Three ways REALTORS® can enhance their skills and knowledge

Your clients trust you to be experts and rely on you to navigate the complexities of buying or selling a home.

In our ever-changing industry, while challenging, it’s important to keep up to date on the latest trends, regulations and laws. Continuing education is required in many provinces; however, it shouldn’t be the only reason REALTORS® hit the books.

The knowledge you gain will pay off by making you a well-rounded, more informed agent with the tools needed to better serve clients and grow your business.

Here are three avenues where you can further your personal development and enhance your knowledge and skills:

CREA Learning Hub

The CREA Learning Hub is an amazing resource for REALTORS® and board/association staff to learn more about the products and services offered by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). It also provides a one-stop shop for professional development courses. Users can register online for courses, access their training 24/7 and download certificates for completed training.

Courses currently available on the Hub include:

While most training resources can be found on the new Hub, courses and material can still be found on REALTOR Link®. REALTORS® and board/association staff can find fully searchable help guides and webinars for CREA products and services on the REALTOR Link® Products and Services Training Centre. The REALTOR Link® CREA Courses page also provides information on CREA professional development programs, including ones specific to brokers.

“I found the Hub straightforward and easy to find the courses I was looking for. I appreciated how I could easily see the pricing of any course I was interested in. I also enjoyed the National Leadership 100 course I took through the Hub. It ensured I had all the information I needed to be prepared for the 200 and 300 level courses in class.”

– Ryan DeLuca, Manager Member Practice, Calgary Real Estate Board

Board or association courses 

Each board or association offers their own selection of free and/or paid courses for members. For example, the British Columbia Real Estate Association has partnered with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia and the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia to offer professional development courses such as Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: Guidance for REALTORS®, Manufactured Homes: What REALTORS® Need to Know and Strata Fundamentals.

The Manitoba Real Estate Association offers specialized education programs to its members such as Agriculture Real Estate, Principles of Appraisal and Principles of Commercial Real Estate.

In New Brunswick, members of the New Brunswick Real Estate Association are required to complete mandatory continuing professional development courses every year. The mandatory program includes one full-day mandatory course and one elective course such as Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation for REALTORS®, Ethical Practice and Radon Awareness, FINTRAC: Compliance for REALTORS®, Introduction to a Career in Real Estate and Real Estate Competition law.

Meanwhile, the Calgary Real Estate Board offers a selection of professional development courses to members of Alberta boards on topics such as legal, commercial real estate certification, condominium specialist certification and more. The Alberta Real Estate Association also has their own set of professional development courses, including one mandatory training session per year. Courses include Everyday Ethics, FINTRAC: Compliance for REALTORS® and Competition Law.

This is just a small sampling of professional development courses offered at a local level. Check with your board or association to see what programs are offered in your area.

University and college courses

There are several real estate-related courses offered at educational institutes across the country. Here is a selection of courses available:

How have you furthered your education to benefit your career? Tell us how in the Comments section.

Sarah Doktor brings her experience as a small-town journalist and national online editor to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Sarah helps facilitate conversations between CREA and our members, boards, associations and the public via our online communities. She also helps coordinate the content presented to you here on the CREA Café. In her spare time, Sarah can be found at the gym, running on a trail or watching Netflix with her cat, Libby.

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