The new registration education program: Giving new registrants a strong start
Development of the new real estate registration education program is well underway and we’re excited to share a few highlights with you. Earlier this year, we started a new partnership with Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning (Humber College) and NIIT Canada to build a best-in-class education program for the future of the profession.
Humber College, one of Canada’s leading post-secondary institutions, will deliver the new program. NIIT Canada, the Canadian arm of a global leader in award-winning education development, will use their leading edge technology infrastructure to build a diverse set of course material and assessments. With the new program slated to launch mid-2019, all parties have been meeting regularly to design and develop the content and plan its delivery options. Here are some features that we’re particularly excited about.
1. Rich content
The new content has been a primary focus from the start. NIIT Canada is working closely with over 30 subject matter experts, local leaders in the industry who are drawing on their extensive experience and firm understanding of the Ontario marketplace and legislation in the development of the content. This group will continue to grow with individuals who have specialized areas of expertise.
2. Delivery options
Aspiring registrants enrolled in the program will have three options for learning available to them: a blend of eLearning and in-person classroom learning or virtual classrooms, as well as traditional eLearning. Currently, exciting and innovative learning technologies are being leveraged in the development of our new program, and in a big way. (We’re even using the talents of programmers from the cinematography and video gaming industries for some of the eLearning design – but more on that later.) The new program will follow the flow of a real estate transaction to reinforce the knowledge and compliant behaviours required at each stage of a trade. And, in addition to theory examinations, learners will complete mandatory in-person residential and commercial simulation sessions before they even apply for registration, where they will be required to demonstrate how well they understand the content. The end result will be new registrants who are better prepared to trade on day one.
3. Knowledge sharing
Aspiring registrants won’t be the only ones to benefit from the rich content of the new program – you will too! We are building a Knowledge Management System – known as a KMS – that will be available for existing registrants to use. This new online databank (or repository) of core program content will be indexed and searchable, allowing for just-in-time reference and access to support tools such as job aids, checklists and guides.
We’re excited to share more updates with you in the coming months. In fact, we’re getting ready to launch a blog where you can find news about the new program all in one place. Stay tuned!