Professional Real Estate Option Full-time Diploma 630udiplt

Professional Real Estate

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The real estate industry is so much more than agents selling houses. In fact, if you’re interested in this changing, dynamic industry, BCIT’s Professional Real Estate diploma program offers you an opportunity to build your career as a real estate entrepreneur or an integral part of a corporate team.

As part of our unique program focused on preparing you for real-world success with practical-driven skills, you’ll gain an understanding of fundamental business skills as well as focused industry knowledge. You’ll gain the unique skills to read and forecast the real estate market and decide the most profitable approach for creating a real estate investment opportunity.

And BCIT is the only institution in Canada where you can transfer half of your courses toward a Sauder School of Business (UBC) diploma.

About the Professional Real Estate program

  • 2-year, full-time program
  • Personal attention with just 26 students per class
  • Program run in collaboration with the Sauder School of Business where students get the best of both schools
Find out more about how the Professional Real Estate diploma program can help you improve your career on the Program Details page.

Who should apply for the Professional Real Estate diploma?

While high-school completion is the only requirement to enroll in the program, students who have work and travel experience often have more success with the program and subsequent careers.

The Professional Real Estate diploma program might be for you if you:
  • Have some work experience after high school
  • Have some business and travelling experience
  • Have some post-secondary education (1-2 years)
  • Have an ability to build relationships
Most importantly, successful students often have a strong ambition to succeed and willingness to work toward an exciting career. If this sounds like you, visit our Program Entry page to apply today.

Your experience matters

Do you have working experience or additional schooling? Your experience might qualify you for course credits toward your diploma. Find out if you’re eligible for advanced placement.

Graduates are also eligible to continue their studies to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree at BCIT with full- or part-time evening courses, or continue their education at UBC in the Sauder School of Business.

What grads can do

At BCIT, you’ll be prepared with courses and studies designed by working industry professionals. This gives you the real-world knowledge to move from graduation and into a career in a variety of fields.

Our graduates are in high demand for opportunities like residential or commercial sales and development, industrial leasing, sales or financing, land development, marketing resort properties, project marketing, and more.

Learn more about the exciting opportunities available on the Graduating and Jobs page.

Accredited Program

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Program Entry

Admission for the Real Estate Program has more applications than available seats. Begin the application process early to increase your opportunities for acceptance. Applicants must have a passion for becoming a member of the real estate profession, as both the pace and content volume is very demanding of the student in this program. The real estate industry counts on our graduates having met and stretched above a very high bar on the ladder of success.

As a sincere applicant, to ensure you fully understand the nature and content of the Professional Real Estate Program it is strongly recommended you first book a private meeting with the Program Head, Bill Phillips. This meeting can be done by phone or in person. As BCIT delivers adult learning, it is expected all communication with any applicant is done only through the applicant and not through third parties.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Applicants are urged to attend an information session offered throughout the year. These are free of charge and are open to all to attend. Registration is requested, but not required.

  • It is strongly recommended that you assess your fundamental mathematical skills. The Mathematics Self-Diagnostic Test [PDF] is voluntary. If you find these problems difficult, we strongly recommend that you attend OPMT 0199. You should be able to do this exercise in about an hour, after which you should compare your answers with the correct ones supplied. If you scored less than 20 out of 26 correct, you should seriously consider upgrading your mathematical skills.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

    • February 1st for level 2 (January start)
    • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at BCIT or another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. As per Admission Procedure 5003-PR1, the department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

Applications will be accepted up to day 14 of the term; an official transcript and a course outline where appropriate must be provided (or be on file with BCIT) to process the request. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit through this process.

Apply to program

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

The two-year Marketing Management Diploma program shares a common first year of core business subjects. The second year of the program focuses on specific fields of marketing expertise.

Candidates who wish to apply to the Professional Real Estate option must declare this option/specialization at the time of application.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $775; Level 2: $500; Level 3: $700; Level 4: $600
(General estimated cost, and subject to change)

Additional Expenses

Graduating year field trips and research: $200.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


In preparing for a career in real estate at BCIT, you’ll study a variety of courses that give you a solid understanding of business essentials in marketing, communications, and more. Additionally, you’ll study truly applicable, job-focused skills in courses like Advanced Sales and Negotiation, Real Estate Law and Principles, and Building a Sustainable Real Estate Business.

In addition to classroom work and studies, all students engage in a 16-week Business Consulting Project to address and develop a solution to a real problem for a company. In this project, you’ll learn to collect and analyze data, create recommendations, and present your findings to company management.

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks)
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour 3.0
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  BSYS 2070 Business Information Systems 2 for MKTG* 2.0
  BUSA 2100 Principles of Management* 2.0
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 2152 Accounting for Management 5.5
  MKTG 2202 Introduction to Marketing Communications 4.0
  MKTG 2243 Sales Skills 4.0
  OPMT 1130 Business Statistics 5.5
* denotes a half-term course
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  MKTG 3309 Marketing Research 4.0
  MKTG 3311 Real Estate Principles 1 4.0
  MKTG 3312 Economics of Real Estate Markets 4.0
  MKTG 3313 Introduction to Real Estate Finance 4.0
  MKTG 3333 Building a Sustainable Real Estate Business 4.0
  MKTG 3334 Advanced Sales and Negotiation 4.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  MKTG 4335 Real Estate Practice 6.5
  MKTG 4411 Real Estate Law and Principles 2 5.5
  MKTG 4412 Introduction to Real Estate Evaluation and Investment Analysis 5.5
  MKTG 4413 Mortgage Finance 5.5
  MKTG 4414 Real Property Asset Management 2.5
  MKTG 4418 Business Consulting Projects 8.0
  MKTG 4431 Internet Marketing Applications 4.0
Total Credits: 115.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

You’ll prepare for your career in real estate with our unique program developed by people with extensive industry experience. Each step in your training is focused on practical skills used every day by successful real estate agents, brokers, appraisers, and other professionals.

The goal of the Professional Real Estate Diploma Program is to give you the applicable skills you need to create a successful career with opportunities in a variety of real estate jobs. To do that, you’ll learn to:
  • Understand the fundamental business concepts and applications for the real estate industry
  • Apply the core skills required of a real estate industry professional in today’s dynamic, global marketplace 
  • Identify and interpret real estate market trends
  • Appraise and evaluate real property values 
  • Understand and apply the core legal requirements and ethical principles to the real property marketplace 
  • Decide the most profitable approach for creating a real estate investment opportunity
•Adapt and innovate to changes in the real estate market

Program length

Two years, full-time


Continuation in the Marketing Management Program Year 2

In order to be eligible to continue into the second year of the marketing management program a student must have successfully completed all required first year courses or equivalencies.

  1. At the end of first year students failing: MKTG 2202, MKTG 2243 and/or any 3 or more courses not in Marketing, will not be allowed to proceed in the program. If students wish to re-enter the program they must complete the outstanding courses and re-apply to the program.

  2. At the end of the first year of the program, students having failed one course not in Marketing may continue in the program. Their program option will be held if the failed course is successfully completed at BCIT, 10 days prior to the next term start up. If they are completing the courses at another institution then the students must provide proof of registration for the outstanding course no later than 60 calendar days prior to the term start date. An official transcript with the final grade must also be submitted before acceptance into the program option is granted.

  3. Students having failed two courses not in Marketing may continue in the program but their program option seat will not be held. If the failed courses are successfully completed at BCIT before term start up, the student can re-apply to their preferred option. If completing the courses at another institution students must provide proof of registration for the outstanding course(s) no later than 60 calendar days prior to the term start date. An official transcript with the final grade(s) must also be submitted before acceptance into the program option is granted.

Students required to reapply for a program option seat in the Marketing Management Program will be competing for a limited number of seats available and are not guaranteed their first option choice.


The Professional Real Estate option of the Marketing Management program affords students the opportunity to obtain professional accreditation with both the British Columbia and Canadian professional real estate bodies upon completion of their licensing and industry experience requirements.

Upon successful graduation in BCIT's School of Business Professional Real Estate Program, graduates are eligible to write professional licensing examinations in British Columbia, apply for membership in Canadian real estate boards and associations, apply for membership in the Urban Development Institute, the Real Estate Institute, Building and Office Management Association, the Appraisal Institute, and many other pivotal real estate professional organizations.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Marketing Management graduates can obtain transfer credit toward Business degree programs at a number of universities both within and outside the province. As well, graduates may pursue degree completion through BCIT's Bachelor of Business Administration program.

Graduating & Jobs

With BCIT’s unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical, real-world skills, graduates from the program have built their exciting careers across many fields and across the globe. Graduates are prepared for employment in residential sales and development, industrial leasing and sales, recreational land, marketing resort properties, and more. Our graduates are currently working in Vietnam, Hawaii, Calgary, Toronto, Atlanta, Kelowna, Dawson Creek, Victoria, and of course, Vancouver, among other places.

Students also have the opportunity to obtain professional accreditation with both the British Columbia and Canadian professional real estate bodies upon completion of their licensing and industry experience requirements.

Some career opportunities include:
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Property Value Appraiser
  • Real Estate Sales Coordinator
  • Residential Property Manager
  • Land Development Manager
  • Real Estate Project Manager
Companies who have hired BCIT graduates include:
  • BC Assessment Authority
  • BC Buildings Corporation
  • Bentall Kennedy 
  • Bosa Developments 
  • Citifund 
  • City of Edmonton 
  • Colliers International 
  • Fraser Surrey Docks 
  • McDonald's Restaurants [Canada] 
  • Prudential Sussex 
  • ReMax Dawson Creek 
  • Rennie Marketing Systems 
  • Royal LePage Wolstencroft 
  • Sothebys Premier Canadian Properties 
  • Sutton Group City Center 
  • Whistler Real Estate Company

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2012-2014 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2011-2013 graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Advanced Placement

Do you have a degree, diploma, or completed a substantial amount of post-secondary courses? You may qualify for advanced placement into the Marketing Management - Professional Real Estate program. Students that qualify for advanced placement can enter the program in the middle of first year or the beginning of the second year depending on the number of transfer credits received.

Acceptance into advanced placement is dependent on a number of factors including: seat availability, course transfer credits, and the number of applications received. Most applicants are required to complete additional course work before entering their desired program. Early application is strongly recommended.

Entry into the middle of Year 1 (January)

  • Application process opens on February 1st

Entry into the start of Year 2 (September)

  • Application process opens on November 15th

When applying for advanced placement, you must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your online application.

For more information about eligibility requirements and the application process, please download the Marketing Management - Professional Real Estate Advanced Placement Guide [PDF].

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is also a viable option for students that have completed a bachelor’s degree. This is an eight month full-time program that leads into a number of international MBA programs.

Business Consulting Project

A BCIT Business Consulting Project provides second year Professional Real Estate students the opportunity to work over a 16 week period with an organization to identify a market opportunity and then test it by completing a Business Case and then, if it is profitable, building a Business Strategy to harvest the opportunity. Fully self-directed the students work in a team of two or three to identify potential opportunities, conduct research, and recommend effective solutions. The student-team completes a comprehensive, professional written report and present an oral presentation to the sponsoring organization outlining the student team’s marketing recommendations and solutions. This is as real-life as it can get for the students, fully testing their BCIT learning to-date as well as that which they are experiencing daily throughout the BCP timeline.

Business Consulting Projects are different from traditional co-op and internship programs. Students are not assigned to actual positions, but rather fill a consulting role for businesses and organizations. Each project has a BCIT faculty member that serves as an advisor for the student consulting team. Exit surveys from participating companies show that the completed strategic business solutions consistently have a value that far surpassed their expectations

View a complete list of past Business Consulting Projects students have completed in a wide variety of industries.

Some of our past Business Consulting Project sponsors include:
  • Amacon
  • Appia Development
  • Avision Young
  • Bentall Kennedy
  • Boffo Developments
  • Bosa Properties
  • Bosa Ventures
  • Colliers International
  • Corbel Commercial
  • Cressey Development
  • Cushman Wakefield
  • Delta Lands
  • Dexter Properties
  • Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing
  • MAC Marketing
  • MacDonald Realty
  • MPC
  • Morningstar Homes
  • Mosaic Homes
  • Polygon Homes
  • Real Estate Council of British Columbia
  • Rennie Marketing Systems
  • Royal LePage Black Tusk Realty
  • Royal LePage Wolstencroft
  • Townline Homes
  • Wallmark Homes
  • Urban Analytics

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

The core Professional Real Estate Program courses are taught by Bill Phillips and Alfred Marchi, who bring over 70 years of practical experience in the Canadian real estate industry to the classroom every day. Bill, a graduate of BCIT and Queens University, and Alfred, a UBC graduate, create a real-life learning environment that has proven to be one of the most demanding in the BCIT School of Business. Active in the Canadian real estate industry on a daily basis, Bill and Alfred create a challenging learning platform from which each Program graduate can be well-prepared to enter and contribute to this dynamic, demanding multi-billion dollar business field.

Advisory committee

  • Mark Belling, Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing
  • Andrea Camp, Mosaic Homes
  • Brad Cowden, Wallmark Homes
  • Stephanie Corcoran, Re/Max Real Estate Services
  • Michelle Corday, Marco Properties
  • Stephen Duyvewaardt, SDM Realty Advisors
  • Robert Fawcett, Real Estate Council of British Columbia
  • Pat Kelly, The Whistler Real Estate Company Ltd.
  • Kevin Kurjata, ReMax Dawson Creek
  • Kirk Kuester, Colliers International
  • Lisa Bjornson, Royal LePage BlackTusk Realty
  • Rich Lawson, Pursuit Capital Corporation
  • Cal Lindberg, Angell Hasman
  • Rudy Nielsen, NIHO Land & Cattle Company
  • Cal Ross, Johnston Ross & Cheng Appraisals
  • Ben Taylor, Wesgroup
  • Jamie Schreder, Royal LePage Wolstencroft
  • Daryl Simpson, Bosa Properties
  • Dave Watt, Royal LePage North Shore
  • Bruce Weston, Pencor Capital
  • Hendrik Zessel, Cushman Wakefield

Contact Us

Debbie Flynn
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8571 |

Bill Phillips
Program Head, Professional Real Estate
604-451-6762 |

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