The Fast Track Program consists of a total of six courses, five of which are required and one of which is chosen as an elective. Most courses are 13 weeks in length. All courses are designed to be completed by distance education, with written and multiple-choice assignments submitted according to a set schedule, followed by a final examination. The internet is used as a supplemental resource, as well as the use of videos in some courses.
Most Program courses are offered in both Winter terms, with select courses also available in the Summer term. Subject to prerequisites, students may take the courses in any order. Most students are working professionals and find one course per term manageable. Students wishing to accelerate their program however, may register for more than one course at the same time. Students should expect to commit at least ten hours per week to their studies and assignments. The material is not easy. Diligence, organization, and self-discipline are vital.
The following courses are required:
- BUSI 330 Foundations of Real Estate Appraisal
- BUSI 331 Real Estate Investment Analysis and Advanced Income Appraisal
- BUSI 344 Statistical and Computer Applications in Valuation
- BUSI 443 Foundations of Real Property Assessment and Mass Appraisal
- BUSI 444 Advanced Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal
In addition to the 5 core courses, one of the following elective courses is required:
- BUSI 300 Foundations of Real Estate Economics
- BUSI 400 Residential Property Analysis
- BUSI 401 Commercial Property Analysis
- BUSI 460 Critical Analysis and Forecasting
These courses are senior level undergraduate level courses, focussing on real estate and urban economics, an established research area within the Sauder School of Business. The required courses provide students with a solid foundation in real property valuation principles, as well as an understanding of how these principles are applied in a practical setting. The elective course provides an opportunity for students to broaden their valuation education, exploring areas of interest in their professional career. The elective courses have been specifically chosen to broaden students’ awareness of career opportunities beyond traditional valuation, in order to diversify their professional capabilities.
Courses completed within the Fast Track Program may also count towards additional credentials including the Certificate in Real Property Assessment, the Diploma Program in Urban Land Economics, as well as the Bachelor of Business in Real Estate Program (BBRE), as offered by the University of British Columbia (UBC).