In April, the Board of Directors extended the 2019-2020 licensing cycle from June 30th to September 30th due to the downturn in market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Board met today to discuss licensing for first-time salespeople who licence between July 1st and September 30th of this year. As a result of the pandemic and the inability to hold exams, first-time salespeople experienced delays in becoming licensed. Individuals licensing for the first time between July and September in a normal year, would fall under the start of the new licensing cycle, not the end of an extended licensing cycle.
Office Reopening June 29
The Commission office will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, June 29, with the exception of July 3, 10 and 24, when the office will be closed to hold licensing exams.
Public and licensee access will be by appointment only. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must not come to the office until they have tested negative for COVID-19 or are symptom free for 10 days. If the office is exposed to COVID-19, the office will need to close for deep cleaning and the staff who were present will have to self isolate for 14 days. Currently, anyone who has travelled outside of the province must not come to the office until they have self isolated in Nova Scotia for 14 days.
On July 3, the Atlantic bubble will come into effect and self isolation will no longer be required for travel between the Atlantic provinces. We have reached out the provincial government to ask what this means for individuals who travel here from other Atlantic provinces between now and July 3 and will update the industry when we receive a response.
Reminder: Licence Renewals Deferred
On April 16th, the Board of Directors deferred licence renewals for 2020 from May-June to August-September. The deferral was in response to market conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The board felt it would be best to defer renewals to give time for the market to recover and allow licensees to return to more stable financial footing. This change was enacted under the new state-of-emergency Bylaw 238(b), which was also passed at the April 16th meeting.
Bylaw 238(b) provides the Commission with the overriding authority to extend or vary time limits for carrying out of any requirements of the Bylaw, such as postponing the annual general meeting, extending renewal deadlines, and the manner by which those requirements are fulfilled.
CPE Deadline is Monday, June 15th
The instructions to enroll in the online CPE course, including how to look up your licence number, are located HERE:
Any licensee that does not complete their course by June 15th will have their licence suspended until the course is completed and have to pay $200+HST to have their licence reinstated.
Provided COVID-19 restrictions do not increase, the Commission plans to start the salesperson licensing exams beginning on June 18th. Exams will be held in the Commission office only. Access Nova Scotia offices are not available at this time. Exams will be scheduled based on their completion date of the salesperson licensing course. Those that have been waiting the longest to write will be the first eligible to write. Individuals who were registered for the April exam will be contacted to schedule an exam time. Individuals who have not registered for the exam, register using the Exam Registration Procedure below.
To clear the backlog of salesperson exams, there will be morning and afternoon writings held on the following dates:
June 18, 19, 20
June 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
After which, salesperson and broker exams will be scheduled in accordance with demand.
Exam Registration Procedure
- Applicants must use the updated exam application for the month of June on our website. It has been modified for the current circumstances.
- By 4pm the day prior to the exam, the applicant must complete a COVID-19 screening declaration.
- Applicants with symptoms at the time of screening or who develop symptoms the day of the exam are not eligible to write.
- On the day of the exam, applicants will be required to use hand sanitizer and wear a mask before entering the office. Masks will be supplied.
- Applicants who are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons must email the Registrar prior to their exam date to make alternate arrangements.
Anyone who has travelled outside of the province is not eligible to write the exam until they have self isolated in Nova Scotia for 14 days.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to write until they have tested negative for COVID-19 or have been symptom free for 10 days. This is of the utmost importance. If the office is exposed to COVID-19, the office will need to close for deep cleaning and the staff who were present will have to self isolate for 14 days. This will, in turn, disrupt all subsequent exam writings.