Continuing Education Information
1) You must complete eight (8) classroom hours per year
of continuing education (CE) in order to renew your license
on active status.
- Four (4) of the required CE credit hours
must be obtained by completing the Real Estate Update
course prescribed by the Commission. The subject matter
of this course will be changed by the Commission from year
- The remaining four (4) CE credit hours may be obtained
by taking an elective course(s) approved by the Commission.
Elective courses may address a wide variety of real estate
2) The maximum amount of CE credit awarded for any single course
is four (4) hours.
- Licensees must attend 90% of a CE course and comply with
student participating standards in order to receive credit
for the course.
3) A person who is issued a broker license (either by examination,
reciprocity or reinstatement) does NOT have to take continuing
education courses during the license period in which
the license is issued. However, they must satisfy the CE requirement
prior to the second renewal
of the license.
4) Beginning July 1, 2006, all brokers-in-charge must complete
a four classroom hour Broker-in-Charge Annual
Review Course each full license period after
being designated a broker-in-charge.
Active Status vs. Inactive Status
1) In addition to any postlicensing requirements, in order
to perform any brokerage service for others for a fee (including
referrals for which you are compensated), your license
must be on active status, which means you
must obtain all required continued education each license
2) If you do not plan to use your real
estate license in the near future, you have the option to
renew your license on inactive status.
(Please refer to Postlicensing Requirements for information
on how those requirements affect your active/inactive status.)
- You may continue to renew your license on inactive status
indefinitely without obtaining any continuing education.
However, before you can activate your license, you will
have to show that you have obtained some continuing education.
The amount of continuing education required for license
activation ranges from 0-16 credit hours, depending on your
continuing education record for the most previous license
period and the current license period, but the amount of
continuing education required will not exceed 16 credit
- If you plan for your license to be inactive only temporarily
and you want to be able to activate the license in the future
without delay, you should attempt to remain current with
your continuing education.
3) If you renew your license without satisfying the continuing
education requirement, your license will automatically
be placed on inactive status until you satisfy the CE requirement
for license activation.
Think Twice Before Letting Your License Expire
Your license expires each June 30 unless properly renewed.
If you let your license remain expired for
more than six (6) months and subsequently request license
reinstatement, the Commission may treat you as though you
were never licensed and you may be required to take a substantial
amount of education and/or pass the license examination.
If you think you may use your license again at some future
time, you should seriously consider renewing your license
Course Sponsors and Schedules
1) The Commission has approved many community colleges, private
schools, trade organizations and others to sponsor the
mandatory Real Estate Update course and various elective
courses.These sponsors are offering courses throughout the
[Link to CE Sponsors]
2) Most approved course sponsors will promote their course
offerings through the publications of local real estate organizations,
by direct mail to licensees or by other methods. In addition, course
sponsors provide their course schedules to the Commission,
available at the link below.
- You should contact course sponsors directly for detailed
course information and to register for courses.
- A variety of courses are available regularly in the more
populated cities. If, however, you live in a predominately
rural area, fewer courses are readily available and you
should consider taking such courses when they are scheduled
in your area unless you prefer to travel to a more populated
area to obtain your continuing education.
3) Course fees are established by the course sponsor.
[Link to CE Schedule]
Courses Must Be Taken by June 10
Continuing education must be completed each annual license
period between July 1 and June 10. It is very important to
note that sponsors are not permitted to offer courses for
CE credit between June 11 and June 30 of each year to allow
time for sponsors to file reports to the Commission and for
the Commission to process such reports. Thus, you will not
be able to complete your CE requirement between June 11 and
June 30 of each year
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
1) Avoid the mad rush of procrastinators trying to take CE
courses in May and early June. You will have a better
choice of elective courses and a better chance of finding
space available in both Update and elective
courses if you take your CE courses early. You will also avoid
the possibility of an unexpected conflict (illness, death
in family, business emergency, etc.) preventing you from acquiring
the required education by June 10.
2) Extensions of time to acquire CE while continuing on
active status will be granted only in those instances
where a licensee is unable to obtain CE in a timely manner
due to an extreme hardship which existed for a substantial
portion of the license period. Examples might include a member
of the military stationed overseas or a licensee with an incapacitating
illness for a substantial portion of the license period.
You should contact the Commission well in advance of the
June 30 license expiration date to obtain the required request
CE Credit Reporting
1) It is important that you take your pocket card with you
to each CE class. You will need to accurately record your
correct license number on the official course completion report.
2) If you take a Commission-approved CE course, the
sponsor will report your course completion to the
Commission. You should NOT send to the Commission the course
completion certificate issued to you by the sponsor - keep
this for your personal records.
3) You can check/review your CE credits by going to the
"Licensee Login" or "Licensees
Only" area of this Web site. (Please allow
15 days after completion of a course for it to be posted to
1) The four-hour Real Estate Update course must
be taken each year.
2) Up to four hours of elective credit hours
for a course may be carried over to the next license period
if no portion of the credit hours for the course were applied
toward the CE requirement for the current license period.
Thus, carry-over credit may be granted for extra elective
courses taken, but not for extra hours in one course
Equivalent Credit for Elective Courses
It is possible to obtain elective course equivalent credit
for a course not approved by the Commission
(e.g., an appraiser continuing education course) or for some
real estate education activity such as developing an elective
course or writing a text or scholarly article. Licensees may
request additional information on this subject and a request
for equivalent credit form from the Commission. Requests for
equivalent credit must be submitted to the Commission by June
10 each year and must be accompanied by a nonrefundable $30
evaluation fee. [Link