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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I don’t complete my 5 pre-registration courses within the 18-month time frame?

You'll be required to begin the program again. Alternatively, you may apply to the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) for consideration of courses successfully completed already, via their Educational Equivalency Assessment (EEA) process.

What happens if I don’t complete my articling course within the 24-month time frame?

You will not be permitted to continue trading in real estate. Please contact RECO (416-207-4800, 1-800-245-6910, education@reco.on.ca) for additional information.

Can I complete the program in fewer than 18 months by taking the courses somewhere else?

OREA Real Estate College is the sole designated provider of real estate registration education in Ontario.

How do I get accepted into the college so I can start taking courses?

First, become familiar with the college’s admission requirements. You may then apply online and submit the required documentation or schedule an admissions test. After you have received your acceptance email, read and accept your student enrolment contract and enrol in your course.

How do I enrol into courses and book my exams?

You may enrol online, by telephone, or in person, as outlined below. You will need to select an exam date as part of the enrolment process.

  • go to www.orea.com, log in to My Portfolio, click on the Enrol in a Course button, and follow the prompts to complete your enrolment online
  • telephone our customer service line at 416-391-6732 or toll free at 1-866-411-6732
  • visit our office at 99 Duncan Mill Rd., Don Mills, Ontario

If any of the following apply to me, can I still become a real estate salesperson?

  • Hold a licence in another profession
  • Have filed for bankruptcy
  • Have a criminal record

The RECO Registrar reviews and evaluates all registration applications on a case-by-case basis. You must communicate your personal circumstances to RECO. Please contact RECO (416-207-4800, 1-800-245-6910, education@reco.on.ca) for additional information.

Can you give me any preparation tips for my upcoming exam?

We encourage you to:

  • Review all course materials, including quizzes
  • Take advantage of our online course-related forums in My OREA Community, located in your My Portfolio account
  • Become familiar with the exam format as described in Multiple Choice Exams–What you should expect, also located in My Portfolio

In addition, exam study aids, such as Passit® and ExamTutor©, are available for purchase. View more information about Passit® and ExamTutor©.

Are conversion tables provided for exams?

Where required, we provide conversion factors, formulas, and samples of standard forms.

Does everyone write the same exam for each course?

No. Every student writes a unique exam.

All exams for a given course have the same number of questions, cover the same subject areas, and have the same level of difficulty. Please see Multiple Choice Examinations–What you can expect in your My Portfolio account for more details.

Why do I have to choose my exam date at the time of enrolment?

Exam seats fill up quickly at our exam centres and well in advance. Selecting an exam date at the time of enrolment secures your spot so you can progress through the program on a predictable timeline.

Can I change my scheduled exam date if I need to?

Yes. You may change your exam date any time up to the day before it is currently scheduled. A $50 fee will apply. You can find more detail about exams here.

What happens if I miss my scheduled exam?

If you miss your scheduled exam, you will be given a mark of ‘0’, the course transcript will reflect ‘Fail’, and an exam attempt will be lost.

What happens if I fail my course exam?

You have two opportunities to write the exam for each course and a mark of 75% is required to pass. If you fail on your second attempt, you will be required to re-enrol in the course and pay the full fee.

Can I be notified of earlier classroom sessions in my area?

Yes. Once you are enrolled in a classroom course you may subscribe to our New Class Alert to receive advance notice of an earlier session that may open in your area.

Does the college maintain a waiting list for exams?

No

When I enrol in a course, do I have to buy my course materials separately?

No. All necessary course materials are included in your course fee.

Is financial assistance available to cover course fees?

OREA does not offer financial assistance.

After I enrol in a course, can I change my method of study (classroom, online, correspondence)?

Yes, you can transfer to a different study method. If you do transfer to a different study method, you must do so before the start date of your current course. A $50 fee will apply to transfer.

Can I complete all the courses and examinations online?

No. The following courses are offered in class only: The Residential Real Estate Transaction, The Commercial Real Estate Transaction, and the Real Estate Broker Course. All other courses are offered in a choice of learning options. Exams for all courses must be taken in person at a college exam centre.

Why do I have to take the Residential Real Estate Transaction and the Commercial Real Estate Transaction in class?

The content in these courses is best learned in a classroom setting. The Residential Real Estate Transaction and the Commercial Real Estate Transaction courses focus on trading different types of property, and current trends and issues that impact residential and commercial real estate.

Your success as a salesperson depends on your ability to prepare diverse agreements of purchase and sale, including the many terms and conditions that usually comprise such agreements. The classroom format is the most effective way to teach this material.

Does the college have any tutors?

No, but we do provide a variety of support services, such as:

  • Toll-free Instructor Support Line (1-866-444-5557)
  • Website education forms, which may be accessed by logging in to your My Portfolio account and then clicking on the My OREA Community link
  • Exam study aids such as Passit® and ExamTutor© are available for purchase

How long will it take me to finish these courses so I can start working in the business?

You may complete the courses as quickly as you wish, depending on course and exam availability. However, you have up to 18 months to complete all 5 Pre-registration courses. You must then apply to the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) to become registered to trade in real estate.

What will happen if I am unable to register with RECO within one year of completing Pre-registration?

You will be required to begin the program again. Alternatively, you may apply to the RECO for consideration of courses successfully completed already, via their Educational Equivalency Assessment (EEA) process.

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