The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is pleased to announce that the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) has amended Florida Administrative Code 61J2-3.011 which deals with instructor continuing education. The rule became effective 4/19/2018.
The seminar is no longer required to renew an instructor’s license.
The renewal requirements:
- 3 hour Core Law course*
- 4 hours of Teaching Techniques course**
The Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board (FREAB) has also amended Florida Administrative Code 61J1-4.008 which deals with instructor continuing education. The rule became effective 1/3/2018.
The seminar is no longer required to renew an instructor’s license.
The renewal requirements for appraisal instructors:
- 3 hours Florida Laws and Rules*
- 4 hours of Instructional Techniques**
- 7 hours of real estate appraisal subject matters
- Minimum of 7 hours of board approved instruction consisting on an update of USPAP
*Please be advised that the core law taken to satisfy a real estate license renewal requirement may count towards satisfying the instructor renewal if the course is taken during the appropriate renewal cycle.
**Additionally, an instructor who teaches a Teaching Technique or Instructional Technique course will not receive credit for teaching the course. The Teaching Technique requirement must be taken through a different instructor in order to satisfy the continuing education requirement.
For those instructors whose license(s) are involuntary inactive, you will need to complete two core laws and two Teaching Techniques (FREC) or Instructional Techniques (FREAB). One Core Law and Teaching Techniques (FREC) or Instructional Techniques (FREAB) will be for the missed renewal cycle and the second series will be for the current renewal cycle.
Please start submitting your Teaching Technique courses for approval if you are a school or a provider. The course needs to be submitted on a separate application for both the FREC and the FREAB. A different course number will be provided for each board. Please use the following forms: DBPR RE 18 (FREC) or DBPR FREAB 20 and click specialty education. Next to specialty education write in Teaching Techniques.
If you plan to attend a FREC meeting, to obtain continuing education credit, you will need to attend the entire legal session when the Legal Docket is heard. Sign-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. Please be sure to contact the Division of Real Estate Education Section prior to the meeting to make the proper arrangements to receive credit FREC- guidelines and Statute 475.182 The FREC meeting is a two-day meeting. The start time for the meeting is 8:30 for both days. The Legal Docket is the second day of the meeting (Wednesday). Sign in will begin at 8:15 a.m. If you plan to attend to obtain continuing education credit, you will need to attend the entire legal session when the Legal Docket is heard. Please contact the Division of Real Estate Education Section, either by phone at (850) 487-1395 or by fax to (407) 317-7245, seven (7) days prior to the meeting to be placed on the registration form. You will receive three (3) hours of specialty education credit. You will be required to sign out at the end of the meeting.
All the candidates who pass a sales associates or broker licensure examination must satisfactorily complete a Commission prescribed post-licensing educational course prior to first renewal following initial licensure. For a sales associate, the post-licensing education course shall consist of one or more Commission approved course which total at least 45 classroom hours, and for a broker, the courses shall total at least 60 classroom hours. Any licensee who has received a 4-year degree in real estate from an accredited institution of higher education is exempt from the post-license education requirement. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is required to monitor continuing education of all real estate and appraisal licensees. The 100% monitoring of continuing education started on December 1, 2002, for the appraisal licensees and April 1, 2003, for real estate licensees. Schools and course providers are required to electronically provide a course attendance roster to the department within 5 business days after the course completion date. Correspondence courses only need to be reported by the fifth day of the following month after the licensee has completed the course. Licensees are encouraged to visit the department’s at www.MyFloridalicense.com and monitor the continuing education hours that have been reported under your license. Post education courses are not treated as continuing education courses and you may not see such hours posted on the portal. Licensees are required to maintain a paper copy of the course completion certificate in case of an audit by the department.
EQUIVALENCY – Equivalency for Prelicensing Education FREC – Rule 61J2-3.012
This is a reminder, the Florida Real Estate Commission amended Rule 61J2 – 3.009(2), Florida Administrative Code, to change the continuing educational requirements for renewal, to require 14 hours of continuing education consisting of 3 hours of Core Law, 3 hours of Ethics and Business Practices and 8 hours of specialty education. In order to provide licensees with sufficient notice, this change will be mandatory for real estate licensees who hold a license that expires on September 30, 2018, or thereafter.
Please review your courses to make sure that the courses you are offering show they are giving course credit of Ethics & Business Practices (E & B); this includes the 14 hours combination courses. If you previously had a continuing education course with Ethics approved and only sent a “renewal”; you do not have the required E & B credit for your courses and the 3 hours of E & B for your students will remain deficient. You must submit the course as a new course package requesting Ethics & Business Practices course credit.
If you are a secondary provider of education, you must send a new course package requesting Ethics & Business Practices course credit with a copy of your authorization of use letter in order for the course to show the appropriate E&B credit. Please don’t assume that because the primary provider took care of getting course approved for E&B that it flows down to the secondary provider automatically, it does not without a new course application package. If you have the E&B credit on your courses, you have nothing further to do but maintain the course and renew it accordingly when it expires.
The following link will take you to the real estate course list: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/servop/testing/documents/frec_ce_prov.pdf
Education Forms – Real Estate (FREC)
Approved education providers may utilize the DBPR CPE Reporting Tool to electronically report student attendance records. The program is available free of charge and is compatible with most Windows-based computer operating systems.
- Download DBPE CPE Reporting Tool, Version 2.0, Release 1, Build 33
- View the User Guide for the CPE Reporting Tool
Providers are not required to use the DBPE CPE Reporting Tool, but must still electronically report student attendance. The Technical Guide for the Reporting Tool provides instructions for developing your own electronic reporting method that meets the department’s requirements.
The Bureau of Education & Testing (BET) has set up an email address for the purposes of communicating with Real Estate Schools and Instructors on examination related matters. If you request to be added to our email distribution list, you will receive a monthly email which will include the pass/fail examination information. You may also use this email address to communicate to BET any specific, examination questions or concerns. If would like to be added to our email distribution, please email your request to: REInstructors@myfloridalicense.com.
All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.
Katy McGinnis, Director
Division of Real Estate
400 West Robinson Street, N801
Orlando, Florida 32801