Becoming Licensed


How to become a real estate agent in BC.

  • The Real Estate Council of British Columbia is the regulatory agency responsible for licensing individuals and brokerages engaged in real estate sales, rentals and strata property management. Their website contains the requirements to become a licensed real estate agent in British Columbia.
  • Refer to the Council’s Step-by-Step Licensing Guide for an overview of the training required sell real estate in BC.
  • In order to attain your real estate licence, you must complete the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course offered through the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division. This is a self-paced correspondence course comprised of 20 multiple-choice assignments and a 3-hour multiple choice final exam. Most individuals complete it within six months based on completing one assignment per week, usually spending 10 – 12 hours per assignment.
    • Students can submit a maximum of 2 assignments per week. This means the soonest you can register for your exam is 10 weeks, when all 20 assignments have been submitted.
    • You have 2 years to take the exam after all assignments have been completed.
    • A score of 70% is required to pass the exam.
    • Note that under the new requirements, Grade 12 is no longer sufficient to write the real estate exam.  You must have 4 year bachelor degree in Canada, or else take CELPIP exam at a cost of $285. Information found on
  • Starting a career in real estate requires an investment, as you are starting your own business. Consider the startup costs.
  • Think about enrolling in an accelerated learning program to ensure you pass the exam.
  • Find the right brokerage for you to commence your real estate career and to become licensed. Learn more about RE/MAX and register for an information session. Join us for Career Night!
  • When you have successfully completed your pre-licensing exam you must take the BCREA Applied Practice Course (either the Commercial or Residential version). This is a requirement for you to be accepted by a brokerage. You will spend 2.5 weeks (2 weeks online and 2 days in class) in the course before you are licensed and a further 4.5 months overseen by your Managing Broker as you complete in-field assignments.
Mike Robert
RE/MAX Crest Realty (Downtown)
Managing Broker: Director of Autommatic

We had our home on the market with Real Places and after only 3 viewings the house was SOLD!! And we got the price we wanted. When selling a house it comes down to the owner being given a realistic valuation, and ensuring the agent you choose knows their stuff. My advice to anyone considering selling your home is that they must feel comfortable with their agent choice. My wife and I would have no hesitation in recommending Real Homes to anyone in the future who is trying to decide between agents.

Andrew David
RE/MAX Crest Realty (Downtown)
Managing Broker: Consultant

We have been extremely pleased with your attentiveness, communication, honesty and advice throughout the entire process. Selling a house is a stressful occurrence for anyone and you have helped to make it as smooth as possible for us. We feel that you truly go beyond the general duties of a real estate agent with thorough follow ups, reporting and always being ‘on top’ of potential buyers.

James William
RE/MAX Crest Realty (Downtown)
Managing Broker: Civil Engineer

In a very difficult market, it took a lot of patience and persistence on your part, we very much appreciate all that you have done for us. You were always there and followed up on every detail and any queries we had during the process you were always helpful, professional and handled the situation with a smile.

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