Skip to main content
Real Property Administration (Assessment and Appraisal) (Accelerated)

Real Property Administration (Assessment and Appraisal) (Accelerated)

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

Program Description

The Real Property Administration Diploma program will develop your expertise to become a highly versatile and in-demand professional in the property valuation and property tax sectors.

A content-rich curriculum is delivered by industry experts whose goal is your success. Your learning will be enriched through training using leading-edge industry technology and techniques, practical experience, and is enhanced by established strategic industry partnerships.

This intensive, hands-on program offers university-level courses. Accountability, responsibility, proficiency in time management, attention to detail, diligence and hard work along with good verbal and written communication skills are required in order to meet industry-prescribed standards. The ability to work effectively both in teams and independently is also essential to succeed in this program.

You will develop expertise in all aspects of property valuation – in both the property appraisal and property assessment fields, including all aspects of the property assessment system, the assessment appeals process, and property tax calculation and administration.

Note: This is not a real estate agent or property management program and will not be suited to individuals interested in becoming real estate agents or property managers.

Accelerated

This two-semester accelerated RPAA program is designed for those who already possess a degree or diploma, and who have previously earned the academic equivalents of four general education credits as well as College English.

The accelerated delivery model of the curriculum requires that students be dedicated and expect approximately 30 hours of class time per week and 40 hours of dedicated out-of-class time for their studies. Out-of-class study includes assignments, readings, test and exam preparation as well as group project meetings.

Field Placements

Fieldwork is an integral element of your program, providing a way to integrate classroom learning in to real industry situations – honing your skills and helping you build a network of contacts ahead of graduation. You'll benefit from two field placements with practitioners in the real property valuation and property taxation industries. This component is critical to your success and a requirement to graduate.

To be eligible for Field Placement I, you must successfully be enrolled in the full curriculum in semester one. To be eligible for Field Placement II, you must successfully complete the full curriculum in semester one.

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.

Note:

  • Although not required for admission, a high degree of computer literacy is recommended for your success in the program.

Fees

Loading Tuition Costs

Your Career

As graduate from this program you can find employment opportunities within the property valuation and property taxation industries in both the public and private sector. Graduates are often sought-after by property assessment agencies, property appraisal firms, property tax agent firms, municipal government tax departments, leasing agents and corporate property tax offices across Canada.

Professional Accreditation

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

As a graduate of the RPA program, along with meeting certain minimum grade requirements, you'll receive credits towards both the Associate Member Institute of Municipal Assessors (AIMA) and Member Institute of Municipal Assessors (MIMA) designations with the Institute of Municipal Assessors. Additionally, you’ll receive credits toward both the Canadian Residential Appraiser (CRA) and Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) designations with the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

Note: To be a fully accredited appraiser with the Appraisal Institute of Canada, you are required to possess a four-year university degree.

Industry Recognition

The value and quality of the RPAA program across industry can be seen through the extensive list of awards supported by practitioners, professional associations, organizations and employers. Award recognition acknowledges excellence and competencies including, academic performance, attendance, participation, in-class contribution, and extra-curricular involvement.

Affiliations/Associations

Upon successful completion of the RPAA program, along with meeting certain minimum grade requirements, you’ll receive a Certificate in Real Property Assessment awarded by the Real Estate Division of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia – in addition to the Real Property Administration Diploma awarded by Seneca College.

Seneca's partnership with various industry organizations ensures you will receive valuable industry training and education in the form of curriculum material, workshops and presentations. Program partners include the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), the Assessment Review Board (ARB), the Institute of Municipal Assessors (IMA), the Ontario Municipal Tax and Revenue Association (OMTRA), the Canadian Property Tax Association (CPTA), and the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC).

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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

Courses

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.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
CSP201 Communication Skills for Public Administration
FPL355 Field Placement I
RPA107 Spreadsheet Analysis
RPA112 The Appraisal of Real Estate
RPA115 Mortgage Underwriting
RPA120 Principles of Microeconomics
RPA303 Planning and Urban Development
RPA304 Advanced Real Property Assessment I
RPA306 Construction and Cost Techniques
RPA307 Statistical and Computer Applications in Valuation
 
Semester 2
FPL455 Field Placement II
RPA208 Canadian Real Property Law and Real Estate Ethics
RPA209 Automated Costing
RPA210 Municipal Tax Administration
RPA212 Real Estate Investment Analysis and Advanced Income Appraisal
RPA413 Assessment Appeals
RPA414 Alternate Dispute Resolution
RPA415 Professional Issues in the Assessment Industry
RPA422 Residential Data Collection
RPA426 Income Properties

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
CSP201 Communication Skills for Public Administration
FPL355 Field Placement I
RPA107 Spreadsheet Analysis
RPA112 The Appraisal of Real Estate
RPA115 Mortgage Underwriting
RPA120 Principles of Microeconomics
RPA303 Planning and Urban Development
RPA304 Advanced Real Property Assessment I
RPA306 Construction and Cost Techniques
RPA307 Statistical and Computer Applications in Valuation
 
Semester 2
FPL455 Field Placement II
RPA208 Canadian Real Property Law and Real Estate Ethics
RPA209 Automated Costing
RPA210 Municipal Tax Administration
RPA212 Real Estate Investment Analysis and Advanced Income Appraisal
RPA413 Assessment Appeals
RPA414 Alternate Dispute Resolution
RPA415 Professional Issues in the Assessment Industry
RPA422 Residential Data Collection
RPA426 Income Properties

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: To Be Announced
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Ida.Yee@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Wendy Calicchia
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22471
Wendy.Calicchia@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Mark Leavens
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26390
Mark.Leavens@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
Wanda.Forsythe@senecacollege.ca
Additional Contacts:
  Financial Aid & Awards

 

Need more information?

Fill out the form below and we will be in touch.

At Seneca College we respect your privacy. We do not share your information with third parties.

* indicates required field.