Are the Collège’s courses recognized by the OACIQ?
Yes, absolutely. Our training programs correspond to the different competencies set out by the OACIQ. In addition, updates are made regularly to address the various normative and regulatory changes.
Do you have contacts with real estate brokerage or mortgage brokerage agencies?
One of the features of the Collège is that it is not affiliated with any real estate or mortgage banner. Therefore, all students are welcome and the Collège does not advertise or promote any specific agency. Career days are held twice a year and all agencies are invited to participate.
Can I register for more than one program at a time?
Yes, however you are responsible for your success and must respect your commitments to the Collège. It should be noted that the successful completion of two different programs leads to two different certification exams at the OACIQ.
Does the Collège de l’immobilier du Québec issue the licence to work as a broker?
No, the Collège is an educational institution that provides training programs in accordance with the OACIQ’s competency frameworks. Once a program has been successfully completed, you must register for a certification exam, which, once passed, will lead to the issuance of a brokerage licence by the OACIQ.
When can I register for the different training sessions?
For in-class and virtual classes, registration dates are listed on the “Our Training Programs” page. For the correspondence program (available only in French), there are no set start dates for the Residential Real Estate Brokerage program, meaning that training can start at a time that is agreed upon by the student and the Collège. However, the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage and Mortgage Brokerage programs by correspondence do include some virtual classes, which are set for specific dates. Ask one of our Academic Advisors for these exact dates.
I am already working in a related field. Am I entitled to a recognition of my prior experience?
The Collège has a policy of recognizing prior learning and experience. It is therefore possible, under specific conditions, to obtain equivalencies for certain courses that are among the common core courses. Equivalencies are not granted for specialty courses. A form is available for this purpose and fees will apply.
You can contact an Academic Advisor to learn about the procedure to follow.
When can I register for the OACIQ examination?
You can register for the OACIQ certification exam at any time during your studies at the Collège. However, to be confirmed for an exam session, you must provide a transcript indicating that you have successfully completed your program. Without this transcript, you will not be able to take the certification exam.
It is important to note that the Collège requires a minimum of five (5) weeks between the completion of a program and the writing of an OACIQ exam, in order to complete student dossiers, correct all exams and issue transcripts to students. It is important to keep this in mind when scheduling a date for the OACIQ exam. The Collège will not be held responsible for any problems that arise regarding the dates of OACIQ certification exams. It is not possible to apply for a registration extension and the Collège cannot help if a student fails to register in time for the certification examination.
Here is a link explaining the requirements for taking OACIQ certification exams: http://www.oaciq.com/en/pages/procedures-and-conditions-for-taking-the-oaciq-examinations.
Can I receive financial assistance?
Financial aid applies for basic training programs: Residential Real Estate Brokerage (EEC.22), Commercial Real Estate Brokerage (EEC.2F) and Mortgage Brokerage (EEC.2G). You must contact the government’s student financial assistance department for information about applying.
What is the course schedule?
Course schedules usually depend on the teaching format chosen at registration. Here are the different possibilities:
- Daytime common core classes (Residential): Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Evening and weekend, in-class and virtual class: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and one weekend out of two (Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Course schedules may vary according to the availability of the premises and teachers. The schedule is established at the beginning of the program and all students are informed.
How long does a Collège program last?
It depends on the program and the schedule chosen. For example, for in-class and virtual classes, the common core classes take approximately 4 to 6 months to complete, depending on the time of year of the program. The Collège does not offer classes during the holiday season and the construction holidays.
Specialty courses are of varying duration and should be discussed with an Academic Advisor.
Correspondence courses do not have a minimum duration, but they do have a maximum duration of six (6) months per course to be completed, which begins once registration is complete and full payment has been made.
Do you offer “accelerated” training?
The Collège offers some training courses in a quick format (approximately 4 months). From an educational point of view, it is important to allow time for students to assimilate and practice the material taught in order to successfully pass the exam. The correspondence program can meet the needs of students who want to move through the training more quickly, as they control the speed at which they advance through the program and are more autonomous.
Are absences from courses counted?
Yes, the Collège has adopted a course attendance and participation policy for both in-class and virtual classes. Attendance is mandatory for 80% of each course. This implies that students must participate and give themselves optimal chances for success. For an absence to not be counted, the student must provide an explanatory document (doctor's note, force majeure, etc.).
