Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course

Quick Course Info
arrow Blended learning course with support
arrow One year to complete assignments
arrow Final exam required
arrow Tutor service and lectures included
arrow Tuition: $1,150
What's Included
check box Manual, workbook, and study guide
check box Course Resources website
check box Tutor service by phone and email
check box Face-to-face lectures and workshops
check box Online video and audio lectures
check box 1st regularly scheduled exam registration

Course Overview

The Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course is administered on behalf of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC). The course provides part of the licensing education requirements for those who wish to become licensed as a trading services representative. For detailed course content and administration information, please view the Table of Contents and Course 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 written examination 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.

Pre-requisites & English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) & Age Requirement

Language proficiency is an essential skill for real estate practitioners. A real estate licensee’s ability to communicate verbally and in writing with consumers and other licensees is critical for the delivery of competent services. Many British Columbians speak languages other than English as their first language, and may choose to work with a real estate licensee with whom they can communicate in the language of their choice. However, real estate contracts and standard forms in British Columbia are in English.  While there are no pre-requisites to register in the licensing course, the ELPR must be satisfied before you can register for an exam and if licensing is your intention we strongly recommend that you consider satisfying the ELPR prior to course registration. 

As a requirement of the Rules made under the Real Estate Services Act, the ELPR may be satisfied by achieving a level 7 or higher on each of the four components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) of the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program - General (CELPIP-G) test on the same test score report (scores from multiple test attempts cannot be combined). An applicant is deemed to have satisfied the ELPR if he or she:

  1. has graduated from a recognized university Bachelor's degree or higher degree program at an accredited university, college or technical institute at which English is the primary language of instruction; or
  2. has been licensed for real estate services in another Canadian jurisdiction with English language standards and have satisfied that jurisdiction's English language requirements.

For more information on the ELPR, view How to Satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement.

As well, in order to be eligible for real estate licensing in the province of British Columbia, section 10(b)(i) of the Real Estate Services Act requires that an applicant for licensing is at least 19 years of age. 

Students should also note that all of the Real Estate Division’s courses have some level of mathematical calculations required. This course has material that contains detailed financial calculations which require a financial calculator.

Trading Services Applied Practice Course (APC) Information

Completing the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course satisfies part of the licensing education requirements in British Columbia for a representative's licence restricted to provide real estate trading services. After you pass the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing exam, you will need to complete the Residential or Commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course offered by the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). This course, which must be taken by all trading service representatives, is intended to build upon the technical knowledge provided in the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing course. For more information on the Applied Practice Course, including tuition and course schedules, please review the information at BCREA APC or contact the British Columbia Real Estate Association at (604) 683.7702.


To open your own brokerage, you will be required to either satisfy the requirements for a broker's licence, or hire a managing broker for your company. To become licensed as an associate broker or managing broker in British Columbia, individuals must complete the Broker's Business Planning and Financial Management Licensing Course and satisfy an experience requirement. The Real Estate Council of British Columbia provides descriptions of associate and managing broker duties and a helpful step-by-step guide and budget: Broker Licensing. If you have questions regarding Broker’s licensing, please contact the Real Estate Council of British Columbia at (604) 683-9664 or toll-free at 1-877-683-9664.