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Continuing Education



General Information

What are the education requirements for licensure?

Salesperson License:

  • 90 hours sales prelicense education in classroom, in state
  • State & national portions licensing exam
  • Contract writing (boot camp)

Broker License:


Do I schedule the licensing test with the Arizona Department of Real Estate?
No, with the testing provider, Pearson VUE at www.pearsonvue.com/az/realestate.



What is the application process once the Real Estate license examination has been successful passed?  What are the application fees?
Upon receiving a successful pass grade for both portions of the Real Estate license examination, individual forms will be issued to the student by Pearson VUE; and the other is the license application.  All forms are required and must be included in the application packet.  Application for licensure must be made within one (1) year from the date of successful pass of the examination, whichever comes first in the case of two separate examination dates.

For more information:

  • Refer to the Candidate Handbook
  • Contact the Pre Licensing School
  • Visit the Department website at www.azre.gov

Required Documentation for Application:

SALESPERSON BROKER MEMBERSHIP CAMPING
or CEMETERY
  • Original Salesperson Application & Fee
  • Original Arizona State Exam Score Report(s)
  • Proof of Legal Presence (front & back copy)
  • Pre-licensure Education Certificate
  • Disciplinary Actions Disclosure (LI-214/244)
  • DPS issued AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card (front & back copy)
  • Hire as a Salesperson & Fee (Complete form LI-202) or hire online for a reduced fee
  • Contract Writing Course Certificate
  • Disclosure Documentation (if applicable)
  • Original Broker Application & Fee
  • Original Arizona State Exam Score Report(s)
  • Proof of Legal Presence (front & back copy)
  • Original Broker Verification(s) (LI-226)
  • Pre-licensure Education Certificate
  • Disciplinary Actions Disclosure (LI-214/244)
  • DPS issued AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card (front & back copy)
  • Sever as a Salesperson & Fee (Complete form LI-202) or sever online for free
  • Hire as a Designated Broker & Fee (Complete form LI-201)
  • Hire as an Associate Broker & Fee (Complete form LI–202) or hire online for a reduced fee
  • Broker Management Clinic Certificate
  • Disclosure Documentation (if applicable)
  • Original Membership Camping & Cemetery Application (Salesperson or Broker) & Fee
  • Original Arizona State Specific Exam Score Report
  • Proof of Legal Presence (front & back copy)
  • Disciplinary Actions Disclosure * (LI-214/244)
  • DPS issued AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card (front & back copy)
  • See left and center column for hire / sever requirements as it pertains to a salesperson or broker
  • Original Broker Verification(s) Form (LI-226) - for Brokers only
  • Disclosure Documentation* (if applicable)

Certificate for Contract Writing or Broker Management Clinic:

  • When applying for a salesperson's license, a certificate of attendance at an Introduction to Contract Writing ("Contract Bootcamp") course must be presented.
  • When applying for a broker's license, a course certificate of attendance at a Broker Management Clinic must be presented.

Experience Verification - Broker applicants:

  • Broker applicants must provide documentation to support three (3) years of actual full-time experience as a licensed real estate salesperson or broker within the preceding five (5) years.  Prior to the broker prelicense courses, the Broker Candidate Experience Verification Form (LI-226) may only be completed by each Broker needed to confirm the (3) three years full-time experience to verify that the applicant was actually practicing real estate then should be returned to the applicant for submission to the Department with the license application.

Hire ON:

  • To be "active status" as a salesperson or associate broker, the licensee must hire on with a licensed employing Broker.  This can be done online at az.gov/webapp/dre.

Fees:

  • The License Fee Schedule may be obtained by clicking on the Fee Schedule link on the left navigation menu. (Subject to change without notice as statutes or rules change.)


Where are the new Broker Management Clinic (BMC) guidelines published?
Click here to see Substantive Policy Statement 2012.01 for additional information.



Continuing Education

What Continuing Education Credits do I need?

  • Salesperson or Associate Broker License:

24 hours of ADRE-approved Continuing Education (CE) courses must be completed and uploaded at az.gov/webapp/dre every two years to renew a real estate license.

Of the 24 hours required for renewal, you must obtain credit hours as indicated in EACH of the following subjects:

Agency Law 3 hours
Contract Law 3 hours
Commissioner’s Standards 3 hours
Disclosure 3 hours
Fair Housing** 3 hours
Real Estate Legal Issues 3 hours
General Real Estate 6 hours
  • Designated Broker or Delegated Associate Broker License:

24 or 30 hours (effective on and after 1/1/2013) of ADRE-approved Continuing Education (CE) courses must be completed and uploaded at az.gov/webapp/dre every two years to renew a real estate license.

