New Real Estate Education Programs FAQ
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Have a question about the new Real Estate Education Programs? Check out Humber College’s FAQ

Starting in 2019, Humber College will be the new provider of real estate education in Ontario. The cutting-edge programs are accredited by RECO and will be offered online and in locations across the province.

More information about the program, including courses and the interactive and engaging learning experience, will be shared in the months to come. But if you have questions about registration with Humber, the program structure and course and transfer credits, visit Humber’s FAQ about the Real Estate Education Programs.

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  1. Hello!

    I have successfully completed the Salesperson Program Admission Exam.
    I am now ready to apply for the Real Estate Salesman program.
    One small concern. I am travelling for the next 8 -10 weeks and would be out of Canada. I would like to utilize this time in pursuing the Real Estate Salesman Program. Please be kind enough to answer the following queries in order for me to proceed.

    1) Can I start the program online?

    2) Does the program entail attending classes online or is just study material sent online which I can study in my own time?

    3) How are the exam dates scheduled and can I give my exams also online or do I have to physically go to an examination centre?

    Thank You.

    1. 1. Course 1 can be taken and completed online. There are no in class requirements for e-Learning.

      2. Overall, the program is based on on-line e-learning with optional in-class or virtual review sessions. There are mandatory in-class components called Simulation Sessions. Learners must attend these in-class sessions where they will be coached to practice simulated real estate transactions.

      3. Exams are scheduled at a test centre where you must physically attend. Exams can only be scheduled after the you have completed your courses.

  2. How long is the salesperson program admission exam and how many questions and what is the passing grade and if you fail are you gonna able to start over.

    1. How long is the Salesperson Program Admissions Exam?
      • The test is untimed allowing test takers to take as much time as they need, but most learners complete it in less than 90 minutes.

      How many questions?
      • Learners are tested in three areas, reading, writing and arithmetic. There are 20 questions in each of the reading and writing sections and 25 questions in the arithmetic section.

      What is the passing grade?
      • Each area is scored in the 200 to 300 point range. Achieving a minimum score of 250 in each area is required for admission into the Real Estate Salesperson Program.

      If you fail, can you re-take the exam?
      • Learners can re-take the exam if they fail. The exam fee applies for each attempt. No limit to the number of attempts.

  3. Aside from writing exams, are there any mandatory in class sessions for this course or can the entire program be completed through e-learning?

    Also, does the entire program need to be completed within a certain time frame or can I work at my own pace?

    1. Thank you for your blog inquiry.

      The Real Estate Salesperson Program consists of a combination of mandatory eLearning courses, theory examinations and simulation sessions. Learners can choose to augment their individual eLearning by enrolling in optional in-person or virtual facilitated review sessions where they will receive coaching and support around key concepts covered in the eLearning modules. For the theory exams and simulation sessions, in-person attendance is mandatory.

      The length of time it will take to complete the pre-registration phase of the Real Estate Salesperson program will largely be determined by the learner. The program’s eLearning courses are self-paced, and learners may select the optional in-class facilitated review sessions and mandatory examinations and simulation sessions from scheduled sessions that best meet their needs. We are still assessing the average completion times, however we anticipate that the shortest path to program completion, for a learner who does not choose any optional components, will be at least six months. For more information, please review the Real Estate Salesperson Program Learning Path on the Humber College website.

      For further information regarding the new program please visit Humber’s website at http://www.humber.ca/realestate or you may contact Humber College directly at 416-675-5025.

  4. Hi – I’m in process of registering for Salesperson Program Admission Exam. I wanted to find out if I can register for Real Estate SalesPerson anytime after September 16th? or I have to enroll before the 16th? I’m afraid, I may not be able to complete my Salesperson Program Admission Exam before 16th due to preparation times.

    Please let me know. thank you

    1. Hi Dave – You can begin the program any time after September 16. This is a continuous enrollment program with no fixed enrollment date. Once you successfully complete the exam, you will be able to apply to the program and register for the first course.

  5. I am interested in becoming real estate sales person but not finding accurate information for the duration of completion of all courses.
    Will I be able to complete pre and post registration within 6 months if I want to ?

