Real Estate Development from the Inside Out

If you work with real estate developers or want to understand how the development industry functions, this course offers an inside look into the development process.

Practitioners and experts in the field—from both the private and public sectors—will share a variety of personal experiences. Their stories, combined with case studies and interactive discussions, will provide you with a wealth of insights into the real estate development industry.

You'll leave with practical knowledge of how the industry is structured, how it functions, who the players are, what motivates them, and how they interact.


Location: Online
Duration: 6 evenings
Tuition: $735

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Upcoming Offerings

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateWed, Oct 30, 2024
  • Wed, Oct 30, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Wed, Nov 6, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Wed, Nov 13, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Wed, Nov 20, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Wed, Nov 27, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Wed, Dec 4, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
Seats Available30

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Describe the history of real estate development and key factors affecting the industry
  • Demonstrate your understanding of “the developer,” forms of development ownership, potential partners and the development process
  • Explain how value is added to land, residual land calculations, development requirements and forms of control
  • Describe sources of funding and financial terminology
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the market and types of projects
  • Apply what you’ve learned through case-study analysis

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Small group discussions

You will be evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis on:

  • Attendance. You need to attend at least 75% of classes to pass the course.

Who should take this course?

  • Planners, architects and landscape architects
  • Engineers, developers, builders and real-estate professionals
  • Elected officials
  • Transportation professionals
  • Staff of non-profit organizations
  • Environmental professionals
  • Local, provincial and federal government administrators and project managers
  • Lawyers, financiers and community advocates

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

Professional Development Credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.