Real Estate Continuing Education
A Closer Look at Real Estate Continuing Education
Real estate continuing education programs are vital for agents to keep up with industry changes throughout their careers. There are over 1.2 million licensed real estate agents in the U.S. They sell people's houses, they find people homes and they deal with corporations, property and commercial areas.
Real estate continuing education, commonly called CE, is a necessary part of a career in real estate. Each of the State Departments of Real Estate requires licensed real estate agents to achieve a certain number of acceptable CE credits before that agent can re-register his or her license. One CE 'contact hour' is considered 50 minutes of educational time. Note that Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are different; one CEU equals 10 'contact hours'. Some state departments of real estate require agents to take courses in certain subjects such as ethics and consumer services.
Some state departments of real estate require agents to take courses in certain subjects such as ethics and consumer services. Check with your local department for further information on what your state requires and if there are any allowances. Some states will reduce the number of CE hours for agents with a certain number of years' experience. CE courses must be approved and accredited by the relevant state department and/or real estate licensing board or commission.
Some good resources for agents who are looking into real estate continuing education programs:
The National Association of Realtors (NAR), with over 1 million members, NAR is the largest association of real estate agents in the U.S., providing a wealth of information on topics at www.realtor.org.
The Real Estate Information Professionals Association (REIPA) describes itself as 'the principle national trade association for professionals and corporations involved in providing real estate'. Visit their site at www.reipa.org.
World Wide Learn claims to provide the ' world's largest directory of online education'. WorldWideLearn.com offers accredited CE programs, schools and providers.