    1. Hi Inder. Thank you for your blog inquiry. The length of time it will take to complete the pre-registration phase of the Real Estate Salesperson program will be, in many ways, directed by the learner. eLearning courses are self-paced, and learners will select the optional in-class facilitated review sessions and mandatory examinations and simulation sessions from scheduled sessions that best meet their needs. We are still assessing the average completion times, however we anticipate that the shortest path to program completion, for a learner who does not choose any optional components, will be at least six months. For more information, see the learning path on Humber’s Real Estate Programs website.

      For further information regarding the new program please visit Humber’s website at http://www.humber.ca/realestate or you may contact Humber College directly at 416-675-5025.

      1. Thanks.

        Another question, program details at humber site says, we have to do the following
        1) Pre- registeration phase completion
        2) Register with RECO and do one year completion under the broker.
        3)Post registeration phase completion .

        Can you please eloborate on No.2 here. DO we need to register with any broker? Are there any restricted hours in that one year, can it be done part time?
        Also, will it be paid? How many hours do we need to complete in one year?

        1. To be eligible to trade in real estate in Ontario and obtain registration with the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), you must be employed with a registered Ontario real estate brokerage. With respect to pursuing real estate part-time, many salespersons and brokers decide to work on a part-time basis, and there are no requirements under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 (REBBA) for registrants to work full-time. From RECO’s perspective, registrants must be registered with Ontario real estate brokerage, must participate in the Consumer Protection Program (errors and omissions insurance and commission protection) per annum, and comply with and meet educational requirements as set out by the Registrar, REBBA.

          A list real estate brokerages in Ontario can be found on RECO’s website by visiting the following link and clicking Look up a Real Estate Salesperson, Broker or Brokerage on the right side of the screen: http://www.reco.on.ca.

          If you have any further questions regarding registration we recommend that you contact our Client Services Department, they can be reached by email at registraton@reco.on.ca or by phone at 416-207-5132 or Toll Free 1-855-200-4884. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  6. I finished my pre-registration course in May, 2018. It’s more than 12 months. Can I still register with RECO to become a salesperson?

    1. Hi John. Ontario Regulation 579/05 requires that applicants for registration as a salesperson successfully complete all the educational courses that are designated by the Registrar, REBBA, and submit an application for registration within 12 months of their final course. Notwithstanding, applicants must meet all criteria for registration under REBBA. As it has been more than 12-months from the date that you completed the Pre-Registration Segment, you no longer qualify for registration as a salesperson under REBBA at this time.

      An OREA student who goes beyond the 12-month deadline date to apply to RECO for registration as a salesperson can either choose to repeat the entire qualification process or they can submit a completed ‘Educational Equivalency Assessment’ application to the Registrar, REBBA for consideration. Exceptions may be granted to those whose academic achievements demonstrates that course material is equivalent and has been sufficiently covered or who can produce evidence of effective work experience that demonstrates mastery of skills taught in specific courses.

      All evidence provided to substantiate an equivalency request must be provided in hard-copy, then validated and fully adjudicated as part of our decision making process. No RECO staff member can provide advice regarding the hypothetical outcome of an Educational Equivalency Assessment application, nor can they render a decision on behalf of the Office of the Registrar.

      Further information on RECO’s Educational Equivalency Assessment application process can be found on the RECO website at the following link:
      https://www.reco.on.ca/programs-orea/#exemption

      Please note that typically there is a 5-year window for consideration of any deviation from the current learning path, but decisions rendered may include course examination challenges, credits, or request denials. It is important to note that each application is assessed based on its own merits, and there are no guarantees of course exemption. However, for your own peace of mind, please note that our current process does allow us to consider any OREA courses that have been completed successfully within the past 5 years, where a final passing grade of 75% or higher has been achieved.

      I hope this information helps. If you need further information about the Educational Equivalency Assessment process, please feel free to contact one of my colleagues in the Education Department., by phone, at: 416-207-5132 or 1-855-200-4884; or by e-mail at: education@reco.on.ca.

