Licensing Exams, Office Reopening, Military Relocations, Licence Renewals Deferred, Health Directives, Radon Course
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.
Once the exam backlog is resolved and provided COVID-19 restrictions do not increase, the Commission plans to reopen the office on June 29th. Public and licensee access will be by appointment only. 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.
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. Again, 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.
Military Relocations and Viewings
The Commission has received questions about military members travelling here from out of province to view properties. We contacted Dr. Strang, N.S. Public Health Officer, for clarification.
Dr. Strang responded that military members and their family are exempted from the requirement to self isolate for 14 days if coming to Nova Scotia for house hunting as this is a necessary part of their work as military members. This has been identified as an essential service in the public health order.
He also stated that there is an expectation of minimal interaction/activities outside of the necessary food/gas/lodgings/house hunting while these people are in Nova Scotia.
It is important to talk to sellers you are working with about what risk of exposure they are willing to accept. Sellers can decide who they are comfortable allowing access to their property.
Reminder: Licence Renewals Deferred
On April 16th, the Board of Directors deferred licence renewals for 2020. Online licence renewals will now open on August 10th and close at midnight on September 30th. All licenses that were set to expire on June 30th are extended until September 30th.
Call for Committee Members
The Commission is calling on licensees to put their names forward to serve one-year terms on the following committees: Licensing, Complaints Review, Discipline, Education and Commercial. Licensees are welcome to apply to more than one committee.
There are different responsibilities and time investments for each committee. For example, members of the Licensing Committee and Complaints Review Committee are required to attend a minimum of four annual meetings and review documents prior to each meeting. Alternatively, members of the Discipline Committee may be called upon to serve on a hearing panel, which may result in a one-to-three day hearing, and additional time spent writing the hearing panel decision. For more information about the Commission's committees, visit our website.
How to Apply
- “Committee Member” in the subject line;
- Your name, your brokerage name, and the number of years you have been licensed;
- Which committee(s) you wish to join;
- Additional experience and/or credentials that qualifies you to be on a particular committee; and
- Why you would like to volunteer with the Commission.
Licensees must be in good standing to be considered (refer to Bylaw 255 for what constitutes “good standing”).
The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Radon Awareness for Real Estate CPE Deadline
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.
COVID-19 Health Directives
The COVID-19 orders, directives, and guidelines we all have to follow are being continuously updated by the provincial and federal governments. View the latest information here: