May 5th - 2010

New enrolment requirements for OREA Real Estate College

OREA was recently registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 (PCCA).

OREA was recently registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 (PCCA). The PCCA is administered by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. As a result, certain changes have been made to admission requirements for new students in the OREA Salesperson Registration Education Program.

Under the PCCA, all private career colleges operating in Ontario must be registered under the PCCA and their vocational programs must be approved by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges. The PCCA is designed to protect students by requiring private career colleges to follow specific rules on fee refunds, qualifications of instructors, access to transcripts, advertising, etc. It also requires private career colleges to meet certain performance standards.

What this means to new students
In accordance with the PCCA, new students wishing to register for OREA’s Salesperson Registration Education Program will now be required to have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; or be at least 18 years of age, complete the Canadian Adult Achievement Test Level D and attain results reflecting grade 12 equivalency (completion of high school).

Students are required to provide the OREA Real Estate College with a copy of their Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma or a copy of their Ontario Secondary School transcript, which clearly states that an Ontario Secondary School Diploma was awarded.

The following are considered equivalent to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma:

  • a secondary school graduation diploma from any other Canadian province or territory or from the United States.
  • a General Education Development (GED) Certificate issued by a Canadian province or territory or from the United States.
  • a transcript, diploma or certificate from another country, assessed at an Ontario Secondary School Diploma level by a recognized assessment service such as World Education Services (“WES”). Additional information is available from WES at www.wes.org/ca.
  • a Canadian postsecondary diploma or degree.
  • a non-Canadian postsecondary diploma or degree that has been assessed as equivalent to a Canadian postsecondary diploma or degree by a recognized assessment service such as WES.
  • a certificate of completion for an Ontario academic upgrading program that is accepted by an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology for entry into an Ontario postsecondary program.
  • a certificate of completion of an academic upgrading program from another Canadian jurisdiction that is accepted by an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology for entry into an Ontario postsecondary program.
  • a Certificate of Apprenticeship or Certificate of Qualification in any trade from Ontario or other Canadian jurisdiction.

To make it as easy as possible for students to enrol in OREA’s Salesperson Registration Education program, documents may be forwarded by the applicant or the issuing educational institution, school board or the Independent Learning Centre. They can be sent either:

  • electronically to admissions@orea.com; or
  • by FAX to the Admissions Department (416) 445–2113 or 1-877-466-1368; or
  • by regular mail or taken in person to: Admissions Department, OREA Real Estate College, 99 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario M3B 1Z2.

For more information about these new admission requirements, contact the OREA Real Estate College at (416) 391-6732 or (866) 411-6732, by email at admissions@orea.com, or by visiting the website of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/priv_programs.html.

What it takes to trade in real estate
To be successful in real estate there are a number of recommended personal skills you should possess including:

  • organization & planning
  • confidence & persistence
  • problem-solving
  • people skills
  • self-discipline and self-motivation
  • basic computer knowledge

In order to trade in real estate you must also:

  • Be a resident of Canada.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be at least 18 years of age, complete the Canadian Adult Achievement Test Level D and attain results reflecting grade 12 equivalency (completion of high school).
  • Apply for salesperson registration within one year of successfully completing the last course in the pre-registration segment (The Residential Real Estate Transaction or The Commercial Real Estate Transaction).
  • Complete the required RECO forms.
  • Submit the appropriate fees.
  • Have a good past record of financial responsibility and conduct.
  • Have received a salesperson registration certificate.
  • Be employed by a registered brokerage.

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