Becoming a REALTOR®
REALTORS® are licensed real estate industry members who agree to uphold a common Code of Ethics
and Standards of Business Practice and are subject to the Canadian Real Estate Association’s rules and regulations. REALTORS® are members of local real estate boards, the Alberta Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association. Most real estate members in Alberta choose to become REALTORS®.
There are a number of different careers that REALTORS® may pursue. Click on the career titles to learn more about getting started in each career.
Real Estate Associate
A real estate associate is licensed to trade in real estate. Associates are registered with, and employed by or associated with, a brokerage, and are licensed to trade on behalf of this brokerage. Learn more
about what a career as a real estate associate is like.
Real Estate Broker
A real estate broker is authorized to operate a brokerage, and is licensed to trade on behalf of that brokerage. After two years of being licensed, a real estate associate is eligible to become licensed as a real estate broker.
Real Estate Associate Broker
A real estate associate broker has met the educational requirement to become a broker (completion of the Real Estate Brokers Program) but is licensed as an associate broker rather than a broker. Associate brokers are not authorized to operate a brokerage.
The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) also licenses the following:
The Mortgage Associates Program
is offered by the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association.
The Introduction to a Career in Property Management
online course is available through the Real Estate Council of Alberta.
Real Estate Appraiser
Pre-licensing education for appraisers is offered through the Alberta Association of the Appraisal Institute of Canada
, the Canadian National Association of Real Estate Appraisers
or the Alberta Assessors’ Association