Does my previous education/work experience qualify for equivalency?

Previous OREA College students: If you did not complete the required pre-registration or articling courses offered by OREA College, you must apply to RECO to transition to Humber College.

Read the content on this page to review the educational equivalency application criteria.

What is education equivalency assessment?

Education equivalency assessment is a process where an applicant’s prior related learning and/or real estate licencing history is assessed for a determination of what education will be required for registration as a salesperson or broker in Ontario.

Who is eligible to apply for an education equivalency assessment?

An individual may qualify to apply for an education equivalency assessment if they:

    1. Have previously been registered to trade in real estate in Ontario. (No time limitation)
    2. Have previously been registered, licenced, or otherwise authorized to trade in real estate in Canada (other than Ontario), in the past five (5) years.
    3. Are currently (or have been in the past five (5) years) registered, licenced, or otherwise authorized to trade in real estate in another country.
    4. Completed a recognized real estate registration or licence program in a Canadian jurisdiction in the past five (5) years.
    5. Completed the Salesperson Registration Education Program, or at least one of the following pre-registration courses at the OREA Real Estate College in the past five (5) years:
        • The Real Estate Transaction General & The Residential Real Estate Transaction
        • The Commercial Real Estate Transaction
        • Real Property Law.

Prior post-secondary academic education and/or knowledge gained from other related work experience is not eligible for education equivalency assessment.

What courses or examinations will applicants be required to complete?

New applicants for registration as a salesperson or broker must complete the approved education program requirements. Eligible education equivalency assessment applicants will receive a decision outlining the specific education required to be eligible to apply for registration. This may include registration courses and examinations, simulation sessions, or mandatory continuing education (MCE) courses.

It is important to note that the education equivalency assessment process does not typically allow for complete exemption from all education requirements necessary for registration as a salesperson or broker with RECO.

How to apply for education equivalency assessment?

To apply, applicants must complete and submit the Education Equivalency Assessment Application form below, attach the $100 application fee and the documents to support their application:

Education Equivalency Assessment Application Form (PDF)

Applicants must submit their completed application by mail or courier to:

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

Although not typically required, applicants may be asked to submit original copies of their supporting documents for verification purposes.

Please note that at this time, we cannot accept applications by email or by facsimile (fax) transmission.

After Applying

    • Upon receipt of an Education Equivalency Assessment Application, RECO will acknowledge receipt by email.  The email will either indicate that RECO is processing the application or that additional documents are required.
    • Deficient Education Equivalency Assessment Applications will be held by RECO for 60 calendar days from the date the applicant is sent the deficiency notification email.  If the documentation required to process the application is not received within 60 calendar days, the application will be abandoned and confidentially destroyed, and the applicant will have to reapply and include an additional application fee again.  If an applicant requires more than 60 days to supply the requested materials, they must notify RECO by email.
    • Completed applications take approximately 15 working days to process, depending on the complexity of the application.
    • A decision letter will be emailed to the applicant.  Decisions will be valid for one (1) year from the date the decision letter is issued. Should an applicant not complete the requirements within the one (1) year stipulated, a new application and fee must be submitted, and a new decision will be issued. Applicants for registration will be bound by the current decision at the time of the application for registration.
    • Once an applicant receives their decision letter, they must follow the specific instructions on how and where to access their courses as set out in the decision letter.

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