Do the programs offered by the Collège de l’immobilier du Québec include an internship?
No, there are no internships in our programs. However, career days are planned that allow students to meet the different real estate agencies and ask any questions they may have.
How much does it cost to take courses at the Collège de l’immobilier du Québec?
Several variables influence the cost of training, such as the format chosen, the program, whether you have already attended the Collège and whether you already have materials that can be reused. Materials are included in the cost of a course.
The best way to obtain an accurate cost estimate is to contact one of our Academic Advisors at 514-762-1862 or 1-888-762-1862.
What are the accepted payment methods and how many payments can I make?
The Collège accepts VISA and MasterCard through the Omnivox student portal (online payment). At the Nuns' Island head office, students can pay by cash, debit, certified cheque or credit card. Payment by cash is not available at the Laval and South Shore campuses, but payment by credit card is available at all campuses.
The Collège will indicate the terms of payment and the required payment dates on your contract. A payment is required upon registration and upon signature of the contract. The Collège then requires three or four payments spanned over several weeks for a full program.
Can students access their files, documents and school results online?
Absolutely. The Collège de l'immobilier du Québec gives all students access to the Omnivox online portal, which publishes important information from the Collège (calendar of events, documents, guides and regulations, evaluation marks and course-related documents). In addition, an internal messaging system is available allowing easy communication with other Collège students, teachers and staff.
How can I write my exams under supervision if I live in a remote area (not in the Greater Montréal area)?
The Collège has agreements with various CEGEPs throughout Québec to allow students living in remote areas to write their exams on time without having to travel too far. Once a student is registered for their courses, they can contact a Student Services Agent to agree on an exam date and a location near their home. Once the written exam is completed, it is quickly sent to the teacher who corrects it and sends the grade to the Collège.
If I study by correspondence is there a specific order in which I have to take the courses in my program?
Yes, the Collège and its team have planned a specific path that allows students to properly advance in their program. This helps to integrate knowledge at a good pace and complete the program with all of the concepts so that the competencies are covered. At the end of the correspondence program, students who successfully complete all courses can register for the OACIQ certification exam.
How will I receive my materials if I register for a correspondence course?
Educational materials are sent to students by mail 10 to 15 days after receiving the completed and signed contract. Students can also make arrangements with the Collège to pick up their materials at one of the school’s campuses.
How will I be evaluated in correspondence courses?
For each course, you will need to complete 3 to 5 assignments that must be sent to the tutor for correction. The course ends with a final exam under supervision (without access to your books) at one of our campuses or at another CEGEP in Québec.
Are correspondence courses offered in English?
No, the Collège only offers these programs in French at this time.
Do we have a tutor for correspondence courses?
Yes, by email in Omnivox and you can leave a voice message. The tutor has 48 hours to acknowledge your email and choose how best to respond. They may tell you that your question requires a verbal conversation during the period of scheduled phone availability or they can respond directly to you by e-mail if they feel it is appropriate.
Can I have my university degree or any other training and work experience recognized?
Yes, the Collège has a policy for the recognition of skills that explains the prerequisites for recognition, the steps to follow, the costs, etc. Please contact one of our Academic Advisors for more information about this program.
What is the difference between the Mortgage Brokerage Program (EEC.2G) and the Specialized Mortgage Brokerage Program (PSH)?
The EEC.2G program is intended for new and emerging brokers who have no financial background or experience. The PSH program is shorter in duration and is available only for students with a university education in finance and relevant experience. However, both programs comply with the OACIQ’s competency framework. The certification exam leading to the brokerage licence is the same.
I have several questions about virtual classes. What equipment is required? How does the class work? What happens if there is a technical problem?
You can take virtual classes on a desktop or laptop computer (Apple or PC) with a wired or wireless (Wi-Fi) connection. Connecting with a mobile device does work but is not recommended. Headphones and a webcam are optional. You do not need any special software, only a high-speed Internet connection. The Collège will provide you with an address that enables you to connect online and access the virtual classroom.
Virtual classes can be taken from any computer that is connected to the Internet, so you can join a class from anywhere you are connected. Students hear the teacher in real time and can ask questions. Participants can interact with each other and with the teacher through voice and chat. The teacher can provide explanatory documents via the virtual blackboard.