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  • Real Property Administration (Assessment and Appraisal)

    Real Property Administration (Assessment and Appraisal)

Program Code:RPA
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The first semester of the Real Property Administration diploma program acquaints you with introductory subjects in property valuation, financing and real estate appraisal. Subsequent semesters cover aspects of property law, appraising, municipal taxation and urban planning, property assessment and taxation, automated costing, geographical information systems, statistics and construction techniques. You will receive training in the most up-to-date assessment software used in the industry. You will register into subjects associated with professional designations at an additional cost.

Field Placements

This program includes a field placement, which you will complete with an employer in the real property industry. The duration and nature of the work placement will vary. It will entail block placements which include the study week. Purchase of a text book may be required for field placement. To be eligible for Field Placement I, you must successfully complete semesters one and two; for Field Placement II, you must successfully complete semesters one, two and three.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Although not required for admission, basic computer skills and strong English communication skills (verbal, written and listening) are recommended for your success in the program.


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Your Career

Fast-track to a career as an assessor of residential and commercial properties in the public and private sectors. You may also find employment opportunities in insurance companies, appraisal offices, municipalities, corporate tax offices and property tax agent firms as you build your career as a property appraiser, tax agent or leasing assistant.

Professional Accreditation

Your career advantage will be enhanced through the portability and recognition of the Seneca diploma in assessment jurisdictions across Canada.

As a student of Real Property Administration (Assessment and Appraisal), you’ll be eligible for professional accreditation for the Associate Memeber (AIMA) designation with the Institute of Municipal Assessors (IMA) and, if you have completed a university degree, for the Canadian Residential Appraiser (CRA) designation with the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC). Awards for academic excellence are provided by professional organizations and employers in recognition and support of the program.


Upon graduation, you'll receive both the Real Property Administration Diploma and a joint Real Property Assessment Certificate from Seneca College and the Real Estate Division of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration of the University of British Columbia.

You may also receive valuable industry insight through training and education with organizations such as the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and the Assessment Review Board (ARB).

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Management
• Bachelor of Commerce
University of British Columbia• Certificate in Real Property Assessment (CRPA)
• Bachelor of Business in Real Estate (BBRE)

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
RPA106 Introduction to Computer Software Applications 1
RPA112 The Appraisal of Real Estate 4
RPA115 Mortgage Underwriting 3
RPA120 Principles of Microeconomics 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
RPA206 Advanced Computer Software Applications 3
RPA207 Introduction to Real Estate Law 3
RPA210 Municipal Tax Administration 3
RPA212 Real Estate Investment Analysis and Advanced Income Appraisal 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CSP201 Communication Skills for Public Administration 3
RPA303 Planning and Urban Development 3
RPA304 Advanced Real Property Assessment I 3
RPA306 Construction and Cost Techniques 3
RPA307 Statistical and Computer Applications in Valuation 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
FPL355 Field Placement I
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
RPA426 Income Properties 4
RPA413 Assessment Appeals 3
RPA415 Professional Issues in the Assessment Industry 3
RPA422 Residential Data Collection 5
FPL455 Field Placement II

Prior learning experience may be recognized by way of a challenge exam or through documentation of related experience.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Introduction to Computer Software Applications
Appraisal of Real Estate
Mortgage Underwriting
Principles of Microeconomics
General Education Option
Semester 2
Advanced Computer Software Applications
Introduction to Real Estate Law
Municipal Tax Administration
Real Estate Investment Analysis and Advanced Income Appraisal
General Education Option
Semester 3
Communication Skills
Planning and Urban Development
Advanced Real Property Assessment
Construction and Cost Techniques
Statistical and Computer Applications in Valuation
General Education Option
Field Placement I
Semester 4
Assessment Appeals
Professional Issues in the Assessment Industry
Residential Data Collection
Income Properties
Field Placement II

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  June Allison
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22471
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Mark Leavens
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26390
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
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