Requirements to trade in real estate in Nova Scotia:

  • 19 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalency (provided to NSREC at time of licensing)
  • Able to legally work in Canada
  • Complete Salesperson Licensing Course
  • Pass the real estate exam with a minimum of 70 per cent
  • Provide a Criminal Record Check acceptable to the NS Real Estate Commission
  • Good Character
  • English Language Proficiency

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students must supply payment in order to complete registration.
Click below to review the fees associated with joining the real estate profession.


Provincial Real Estate Exam - NS Real Estate Commission

Students may write a maximum of one supplemental examination after failing their initial examination. If not successful on the second attempt, the student must wait one year from their last day of class and apply to re-take and complete the approved licensing course prior to writing a further exam attempt. 

You must register for the exam and pay the $100 (plus applicable taxes) examination fee no later than 4:00 p.m. one week prior to the exam date.

The NS Real Estate Commission will be holding the licensing exams at the Best Western Hotel in Dartmouth. The Commission is working with the Best Western to ensure compliance with provincial guidelines and have safety measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Measures will include students maintaining six-feet social distancing, mandatory masks, and cleaning before and after exams.

Exam dates will be held on the following dates: 
December 10th
January 14th
February 11th
March 11th
April 8th
May 12th
June 10th
The Best Western, Dartmouth, is offering a discounted rate of $99 per night for students requiring overnight accommodations. Contact the Best Western for details.

Exam Registration
Exams will be held once a month, with a morning writing and an afternoon writing. Applicants must complete the licensing course BEFORE submitting their exam application. Applications received before the applicant has finished the course will be rejected.

Applicants must register by completing an exam application and a credit card authorization and submitting it to Pam Crane, Licensing Officer,

Licensing Examinations

The Commission is aligning with the province's policy and will require proof of full vaccination for students writing their licensing exams. Providing proof of full vaccination will be in addition to masking, social distancing and sanitizing, which the Commission announced would continue for exams in phase 5.

Students must provide proof of full vaccination as part of the COVID-19 screening declaration that is required to be completed the day before the exam. To be considered fully vaccinated, students must receive their second dose at least 14 days before their scheduled exam.

COVID-19 tests are not a substitute for proof of full vaccination and will not be accepted.

Students who are unable to get vaccinated per the exemptions set out under the Nova Scotia Proof of Full Vaccination Policy must contact the Registrar for alternate arrangements. Students who are unable to wear a mask for the duration of the exam due to medical reasons must also contract the Registrar for alternate arrangements. Students must provide their Valid Medical Contraindication for COVID-19 Vaccination letter from a physician confirming the need for alternate arrangements.

COVID-19 Precautions 

Applicants with symptoms at the time of screening or who develop symptoms the day of the exam are not permitted to write, and must reschedule.
On the day of the exam, applicants will be required to respect social distancing, use hand sanitizer when entering the exam area, and wear a cloth or medical face mask that covers both the mouth and nose.