Becoming a REALTOR®
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REALTORS® are licensed real estate industry professionals (individuals licensed to trade in real estate in Alberta) who agree to uphold a common Code of Ethics
and Standards of Business Practice and are subject to the rules and regulations of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Most real estate members in Alberta choose to become REALTORS®.
To become a REALTOR® in Alberta, you must first become a licensed Real Estate Professional (see steps below).
Once you have been licensed, becoming a REALTOR® requires joining your local real estate board, and, by extension, the Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).
Your membership fee for all three groups is payable to your local real estate board on a yearly basis.
How to become a licensed Real Estate Professional in Alberta:
Complete the three phases of licensing education that constitute the Real Estate Associates Program (REAP):
Phase 1: An information session called Introduction to a Career in Real Estate - available through the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA)
Phase 2: A course called Fundamentals of Real Estate - available through RECA
Phase 3: Four courses called Real Estate Areas of Practice:
Learners are given 18 months to complete the real estate licensing program.
To complete all of the phases listed above, the fee is approximately $5,175 - includes course fee, one exam per course (if applicable).
Join an Alberta real estate brokerage.
Submit an application for licensing (through your broker) to the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA), the body that governs the real estate profession in Alberta. A criminal record check is also required.
Once RECA approves your application, you will be licensed to practice real estate as an associate in Alberta.
There are a range of careers associated with real estate in Alberta. Visit our Careers in Real Estate
section to find out more.