The PGCV 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 AIC Education 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 PGCV Program 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.
The following courses are required in the PGCV program:
- BUSI 330 Foundations of Real Estate Appraisal
- BUSI 331 Real Estate Investment Analysis and Advanced Income Appraisal
- BUSI 401 Commercial Property Analysis
- BUSI 442 Case Studies in Appraisal I
- BUSI 452 Case Studies in Appraisal II
In addition to the 5 core courses, one of the following elective courses is required:
- BUSI 300 Foundations of Real Estate Economics
- BUSI 344 Statistical and Computer Applications in Valuation (as of January 2007)
- BUSI 443 Foundations of Real Property Assessment and Mass Appraisal
- 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 that may eventually lead to specializations 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.
Successful completion of the PGCV program will earn students credits toward the Bachelor of Business in Real Estate Program (BBRE), as offered by the University of British Columbia (UBC).