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  • Real Property Administration (Assessment and Appraisal) (Accelerated)

    Real Property Administration (Assessment and Appraisal) (Accelerated)

Program Code:RPAA
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The first semester of the Real Property Administration Assessment and Appraisal) (Accelerated) diploma program acquaints you with mandatory subjects in property valuation, financing and real estate appraisal. The second semester covers aspects of property law, appraising, municipal taxation, urban planning, construction techniques, property assessment and taxation, and statistics. You will receive training in the most up-to-date assessment software in the industry. You will register for some subjects associated with professional designations at an additional cost.


This accelerated program is for those who have completed a degree or diploma and is designed for students who can demonstrate that they have previously achieved the academic equivalents of four general education credits and College English. This allows the completion of the professional subjects over a period of two semesters.

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. You must successfully complete semesters one and three to be eligible for Field Placement II.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A degree or post-secondary diploma from an accredited institution. Applicants with substantial completion (75%) of a degree may be considered.
  • Academic equivalents for four general arts education credits and College English
  • Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS
  • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • English proficiency at the post-secondary level.


  • Although not required for admission, a high degree of computer literacy is 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

Employment opportunities are enhanced through the portability and recognition of the Seneca diploma in assessment jurisdictions across Canada and the eligibility 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).

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 & 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CSP201 Communication Skills for Public Administration 3
RPA106 Introduction to Computer Software Applications 1
RPA112 The Appraisal of Real Estate 4
RPA115 Mortgage Underwriting 3
RPA120 Principles of Microeconomics 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
FPL355 Field Placement I
Semester 2 & 4 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
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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1 & 3
Communication Skills
Introduction to Computer Software Applications
Appraisal of Real Estate
Mortgage Underwriting
Principles of Microeconomics
Planning and Urban Development
Advanced Real Property Assessment
Construction and Cost Techniques
Statistical and Computer Applications in Valuation
Field Placement I
Semester 2 & 4
Advanced Computer Software Applications
Introduction to Real Estate Law
Municipal Tax Administration
Real Estate Investment Analysis and Advanced Income Appraisal
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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