Who needs a Salesperson Licence?

Every person in contact with retail consumers at a dealership must have a valid Salesperson Licence.

What is required to obtain a Conditional Salesperson Licence?

This licence allows the applicant time to complete the Salesperson Certification Course. You’ll need:

  • A criminal Record Check
    A prior criminal record will be reviewed for its relevance to working as a motor vehicle salesperson and does not automatically exclude a person from receiving a Salesperson Licence. Criminal Record Policy  287 kB
  • The eligibility to work in Canada
    An applicant must be either a Canadian citizen or have legal status to work in Canada. Non-residents of Canada must have a valid work permit for retail vehicle sales.
  • Employment by a licensed motor dealer
    Application can be made prior to employment, but a Salesperson Licence will not be issued until employment at a dealership is verified.
  • To be of legal age
    Applicants must be at least nineteen (19) years of age, the age required by the Infants Act of B.C. to execute a binding contract.  Individuals may attend the certification course and submit an application before reaching the age of nineteen.  However, a Salesperson Licence will not be issued until all licensing requirements are met and the applicant reaches the age of nineteen.
  • To pay the application, criminal record check and the annual licence fees
What laws govern salesperson licensing and selling practices?

Salespeople must comply with the Motor Dealer Act and portions of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act.  The VSA monitors compliance through province-wide inspections and investigations.  Plain language explanations of these requirements can be found in:

 

What is required to maintain a valid Salesperson Licence?
  • Update the VSA with new contact information
    • Contact information can be changed online.  You will need a username and password.
  • Employment by a licensed motor dealer
  • Criminal Record Check: Salesperson Licensing Criminal Record Policy  287 kB
  • Continued eligibility to work in Canada
  • Payment of the annual licence fees
  • Continuing Education as required by the Registrar
  • The Salesperson Licensing Regulation and a condition of licensing requires that a salesperson surrender their licence for cancellation if they stop acting as a salesperson.
What if I was licensed in another province?

The VSA complies with the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) which replaced the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) in 2013.

If you are licensed in good standing with the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC), the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority (VSA) will recognize you, once you have submitted a completed application form, paid the required fees and submit to a criminal record and background check 287 kB to confirm your good standing. Once your VSA licence is issued, you will have 45 days to complete your professional development requirement by completing the Salesperson Certification Course, which focuses on BC law.

Saskatchewan currently does not license automotive salespersons so a person from Saskatchewan must comply with the same process as a British Columbian applicant.

What does it cost to get licensed?

Salesperson Licensing Fee Schedule

 

$95      Non-refundable application and mandatory Criminal Record Check fee
$150    Annual licence fee  

$245   Total for first time applications

Plus Salesperson Certification Course fees of:

$420   Classroom course fee (Surrey and Victoria only) or

$520   Facilitated webinar course fee

Still have a question?

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