Background: British Columbia continuing education system

The continuing education (CE) system in British Columbia serves as a best practice for Ontario. Over the course of two years, REALTORS® are required to undertake relicensing education delivered by the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC) and professional development program (PDP) delivered by the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA).

Relicensing education program (REP):

Every licensee in British Columbia is required to complete RECBC’s Relicensing Education Program (REP) requirement before applying to renew their real estate license. Licensees have the option to choose between in-class or online delivery. The REP requirement is separate from the educational requirements of PDP.


BCREA’s professional development program (PDP) provides a choice of real-time, self-paced, face-to-face, online and blended courses to licensees. The Association offers more than 30 BCREA-owned PDP courses on a wide variety of topics including agency, law, commercial, property management, technology, office management and ethics. BCREA also accredits a roster of external vendor courses for PDP credit.

BCREA’s PDP courses provide REALTORS® with courses that will better educate them in topics that impact their day-to-day business operations. Some of the PDP course offerings include: