California Real Estate License: Continuing Education Requirements

In July 2015, the Governor signed Assembly Bill 345, amending Section 10170.5 of the California Business and Professions Code (“the Code”). The provisions of this Code section take effect on January 1, 2016. The essence of this amendment requires that broker licensees complete upon their first renewal as a broker, a three-hour continuing education course in the management of real estate offices and supervision of real estate activities (Management and Supervision). Moreover, salesperson and broker licensees must complete an eight-hour continuing education survey course for subsequent renewals that includes topics in ethics, agency, trust fund handling, fair housing, risk management and management and supervision.

A real estate broker who is renewing for the first time

A real estate broker who is renewing for the first time on or after January 1, 2016, or who renews on a late basis on or after January 1, 2016, must complete a total of 45 clock-hours of approved continuing education courses which includes:

• Six separate three-hour courses in the following subjects: Ethics, Agency, Fair Housing,
Trust Fund Handling, Risk Management, and a course in Management and Supervision; and

• A minimum of 18 clock hours of consumer protection courses; and

• The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of continuing education may
be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses.

A real estate salesperson who is renewing for the first time

The CE requirements for a real estate salesperson who is renewing for the first time are different that the renewal requirements for a broker. A salesperson renewing for the first time must complete a total of 45 clock-hours of approved continuing education courses which includes:

• Five separate three-hour courses in the following subjects: Ethics, Agency, Fair Housing,
Trust Fund Handling, and Risk Management; and

• A minimum of 18 clock hours of consumer protection courses; and

• The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of continuing education may
be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses.

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For the second and all subsequent renewals

For the second and all subsequent renewals after January 1, 2016, all licensees must complete a total of 45 hours of continuing education, which must include the following:

• One eight-hour survey course covering the six mandatory subjects (Ethics, Agency, Fair Housing, Trust Fund Handling, Risk Management, and Management and Supervision) OR licensees can choose to take each of the mandatory subjects separately; and

• A minimum of 18 clock hours of consumer protection courses; and

• The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of continuing education may be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses.

New legislation may make some information in this blog out of date. Current information is in the online version of Instructions to License Applicants found on the CalBRE website, www.calbre.ca.gov.

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