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’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.
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.
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.
Learners will at all times conduct themselves with honesty, integrity, and respectfulness.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org within 10 business days from the date you purchased the course and not having progressed past Unit 2. 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 refunds will be approved after the 10 business days.
You must keep track of your program/course expiry date(s), in your myRECA account.
To extend your original program/course expiry date, you have 2 options:
A one-time 30-day extension, that 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 email@example.com.
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.
You may only extend your program expiry date once within the program. If you are unable to complete all applicable courses by your extended expiry date, you must start the program again from the beginning. You will be required to re-enrol, re-take and pass all courses and exams that you have previously completed. You will need to contact RECA Learner Support Services to re-enrol in any courses you have previously completed.
Within 24 hours of completing the course, you will be able to access the Exam Package from the Current Courses page in your myRECA account. The Exam Package contains the following documents:
Read these documents carefully before scheduling your exam with an exam centre as it contains important information about admission into the exam room and writing the exam.
If you cannot access the Exam Package from your myRECA account within 24 hours of completing the course, do the following:
If you still cannot access the Exam Package, contact RECA Learner Support Services for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Individuals previously licensed by RECA who have continued to trade in real estate or deal in mortgages not requiring a licence may apply for Education Exemption. This exemption allows an individual to receive an exemption from having to enrol and complete Real Estate Associates Program or Mortgage Associates Program. To qualify for the exemption you must meet the following:
Real Estate Brokerage
If you are unsure if this exemption applies to you please contact Learner Support Services (LSS)
Application Fee- $125 (non-refundable)
Contact LSS by email to begin the application process. LSS will create an application on your myRECA account. Once an application is created you will then be required to pay the fee online and submit a completed application form for review.
Your application will then be reviewed. If you have satisfactory experience and knowledge of current real estate or mortgage broker practices in Alberta you will be allowed to write the applicable examinations.
The decision to decline an education exemption request is final.
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. You must provide proof that you are a current member in good standing with the applicable organization. The official letter of good standing must be sent directly to Learner Support Services from the granting organization.
For further information, please contact RECA Learner Support Services (LSS).