Cheating in online education leads to regulatory action


RECO’s online mandatory continuing education program has been a big success since it launched in 2013. As part of the process, registrants have to declare their identity at the end of each course. And when registrants renew, they have to sign a declaration that they have met their continuing education requirements.

As professionals, registrants are expected to act with honesty and integrity, and this situation is no different.

A recent case has demonstrated that there are consequences for trying to evade continuing education requirements, as the registrant in question was fined $2,500 after pleading guilty to a provincial offence. Submitting a false document to RECO’s Registrar is a violation of the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 (REBBA 2002), and RECO takes cheating very seriously.

It’s also important to note the purpose of mandatory continuing education—to provide valuable information that no registrant in Ontario should be without.

RECO will continue to investigate allegations of this nature and take appropriate action, which could include a provincial prosecution, a discipline hearing or a refusal to renew registration.

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