Licensing FAQs

Who is the licensing authority?

The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission is responsible for licensing of all real estate persons and brokerages in the province of Nova Scotia.

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.
See our Brokerage Licensing section for more information.

How do I apply for an Approved Sales Corporation licence?

To obtain an Approved Sales Corporation licence, complete the following steps:

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?

The naming convention for approved sales corporations is either:

(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
Please note: if you send the licensing history yourself, it must arrive in the original sealed envelope from the originating regulatory agency. Every application and the contents therein are treated as strictly confidential.

Where can I download licensing forms?

To download our licensing forms, go to our Licensing Forms and Fee Schedule page.

How much does a ______ licence cost?

A full list of the current licensing fees are located here

What is the current CPE requirement?

Brokers, managing brokers and associate brokers are required to complete the full-day broker mandatory course Understanding Self-Regulation and the Audit/Inspection Process

Salespeople are required to complete the salespersons mandatory course Effective Communication and Real Estate or the 2016-2017 NSAR Commercial Forum

There is no elective requirement.

All licensees must take the mandatory course specified for their level of licence and/or type of practice, but may additionally take another mandatory that may be of interest to them. Please note: Brokers are not required to take the salespersons mandatory.

The deadline to complete the annual CPE requirement is June 15, 2017.

Where do I write my exam?

Exams are written at the following locations:

City/TownLocationAddress
DartmouthNSAR Auditorium7 Scarfe Court
KentvilleAccess Nova Scotia5 Shylah Drive
SydneyAccess Nova Scotia380 King's Rd.
YarmouthAccess Nova Scotia10 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?

Unless suspended or cancelled earlier, every licence expires at midnight on June 30th following the date of issuance.

How do I terminate my licence?

If you are leaving your brokerage to work for another brokerage; leaving the real estate industry to pursue a different career; or taking a leave of absence; you must notify the Commission within 48 hours of terminating your employment. To notify the Commission, complete the Notice of Termination form and submit it to the Commission with your real estate 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.
The Nova Scotia Real Estate
Commission
is the regulator of the
Nova Scotia real estate industry.

Contact Us

Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission

601-1595 Bedford Highway
Bedford, NS
B4A 3Y4

p: 1.902.468.3511 or
1.800.390.1015

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licensing@nsrec.ns.ca
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compliance@nsrec.ns.ca