Here are the easy-to-follow steps to become licensed as a real estate associate in Alberta:
Step 1: Ensure you have met the prerequisites. As a minimum, applicants must have a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent; be fluent in English; and be at least 18 years old.
Step 2: Complete the free, online information session, Introduction to a Career in Real Estate.
Step 3: Register in the Real Estate Associates Program (REAP) through the Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA).
Step 4: Complete the Fundamentals of Real Estate course. Once you have completed this course, you are eligible to complete Understanding Designated Agency and Transaction Brokerage (UDATB) through RECA – though you are not required to complete UDATB until the time you wish to become licensed. To register for UDATB, you will require a RECA ID. To obtain a RECA ID, email RECA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have a RECA ID, register for UDATB through RECA Education.
Step 5: Complete Real Estate Areas of Practice. You may choose to complete all courses in the Real Estate Areas of Practice (residential, commercial, rural and property management), or only the property management course if you only wish to practice property management activities. The Property Management course that is part of Real Estate Areas of Practice is available online only, through RECA Education.
You will require a Certified Criminal Record Check (CCRC) from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in order to become licensed as a new industry member. CCRCs are only valid for 1-year from their date. Ensure RECA receives your CCRC no more than 6 months in advance of when you intend to become licensed for the first time. For full details on how to obtain a CCRC, please click here.
Step 6: Obtain employment with a brokerage, complete an Associate/Associate Broker Application for Licence and Registration and have it commissioned by a Commissioner of Oaths. Your broker will complete the broker acknowledgement section of your application for licence and registration.
Step 7: Your broker will process your application using the RECA Online licensing system. (Sworn affidavits are only valid for 30 days, as such commissioned application forms must be processed through a brokerage within 30 days, or a new form will be required.)
Step 8: Prior to trading in real estate, be sure you are licensed and registered. On the RECA website go to the “Search for an Industry Member” button and use your last name as the search term.
- If your name appears with a green light beside it, you are authorized to trade in real estate.
- If you name does not appear in the results or your name appears without a green light beside it, you are not yet authorized to trade in real estate. If this is the case, you need to speak to your broker.