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How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Quebec

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Becoming a real estate agent requires completing a course of study, passing an exam and working with a registered broker. Real estate agents may choose several professional paths after becoming licensed, including working in residential or commercial real estate sales, property management or as a business broker.

Requirements

Applicants for a real estate license in Quebec must be at least 18 years old.

Fluency in English and French, the official languages of Canada.

Applicants must have completed high school in Canada or passed an equivalency exam.

A clean criminal record is necessary for becoming a real estate agent. According to Quebec's official real estate site, in the five years before becoming an agent, applicants must not have been found guilty of a criminal offense or an offense against the Real Estate Brokerage Act or a governing real estate brokerage outside Quebec, in connection with the management of a trust account.

Getting Certified

Visit the website for the Association des Courtiers et Agents Immobiliers du Quebec (www.acqia.com) to learn about the requirements and process. This site also provides information about accredited programs.

Enroll in an accredited real estate course, either online or in a traditional classroom setting. The Coll├Ęge de l'immobilier du Quebec is the largest and most well-known real estate school in Quebec.

After completing an accredited course, you must pass a certification exam. Exams are offered throughout the province throughout the year. Visit www.acqia.com for a list of locations and dates.

At least 45 days before taking the exam, find a sponsor broker. In Canada, brokers are required to sponsor aspiring real estate agents and must participate in their education through mentoring and the signing of documents.

Within one month of the agent becoming licensed, a premium notice will be mailed to the sponsoring broker.

Tip

A keen interest in real estate and people are keys to success.

Warning

Becoming a real estate agent is a career path and should not be entered into without great consideration.

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About the Author

J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.