Becoming a REALTOR®

A career in real estate can open the door to many opportunities. Today’s fast-paced market offers REALTORS® a challenging career opportunity. Hardwork, diligence and perseverance are a must to be successful. Building a career in real estate, as with most professions requires a lot of hard work. But with commitment, there is potential for great personal and financial rewards. However, a new REALTOR® should not expect immediate results. Real estate is as much about relationship building as it is about selling. Those who have achieved great success in the real estate industry have not only strong knowledge of the industry, but also always staying one step ahead through networking and through continued education. The real estate profession is one where learning is ongoing.

This guide was designed to provide you with information that will point you in the right direction as you consider a career in real estate. It offers detailed information on what it takes to succeed in real estate and provides the steps one must take to receive a license to trade in real estate in Nova Scotia.


Become a REALTOR®

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 - Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission

Please click the link below for all exam related information.  

Education and Licensing

The New Salesperson Licensing Course For Students Enrolling Starting in August 2024

The new course will provide enhanced education to better protect the public interest by ensuring higher standards of knowledge and professionalism in the real estate industry.

There will be two versions of the course available: one is entirely online, and the other combines online learning with an additional in-class component. The in-class portion extends over a period of four months.

All students registering to take the SLC as of August 1 will be enrolling in the new course. Students taking the new course will also have a new online exam, making it equally accessible to individuals in all regions of the province.

This new course was developed after reviewing the licensing education of other provincial jurisdictions, collecting feedback from the industry, and consultation with the Commission’s Education Committee and the NSAR’s Education Department.

The new course is longer, has more comprehensive material into practical aspects of processes in trading and will make real estate licensees more prepared for work in the industry.

New Classroom Course Logistics

1. The next in-person class will be September 4 to December 20, 2024
2. The class is 16 weeks long
3. Class schedule is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am - 4 pm at 68 Highfield Park Drive
4. Laptop or desktop and printer are necessary for this course - tablets not recommended

Classroom course tuition is $4,023.85 (including Tax and Textbook)

New Online Course Logistics

1. Have 6 months to complete the course, working at your own pace
2. Have 12 months from completing the course to write the exam
3. Write the new exam online
4. Laptop or desktop and printer are necessary for this course - tablets not recommended
5. No Instructor led sessions but will have access to a Faculty Advisor to ask questions via email

Online course tuition fee will be $3,448.85 (including Tax and Textbook)

The Old Salesperson Licensing Course For Students Who Enrolled Before August 1, 2024

Students have until July 31, 2024, to enroll in the old SLC, which is currently offered online and is designed to be the equivalent of a four-week course. The old SLC will still be available after August but only to the students who registered before August 1, 2024. These students will be unaffected by the introduction of the new course, and their current process will not change. Students enrolled before August 2024 will still:

  • Have 6 months to complete the SLC;
  • Have 12 months from completing the SLC to write the exam; and
  • Write the old exam in-person.

This means all students enrolled in the old course will be finished between July 2024 – January 2025, and the last writing of the old exam will be January 2026. Students in the old course will NOT be tested using the new exam. These students will be unaffected by the introduction of the new course.

Students cannot enroll in the old version of the course after July 31. 



Students who enroll before August 1, 2024, will take the old course.

Students who enroll starting on August 1, 2024, will take the new course. (Enrollment for new course will be available on Aug 1, 2024)

See below for information and to register for the current course.



Total Online Course Cost: $3,155.60

Salesperson Licensing Course 2.0

To continue with the Join process please sign in with the username and password you used to purchase your SLC course.  If you forgot your username, please click forgot username and it will be emailed to you.  If you forgot your password, please click forgot password. 
If you have any questions please contact NSAR at 902-468-2515 or email NSAR