  7. Hi , i am jawad alam. I am interested in getting admission in humber college. As humber was about to start admission in july 2019.so when humber is planing to start admission in july.that i may apply for it. Please let me know . Am waiting for your kind response . Thanks and regards

    1. The length of time it will take to complete the pre-registration phase of the Real Estate Salesperson program will be, in many ways, directed by the learner. eLearning courses are self-paced, and learners will select the optional in-class facilitated review sessions and mandatory examinations and simulation sessions from scheduled sessions that best meet their needs. We are still assessing the average completion times, however we anticipate that the shortest path to program completion, for a learner who does not choose any optional components, will be at least six months. For more information, see the learning path on Humber’s Real Estate Programs website.

  8. I understand you have two chances to pass each exam. If you fail the exam twice on any of the real estate courses, can you register for the entire coarse again? If so, is there a limit?

    1. Hi Debbie. Thank you for your blog question. RECO together with Humber College are putting the final touches on the new Real Estate Salesperson Program’s policies for rewriting failed examinations. We expect that the rules for examination rewrites, if permitted, will be finalized soon.

      For further information regarding the new program please visit Humber’s website at http://www.humber.ca/realestate or you may contact Humber College directly at 416-675-5025.

  9. Hi there!
    I’ve been trying to find out where I can begin the Salesperson correspondence courses. OREA website says applications have closed, and now I am unsure where and when to enroll in the Pre-Registration courses.
    Thanks in advance!

  10. Hello, i was just wondering if these courses are offered through the summer of 2020? As well, is there a start and an end date on each course like a typical college/university course (Sept. to Dec. all exams done at the start of Dec) or can you book you exam whenever you want to like what OREA offers currently?

    1. Thank you for your blog inquiry.

      Learners will be able to sign up and start their coursework at any point during the year, while selecting sessions from the course calendar that best meets their needs. Unlike many of Humber’s post-secondary programs, the Real Estate Salesperson Program will not run on a semester or term basis. With much of the coursework being delivered online, individuals will be able to progress at their preferred pace.

      For further information regarding the new program please visit Humber’s website at http://www.humber.ca/realestate or you may contact Humber College directly at 416-675-5025.

  11. Hi, I was wondering what is the fastest way to get your Real Estate licence. If I were to finish all my courses at a fast paste while passing would I be able to finish the course and get my Real estate licence in two years?

    1. Thank you for your blog question.

      The length of time it will take to complete the pre-registration phase of the Real Estate Salesperson program will be, in many ways, directed by the learner. eLearning courses are self-paced, and learners will select the optional in-class facilitated review sessions and mandatory examinations and simulation sessions from scheduled sessions that best meet their needs. We are still assessing the average completion times, however we anticipate that the shortest path to program completion, for a learner who does not choose any optional components, will be at least six months. For more information, see the learning path on Humber’s Real Estate Programs website.

      For further information regarding the new program please visit Humber’s website at http://www.humber.ca/realestate or you may contact Humber College directly at 416-675-5025.

  12. Hi, I have a question regarding the new real estate course at Humber. If I pass the first few phases and then fail one phase twice do I have to take the entire course over? How many attempts is permitted and if you fail, can you register again? I heard you can only try twice then your not allowed??? Please explain. Thx!

    1. Hi Dee. Thank you for your blog question. RECO together with Humber College are putting the final touches on the new Real Estate Salesperson Program’s policies for rewriting failed examinations. We expect that the rules for examination rewrites, if permitted, will be finalized soon.

      For further information regarding the new program please visit Humber’s website at http://www.humber.ca/realestate or you may contact Humber College directly at 416-675-5025.

  13. Hey,
    I do not have a secondary education and wanted to register for the real estate program – what do I need to do?

    1. To qualify for admission into the Real Estate Salesperson Program, an applicant must hold a Canadian secondary school diploma or GED certificate, or an acceptable equivalent credential. When registration opens, a list of equivalent credentials will be posted on Humber’s Real Estate Programs website.

  14. Hi I was just wondering if I do decide to do real estate, how long will it take at Humber college if I do it full time?

    1. The length of time it will take to complete the pre-registration phase of the Real Estate Salesperson program will be, in many ways, directed by the learner. eLearning courses are self-paced, and learners will select the optional in-class facilitated review sessions and mandatory examinations and simulation sessions from scheduled sessions that best meet their needs. We are still assessing the average completion times, however we anticipate that the shortest path to program completion, for a learner who does not choose any optional components, will be at least 6 months.

