Steps to follow to become a broker
Becoming a real estate broker doesn’t happen overnight! To be able to practice the profession in Québec, candidates must successfully go through the following steps: However, before moving on to the first step, you must think of the area of practice desired: residential real estate brokerage or commercial real estate brokerage.
Step 1: Successfully complete a basic training program recognized by the OACIQ
Step 2: Prepare for the OACIQ certification examination
The OACIQ certification examinations simulate a real estate transaction and are designed to validate a candidate’s ability to use the various resources at his disposal and to apply and adapt them to different professional contexts. The candidate will prepare according to the examination that concerns him, based on his skills (residential real estate brokerage or commercial real estate brokerage).
The skills-based approach is a way for the OACIQ to ensure that each individual who is issued a licence is capable of bringing a real estate transaction to fruition and to act in accordance with professional standards in the fields of real estate brokerage.
The competency frameworks are guides to help future brokers understand what competencies must be developed and mastered in order to act ethically and responsibly in their brokerage practice.
Each skill included in the frameworks was based on an analysis of professional situations followed by a validation process with practitioners and professionals in each of the areas, in order to ensure that the frameworks reflect reality while meeting the requirements of the profession.
A professional situation represents the responsibility that befalls the broker in the course of his activities. These situations lead to professional actions being taken to bring them to fruition.
In turn, the professional actions taken require proficiency with the use of professional resources. These resources are essentially the knowledge that a candidate must master to take the professional actions required in an expert and efficient manner.
The examinations are based on competency frameworks designed* to reflect the professional activities of real estate brokers and agency executive officers. Check them out (on the right) for a better preparation for the exam.
* Note: The development process for the competency framework for residential real estate brokerage was proposed by Mr. Jacques Tardif, professor at the Université de Sherbrooke.
Step 3: Apply for an OACIQ exam
After consulting the exam calendar to see the date that suits you, fill out the ''Examination Application'' form found on the Examination Forms page. t is important to sign the form and attach all required documents (proof of identity, transcript, and payment). Send everything to firstname.lastname@example.org in a single email no later than the last day of the registration period specified in the calendar of examinations, under Details. Otherwise, you will not be registered for the desired session. You will then have to choose a new session based on the spaces available on the calendar.
Step 4: Notice of examination
Step 5: Mailing of results
The OACIQ will notify you by email when your exam results are available. You may then check them out in My record on synbad.com. It is therefore important to ensure that your access to synbad.com is functional. When you applied for the exam, you received a notification with your login information. If you cannot find this information or are experiencing problems logging in to synbad.com, contact the information centre Info OACIQ. Please note that no results will be given over the phone.
If you fail, regulations allow for up to three supplemental exams to continue your certification process. You will have 12 months following your initial examination to take them.
Thanks to the accumulated competencies principle established by the OACIQ, each competency has to be successfully completed only once. This means that each competency that is successfully completed during an exam session will remain acquired on your record for 12 months. During a supplemental exam, you must still take the entire exam.
To take a supplemental exam, please complete the form Application to take a supplemental examination .
You may also request a grade review using the Request for examination grade review form, where you will find all the information pertaining to this process.
The form must be sent no later than 15 days following the date the exam results were issued. Note that a grade review request means a rescoring of your exam. Your result may stay the same or change. Grade review does not provide access to your exam papers. Fees and delays apply.
Step 6: Application for issuance of your licence
Step 7: Receiving the licence
That’s it! If your licence application has been properly completed and all licence requirements are met, you will receive your licence by email. You may print it and present it to your clients. Note that you will have to renew your licence every year, pay the applicable fees and complete the Mandatory Continuing education Program (MCEP) to keep your knowledge current for your own benefit and that of your clients.