REALTOR® Licensing & Costs

It is important to do your homework to ensure you fully understand the licensing requirements and costs involved in starting a real estate career in Calgary and surrounding areas. The more prepared you are from the start, the better set you will be for a successful career.



We have broken down the steps to get your Real Estate License in Alberta. RECA oversees the licensing requirements in Alberta. For more information, go to 

If anything from your past could prevent you from becoming licensed, you may request a Suitability Review from RECA.

Complete RECA’s online eligibility process. To meet eligibility requirements, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma or higher (transcripts required)
  • Be proficient in English
  • Be able to lawfully study and work in Canada
  • Have completed the free, online Real Estate Career Information Session

All real estate licensees must complete the Fundamentals of Real Estate. Additionally, you will need to complete the practice course (or courses) applicable to the work you will be doing, and the accompanying exams to become eligible for licensing in Alberta. Real estate practice areas include:

  • commercial
  • property management
  • residential
  • rural (agri-business)

You will need to complete the required education through a recognized course provider

Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA)  

The real estate exams are handled by the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA)

Provide a Certified Criminal Record Check with fingerprinting and Third Party Waiver (direct to RECA from RCMP)

Obtain employment with a brokerage. Click here to know What to Ask When Looking for a Brokerage!

Complete the licensing and registration process with RECA and your broker

Complete the CREB® orientation and sign up for membership

Want to know what to expect when you start?


Below are the RECA fees for the 2020 – 2021 licensing year (excluding GST, some fees may be pro-rated)

RECA Pre-Licensing Fees

  • Education
  • Fingerprinting
  • RCMP Criminal Record
    Check Fee

Pre-Licensing Education

  • Fundamentals
    of Real Estate
    RELO $1250
    AREA $800
  • Practice Courses (Min. One) Commercial, Residential, Rural or Property Management
    RELO $800 Each
    AREA $400 Each

RECA Licensing Fees

  • RECA
    Licensing Fees

  • REIX
  • Assurance

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