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:
- Graduation 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.
- 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.
The Real Estate Services Act also requires that every applicant for a licence be of “good reputation”. General business and personal reputation, in addition to criminal convictions and charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, contraventions to Federal or Provincial statutes, or previous discipline by a professional body will be reviewed when considering an applicant’s “good reputation”. If you have concerns about your eligibility for licensing as it relates to good reputation, you may want to review RECBC’s Good Reputation 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.