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Real Property Administration (Assessment and Appraisal) (Accelerated)

Available: Fall

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.


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.

This program is also offered in a standard four-semester format.

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.

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Starting in September 2019, this program will be located at Seneca@York Campus.



2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

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.


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).

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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.

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

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.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

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Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Mark Leavens 416.491.5050 ext. 26390

Program Chair

Wanda Forsythe 416.491.5050 ext. 22745

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network