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This is an overview of the steps to take to become a REALTOR®. Remember that being a real estate agent and a REALTOR® are not the same thing. A real estate agent who is not also a REALTOR® does not have access to the extensive database of property listings or other MLS® technology tools, and is not required to adhere to the REALTOR’s® high standards of practise embodied in the REALTOR® Code.
Step 1 - Language skills
The Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC) determined that English is the language used for real estate documents, education and communication in BC. Therefore, it’s important that you are able to demonstrate an understanding of written and spoken English to satisfy the Language Proficiency Requirement.
Step 2 - Education
There are two courses you need to take to become licensed.
The first one is the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course, a correspondence course offered through the University of British Columbia. This course is taken by everyone who wants to become licensed regardless of whether they want to specialize in residential or commercial real estate. It introduces all aspects of how the real estate profession works.
The second one is either the Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course. In addition to classroom and online learning, these applied courses provide you with practical training in either residential or commercial real estate.
You will need to provide proof of registration in the Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course when you apply to the RECBC for your licence (in step 3).
Step 3 - Licensing
Have the brokerage you plan to work with sign your application for licensing. This brokerage must be a member of the real estate board in your area.
Send your signed application to the Real Estate Council of BC for licensing. Once the Council has approved your application you are a real estate agent, but not yet a REALTOR®.
Step 4 - Join a real estate board
The last step to becoming a REALTOR® is to join the real estate board in your area. For example, if you work in Pitt Meadows, you would join our board, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.
As a member of a real estate board, you also become a member of the BC Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Only members of CREA are entitled to call themselves REALTORS®.
Please see the Benefits of Membership section for why you should join a real estate board.
Congratulations - once your application has been accepted at a real estate board, you are then a REALTOR®!
For more information about becoming a REALTOR® in BC: