are competent in the provision of services to the public. Competent practice is foundational to maintaining the trust, respect and confidence of other professionals and the public.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) provides pre-licensing and re-licensing education initiatives for the professions that it governs, which are real estate brokerage, property management, mortgage brokerage and real estate appraisal.  RECA Learner Support Services requirements include, but are not limited to, the eligibility, enrollment and participation in courses or programs, and any associated examinations.  Individuals who participate in RECA’s education requirements are referred to as learners. This Education Code of Conduct for Learners applies equally to industry professionals and those intending to become industry professionals.

RECA supports a principle-based approach to learning as the foundation for the development of professional conduct in practice. As such, the learner will ensure that he or she demonstrates the following principle-based code of conduct when participating in any RECA Learner Support Services initiative.

Principle 1

Learners will be actively engaged in their education and make their best efforts to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills as set out by the identified learning outcomes for that course or program.

Principle 2

Learners will at all times conduct themselves with honesty, integrity and respectfulness.

Principle 3

Learners may assist other learners when the assistance provided to them supports their engagement in the learning process and results in their honest acquisition of knowledge and skills.

Principle 4

Learners will support RECA’s education requirements and will conduct themselves in a manner that does not undermine the integrity, efficacy and efficiency of any aspect of RECA’s education.

To withdraw from a course, you must send a written request to within 10 business days from the date you purchased the course. If your request is approved, payment will be sent to the person who paid for the course less a non-refundable amount of $300 for course administration costs. No refund will be approved after the 10 business days.

You must keep track of your program/course expiry date(s), which are in your myRECA account.

To extend your original program/course expiry date, you have 2 options to choose from:

A one-time 30-day extension, which requires no supporting documents for a $300 fee. You can purchase your 30-day extension through your myRECA account under My Applications.
A one-time extension for extenuating circumstances for medical or bereavement reasons if your situation occurred after your program enrollment date and requires supporting documentation. For more information on this option, please contact RECA Learner Support Services at

You must pay the extension fee a minimum of 10 business days before your program/course expires. Once a program/course has expired, you will not be able to receive an extension, as expired programs/courses are not retained in the system.

Once you have completed your course you will be issued a Permission to Write (PTW). The Exam Guidelines and a list of RECA-approved exam centres are provided with your PTW. You are responsible to book your exam at an approved exam centre and pay the proctoring fee and any other fee charge by the exam centre. Book your exam in advance to ensure you can write your exam on the day you wish. You must achieve a minimum of 70% to pass the exam.

If you fail your exam you can have 1 opportunity before your program/course expires to retake the exam. Once your program/course expires, you cannot rewrite any failed exam. You can purchase your exam rewrite through your myRECA account under My Applications. Once you have paid the exam rewrite fee, you will be sent a Permission to Rewrite (PTR). You are responsible to book your exam at a RECA-approved exam centre and pay the proctoring fee and any other fee charged by the exam centre. Book your exam in advance to ensure you can rewrite your exam on the day you wish. You must achieve a minimum of 70% to pass the exam. If you do not pass the rewrite exam, you will have to re-enroll in the program/course to continue your learning. Attempting to write an exam more than the permitted number of times is a violation of the Education Code of Conduct for Learners.

If you hold a current Real Property Administrator (RPA) or Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation, you may apply to RECA to be exempted from the Practice of Property Management course and exam. For further information, please contact RECA Learner Support Services at

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