Registrar’s Educational Equivalency

The Registrar has the authority to grant course credits or examination challenges for any course in the Salesperson Registration Education Program or the Broker Registration Education Program on the basis of an educational equivalency.

You may apply for an Educational Equivalency Assessment if you believe that your educational background and/or work experience warrants consideration.


Registrar’s educational equivalency assessment process

Each application is considered on an individual basis and by the virtue of the materials submitted by the applicant.  Please submit 2 (two) complete copies of your application package via mail. Please note that applicants are not interviewed in person. A sworn notarized affidavit form is required with each written submission to serve as verification that all statements made within the written application are valid and accurate.

Each application for an Educational Equivalency Assessment must include the following:

    1. A cover letter outlining your request, detailing your real estate related academic background and/or work experience.
    2. A completed notarized affidavit form with notary seal. Please ensure the original affidavit is submitted as copies will not be accepted.
    3. Relevant documentation to support your request. The Registrar’s decision will be rendered based on the supporting documentation included in your application. For a list of types of supporting documentation that may be included please see below.
    4. A non-refundable administrative fee of $100 (Canadian funds). Payment may be made by cheque or money order payable to the Real Estate Council of Ontario, or using the attached Credit Card Payment Form.

Supporting documentation

Below are examples of the types of supporting documentation you would be expected to submit, depending on the nature of your request.

If you are requesting an assessment based on completion of other education courses that you feel are equivalent to the Salesperson Registration Education Program or the Broker Registration Education Program courses, relevant documentation would include:

    • Official academic transcripts from the accredited post-secondary institution where the course(s) were completed
    • Course descriptions/outlines

If you are requesting an assessment based on completion of salesperson or broker education programs in jurisdictions outside Ontario, relevant documentation would include:

    • A copy of your real estate registration/license certificate from your originating jurisdictions as well as a registration/licensing history from the regulatory body/licensing authority in your originating jurisdiction. This history must outline the date your registration/license commenced, an expiry date, names of organizations where you have been registered to work and whether there are any disciplinary actions noted on file.
    • Evidence of your practical real estate work experience as a salesperson or broker. Acceptable examples would include: tax slips/returns indicating commissions received, trade record sheets, confirmation letter from employer/broker of record indicating number and types of real estate transactions handled, etc. If you were not actively engaged in real estate activity while registered please ensure this information is included in your cover letter.
    • Details of recent employment activities if you are not actively trading in real estate. If employed in a field directly related to real estate please provide complete details together with independent validation of this information.
    • Academic history outlining real estate related educational course completed for registration/licensing, including any applicable academic transcripts and course descriptions/outlines.

If you are requesting an assessment based on work experience in a real estate related industry, relevant documentation would include:

    • Academic history outlining real estate related educational background, including any applicable academic transcripts and course descriptions/outlines
    • Copies of any relevant designations or accreditations obtained
    • Evidence of your real estate related work experience such as business records, resume, letters of reference, etc.

If you are requesting an assessment based on previous registration as a salesperson or broker in Ontario, and are beyond a 24 month break in registration, relevant documentation would include:

    • Evidence of your practical real estate work experience as a salesperson or broker. Acceptable examples would include: T4 slips indicating commissions received, trade record sheets, confirmation letter from employer/broker of record indicating number and types of real estate transactions handled, etc.If you were not actively engaged in real estate activity while registered please ensure this information is included in your cover letter.
    • Details of any/all employment activities since termination of your registration. If employed in a field directly related to real estate please provide complete details together with independent validation of this information.
    • If you are seeking reinstatement as a broker, you should also provide reference letters and documents that indicate any managing broker or broker of record responsibilities you held.

Please submit 2 (two) complete copies of your application package via mail to:

Education Department
Real Estate Council of Ontario
3300 Bloor Street West, Suite 1200
Toronto, Ontario, M8X 2X2

Should the education department determine that your application is deficient, you will be provided with an opportunity to submit the deficient materials within 30 days.

Deficient applications that have been held by RECO for greater than 60 days will be considered abandoned and all materials submitted will be destroyed. The non-refundable application fee will not be refunded.

Should you wish to withdraw your application at any time, you may request that the materials submitted be returned to you, less the non-refundable application fee.

Once your completed application is received by the office of the Registrar, a confirmation letter will be issued. The Registrar will review each application, assess the applicant’s credentials, and will render a final decision, typically within 10-15 business days of receipt of your complete application.

Please ensure we are provided with your current mailing address.


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