  15. I just signed up for phase 1 and i have no guide as in where to go, or what to do. Please help me. I cant find my way back to my e text book.

    1. It’s best that you direct your questions to OREA for resolution. You may contact OREA by phone, at: (416) 391-6732; toll-free, at: 1 (866) 411-6732; via e-mail, at: info@orea.com; or you may visit their website, at: http://www.orea.com.

  16. Hi, I’m an international student, just wondering if I am eligible for this program. If so, do I have to have PR/candian citizenship to obtain the salesperson license after finish the program?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Luke. Humber will accept international learners for the Real Estate Education Programs. You will still need to apply and meet all the admission requirements, which will be available on Humber’s website (www.humber.ca/realestate) before registration opens. Any transcript, diploma or certificate (from a country other than Canada or the United States) submitted to meet admission requirements would have to be assessed at an Ontario Secondary School Diploma level by a recognized assessment service, such as World Education Services (WES). The cost of the program will be the same for domestic and international learners, as there is no provincial funding associated with it. Information about program costs will be available at registration. You would need to be eligible to work in Canada to be eligible to register with RECO following the successful completion of the Real Estate Salesperson Program.

  17. I am taking the courses online through OREA. Do you offer exceptions to the due date of the OREA ore registration segment? I had a family emergency and could really use a godsend.

    1. Hi Matthew. We’re unsure whether an extension would apply to your situation (e.g. an exceptional family circumstance, such as a family emergency). Extensions are provided to students by OREA are not a requirement of REBBA and not regulated by RECO.

      That being said, OREA may provide qualifying students an extension to complete the requirements of the Pre-Registration Segment based on medically documented illnesses and/or disabilities. There may be an application, medical documentation and verification required. If this applies to you, OREA will be able to provide you with the necessary information and instructions.

      Please contact OREA for further information.

  18. Hello I am considering getting my license and I was wondering at what point would I be able to begin selling? Do I need to complete all the courses before I can sell a home?
    Also is there a way to be subsidized for the course as I am a single father aged 57 and I am still working while studying?
    Thank you for your help.

    1. Hi Robert. The maximum length of time to complete the new Real Estate Salesperson Program is being finalized, but program completion time for pre-registration will be at least two years. After successful completion of its pre-registration phase, a learner may be eligible to register with RECO. Learners will complete the post-registration segment within their first two year registration cycle. The program is not eligible for OSAP as it does not receive any direct provincial funding. Program costs will be confirmed when Humber’s course calendar is released later this year.

  19. How and where do I begin to apply for these courses. I have been having trouble navigating the internet for answers, as I would like to get started on my courses

  20. Is the course at Humber offered only online or would I be able to live in residence and study in-class?

    1. Hi Ally – The Real Estate Salesperson course is only offered online. Living in the Humber College residents is not an option because the program is not a full-time diploma course.

  21. Hey, how many courses do you need to complete in total with OREA for the real estate license? Do you know the total cost for the courses in total including obtaining the license?

    My cousin said he paid overall 10k but on their website it says $3,600?

  22. Hello,

    If I do all the courses with OREA, will I be able to do the articling class through Humber? If it came to that.

    Also was curious, do you have to register with RECO 12 months after you start the pre-registration classes or 12 months after you finish them?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Jay – If you begin your training at the OREA Real Estate College, then you must complete all your courses and examinations with OREA. The OREA College is accepting enrollments until April 30, 2019 and you will have until November 28, 2020 to complete the program. You will have 12 months to register with RECO following the completion of courses.

  23. Hi,

    Just wondering about the length of time to complete the program with Humber College. I understand that it is 18 months to complete with OREA. Will it be the same with Humber, or is this a three/four year program, like any other standard post-secondary program?

    Thanks,
    Victoria

    1. Hi Victoria – Thanks for your question. The maximum length of time to complete the new Real Estate Salesperson Program is being finalized, but it will be at least two years. More information will be shared on this site as it becomes available.

  24. Hi, I want to get my license so I don’t have to pay an agent a commission when I sell my 3 condos. Do you recommend I do this via OREA or the new Humber program?

