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English Language Proficiency Requirement Revisions: Effective January 1, 2019

In Saskatchewan, English is the language of real estate contracts and forms and the language of instruction for real estate education in the province. A real estate registrant’s ability to communicate verbally and in writing with consumers and other registrants is critical for the delivery of competent real estate services.

The Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission (the “Commission”) is mandated to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry members. Effective January 1, 2019, students will be required to satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement (“ELPR”) in one of the following ways before they can register for an examination:

1.
Proof of Canadian high school graduation at which English is the primary language of instruction; OR
2.
Achieving a level 7 or higher on each of the four components (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) of the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program – General (“CELPIP-G”) test on the same test score report (scores from multiple test attempts cannot be combined); OR
3.
Graduation from a recognized university Bachelor’s degree or higher degree program at an accredited university, college, or technical institute at which English is the primary language of instruction; OR
4.
Licensed for real estate services in another Canadian jurisdiction with English language standards and have satisfied that jurisdiction’s English language requirements.

Applicants may request the Commission Registrar perform a review of their relevant experience in the absence of a Canadian high school diploma.

*It is important to note that the ELPR is under the sole jurisdiction of the Commission and is subject to change at any time.


Frequently Asked Questions

I am currently in a real estate registration course with the Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS® (“ASR”) and I have not satisfied the language proficiency requirement. What do I need to do?

All students are encouraged to satisfy the language proficiency requirement as soon as possible. If you are registering for an examination with the ASR under the old education program and you have not yet satisfied the language proficiency requirement, you will need to send the appropriate language proficiency requirement documentation to ASR.


I am currently in a real estate registration course with ASR and I have satisfied the language proficiency requirement. Will I need to satisfy the ELPR if I register in a course or need to take an examination in 2019?

If you have already satisfied the language proficiency requirement, this change does not affect you.


Who needs to satisfy the ELPR?

Effective January 1, 2019, the ELPR applies to registration course students who have not satisfied the language proficiency requirement. The ELPR also applies to all students who register in a real estate registration course on or after January 1, 2019 who have not already satisfied the language proficiency requirement.


What is the difference between a score of 4 and a score of 7 on the CELPIP-G test?

Effective January 1, 2019, the score required on the CELPIP-G test will increase from 4 (adequate proficiency for daily life activities) to 7 (adequate proficiency in workplace and community contexts).



Sending Transcripts and Documentation

Students must provide Official/Certified True Copies of transcripts from the educating institution. Please note that Language Proficiency documents will not be returned. Therefore, students wishing to keep original documentation will need to send notarized copies of the original documents.

If your current name does not match the name on the transcript, you must submit proof of your name change to UBC Sauder, showing both the name on your transcript and your current name. UBC Sauder will accept a copy of a marriage certificate or copies of two of the following: birth certificate, SIN card, passport, citizenship card or divorce certificate. If the above documentation is not available, you may submit a letter from a notary public.

All documents required to satisfy the Commission’s language proficiency requirement must be sent to and reviewed by our education provider, UBC Sauder, before registering for your first course examination. For details, see course registration page.