Your decision to undertake a career in real estate merits very careful consideration. Before you register for this course, you are required to read the information provided on this webpage, plus theReal Estate as a Careerinformation andStep by Step Guideprovided by the Real Estate Council of British Columbia.
The Brokers Business Planning and Financial Management Licensing Course is administered on behalf of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC) andreceived theEducation Award of Excellencefromthe Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO®), an international organization of regulatory agencies.The course is designed to provide the licensing education requirements for those who wish to become licensed as an associate broker or managing broker, want to license a brokerage or sole proprietorship, and for those licensees looking to increase their knowledge on a variety of business planning,financial accounting and human resourcemanagement topics.Managing a successful real estate office or business demands both a strong background as a representative and an understanding of how to operate a business, including: public protection, establishing the business, financial accounting, human resource management and leadership.This course includes in-depth, practical case scenarios which help students bridge theory to practice.For detailed course content information, please view theTable of ContentsandCourse Regulations.
This blended learning course allows you to register at any time. While the course is flexible in order to meet the needs of busy adult learners, it provides just enough structure to ensure high quality learning (for example, in order to provide for a minimum level of familiarity with the curriculum and for a reasonable expectation of success on the final examination, assignments may be submitted on a pace that is no greater than 2 assignments per week beginning on the Course Registration Date). You must complete all course assignments within one year of registration in the course and also pass a final examination. Regularly scheduled exams take place at various times throughout the year throughout the province (exams must be written in Canada) and your first registration is included with the course tuition fee. You may also choose to take your exam at the computerized exam centre (CEC) at UBC for an additional fee.
To become licensed as an associate broker or managing broker in British Columbia, individuals must complete the Brokers Business Planning and Financial Management Licensing Course and satisfy an experience requirement. The Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC) provides descriptions of associate and managing broker duties and a helpful step-by-step guide and budget:Broker Licensing.
To register in the Brokers Business Planning and Financial Management Licensing Course, course candidates must have completed not less than six months licensed service in British Columbia at the time of registration, or two years licensed experience in the past five years as a broker or associate broker outside of British Columbia. (Note: In order to obtain the broker licence, licence applicants must ensure they satisfy section 2-10 of the Council Rules, which requires two-years experience.)
As well, in order to be eligible for real estate licensing in the province of British Columbia, section 10(b)(i) of theReal Estate Services Actrequires that an applicant for licensing is at least 19 years of age.
Individuals may be licensed at the broker level for a single service licence category or a combination of service categories (e.g., trading and/or rental and/or strata management services). When upgrading to the broker level, an individual will continue to be licensed in the same categories that they were licensed for as a representative. Should an individual wish to add service categories to their licence, the appropriate Supplemental Course(s) must be completed.
Students are strongly advised to contact theReal Estate Council of British Columbiaat +1 604.683.9664 or toll-free at 1.877.683.9664 prior to registration to confirm their licensing status.
The following student support servicesare includedin the course tuition fee:
from our course specialists, through a toll-free number and email.
, containing course updates, study materials, schedules, and tutorial information.
You are encouraged to take advantage of the Tutorial Assistance provided with your course rather than spending additional money on external services.The Real Estate Division works with all students to provide every opportunity for success. It is important to note that the Real Estate Division has no ties with tutorial classes provided by other members or organizations of the real estate industry and does not monitor or check the services they provide.
The Real Estate Divisions goal is to ensure fair and consistent treatment of all students, including students with a disability, in accordance with their distinct needs and in a manner consistent with academic principles. UBC Centre for Accessibility works in partnership with the Real EstateDivision and provides support on issues of accessibility for people with disabilities. Examinationaccommodations enable you to demonstrate your knowledge of the course materials in cases where a disability may impact your ability to access exams under standard conditions.
Students who may have an on-going disability or medical condition that requires accommodationmust contactUBC Centre for Accessibilityby telephone: +1 604.822.5844 or email:.
Examination accommodation must be approved by the Centre for Accessibility and an accommodation letter must be received by the Real Estate Division prior to examination registration. As well, registration must be received by the Real Estate Division no later than six weeks prior to the examination date.
Phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, etc. can be found at theContact Usarea of the website.
The Real Estate Division is divided into several different groups and has staff who specialize in specific areas. While any Real Estate Division staff member you talk to will do their best to help you, certain staff members deal with specific enquiries. If you need help in one of the areas below, please ask for the appropriate staff person who can help you.
help with course planning, exemptions, etc – ask to speak to the Admissions Officer or a Course Representative.
help with administrative issues, such as course registration, assignment processing, exam registration – ask to speak to a Course Representative or Exams Coordinator (specify which course you are interested in)
help with course content – ask to speak to a Tutor (either law or non-law)
If I am coming to the Real Estate Division, how do I get there and where do I park?
