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.
The 2020 mandatory course offering has been adapted to allow for choice, personal alignment with professional development and to encourage a diverse skill set amongst our members. As a second option, AREA members are able to choose an approved third-party course to tailor-make a professional development experience for the individual. AREA's first-in-Alberta partnership with SAIT, and the Leadership in Real Estate course offerings are a great example of third-party options. Your approved third-party course must be taken and completed within the 2020 calendar year. Any costs incurred with a third-party course will not be covered by AREA.
The courses below are available to 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.To view all all courses available to members and non-members, click here.
Need guidance with your course? View the 2020 Mandatory Course Online Troubleshooting Guide.
Professionalism in Real Estate 2020 has been added to all AREA member accounts and can be found under "My Account." Should you wish to apply an outside course from a third-party institute as your AREA mandatory course, please follow the instructions below.
The deadline to complete your 2020 Mandatory Course is January 31, 2020.
Professionalism in real estate is more than adhering to the rules laid out by the Real Estate Act or abiding by the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. These standards are the foundation by which a REALTOR® can establish themselves as a Professional, demonstrating respect towards their clients, their property and other real estate industry members. This three-hour online course explores the concept of Professionalism with relation to these key industry interactions, reviewing essential skills such as active listening, respectful practice habits and essential communication skills. This course includes a thirty-question final exam, requiring an 80% passing grade to receive course completion.
In lieu of the Professionalism in Real Estate 2020 online course, a member can choose to apply an outside course (not provided by AREA) as their 2020 Mandatory Course equivalent, as long as it meets the below required criteria:
If interested in applying this option, email email@example.com before taking the course with the following information:
An AREA team-member will reply to your email with confirmation as to whether the course can be applied as an equivalent.
*Please note that verification of course completion will be required. *
We are thrilled to announce a first-in-Alberta industry certification partnership with SAIT.