What is different about the new Applied Practice Course?
There are four major changes in the new Applied Practice Course:
- Learners must complete a portion of the new course before they can receive their temporary licence. Once learners have received their temporary licence, they may begin conducting real estate services and can proceed to complete the remaining portions of the course. Previously, learners were not required to complete any component of the course before obtaining their licence.
- The new course includes online components, face-to-face classroom time and field assignments that learners complete while working in their brokerage. Previously, the course was delivered in a classroom lecture format only.
- The new course is longer: learners will spend two to three weeks in the course before they are licensed and a further 4.5 months completing both classroom and practical field assignment components.
- The structure of the Residential and Commercial courses is slightly different.
This diagram illustrates the flow of the Residential Applied Practice Course:
This diagram illustrates the flow of the Commercial Applied Practice Course:
The new Applied Practice Course was developed by BCREA, in consultation with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, the Real Estate Division of the Sauder School of Business and with managing brokers and other stakeholders. Both the Residential and Commercial Applied Practice Courses were designed to focus on building learners’ practical skills and key areas of regulatory requirements, such as agency, contracts and disclosure.