Directions and parking information can be found at theHow To Find Usarea of the website.
To determine which licensing course you should take, read the brief course descriptions on theLicensing Programswebpage. Follow the links for each individual course to find out more.
Depending on the course, students are required to submit and pass either multiple choice or multiple choice and written assignments in order to be eligible to register for the final exam. These assignments ensure that students are reviewing the course materials and provide feedback on their level of understanding.
Limiting the frequency of assignments to two assignments per week is a Real Estate Division Licensing Course regulation which is in place for the best interests of both students and the public. This regulation was arrived at after a great deal of consideration and after consultation with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia. A number of factors were taken into account, including the increased volume and complexity of information contained in the licensing courses and also our observations of student completion and success rates. This regulation is intended to provide not only for a minimum level of familiarity with the course materials, but also for a reasonable expectation of success on the course examination. Please see Course Regulation 2.02 (4) and (5) for more information.
Only 2 multiple choice assignments may be submitted in a particular week, regardless of how many assignments have been submitted in prior weeks. Written assignments, if applicable, may be submitted at any time before 12 months from the date a student registers for a course regardless of how many multiple choice assignments have been submitted in that week.
There is no exemption from Course Regulation 2.02 (4). This regulation is intended to provide not only for a minimum level of familiarity with the course materials, but also for a reasonable expectation of success on the course examination. As educators our hope is, of course, that given the importance of a good educational basis for a career in real estate services, most students will wish to engage with the materials to a much greater extent than merely the minimum.
The Brokers Business Planning and Financial Management Licensing Examination will be three hours in length and contain both multiple choice and written questions that are generally short-answer or essay-style. Note that an essay-style question does not require you to write an essay! In general, a short paragraph will suffice. In most questions, point form answers are perfectly acceptable.
Seventy (70) percent is a passing grade. A passing grade sets the minimum level of performance needed to practice in a profession, as determined by the regulatory body. The passing grade needed must be high enough to protect the public but not so high as to unreasonably limit the number of those who wish to practice.
I read that only about 26% of candidates who write the exam will pass it and the exam is used to limit the number of licensees/registrants in the business? Is this true?
No, this is not true, although extremely low passing grades are sometimes made up and reported by tutorial outfits who are looking for your business. The pass rate for each sitting of the exam varies, however, the majority of students who write the exam will pass. The UBC Real Estate Division, the Real Estate Council of British Columbia and the Financial Institutions Commission of British Columbia do not try to limit the number of students who pass the exam – they are only concerned with the fact that those who do pass the exam have the prerequisite knowledge to be likely to not harm the public.
In certain cases, course exemptions are available based on previous related experience or education. If you are currently licensed and wish to add a service to your licence, you are required to complete the Supplemental Course and Examination. Details about course exemptions are set out in theEducational & Licensing Guidelinesprovided by the Real Estate Council of British Columbia.
The Challenge Package assists students who have received permission to challenge the examination. The Challenge Package includes the course materials (such as the course manual, student handbook, course workbook and answer guides), access to the Course Resources webpage and the central tutor support service.
The following candidates are eligible to purchase the Challenge Package:
– Read theChallenge Package and Examination Information
– Download and submit theChallenge Package Registration Form
Please note that as an alternative to purchasing the Challenge Package, you can purchase some course materials individually from theBookstore; however, the course workbook, answer guides, student handbook and access to the Course Resources webpage are only available with the Challenge Package.
If the Real Estate Council of British Columbia has provided you with permission to challenge the course by writing the examination onlyand you wish to register for the next regularly scheduled examination or a CEC examination without purchasing a Challenge Package, you should:
– Read theChallenge Package and Examination Information
– Download theChallenge Examination Registration Form
Do notdownload the challenge exam registration form if you are currently registered in the Brokers Licensing Course.
Inter-provincial candidates (those wishing to transfer their licence from another province/territory to British Columbia) should visit theReal Estate Council of BCs Jurisdiction webpagefor information.
Brokers Business Planning and Financial Management Licensing Course:$1,150Register Now
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Your tuition fee includes all of the appropriate course materials (e.g., manual, workbook, and handbook – usually dispatched via courier within three to five business days of registration), access to tutorial services, and your first examination registration provided it is on a regularly scheduled examination date. Calculators are sold separately.
Please note that tuition fees are subject to change and a minimum withdrawal reduction of $200 will apply once your registration has been processed. No refund of course fees will be available unless a withdrawal request is received by our office within one month of your registration date.
In addition to the materials and resources provided with your course tuition, youll need a calculator, a computer, internet access and an email address. You may use any calculator for the course and exam, providing it is silent, cordless, handheld and not alphanumeric and programmable. If you prefer, you can purchase the HP10BII+ calculator online at theReal Estate Division Bookstoreor have one included in your course package when you register online.