Moving a Licence to B.C.

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Professionals licensed in some Canadian provinces or U.S. states can apply for licensing in B.C. without the need for pre-licensing education. 

If you are licensed here in B.C. and would like information about becoming licensed in another province or in the United States, contact the regulatory agency in that province or state for information on licensing requirements and processes. 

Applicants from Canada 

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement ensures that workers certified to practice in one province or territory are entitled to be certified in that occupation in B.C. without having to complete additional material training, experience, examinations or assessments.

If you are currently licensed, qualified to be licensed*, or if you have been unlicensed for less than one year in one of the Canadian provinces or territories listed below, you can apply for licensing in B.C. without writing BCFSA’s licensing examination. 

*Qualified to be Licensed: An individual who has completed the required pre-licensing education in their home jurisdiction within the last year and is currently eligible for licensing in that jurisdiction without any additional requirements. 

  • Alberta 
  • Saskatchewan 
  • Manitoba 
  • Ontario 
  • Quebec 
  • New Brunswick 
  • Newfoundland & Labrador 
  • Nova Scotia 
  • Prince Edward Island 
  • Yukon 

You must complete all the steps outlined below in order to become licensed in B.C. 

Applicants from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut who have been licensed for a minimum of one year within the past three years should follow the steps for US applicants. 

    • Request an original copy of your licensing history, including your education and disciplinary records, from the regulatory agency in your jurisdiction. 
    • You may have the licensing history forwarded directly to BCFSA from the regulatory agency (via email or regular mail), or you may send the sealed history to BCFSA yourself.
    • Please note: if you send the licensing history yourself, it must arrive in the original sealed envelope from the originating regulatory agency.
    • You can find contact information for regulatory agencies in North America at arello.org.
  • The Real Estate Services Rules require that all applicants for licensing must satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Individuals who have been licensed in another jurisdiction in Canada and have satisfied that jurisdiction’s language proficiency requirements are deemed to have satisfied those requirements. 

    You are deemed to have satisfied the requirement if you are from: 

    • Alberta (if you became licensed in 2013 or later) 
    • Saskatchewan 
    • Yukon 

    You must satisfy the requirement if you are from: 

    • Alberta (if you became licensed prior to 2013) 
    • Manitoba 
    • Ontario 
    • Quebec 
    • New Brunswick 
    • Nova Scotia 
    • Newfoundland & Labrador 
    • Prince Edward Island 
    • Northwest Territories 
    • Nunavut 

    You can satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement in one of these two ways: 

    • By achieving a level 7 or higher on each of the four parts (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) of the CELPIP-General test; or
    • By providing proof that you have graduated with a bachelor degree or higher from a recognized university degree program at an accredited university, college, or technical institution where English is the primary language of instruction — please provide a sealed transcript from the educational institution as proof of graduation.
    1. Obtain a criminal record check from your local police agency. 
    2. Once you have obtained your criminal record check, you can apply to BCFSA for licensing at the same level and category for which you are currently licensed in your home jurisdiction (e.g. representative, associate or managing broker).
    3. Obtain a copy of a piece of valid, government-issued photo identification and submit it with your application. Find out more information on BCFSA’s photo identification requirements.
    4. Apply as a first-time applicant by submitting a completed Application for Representative, Associate, or Managing Broker Licence form. Make sure you include: 
      1. The sealed copy of your original licensing history;
      2. A completed Out of Province Certification form; and
      3. Proof of satisfying the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
    5. Send your application and all original documents in one package to BCFSA’s office via mail or courier. Please do not email or fax your application, as the original criminal record check is required.

    If your licensing history, Out of Province Certification form, original criminal record check and English Language Proficiency requirement documentation are not received along with your application, BCFSA cannot proceed with your licence application. 

    Note: applicants who have completed the educational qualifications for licensing but who have never been licensed must register in the applicable Trading Services Applied Practice Course prior to licence application. 

    Section 10(b)(i) of the Real Estate Services Act requires real estate licence applicants to be at least 19 years of age. 

  • By signing the Out of Province Certification form you acknowledge your obligation to know, understand and conduct your business as a real estate licensee in strict accordance with B.C.’s Real Estate Services Act, Real Estate Services Regulation, Rules, Regulatory Statements, and BCFSA Administrative Processes. A reading list has been prepared for you to achieve this requirement. As a licensee relocating from another Canadian jurisdiction before you begin providing real estate trading services (sales) or acting as a managing broker in British Columbia, you must review and familiarize yourself with the following materials.

  • Some of the costs you can expect include: 

    • Licensing history — Contact your current regulatory agency for information; 
    • Required reading list;
    • Study materials — Real Estate Trading Services Challenge Package or the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Manual and Examination Study Guide may be purchased separately;
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General (CELPIP-General) Test;
    • Criminal record check — costs vary depending on police agency;
    • Licensing fees (includes two-year licensing fee, Errors & Omissions Insurance and Compensation Fund Corporation assessment); and
    • Real Estate Board fees.

Applicants from the U.S. 

If you have held an active real estate licence in the United States for not less than one year during the last three years, you must pass the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Examination to become licensed in B.C. 

    • Send a letter to BCFSA requesting permission to become licensed in B.C. based on your licensing history. 
    • Request an original copy of your licensing history, including your education and disciplinary records, from the regulatory agency in your jurisdiction. 
    • You may have the licensing history forwarded directly to BCFSA from the regulatory agency (via email or regular mail), or you may send your licensing history to BCFSA yourself. 
    • Please note: if you send it yourself, it must be in the original sealed envelope from the originating regulatory agency. 
    • You can find contact information for regulatory agencies in North America at arello.org

    If we do not receive your request letter and licensing history, a response will not be issued. 

    Please include your return address and send the letter to the attention of: 

    Senior Manager, Licensing Education 
    BC Financial Services Authority 
    600 — 750 West Pender Street Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2T8 
    or by fax: (604) 660-3365 

    • Once BCFSA has verified that you satisfy the requirements for the exemption, we will send you written permission to challenge the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Examination, including detailed instructions on how to register for the examination. 
    • You must satisfy BCFSA’s English Language Proficiency Requirement in order to schedule an exam. 
    • You must successfully complete the examination. 
    • Should more than one year elapse from the time you pass the exam until you submit your license application, you will be required to pass the exam again. There are no exceptions. 
  • Before applying for licensing, you must register in a shortened version of the Residential Trading Services Applied Practice course delivered by BCFSA. This course is a requirement of licensing and failure to complete the course will result in licence termination. 

    • Obtain a criminal record check from your local police agency. View BCFSA’s requirements for criminal record checks
    • Once you have obtained your criminal record check, you can apply to BCFSA for licensing at the same level and category for which you are currently licensed in your home jurisdiction (e.g., representative, associate or managing broker). 
    • Obtain a copy of a piece of valid, government-issued photo identification and submit it with your application. Find out more about BCFSA’s photo identification requirements
    • Your application must be signed by the managing broker at the brokerage at which you intend to work. 
    • Complete the Application for Representative, Associate, or Managing Broker License form. 

    Please forward all original documents in one package to BCFSA’s office via mail or courier. Please do not email or fax your initial application as the original criminal record check is required. 

    Section 10(b)(i) of the Real Estate Services Act requires real estate license applicants to be at least 19 years of age. 

  • Some of the costs you can expect include: