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Professional Real Estate

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online for the Fall semester.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
  • Students should be prepared to attend some synchronous online sessions during regular school hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm PST). Student schedules will be available in late August 2020.
  • Learn more about how this program is adapting learning during COVID-19.

Graduates of the Professional Real Estate Advanced Diploma program will be prepared to apply relevant skills to create a successful career in a variety of real estate industry positions in Vancouver, British Columbia, and nationally. The program is designed by professionals and faculty with extensive, practical, industry experience. Along with relevant foundational theory, students are introduced to real-world settings and practical experiences that prepare them for ethical, professional service in a range of industry roles including real estate agents, brokers, appraisers, and property managers. This theory-based, practice-driven learning platform will deliver graduates to the industry with foundational skills and competencies from which to a build a base for a long-term career.

About the program:

  • One year, full-time
  • Classes are scheduled three days a week
  • Personal attention with just 26 students per class
  • Challenge the Real Estate Council of British Columbia’s licensing examinations
  • Complete a Business Consulting Project for a company

Who should apply for the Professional Real Estate Diploma?

The Professional Real Estate diploma program might be for you if you:
  • Have a diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, or 60 course credits
  • Have some business experience
  • Have an ability to build relationships
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.

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.

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.

International Exchange

BCIT offers a number of international exchange opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. Learn more about international exchange opportunities and international double degrees with internships.

Accredited Program

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

Program Entry

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

This program is open to applications beginning March 15th (or next business day).

Entrance requirements

This program has a three-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Pre-entry assessment

Applicants must complete a questionnaire to have their education, experience, and interest assessed by the department.

  1. Email a completed Pre-entry Assessment form [PDF] to
  2. You may be requested to send additional documents or meet with the program head.
  3. Once your pre-entry assessment has been approved, submit your online application.

Step 2: Meet the following entrance requirements and submit your application

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:

  • Entry options: one of the following:
  • Option 1: Standard entry

    • Post-secondary education: one of the following from a recognized post-secondary institution:
      • Diploma (minimum two years, 60 credits) or
      • Associate degree or
      • Bachelor's degree or
      • 60.0 credits of courses fulfilling the requirements of the first two years of a defined undergraduate degree

    • Post-secondary math: one of the following (or equivalent):
      • 3.0 credits of post-secondary mathematics or
      • 3.0 credits of post-secondary statistics or
      • OPMT 1110 - Business Math

    Option 2: Alternate entry

    Alternate entry applicants must possess a combination of work experience, education, and professional development, and show sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to be successful in the program. This includes:

    • Seven years of relevant work experience in customer-oriented role, including three years in a supervisory role.

    • Formal or informal education or development in business, a technical field, skilled trade, or other related discipline. Professional development will be assessed by the program department based on three criteria:
      1. Workplace training experience
      2. Professional experience
      3. Previous education

    • Demonstrated skills and competencies in sales and/or negotiation.

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 3: For accepted applicants

Accepted applicants must complete REAL 0100 - Ramp Up approximately one month prior to term start. Access to this course will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Recommended for success

Applicants are encouraged 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.

International applicants

International students should be aware that this program has a mandatory integrated work experience and you are responsible for ensuring that you hold a valid co-op work permit, which is required to complete this practicum. The co-op work permit is separate from the study permit for having authorization to work up to 20 hours per week during your studies.

For more information, please contact the BCIT International Student Centre.

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Learn more about how to apply

Scheduled intakes

January each year.


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

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

Costs & Supplies

Bring Your Own Device

Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Term 5: $775; Term 6: $775; Term 7: $1500

(General estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

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


Class hours

Classes are scheduled between 8:30am - 5:30pm, three days per week.

Program delivery

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.

In addition to classroom work and studies, all students engage in a 15-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

Term 5 (15 weeks) Credits
  MKTG 5100 Integrated Marketing Communication Strategy 4.0
  REAL 5000 Building a Sustainable Real Estate Business 4.0
  REAL 5300 Real Estate Market Economics 3.0
  REAL 5400 Sales Generation in Real Estate 4.0
  REAL 5700 Real Estate Law and Principles 5.0
Term 6 (15 weeks) Credits
  MKTG 5200 Market Research 4.0
  REAL 5500 Real Estate Financing 3.0
  REAL 5600 Real Estate Development Foundation 4.0
  REAL 6000 Real Property Valuation 3.0
  REAL 6100 Real Estate Sale and Lease Contracts 6.0
Term 7 (15 weeks) Credits
  REAL 6200 Real Estate Leadership and Managerial Finance 4.0
  REAL 6400 Real Estate Negotiation 4.0
  REAL 6500 Analysis of Development Potential 4.0
  REAL 6700 Building and Delivering Winning Real Estate Proposals 4.0
  REAL 6900 Real Estate Business Consulting Project 4.0
Total Credits: 60.0

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

This program is designed to be advanced undergraduate competency level. Applicants require a diploma or degree (or equivalent study/life experience) to gain acceptance in the program. They will complete a four week long online “Ramp-Up” course offered prior to the first term starting. Students then complete a total of 60 credits over three, 15-week long terms.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

Real Estate Business Strategy and Operations
  • Evaluate and apply proven, fundamental business concepts to the real estate industry.
  • Identify and apply successful management and leadership models to a real estate business.
  • Confirm the concepts and applications of responsible financial management of a real estate business.
Real Estate Marketplace
  • Create and execute effective marketing strategy for building a successful real estate business.
  • Articulate core legal requirements including basic Canadian legal principles, and BC laws pertaining to real estate industry regulation, tenancy, strata property, contracts, agency, mortgages, property tax, indigenous land, and zoning, relevant to the real property marketplace.
  • Demonstrate competent application of professional ethics and codes of business practice, as required in the BC real property marketplace.
  • Appraise and evaluate real property in each of the key asset classes, including development opportunities, for the purpose of identifying profitable development sites in forecasted market conditions.
  • Recognize and respond effectively to relevant shifts in vital trends within a real estate market.
Real Estate Practice
  • Develop effective, efficient, integrated marketing strategy to harvest profit from a real estate business opportunity in dynamic market conditions.
  • Perform financial (including mortgage) calculations in support of financial knowledge relevant for decision-making in a real estate marketplace.
  • Master basic, relationship-driven professional sales skills specific to the real estate industry.
  • Negotiate enforceable real estate contracts in situations typified by high emotive and complex dynamics, while delivering appropriate fiduciary care to all stakeholders.
  • Identify the most profitable approach for a specific real estate investment opportunity, and then demonstrate how to add personal value to the profitable harvest of that opportunity.
  • Demonstrate appropriate legal and ethical competence in service of clients and the public, according to the British Columbia Real Estate Council regulations, while carrying out a myriad of professional real estate functions.
  • Demonstrate concepts and applications learned during the program, through professional level completion of a live BC real estate market challenge sponsored by an industry partner.

Program length

One year, full-time.


Each student must achieve 50% in each course in each term to qualify for the next term.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

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.

Some career opportunities include:

  • Real Estate Agent
  • Property Value Appraiser
  • Real Estate Sales Coordinator
  • Residential Property Manager
  • Land Development Manager
  • Real Estate Project Manager
  • Asset Manager
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Real Property Financial Analyst

The program will, as an additional benefit to qualified graduates, see the graduate be able to challenge any, or all, of the following BC real estate licensing courses:

  • Real Estate Trading Services
  • Real Estate Associate and Managing Broker
  • Real Estate Property Management
  • Mortgage Broker

The British Columbia real estate industry licensing requirements are amongst the most rigorous in the world. Graduates successfully licensed in any of these specialties may then be positioned to challenge similar licensing requirements in all other Canadian provinces and many American states.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Learning during COVID-19

Online learning

This program will be delivered online for the entire Fall 2020 term. Learn wherever you choose, as there’s no requirement to attend campus or classes in-person throughout the entire Fall term.

While the online classroom looks different, the quality of instruction and the commitment of our faculty and staff remains as strong as ever. We’re dedicated to ensuring that your learning experience is meaningful and productive.

Your schedule

You will be expected to attend online classes and complete group work between the hours of 8:30am – 5:30pm PST, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Technology requirements

Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Safety on campus

As this program is being delivered online for the Fall term, there’s no requirement for you to come to campus. Please see below for information on accessing instructor support and on the student services offered virtually.

Services and support

Instructors will continue to be available to students remotely, including five dedicated office hours per week. Our Student Services staff continue to offer advice, care, and support as needed to optimize your learning experience. Many services, including Student Health Services, Counselling and Student Development, and Peer Tutoring are offering phone or virtual appointments to BCIT students.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

All Real Estate faculty have industry experience at some of today's leading businesses, bringing their passion for this dynamic industry to the classroom. They're accomplished in both the real estate and teaching fields, creating 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.

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Enrolling at the BCIT Real Estate Program was the single best life decision I have ever made. The courses were designed to emulate what it was like to work in BC’s real estate industry. The knowledge and tools I gained from my time at BCIT were immediately transferable to the working world. On top of industry specific knowledge, the program heavily focused on building and maintaining relationships with industry experts. This program was a main reason I was able to find work so quickly. Luca Bortolazzo, New Wave Lending