Published on: July 15, 2015
Reference number: 200075

Mandatory basic training: Becoming agency executive officers or acting on your own account


1. I am a broker with a licence which I obtained by taking one of the new skills-based examinations and I wish to:

qualify as agency executive officer (AEO) and have not begun the AEO program.

According to the Regulation respecting the issue of broker’s and agency licences:

  • Basic training for agency executive officers is mandatory. You must have successfully completed a basic training program recognized by the OACIQ;
  • You must successfully complete a 3 ½-hour agency executive officer certification examination. This skills-based examination confirms your ability to manage a real estate or mortgage agency;
  • The mandatory basic training and the agency executive officer certification examination are based on the new competency framework “Agency executive officer”. Click here to access the complete framework;
  • Once you are qualified, you will have the same obligations as all other brokers with the same qualifications.

qualify as agency executive officer (AEO) and have taken the AEO examination, but I did not successfully complete all competencies.

Candidates, who took an exam to obtain the agency executive officer qualification, have three possibilities to retake and pass the exam within 12 months from the date they wrote the first exam. If they still have not passed the exam after this time frame, they have to wait 12 months before retaking it. At that time, they must submit a new complete exam application.

2. I am a former affiliated agent wishing to:

act on my own account, but I have not taken the examination to do so.

To be able to act on your own account, continuing education activities provided by the OACIQ covering the competencies outlined in the framework “Former affiliated agent wishing to carry out his activities on his own account” (click here for more details) must be completed over a maximum period of 18 months.

To find out what continuing education activities are required, see the table below:

Continuing education activities required for a former affiliated agent to be able to act on his own account:

These trainings are also recognized under the OACIQ Mandatory Continuing Education Program. Once they are completed within an 18-month period, the qualification application can be submitted to the OACIQ.

act on my own account, I have taken the examination for “former affiliated agents wishing to act on their own account”, but I have not successfully completed all the competencies.

Since September 1 2013, the competency framework “Former affiliated agent wishing to carry out his activities on his own account” has been replaced by a mandatory continuing education program offered by the OACIQ and covering the current competencies (click here for details).

In order to allow candidates who have begun the process to maintain what they have acquired and not have to begin the process anew, a personalized letter will be sent to all those concerned outlining the competencies already completed and those remaining to be completed.

To find out what continuing education activities are required, see the table below. The activities are mandatory if you have not successfully completed the corresponding competency.

These activities must be completed over a maximum period of 18 months. It is possible to obtain a dispensation for an activity if it was attended within 18 months prior to the Application for licence modification • Real estate or mortgage broker.

If your goal is to become an agency executive officer, please also see the section entitled “become an agency executive officer, but I have not yet begun the process” for more details.

become an agency executive officer, but I have not yet begun the process.

The process for former affiliated agent wishing to become an agency executive officer is:

  1. Completed continuing education activities required for a former affiliated agent to be able to act on his own account:
  2. Successfully completed a basic training program for agency executive officer recognized by the OACIQ;
  3. Successfully taken the agency executive officer examination.
  4. Continuing education activities listed below, offered by the OACIQ must be completed over a maximum period of 18 months. These activities may be completed before or after successfully taking the “agency executive officer” examination.
  5. The basic training for agency executive officers is mandatory. You must have successfully completed a basic training program recognized by the OACIQ.
  6. The basic training and the “agency executive officer” certification examination are based on the competency framework “Agency executive officer”. Click here to access the complete framework.
  7. The “agency executive officer” certification examination lasts 3 ½ hours. This skills-based examination confirms your ability to manage a real estate or mortgage agency. More details on the “agency executive officer” certification examination.
  8. Once you are qualified, you will have the same obligations as all other brokers with the same qualifications.

become an agency executive officer, I can act on my own account, but I have not taken the “agency executive officer” examination.

  • The basic training for agency executive officers is mandatory. You must have successfully completed a basic training program recognized by the OACIQ.
  • You must successfully complete a 3 ½-hour “agency executive officer” certification examination. This skills-based examination confirms your ability to manage a real estate or mortgage agency.
  • The mandatory basic training and the agency executive officer certification examination are based on the competency framework “Agency executive officer”. Click here to access the complete framework.
  • Once you are qualified, you will have the same rights and obligations as all other brokers with the same qualifications.


How to register for a basic training program
To consult the list of institutions recognized by the OACIQ, click here. The list is updated on an ongoing basis.

For questions
Please contact the OACIQ Info Center by email at info@oaciq.com or by phone at 450 462-9800 or 1 800 440-7170.