Alabama Real Estate: Continuing Education Requirements & Exemptions

Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

Your strength as an agent is partly reliant on your ongoing education and training to refine and enhance your skills. Learn what classes you need to understand laws, risk management, and other topics relevant to your career.

Continuing Education

Real estate agents must study and take courses prior to getting their license. But it doesn't end there. If you have passed your real estate exam, you have further opportunity to learn more about your industry. Continuing education courses are classes prepared on topics that will help you grow and increase your knowledge of various aspects of real estate.

Post-Licensing Education

The first continuing education classes you'll take are the post-licensing courses. Post-licensing classes are the courses you will take after you've passed your real estate exam and have a temporary real estate license. You have either 6 or 12 months to complete 30 hours of post-license classes. These 30 hours will teach you more about real estate rules, new regulations, and updated laws.

If you are actively working as a real estate agent after passing your exam or have activated your license after your test, you have six months to complete the 30 hours. In order to do any activities that require a license, such as work with clients, negotiate sales transactions, and receive a commission, you will need to activate your license.

If you have not activated your license, you have 12 months to take the post-licensing classes. You must complete the 30 hours within the 12-month time frame to keep your license valid, even though it's not currently active. If you complete the courses within the time frame, you can apply for your permanent real estate license at any time as long as you keep your license up-to-date with ongoing continuing education classes and renewal paperwork.

Type of Continuing Education Courses

There are numerous real estate courses you can take. The purposes of these courses is to help you strengthen your skills as an agent, learn more about working with clients and marketing, and understand legal regulations. Most agents choose to take courses above and beyond the basic requirements, especially when new to real estate sales. You can find local classes from many sources, including training offered from your broker's office.

While there are many useful classes and workshops available, the courses you take to meet the renewal requirements must be approved by the Alabama Real Estate Commission.

Who, What and When?

The Alabama Real Estate Commission has identified key classes you must complete every two years as a real estate agent. To keep your license active you must take the designated classes before your license expires. You must have 15 hours of classes that must be finished prior to September 30 of the year your license needs to be renewed.

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