    1. Hi Simon – the decision on which program to take largely depends on your preferred timeline for entering the real estate industry. If you want to get started sooner, the OREA Real Estate College will continue to accept your registration for the Salesperson Registration Education program until April 30, 2019. If you decide to begin your training at the OREA Real Estate College, then you will need to complete all your courses and examinations with OREA before November 28, 2020.

  25. Hi! Do we already know is the set up for the course will be as OREA in regards of only 2 chances to pass a test if not you will have to start from cero? I always thought that was not really fair as per if you had to pay a fine and the course fees of the one you have failed and move forward sounded more appropriate due to the time invested…. I hope this part is different.. I from my side wouldn’t mind to pay all fees related but be able to move forward than sending you back to the start point when you can re study the points/ course that you are actually stocked and learn more other than study the ones you have passed.. I believe OREA needed revenue and this was a way to get the full fees all over again??? however I am sure students wouldn’t mind to pay fees but move forward from the course you are failing… thank you for you update and looking forward to hear from you.. I am asking this because I did the course and failed my last test!!! Very dessapointed after all that time and heart invested….so I signed up again and stated the real state as a professional but I am not sure if I will continue with OREA because I don’t like the fact they don’t respect the courses you have passed and they send you back to cero… I may just loose that time and $$ and wait for the new courses hoping the are better in regards of support/ material clarity and the exams protocols.
    Thank you again and looking forward to hear what is next for us.

    1. Hi Katherina – Thanks for your questions. With respect to the new program delivered by Humber, there will be examinations and there will be a set number of attempts permitted by learners. The purpose of the examinations is to enable learners to demonstrate that they have acquired the knowledge from each course required to be registered to trade in real estate. This supports RECO’s consumer protection mandate. Please also note that the fee charged for rewriting an examination is not a fine in any way but rather an administrative fee levied by the college to cover costs associated with delivering the exam. Examinations are typical for programs of this nature, as is limiting the number of attempts before requiring a course be retaken.

      It is worth noting that the structure of the new program also has multiple avenues to support its learners with coaching and feedback from expert facilitators. Learners will practice important elements of a transaction in mandatory in-person simulation sessions and, can choose to augment their individual eLearning by enrolling in optional in-person or virtual facilitated review sessions.

      Specific details about examinations and other policies will be available on Humber’s program website closer to launch. Please be sure to check back frequently.

  26. Hi

    Wondering if Humber College will be posting courses/fees for the Real Estate License in March or anytime soon?

    Thanks in advance,

    Melissa

    1. Hello Melissa: Thank you for reaching out. The specific course fees are being finalized. Please keep checking this website as details will be published once they are available.

  27. I have taken the first real estate course with orea, but I don’t think I will be able to finish all 7 courses befor November 20, 2020. Will humber college excapt the course taken from orea(course transfer or exemptions)? Or Should I wait and take the rest of the courses from humber?
    Thanks

    1. Hello Katie: Thanks for your question. If you have started the program with the OREA Real Estate College, we encourage you to finish with them. OREA will continue running the courses until November 28, 2020, so there is still a significant amount of time available to complete the courses. Many of OREA’s courses are now available online, allowing you to complete them at your own pace.

  28. How many courses need to be completed with then new Humber program? Is it similar to what OREA offered or will there be additional classes. If so what is the average time for the program to be completed. Would like to find out what the difference between the two are as I cannot find much information on the Humber site at the moment.

    1. Hi Sarah – Thanks for the question. More information about the Humber course will be released over the next two months. Please check back soon for more information.

  29. Hi,
    I am not so familiar with this course.

    but want to do this real estate course. can you please guide me and give me more details.

    thanks in advance,
    Priyanka Desai

    1. For more information about real estate education, please contact RECO by phone at 416-207-4800. We would be glad to answer any questions you have.

  30. Hello,

    I just registered for the salesperson pre-registration course from OREA real estate college. However, my main interest is the broker course. I understand that the pre-registration segment is required; but, my main concern is that I only have until April 30, 2019 to complete 7 courses, and then register for the broker course.
    That being said, if I complete all the courses for the pre-registration segment (6 courses), on top of the extra elective, but do not register for the broker course prior to April 30, 2019, will I be able to apply for the broker’s course with Humber college in December 2020? Or will have I to complete, again, the pre-registration segment?

