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Duration
2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma
School
Seneca Business

About the Program

Seneca is the only postsecondary institution offering the accelerated Real Property Administration program (Assessment and Appraisal). 

In this eight-month diploma program, you will develop expertise in all aspects of property valuation and property tax sectors.  You will advance 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.

You may apply to this accelerated program if you already have:

  • A degree or diploma 

  • Previously earned the academic equivalents of four general education credits

  • Previously earned the academic equivalent to College English

 If you do not fulfil the above requirement, you will still be able to pursue real property administration education through Seneca’s Real Property Administration (Assessment and Appraisal)  program which is offered in a standard four-semester format. 

Note: The accelerated delivery model of the curriculum requires that students be dedicated and expect approximately 30 hours of class time per week and 50 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.

Work Experience

Field Placement

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.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options within:

  • Property assessment agencies
  • Property appraisal firms
  • Property tax agent firms
  • Corporate property tax officers
  • Municipal government tax departments
  • Leasing agents

Related Careers

Skills

Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Property valuation techniques
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Math and spreadsheet analysis
  • Effective communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership and team building

Affiliations/Associations

As a graduate meeting certain minimum grade requirements, you will 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, and

  • A Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution awarded by Seneca College – in addition to the Real Property Administration Diplomaawarded by Seneca College.

Seneca's partnership with various industry organizations will help you 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)

  • The Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC)

Professional Accreditation

As a graduate of this program, assuming you meet all the minimum academic requirements, you will receive credits towards designations from two accredited institutes. 

The Institute of Municipal Assessors 

  • Associate Member Institute of Municipal Assessors (AIMA)

  • Member Institute of Municipal Assessors (MIMA) 

The Appraisal Institute of Canada

  • Canadian Residential Appraiser (CRA) 

  • Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) 

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