How to Become a Land Agent

How to Become a Land Agent

  1. Obtain an Interim Land Agent Licence.
    • You must be 18 years of age and have at least two years of post-secondary education that is relevant to the activities of a land agent.
    • You must enter into a training agreement with a person or corporation (trainer) willing to train you as a land agent. You must work under a trainer for at least 12 consecutive months prior to applying for a permanent land agent licence. The trainer does not have to be a licensed land agent; however the trainer must ensure you are trained under the supervision of one or more permanent land agent licensee(s) who have been actively involved in land agent work during the three years immediately preceding the date of your interim land agent license application.
    • Complete the interim land agent licence application. Return the application along with proof [copy of official transcript(s)] that you have completed at least two years of post-secondary education (relative to land agent work), the executed training agreement, and the application fee of $100 with a cheque or money order made payable to the Government of Alberta.
    • Documents are to be sent to:

      Alberta Labour
      Land Agents Licensing
      9th Floor, 9942–108 Street
      Edmonton AB T5K 2J5

    • If your application is approved, you will be contacted to schedule a suitable date and place to write the interim land agent licence exam. Exams are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month in Calgary, and the first and third Monday of each month in Edmonton.
    • Prepare to write the interim land agent licence exam. The exam is based on Section 1 – Parts 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9, Sections 2, 4, 5, 6, 14, 17 and 19 of the Reference Manual for Alberta Land Agents.
    • You must pass the interim land agent licence exam with a mark of 76 per cent or greater. If you pass, you will receive an interim land agent licence. If you fail, you will have to wait one month before being permitted to rewrite the exam. Please note, there is a $100 rewrite fee.
    • If you require a copy of the Land Agent Licensing Reference Manual please contact Land Agent Licensing by email or at 780-415-4600.
  2. Register in the Land Agents Licensing Distance Learning Course.
    • For course information please contact the Land Agent Licensing by email or call 780-415-4600
    • The course is based on the Reference Manual for Alberta Land Agents.
    • The course is a 12-week, 60-70 hour online course which will be offered a minimum of three times over a 12-month period.
    • You will not be permitted to apply for a permanent land agent licence until you successfully complete the course with a 70 per cent or better pass mark.
  3. Train to become a Permanent Land Agent under the terms of the Training Agreement.
    • Once you have been issued an interim land agent licence you must train to become a permanent land agent under the terms and conditions of the training agreement you entered into with your trainer.
    • Under the training agreement you must work for at least 12 consecutive months under the supervision of permanent land agent licensee(s) who have been actively involved in land agent work for the last three years. During your training period you must conduct a minimum of 25 negotiations for an interest in land in Alberta. The supervising land agent(s) must personally observe you perform at least 10 of these negotiations and review the other 15. The first five negotiations you conduct must be observed by a supervising permanent land agent. The 10 observed negotiations must be separate and distinct. The negotiations could be with the same land owner; however they must be on different occasions or be different types of agreements (i.e. surface lease, right of way agreement, etc.). For example, two surface lease agreements negotiated with the same landowner at the same time would only qualify as one negotiation.
    • If you have to change trainers, your existing training agreement must be terminated and you must enter into a new training agreement with your new trainer. Your interim land agent licence may be temporarily suspended by the registrar until you have entered into a new training agreement.
  4. Apply for a Permanent Land Agent Licence.
    • You must have met all the requirements under the Land Agents Licensing Act and Regulation.
    • Your trainer(s) must have completed and filed with the registrar a performance evaluation recommending you become a permanent land agent. Even if no negotiations were conducted under a particular training agreement, a performance evaluation is still required, which should indicate that no negotiations were conducted under the term of the agreement and should include comments regarding your suitability as a land agent.
    • Apply for a permanent land agent licence. Complete the permanent land agent licence application and return it with a copy of the Certificate of Completion indicating that you have passed the Land Agents Licensing Distance Learning course, along with ,a cheque or money order for the $100 application fee made payable to the Government of Alberta. Documents must be sent to:

      Alberta Labour
      Land Agents Licensing
      9th Floor, 9942–108 Street
      Edmonton AB T5K 2J5

      If your application is approved, you will be contacted to schedule a suitable date and place to write the permanent land agent exam. Exams are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month in Calgary, and the first and third Monday of each month in Edmonton.

    • You must pass the permanent land agent licence exam with a mark of 70 per cent or greater. If you pass, you will receive a permanent land agent licence. If you fail the exam, you will have to wait one month before being permitted to rewrite the exam. Please note, there is a $100 rewrite fee.
    • A permanent land agent licence is renewable every two years provided the permanent land agent licensee has met the renewal qualifications.

For more information, please call Land Agents Licensing at 780-415-4600 (to connect toll-free first dial 310-0000) or email.

Created:
Modified: 2016-07-20
PID: 15539