I'm happy to report that realtors are required to take professional development courses. I feel strongly that to be able to stay on top of the market you need to be informed and educated. The industry and market is always changing. The following is the news announcement from Realtylink.
Vancouver Realtors Join Provincial Education Program
VANCOUVER, BC: -- Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver members voted overwhelmingly in favour of implementing a mandatory Professional Development Program (PDP) today, joining British Columbia's eleven other real estate boards to form a provincewide system of required education for the province's 15,000 realtors.
"This is great news for Vancouver realtors and even better news for our clients," said Rick Valouche, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. "By ensuring that realtors have the latest knowledge, tools and skills they require to serve the public, we are making a commitment to buyers and sellers throughout the Lower Mainland. Whether they are buying a home in the West End or a home in Delta, they can be confident that they'll receive the same outstanding service and expertise that the public has come to expect from British Columbia's realtors."
The program was developed jointly with all 12 of British Columbia's real estate boards. It requires realtors to accumulate 18 professional development credits over a two-year program cycle. Each member will be given two years to earn their credits following their first license renewal date retroactive to January 1, 2006.
"There is a reason why 2005 was the biggest year on record for real estate in Greater Vancouver. Our realtors are highly skilled professionals and are some of the hardest working realtors in Canada," said Georges Pahud, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver past president. "If you are thinking of buying or selling in the near future, use a realtor. They know how to get the best value for your dollar."