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 2019 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. The below course options are available to AREA members. As a third 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 2019 calendar year. Any costs incurred with a third-party course will not be covered by AREA.
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.
AREA Members please choose ONE of the three options below to meet your AREA 2019 mandatory course requirement. Click the "Take course" button and log-in to your member account to avoid non-member fees.
Canadian Anti-Spam legislation came into effect July 1, 2014, and directly impacts how businesses, including REALTORS®, can communicate with their clients. Take course >
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. Take Course >
Your 2019 AREA Mandatory Course requirement can be fulfilled by an outside educational offering (not provided by AREA) should it meet the below criteria:
For a list of AREA pre-approved third-party courses, click here.
For more on the 2019 mandatory course, click here.
Course last updated in 2018.Ethics are the underlying framework of a REALTORS® relationship with all stakeholders; protecting the integrity of the practice and increasing consumer confidence. This course 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 1-1.5 hours to complete and offers a compulsory self assessment at the end to evaluate the learning.Additional Learning Materials
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Course last updated in 2017.Contract writing is a crucial service that REALTORS® provide their clients. This course 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%.
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%.
We are thrilled to announce a first-in-Alberta industry certification partnership with SAIT.