First Time Applicants
Follow the steps below if you are applying for either an initial licence to trade in real estate or are returning after terminating their licence for two years or more.
Step 1: Meet the initial eligibility requirements
- be a minimum of 19 years of age;
- be eligible to work in Canada;
- be a Canadian citizen or have a Permanent Resident Card; and
- the successful completion of a high school education and proof of such (i.e. graduation certificate, transcript, post-secondary education certificate, diploma or degree) or an equivalency approved by the Registrar.
View our policy on licensing of applicants with criminal records.
Step 2: Complete the Salesperson Licensing Course and pass the exam
To become licensed as a salesperson, you must first complete the salesperson licensing course which is administered by the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® and offered as a four-week in-class course or up to six months online.
Students have one year from the day they finish the licensing course to pass the examination, administered by the Commission with a pass mark of 70%. Students have a maximum of two attempts to pass the licensing exam. Students who fail both attempts have one year from their last day of class until they can apply to retake the course.
Examinations are held on the second Friday of every month and exam applications must be received one week in advance. Students who wish to take the examination at a designated Access Nova Scotia office are subject to that office’s availability and will be contacted by the Commission directly with the scheduled date and time.
Those who pass the exam have six months to apply for a licence.
Step 3: Talk to Brokerages
The Commission recommends interview several brokerages to determine which brokerage is the best fit for you. Your licence application must be signed by the broker or managing associate broker of the brokerage with which you’ll be licenced.
Step 4: Obtain a criminal record check
A current (within 6 months) criminal record check from one of the Commission’s approved providers must accompany your licence application. The following agencies are approved criminal record check providers*:
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
- Halifax Regional Police
- Municipal/town police
*The Commission does not accept electronic criminal background check services such as Mybackcheck.com.
Step 5: Review and complete the Salesperson/Associate Broker Licence Application. Provide the application, fee and required supporting documents to the Commission
Carefully review and complete the licence application and assemble together the required original documents. Incomplete packages will not be accepted.
As noted in Step 3, your licence application must be signed by the Broker or Managing Associate Broker of the brokerage with which you’ll be licenced.
- A completed and notarized Salesperson/ Associate Broker Licence Application or Broker Licence Application and a Schedule A
- Your birth certificate/ permanent resident card/ citizenship card or certificate
- A government issued photo identification (provincial driver’s licence/ provincial photo identification card/ passport)
- A current original criminal record check from a provider listed in Step 4
- The successful completion of a high school education and proof of such (i.e. graduation certificate, transcript, post-secondary education certificate, diploma or degree) or an equivalent approved by the Registrar
- all supporting documents must be in English (documents that are not in English must be translated by a certified translator)
- Payment in cash, cheque, money order, debit, Visa, MasterCard or American Express
Step 6: Purchase Errors and Omissions insurance and provide proof to the Commission
After you submit your licence application to the Commission you will be issued a restricted licence to obtain Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance. E&O is mandatory for all licensees in Nova Scotia and is purchased through the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS®. Contact the NSAR at 902-468-2515 for further information on rates and how to obtain E&O insurance. Once proof of E&O is provided to the Commission (copy of the NSAR receipt), the restriction will be lifted and you may trade in real estate.