Becoming a licensed real estate agent in BC


Here, you’ll learn more about becoming a Real Estate Trading Services Representative in BC.

Under the direction of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC), the Real Estate Division of the University of British Columbia (UBC) administers the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course. It takes a minimum of 10 weeks to complete all required assignments, plus time for booking/taking the examination. Depending on your schedule, you can complete the course over a longer period at a more leisurely pace. The exam can be taken on a pre-determined date or you may opt to pay an additional fee for a computer-administered exam at UBC. Taking the exam by computer means you should have your results within 24 hours, rather than several weeks. 

Macdonald Pre-Licensing

We understand that the real estate course material can be overwhelming, that’s why we’ve developed pre-licensing courses that will help you successfully pass the BC Real Estate Licensing exam.

Macdonald Pre-Licensing is not only committed to helping you pass the exam - they’re invested in setting you up for success in your career in real estate. This means you’ll have the opportunity to attend Macdonald Realty sales meetings - gaining an exclusive insight into the life of a real estate agent while determining if the industry is the right fit for you.

Learn more about Macdonald Pre-Licensing here.


In charting a new career path, choosing the right brokerage is key. Though we believe our approach and experience at Macdonald Realty give us an edge over our competitors, we recommend you take the time to interview five or six different brokerages to determine the best fit — which brokerage best meets your objectives. In choosing a brokerage firm, a key to assessing the right firm is to find out how the brokerage will support you through the rigorous Applied Practice Course. It’s the next credential you’ll need following successful completion of your Licensing Course, and generally takes four or five months to complete.

Macdonald Realty offers a unique mentorship program that helps newly licensed real estate agents hit the ground running and learn the skills necessary to build their business.

Learn about our mentorship program here.