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Real Estate Continuing Education: An Overview

Find out about continuing education programs for real estate professionals. Get an overview of the courses these professionals must take to maintain their licenses.

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Professionals pursuing continuing education in real estate have several options available to them, but the number of credits and the topics of study required to renew a real estate license vary by state. Learn about some of the program options and coursework covered.

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Program Information

Real estate professionals can find out what types of continuing education classes are acceptable by contacting their state's real estate commission. Approved continuing education programs and vendors can include colleges, professional organizations and for-profit schools. Some ways of completing continuing education in real estate include classroom courses, online courses, conferences, workshops, and seminars.

Topics of these continuing education opportunities range from law and ethics in the field to various practices for those in real estate. Since they are designed for working professionals, these programs typically feature flexible scheduling options or self-paced, online instruction.

Programs At a Glance

PA Real Estate Continuing Education

  • These continuing education courses range from 4 to 12 credit hours.
  • These courses are offered online and conclude with an on-campus exam.

Real Estate Licensing, Continuing Education

  • Continuing education for licensing is available through certificates and individual courses that vary in length.
  • These programs are available on campus and online.

Continuing Education for Real Estate Professionals

Most states require real estate agents, brokers and salespersons to complete continuing education courses to fulfill licensure renewal requirements. These courses keep real estate professionals informed of changing laws and practices. The number of continuing education hours or credits varies by job title and by state. For example, a real estate salesperson may have different credit requirements than a real estate broker, and professionals with graduate degrees may have reduced requirements.

Course Topics

States often specify the continuing education course topics that must be covered. These courses vary in credit hours and fees and might be included in certificate programs on such areas as sustainable development, appraisals, finance, marketing and more. While required topics vary by state, most states require courses in the following categories:

  • Fair housing: Courses in this category cover major state and federal laws dealing with civil rights, accessibility and discrimination in housing.
  • Agency law: These courses review current laws regarding the actions and obligations of agents.
  • Disclosure: Real estate professionals review laws regarding disclosure documents, such as lead paint and asbestos disclosure forms.
  • Ethics: Courses cover predatory lending, professional conduct and ethical responsibilities.
  • Contracts: These courses include review of contract elements, explanations and ratification, as well as breach of contract and termination of listing issues.
  • Real Estate Practice: This category of courses covers issues in sales, rentals, taxes, valuation, appraisals and risk management.

Continuing education in real estate is typically available through certificates and individual courses. Most of these programs are available on-campus and cover a wide range of topics in the field, including fair housing, finance and contracts.

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