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Educational Requirements

Education continued to be emphasized during the 1980s and 1990s. During this period the primary schools that had been developed by the Board were superseded by Real Estate 1000 and Real Estate 2000 courses. Real Estate 1000 provides sales representatives with an introduction to the industry. Real Estate 2000, introduced in 1984, is the course individuals must take to qualify for the agent's license.

In the 1990s, the educational requirements now include taking post-licensing courses as part of a continuing education program. The Post-Licensing Accreditation Program requires real estate practitioners to take eighteen hours of approved continuing education courses every two years in order to maintain their registration or license. The program began on October 1, 1995, and so 18 hours of continuing education will be are now required. The Edmonton Real Estate Board offers a full range of courses as part of this program.

The number and range of topics dealt with by the Board's program of seminars has expanded dramatically from the 1970s. The seminar program discusses specialized types of real estate such as condominiums and acreages. Seminars are also being organized that examine various developments in the industry, such as the Prohibition Order and new forms. From time to time the general public is also welcome to register for various seminars. In 1990 the Public Relations Department sponsored the first home buyers' seminar.

This article is extracted from John Gilpin, Responsible Enterprise: A History of Edmonton Real Estate & the Edmonton Real Estate Board. (Edmonton: Edmonton Real Estate Board, 1997). The Heritage Community Foundation and the Alberta Real Estate Foundation would like to thank John Gilpin and the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton for permission to reproduce this material.

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