The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission is responsible for licensure of all real estate salespeople, associate brokers, managing associate brokers, brokers and brokerages in the province of Nova Scotia.
Who is the licensing authority?
How do I apply for a Salesperson licence?
To become licensed, you must complete the Salesperson Licensing Course administered by the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS®, which involves four weeks of classroom training or completing an online course within a six-month time frame. After course completion, you must write and pass the Commission’s salesperson examination.See our First-Time Applicant section for more information.
How do I apply for a Broker or Managing Associate Broker licence?
You must have three years experience as a real estate salesperson before you are eligible to become a broker. Qualified candidates must complete the mandatory broker course and write the broker exam and reach the pass mark of 70%.
After the applicant passes the Broker exam, they can then apply apply to the Commission for a brokers licence.For more information on applying for a broker or managing associate broker licence, see our Broker Licensing section.
How do I apply for a Brokerage licence?
To open a brokerage in Nova Scotia you must:
- Provide proof of registration with Registry of Joint Stock Companies
- Provide proof of Franchise Agreement (if applicable)
- Provide a colour photograph of the brokerage's For Sale sign
- Provide a letter from a financial institution confirming an interest bearing trust account for the brokerage is set up.
- Complete the Application for a Brokerage Licence form and Schedule A
- Provide payment: cheque, money order, Visa or MasterCard
- Employ a licensed broker to manage the brokerage
- Maintain a service address in the Province of Nova Scotia and maintain the brokerage records in Nova Scotia.
How do I apply for an Approved Sales Corporation licence?
Step 1: Have your business name approved by the Commission
Your business name is your first name (or a nickname registered with the Commission) and your last name exactly as it appears on your licence, followed by the word “Limited”. To seek approval, send your business name to the Licensing Officer with “Approved Sales Corporation Name” in the subject line.
Step 2: Have your business name approved by the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies
Contact the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies to ensure your approved name is available. If your name is already taken, you may add an additional word or words to obtain the unique name, but you must obtain the Registrar's approval first.
Step 3: Register your business name with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies
To register your approved sales corporation, you must file an application for incorporation with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies. Both the Registry of Joint Stock Companies and the Commission strongly advise you obtain legal counsel to assist you in preparing the application.
Step 4: Apply for an Approved Sales Corporation Licence
For information on the Application process, see our licensing section
What should I name my Approved Sales Corporation?
(1) First Name + Last Name + Limited, or
(2) Nickname + Last Name + Limited.
This convention must be followed for your application to be processed. If more than one individual will own the sales corporation, the licensees name used in the corporation name is that of the responsible licence holder only; not both.
I am licensed by another jurisdiction. How do I get licensed in Nova Scotia?
Licensees from other Canadian provinces applying for a licence to trade in real estate in Nova Scotia must provide to the Commission:
- An original licensing and discipline history acceptable to the Commission from the real estate regulatory body of the province they are currently licenced in
- pass the Challenge Exam (if transfering from a jurisdiction outside of Canada)
- submit a criminal records check from the RCMP, Commissionaires or another provider (out of Canada) approved by the Registrar
- a completed licence application
- a signed Out of Province Certification form
- provide payment in cash, cheque, money order, debit, Visa, MasterCard or AMEX
Where can I download licensing forms?
How much does a ______ licence cost?
Where do I write my exam?
Exams are written at the following locations:
|Dartmouth||NSAR Auditorium||7 Scarfe Court|
|Kentville||Access Nova Scotia||5 Shylah Drive|
|Sydney||Access Nova Scotia||380 King's Rd.|
|Yarmouth||Access Nova Scotia||10 Starrs Rd. Suite 127|
What is the deadline to renew my licence?
Renewal applications with applicable payment must be submitted to the Commission no later than June 15th.
A brokerage licence will not be renewed unless any late filing or other fees have been received and accepted by the Commission prior to the licensing date.
Brokerages who fail to submit their application for the licensing of the brokerage and the industry members in its employ, postmarked prior to June 15th each licensing year, will be charged an administrative fee.
When does my licence expire?
How do I terminate my licence?
See our Terminating your Licence section for more information.
How do I reinstate my licence?
If your licence is inactive for less than 30 days, complete the Notice of Reinstatement form and submit it to the Commission with payment.
If your licence is inactive over 30 days, complete the Salesperson and Associate Broker Licence Application and Schedule B and submit to the Commission with a copy of your driver's licence and birth certificate and payment. Recovery Fund fees must be included.
If your licence is inactive for over 90 days, you must also provide the Commission with a current (within six months) criminal record check for employment purposes.
Licensees who leave the industry must complete any missed continuing education requirements prior to applying for a licence reinstatement.If your licence has been inactive for more than two years, you must complete the licensing course and pass the exam before you can apply for a licence.
See our Reinstating your Licence for more information.