Bureau of Education and Testing
EDUCATION PROVIDERS AND INSTRUCTORS
2013 Division of Real Estate Instructor Seminar
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO PROVIDERS
Continuing education providers with provider licenses expiring on May 31, 2013, may now renew. This includes providers approved to teach courses in the following professions: architecture, interior design, barber, home inspector, cosmetology, construction, mold-related services, landscape architecture, community association management, building code, and asbestos.
Providers will receive a renewal notice by mail. Additionally, you may renew your provider license online. Visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com to create an account or access an existing account. There you will find license and renewal information, fees and their breakouts as well as the opportunity to update personal data, apply online for additional licenses and renew your license.
Remember that your license number is not the provider number assigned to you upon your approval. Your license number is displayed on your renewal notice and should be referenced in any communication concerning your providership renewal. Please note that renewal of your CE provider status does not renew the individual courses you offer. For more information or assistance with your renewal, you may contact the Bureau of Education and Testing's Provider Services section at 850-921-8215.
Attention Appraisers Course Providers
In accordance with guidelines established by the Federal Appraisal Subcommittee, all initial and renewal appraisal course applications offered via distance education delivery must include a copy of a current course approval letter from the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC). Secondary providers must obtain IDECC approval in their own name, even if they have purchased an already-approved course from a primary provider. All approval letters submitted with renewal applications must indicate that IDECC approval will be valid for the duration of the course approval by FREAB. Teaching courses without IDECC active approval may render the courses ineligible for continuing education credits.
Additionally, all initial and renewal appraisal course applications for USPAP-related courses must include a copy of the instructor’s current certification letter from the Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB). Teaching courses by non certified AQB instructors will have a negative impact on the licensees who will not receive continuing education credits towards their licenses renewal.
Broker and Sales Associate Examinations News
On September 3, 2013, the Bureau of Education and Testing added three pilot items to the Sales Associate and Broker examinations. The number of questions on an examination, including the pilot items, is now 103. The pilot item questions will not be counted for or against the candidate when computing their scores. The time allowed for testing has been evaluated to ensure there is adequate time for completing test questions and pilot questions.
The purpose of including pilot test questions within the examination is to expand and improve the bank of questions from which future examinations will be drawn. This is a common practice used by many national and state examination programs and is a critical step in ensuring the continued reliability and validity of these examinations.”
2011 Broker Examination Update - Effective July 1, 2011
The Florida broker licensure examination is now updated. The following links will provide you with information regarding the updated examination.
You can email any questions that you may have regarding the updated exam to: REInstructors@dbpr.state.fl.us.
Real Estate Instructor email distribution list.
If you are a Real Estate Instructor and would like to be added to our email distribution list, please send your request to: REInstructors@dbpr.state.fl.us. This is a common email address to be used solely by the Instructors to send specific exam questions or issues to the Bureau's Psychometric Unit.
General Information and Provider Responsibilities
This site provides helpful information for current and prospective education providers and instructors. You are encouraged to “bookmark” this website as it provides valuable, up-to-date information that you need to know.
Electronic Reporting by Education Providers
Chapter 455, Florida Statutes, now requires the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to monitor all continuing education (CE) activities of licensees. Therefore, providers are required to submit student rosters electronically to the department. This initiative ensures 100% compliance through monitoring.
Certified Public Accountants self-report their CE information, which is monitored by the department. As such, CPA providers are not required to electronically report course completion information.
Pursuant to Section 455.2178(1), Florida Statutes, continuing education providers must electronically submit licensee course completion information to the department no later than 30 calendar days thereafter. However, the continuing education provider shall electronically report to the department completion of a licensee’s course within 10 business days beginning on the 30th day before the renewal deadline or prior to the licensee’s expiration date, whichever occurs sooner.
The current download application program is: “Version 2.0, Release 1, Build 33.”
Use the links below to download or learn more about the department’s electronic reporting tool.
Advanced Module Courses for Building Professions
Individuals licensed by the Construction Industry Licensing Board, Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board, Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board, Board of Architecture and Interior Design and the Board of Landscape Architecture, are required to complete advanced module courses as part of their licensure continuing education requirements. These courses are approved by the Florida Building Commission and by each respective professional board.
Provider and Course Renewals
All provider and course approvals issued by the Asbestos Licensing Unit will expire on May 31st of odd-numbered years. All providers who wish to continue offering basic and refresher training courses in Florida are asked to submit renewal applications for re-evaluation of the course(s). All courses not renewed by the expiration date will be placed in a null and void status.
Application forms can be found by clicking on “Apply for a License” at the top of this page.
Provider and Course Approval
New and renewing courses are reviewed by the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) prior to approval. The Board meets once per month, with the exception of December, via telephone conference call. Course providers are encouraged to attend these meetings in order to provide any additional information that may be requested during the Board’s review.
Changes to Continuing Education Course Approval Requirements
Effective August 12, 2013, changes to Rule 61G5-32.001, Florida Administrative Code, now require all continuing education course approval applications to include “a complete copy of the course as it will be provided to the licensee which includes the subjects, topics, and subtopics to be presented in the course and a narrative summary of all areas to be covered in each subject, topic and subtopic, as well as a list of all reference and source materials including the publication date for each.”
Education providers seeking approval to offer courses in multiple delivery methods (classroom, correspondence, or distance/online) must submit separate applications with course material for each delivery method. This includes textbooks, PowerPoint presentations, slides, website screenshots, or any other material used in the delivery of the course.
Hair Braiding, Hair Wrapping and Body Wrapping Courses via Online Learning
Effective July 1, 2013, changes to Rule 61G5-31.004, Florida Administrative Code, now allow for the completion of hair braiding, hair wrapping, and body wrapping courses by way of online learning. Education providers desiring to provide online courses must apply to the department and include a complete copy of the course in its final form, as it will be provided to the licensee, as well as a listing of source materials and the publication dates.
Education providers already offering an approved classroom (conference, trade show, live group study) or correspondence (home study/video) course must still submit a new course application and be approved by the Board of Cosmetology before offering online courses.
Application forms can be found at www.MyFloridaLicense.com under the “Apply For/Update Licenses” link.
Provider and Course Approval
Education providers should apply for provider and course approval at least 60 days prior to the date they would like to advertise or offer courses. Applications must be reviewed for deficiencies and completed prior to being reviewed at the next available board meeting. Providers are prohibited from advertising courses prior to board approval.
Provider and Course Approval - Please read Attention Appraisers Course Providers above
There are three general classifications of providers that must apply to the department for approval to offer pre-licensure, post-licensure and continuing education courses to individuals seeking licensure or currently licensed by the Florida Real Estate Commission and Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board. The three classifications include:
- Licensed Real Estate schools
- State or nationally recognized appraisal organizations
- State-approved course providers
The following resources have been made available by the Division of Real Estate to assist you in becoming an approved education provider.