All licensing candidates for Real Estate Trading Services in British Columbia must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR). Real estate practitioners require a broad spectrum of language proficiency skills. Contracts and standard forms in British Columbia are in English. A demonstrated level of communication skills in English, both verbal and written, is critical to the delivery of high-quality services to clients. While students can register and begin their assignments without meeting the ELPR, the recommendation is to start this process early in your studies and to allow at least two months before you plan to register for your final exam, as this process can often take longer than expected. If licensing is your intention, we strongly recommend that you satisfy the ELPR prior to registering for your course. The English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) is a requirement for all licensing candidates in British Columbia and must be satisfied prior to exam registration.
As a requirement of the Real Estate Services Act, the ELPR is 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. Please note: The ELPR can only be met with the CELPIP-General exam. You cannot use the CELPIP-LS exam because it only tests two of the four components, Listening and Speaking, and will not meet the ELPR criteria.
Candidates may be granted an exemption to the CELPIP-General exam if they:
- hold a conferred Bachelor's degree or higher degree (e.g., Master’s degree) from an accredited university, college or technical institute at which English is the primary language of instruction; or
- are licensed for real estate services in another Canadian jurisdiction with English language standards and have satisfied that jurisdiction's English language requirements. Applicants wishing to use this exemption should review the information at BCFSA before registering for a licensing course.
There are only two exemptions to the ELPR which are described above.
It is not possible to use high school graduation, undergraduate courses, Associate degrees, diploma or certificate programs (including post-graduate diploma or certificate programs), other language proficiency tests (e.g., IELTS, CAEL, CLB, LPI), degree evaluation reports other than the ICES Comprehensive Report, work experience, or licensing with other professional bodies, to meet the ELPR.
For more information on the ELPR, view How to Satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
Additionally, in order to be eligible for real estate licensing in 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.
The Real Estate Services Act also requires that every licensee is of “good reputation”. General business and personal reputation, past and current criminal charges, convictions of an offence, contraventions to Federal or Provincial statutes, previous discipline by a professional body, and a past refusal, suspension, or cancellation of a license under real estate, insurance, mortgage broker or securities legislation will all be reviewed when considering an applicant’s reputation. If you have concerns about your eligibility for licensing as it relates to good reputation, you may want to review BCFSA's Good Reputation, Suitability and Fitness guidelines before registering in a licensing course.
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.