    Thank you,

    Brianne

    1. You may complete your pre-registration education at the OREA Real Estate College, and then register for the broker education course with NIIT/Humber. You would not need to take pre-registration education again.

      However, it’s important to note that once you complete broker education, in order to register as a broker you must have been employed as a salesperson for at least 24 of the 36 months preceding your application date.

  31. Hi there,

    Do you have any courses geared towards RE assistants that would not carry a license but would be still very valuable to an agent. I am looking at becoming a real estate assist in my area and take a course of anything that would help me .

    1. Hello Helen – Thanks for reaching out to us. RECO doesn’t offer courses geared directly to individuals who would like to become real estate assistants, but there may be other institutions that would be helpful. You may want to take a look at the course offerings at a local college, as there could be courses that align with the type of work you will be doing. Your local real estate board may also know of local courses being offered that could be beneficial to you.

  32. Hi, I was wondering if there are any exemptions specifically for graduates from an accredited University that majored in Real Estate Studies? For instance, if someone has a Bachelor of Commerce in Real Estate Management from Ryerson University and was interested in obtaining his or her Real Estate Licence after graduation, how would the process look like? Would someone be able to verify exactly?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi John – RECO does have an equivalency process in place, where you can submit a request for exemption from courses and/or examinations. Through the Educational Equivalency Assessment process, exceptions to the registration educational courses are granted when applicants can demonstrate that they have achieved proficiency in the skills and knowledge presented in course materials, either through challenging examinations, or sufficient commensurate education or work experience. Each equivalency request is considered on its own merits. You can find the details of what you would need to submit at this link: http://www.reco.on.ca/real-estate-professionals/education/related-information/registrars-educational-equivalency/

  33. My daughter want to get a Real Estate License soon but she asking me if she would take the course in Ryerson or not for be a Real Estate License.

    1. Hi Anna – Thank you for your question. If your daughter would like to become registered soon, she can take her Registration Education requirements through the Ontario Real Estate College. They are accepting enrollments until April 30, 2019 and she would need to complete the program by November 28, 2020. More information can be found here: https://www.orea.com/Education/Admissions.

      A new Registration Education program will launch with Humber College later in 2019, so that would be the path if your daughter waited until after the April 30, 2019 admission cut-off for the Ontario Real Estate College.

    1. Hi Cynthia – Thank you for your question. It’s great that you have found past courses to be of value and that the information is helpful from a reference perspective.

      The way the MCE program is currently set-up allows you to access course material up until your registration renewal. At that point, course completions are archived, and you begin a new MCE cycle where your education requirements are refreshed.

      When the MCE program was developed, it followed the same structure as the previous CE program where registrants could repeat taking a specific course in a future registration cycle. This is something registrants had communicated a desire for as part of the initial MCE review process.

      RECO is in the process of conducting a review of the MCE program and an important part of that process will be to consider enhancements going forward. The ability to maintain access to historical course completions will be tabled as part of that review process. RECO is also in the process of building a Knowledge Management System, which is an online database, where registrants will have the ability to search content and access support tools such as job aids, checklists and guides. We will be sharing more on this in 2019.

      Thank you for your feedback as we continue to enhance the MCE program.

  34. I am convinced that I saw in one of your recent communications an application to Humber regarding being a Facilitator/Instructor for the new education program. I cannot find it now. I was hoping that somebody from RECO can direct me to which communication I saw it in.
    Thanks for your time.

    1. Hi Susan – thank you for your inquiry. RECO has not posted any communication regarding the new registration education program’s facilitators or instructors. Please reach out to Humber College directly (realestateinquiry@humber.ca) and a representative will be happy to assist and provide you with information.

  35. Hi
    I already complete both mandatory and elective courses but still not updated in my profile
    so pls let me know how could i can pay my dues for registration for 2018-19
    pls advise
    thanks

    1. Hi Ajay – Thanks for reaching out. A representative from RECO’s Education department is looking into your question and will reach out to you directly via email.

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