At AREA, we are dedicated to strengthening the real estate profession and supporting our members in upholding the highest standards of practice. AREA Professional Development provides educational tools to help members develop technical skills and achieve professional excellence. In addition to optional training opportunities, AREA also requires its members to complete one formal course each year, which is covered within member dues. In 2017, the mandatory training is Enforceable Contracts.
The courses below are available to AREA members and non-AREA members. AREA's online course catalogue has been designed to be compatible with Apple and Android devices. Find the desktop learning computer requirements here.
Ethics are the underlying framework of a REALTORS® relationship with all stakeholders; protecting the integrity of the practice and increasing consumer confidence. AREA’s 2018 mandatory professional development offering will equip REALTORS® with a thorough exploration of the common theories on ethics and how to apply them in their day to day interactions. The course takes approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete and offers a compulsory self assessment at the end to evaluate the learning.
To be completed by: Jan 31, 2019
Contract writing is a crucial service that REALTORS® provide their clients. AREA’s 2017 Mandatory Professional development offering will provide REALTORS® with foundational knowledge on the key elements required for a contract to be binding, as well as how those elements apply to the AREA Residential Purchase Contract. Both new and experienced REALTORS® will gain awareness that will strengthen the contracts that they form on behalf of their clients and brokerages. This course takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hours and requires a passing grade of 75%. Date to be completed by: January 31, 2018.
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Money laundering and terrorist activities are a global problem. Complying with the Canadian governments’ Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA), this course is designed as the foundation course for REALTORS®, Brokers and Broker Managers to understand their responsibilities as they are related to PCMLTFA and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC). This course takes 1.5-2 hours and requires a passing grade of 80%.
Canadian Anti-Spam legislation came into effect July 1, 2014, and directly impacts how businesses, including REALTORS®, can communicate with their clients. CASL penalties can be daunting, and most infractions are caused by a lack of awareness surrounding the regulations. This course walks through the regulations, and provides a guideline for how business to consumer communication must take place. This course takes approximately 2.5 hours, and requires a passing grade of 80%.
The Competition Act is federal legislation designed to maintain and encourage marketplace competition, and is administered and enforced by the Competition Bureau, a federal enforcement agency. This Act applies to many industries, including real estate. REALTORS® work together often, and the balance between cooperation and competition can be fine. This course provides an overview of the Competition Act and identifies important sections for REALTORS®. This course takes approximately 2.5 hours and requires a passing grade of 80%.
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