What is Post-Licensing in Real Estate?
Depending on the state, if you’re a newly-licensed real estate agent, you might be required to complete post-license education. Of course, this education requirement is on top of any pre-licensing education you may have undergone to prepare for your licensing exam. Real estate post-licensing requirements vary state by state and cover a wide range of topics, but we’ll provide an overview of the most important things you need to know.
What Does Real Estate Post-Licensing Entail?Post-licensing is used synonymously with post-license education. It’s the state-mandated education requirement for new realtors. To keep your real estate license active, you need to complete post-licensing training before your first license renewal. So, if in your state’s real estate licenses expire after two years, you have two years to complete your post-licensing education. As we mentioned above, post-licensing requirements are mandated and managed by individual states, but almost every state does have some post-licensing requirements. Here are some examples of states’ post-licensing requirements:
Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) requirements in TexasBefore you renew your real estate license for the first time in Texas, you need to complete a total of 270 qualifying real estate course hours, as well as eight hours of TREC legal update courses. The good news is that your 180 hours of pre-licensing courses count toward this total! That means you just need to take another 98 hours of SAE courses before your renewal. Additionally, you’ll need to submit your course completion documentation to the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) at least 10 days before you renew your license.
Post-License Education Requirements in WashingtonThe Washington State Department of Licensing requires new brokers to complete 90 hours of first-time continuing education within two years of receiving their license. For your first active renewal, you must take:
- 30-Hour Advanced Practices Course
- 30-Hour Real Estate Law Course
- 3-Hour Core Course
- At least 27 hours other approved continuing education