The easy answer to this question is that this really depends upon you. In Alberta and under the current jurisdiction of RECA (Real Estate Council of Alberta) I have witnessed many people complete the route to residential licensing in 3 to 6 months. Historically a person would have 18 months from registration with the educational institution to complete.

I know of one person who treated their education like a job. They were ready to go in only 2 weeks from start to finish.

Adding other modules (not necessary in my opinion) such as commercial, property management and rural will add to your educational timeline and these might also be added later.

However, this is about to change. RECA was instructed by the provincial government to relinquish itself of real estate education (but not regulation) and I understand that from July 1st, all real estate education will return to the private sector just as it was when I did my studying back in 2001. I also understand the education will be delivered via a mix of online and class room study.

I have heard but don’t know for certain that schools like SAIT, NAIT and Sauder in British Columbia are giving proposals to deliver the education.

Now here’s the opportunity!

I have also heard (not verified) that if you start your education now with RECA you will have until December 31st to complete it all online and under their jurisdiction. This window is closing fast but might be the most straightforward and cost effective way to get your licence in 2022.

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