A new frontier in continuing education for REALTORS®

Most REALTORS® will agree that ongoing professional development is essential, as it enhances the knowledge and skills required to deliver professional and quality service to both clients and community. However, with competing time demands, professional development is often an area that takes a back seat.

Online training has become increasingly popular as a platform for delivering professional development opportunities, as it provides an ease of access that face-to-face training cannot provide. It allows the learner to engage in courses at their own pace and on their own time, which is invaluable in a client-driven business.

REALTORS® across Canada now have even more opportunity to engage in professional development, with the launch of REvia – a new joint venture between several of Canada’s provincial real estate associations, who are utilizing online tools to facilitate and deliver training to the organized real estate sector.

This collaboration also allows for the exploration of more streamlined courses and learning material for REALTORS® across the country. With course development costs being shared amongst the boards, REvia is able to capitalize on economies of scale to deliver a better variety of new and exciting content, designed specifically for REALTORS®.

A perfect example of this is REvia’s new course, which provides information on Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation. The CASL course is offered in both English and French, and provides a full overview of everything REALTORS® need to know to stay compliant. Over the next few months, REvia anticipates new courses will be added to the calendar, with plans in the works to launch a new FINTRAC course shortly.

By registering with REvia, you gain access to courses that can be completed 24/7 from the comfort of your own home. There is no longer a need to travel, or book precious time away from your clients and the office, as you can engage in education on demand with our flexible learning environment.

Although REvia is starting out small, REALTORS® are encouraged to register now and help us grow. Visit the website at www.REvia.ca and explore the opportunities available to you. Your feedback and input play an integral role in shaping the direction of REvia’s future so help us provide you the best learning experience possible by telling us what you would like to see in terms of education and professional development for REALTORS®. Share your ideas for new courses in the Comments below.

This is the year to take control of your education – when your time is in demand, choose your courses on demand with REvia. We hope you join us on this exciting new frontier in real estate education!

Bill Madder is the CEO of the Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS® and has been in the real estate industry since 1979. During that time, he has worked as a salesperson, broker/sales manager, and Board Executive. He currently serves as Chair of the Governing Committee of REvia, the Real Estate Knowledge Network. In his spare time, Bill enjoys golf, swimming, and cheering on the Saskatoon Blades. You can follow him on Twitter at @SaskREALTORS.

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