Once you have completed your initial licensing courses and have become a REALTOR®, you might think that’s it for real estate related education courses, right? Not so fast!

Professional Development Program

REALTORS® are required as a condition of membership in the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), or any other BC real estate board, to take continuing education courses and to consistently refine and improve their skills and professional knowledge by participating in the Professional Development Program (PDP).

The PDP was introduced in January 2006 by the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) and its 11 member boards, including the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. REALTORS® are required to complete a minimum of 18 credits (about three courses) in each PDP cycle.

A PDP cycle is a two-year term that coincides with a member’s two-year licence period. Members may be required to take a specific PDP course as designated by the board. The balance of the PDP requirements can be fulfilled by selecting from a list of the BC Real Estate Association-accredited courses or seminars.

Continuing Professional Education

New licensees and seasoned professionals will find PDP courses enhance their professional skills and provide practical solutions for today’s most challenging issues. More than 30 courses on a wide variety of topics including agency, law, commercial, property management, technology, office management and ethics have been accredited under this program. These courses are scheduled and delivered at local real estate boards throughout BC.

Relicensing Education Program

Once you are licensed to practice real estate, you must continue your learning. As a condition of licence renewal, you are required to participate in the Relicensing Education Program implemented by the Real Estate Council of BC.

UBC Real Estate Division

A number of opportunities are available for further increasing your knowledge. For example, the UBC Real Estate Division offers a diploma program in Urban Land Economics, completion of which satisfies the academic requirement for admission to the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia, whose members use the designation RI(BC).

The UBC Real Estate Division also offers a post-diploma degree completion program that leads to a Bachelor of Business in Real Estate. For more information, on these courses, visit the UBC Real Estate Division website.