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 - 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. 


Education and Licensing
Salesperson Licensing Course

The SLC course curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to enter the real estate profession with an acceptable level of technical knowledge, competence and skill.

Individuals in the program will engage in multi-faceted and practical course content, including required readings and related activities designed to immediately apply and reinforce their understanding of the written content. Participants will further activate their own learning by engaging in self-guided "Treasure Hunt" activities, which give them practical application of what they learn in each course section by engaging directly with industry professionals. 

Students who fully participate in the course will gain knowledge of up-to-the-minute real estate practices, will be able to reinforce this new knowledge through related activities built right into the course, and will have the opportunity to hit the ground running on invaluable networking opportunities through the self-guided industry-specific activities. The combination of the theoretical readings, the practical application of the readings and the industry-specific engagement opportunities gives students a well-rounded foundation necessary for any successful real estate practice.

Completing the course curriculum and activities will prepare you for the provincial licensing exam.  It will also help you develop a framework for real estate learning that may help you find success in your career

See Fees under Education and Licensing section for current registration fees.

For any questions or additional information please email

Salespersons Licensing Course Outline

Unit 1         The Real Estate Profession                       Unit 6         Property Valuation

Unit 2         The Real Estate Market                              Unit 7         Construction & New Houses

Unit 3         Legislation                                                  Unit 8         Professional Conduct

Unit 4         Agency & Contract Law                             Unit 9         Representing Buyers & Sellers

Unit 5         Mortgages & Financial Calculations        Unit 10       Drafting Agreements


Total Classroom Course Cost: $3404.00

Students who wish to take the classroom course will have to sign a declaration indicating proof of vaccination.
Students will also have to show proof of vaccination to the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission prior to writing the provincial real estate exam.

For more information contact or 902 468 7487



Total Online Course Cost: $3004.95

Salesperson Licensing Course

To continue with the Join process please sign in with the username and password provided in the email you received from NSAR after getting your license - the email subject line is NSAR - E&O insurance.

If you do not know your username or password, please contact NSAR at 902-468-2515 or email NSAR