Topic 2.11: Continuing Education Requirement

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this topic, you will be able to
• state when the continuing education requirement begins for a licensee’s renewal,
• list the three parts of the 14-hour continuing education course,
• state which licensees are exempt from the continuing education requirement, and
• state when a continuing education course exam is required.

Continuing Education

After the first renewal, a licensee must complete a FREC-approved 14-hour continuing education course every two years before renewing the license. The course includes three hours of core law, three hours of business ethics, and 8 hours of “specialty” education on various real estate subjects. A licensee can take the 3-hour core law in each year of the renewal period to obtain six hours credit toward the 14-hour requirement.

Figure 2.2  To Remember—Exemptions from Renewal Education Requirements

CategoryPost-License CourseContinuing EducationRenewal Fee
Members of Florida BarMust CompleteExemptMust Pay
4-year or higher Graduates with Real Estate DegreeExemptMust CompleteMust Pay
Active Military + spouse – up to 2 years after discharge, NOT practicing real estateExemptExemptExempt
Active Military + spouse – up to 2 years after discharge ACTIVE in real estateMust CompleteMust CompleteExempt

Licensees can complete the 14-hour requirement in the classroom or in a Commission-approved seminar with no examination. If the licensee completes the course by correspondence or by distance education, the licensee must pass a 30-question examination, getting at least 24 correct.