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Careers: Getting Licensed

Today’s real estate professionals have taken the time to acquire the knowledge and training to provide superior service to their clients. They understand that the purchase of a property will be one of the largest investments their clients make in a lifetime. There are many ways to describe a career in real estate. It is:

  • Fast-paced
  • Personally satisfying
  • Financially rewarding
  • Often challenging
  • Filled with opportunity
  • Requiring dedication


In order to work in the real estate industry in Nova Scotia, you must be:

  • 19 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalency (effective July 1, 2015)
  • Able to legally work in Canada
  • Complete Salesperson Licensing Course (SLC) either in the classroom, or online
  • Pass the real estate exam with a minimum of 70 per cent
  • Provide a Criminal Record Check acceptable to the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission

The Salesperson Licensing Workbook consists of ten units and 25 sub-units (sessions) and is designed for either classroom or online delivery with the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors. Click HERE to see a typical day’s schedule.

The CLASSROOM COURSE is four weeks in length (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day) and requires 100% attendance.The course curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to enter the real estate profession with an acceptable level of technical knowledge, competence, and skills. The program utilizes an integrated learning design/system which includes a Salesperson Licensing Workbook, Forms & Solutions Booklet, Real Estate Encyclopedia – Canada Edition, and Provincial Reference Manual.

Click HERE to learn more about NSAR’s in-class program.

The ONLINE PROGRAM consists of ten units and 25 sub-units (sessions) and includes the use of an online Real Estate Encyclopedia and Provincial Reference Manual.  With these tools and visits to “Learning Brokerage Inc.,” students will acquire the knowledge and skill set to confidently enter the real estate marketplace.  Students will also benefit from an online help button that allows them to email their faculty advisor directly for assistance.

Click HERE to learn more about NSAR’s online program.


Click HERE for NSAR’s breakdown of program costs.



Making the decision can be daunting. How do you know if a Real Estate career is the right fit for you? What are the start up costs? How does being paid by commission work? What is the average amount of time successful agents work per week? Do I need to know a lot of people? 

These are all questions that our Broker, Francis MacDonald would happily answer. Come in for a coffee and a chat and let Francis offer experienced, honest advice. He loves helping new agents through the process and can offer answers to the many questions people ask themselves before making a decision.

Click HERE to touch base with Francis.



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Click HERE to save a copy of NSAR’s “Real Estate as a Professional Career” booklet.


*Find this information and more on the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors website.

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