Of the 24 or 30 hours (effective on and after 1/1/2013) required for renewal, you must obtain credit hours as indicated in EACH of the following subjects:

Agency Law 3 hours
Contract Law 3 hours
Broker Management Clinic* 3 hours (9 hours effective 1/1/2013)
Disclosure 3 hours
Fair Housing** 3 hours
Real Estate Legal Issues 3 hours
General Real Estate 6 hours

The 6 General Real Estate hours may be in any of the above categories OR General Real Estate.

*  At least 3 hours of credit in the Commissioner's Standards category must be of the Broker Management Clinic course if you are an active status designated broker (which includes self-employed brokers).  Effective on and after January 1, 2013, at least 9 hours of credit in the Commissioner’s Standards category must be of the Broker Management Clinic (consisting of Broker Management Clinic course #1, #2, and #3) if you are an active status designated broker (which includes self-employed brokers) or delegated associate broker with written authorization to act on behalf of the designated broker by reviewing and initialing contracts and similar instruments pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-2151.01(G).

**  If claiming Fair Housing course substitute, attach a statement of substitution and certificate for substitute class.  An additional class in the Real Estate Legal Issues category that has been approved for a minimum of three credit hours in place of the mandatory Fair Housing category and must be pre-approved by the Department.


Cemetery and membership camping licenses do not require continuing education credit for renewal.



Where can I attend Continuing Education classes?
Real estate licensees may attend classes at ADRE-approved real estate schools.  Some of these schools offer "distance learning courses", which can be taken over the internet.



Can I take online classes in one day and complete all the required classes?
NO MORE THAN 9 credit hours of CE may be entered on any one calendar day - Commissioner's Rule R4-28-402(C).



Where can a list of accredited real estate schools be found?
You can access a list of accredited real estate schools on our website or by clicking here.



How do I report my Continuing Education Courses to the Department?
Log onto the Department’s website at https://az.gov/webapp/dre and select the option to record Continuing Education (CE) credits.  Enter the ADRE course numbers and dates of the CE classes taken during the current CE Period.  If filing for renewal within one year after the license expiration date (the "grace year"), enter continuing education classes taken during the last 24 months of the license period or during the grace year.

The course number and dates appear on CE certificates issued by licensed real estate schools upon completion of each ADRE-approved course.  If the system returns an error message and information entered matches what is on the certificate, contact the issuing school to verify the course number and credit category.

Please note the following:

  • To renew a real estate license the licensee MUST possess certificates for ALL of the required courses and categories.
  • Filing a false or misleading application is grounds for license revocation or suspension, and assessment of a civil penalty.
  • Complete and enter all the required hours for one CE period before any courses are attributed to a subsequent CE period.  CE for more than one CE period at a time cannot be entered.
  • The course number from each certificate should be entered only one (1) time, even if it covers more than one (1) category.
  • When licensee's business is exclusively commercial properties, a substitute for the Fair Housing requirement may be claimed by contacting the department at click here prior to renewing the license.

I only do commercial business.  Do I need to take a Fair Housing class?
When a licensee’s business is exclusively commercial properties and a substitute for the Fair Housing requirement is being claimed, the licensee MUST CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT AT licensing@azre.gov BEFORE RENEWING the LICENSE.



When the internet-based ethics training conducted by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS at REALTOR.org has been completed, does the Arizona Department of Real Estate recognize this course toward continuing education?
The National Association of Realtors® is not a "licensed school" with the Arizona Department of Real Estate.  Only courses taught by/through licensed schools qualify for credit toward Continuing Education (CE).  The class may be required by the Association for continued membership in good standing, however it is not one for which the Department grants CE credit.  Any school providing a course approved by the Department will issue a certificate of completion for the course that includes the course number, school information, date of completion of the course, and the student's name.  The information provided on that certificate is sufficient to process the CE portion of the renewal process.  If a school does not provide such a certificate, the course is not approved by the Department and does not qualify for CE credit.



Can I use my broker pre-license education for renewal CE?
Broker pre-license education courses may be used for renewal by a salesperson for renewal of the salesperson’s license ONLY IF

  • the salesperson completes the course within one CE period or
  • the salesperson completes the course before the salesperson's license renewal date, or
  • the salesperson provides a letter from the school attesting to the fact that the hours taken have fulfilled the mandatory renewal requirement, with an attachment showing the breakdown of the 24 credit hours.
  • The salesperson is eligible to renew online after the Department records the education course information.

The salesperson cannot renew online and must submit a renewal packet with either the course completion certificate or the letter with attachments from the school.



I took a “segmented” course that covers more than one category.  Can I enter it twice?
The course number from each certificate should only be entered one (1) time, even if it covers more than one (1) category.  The system will recognize and give credit for each category covered by the class.



What is a "CE period?"
Original licenses are issued for a two (2) year period, and renewals are also for a two (2) year period (effective 7/29/2010).  At the time of renewal, a salesperson or broker must submit 24 credit hours of Continuing Education (CE).  A license will not be issued if this requirement is not met.  For those licensees who hold a four (4) year license, the CE period is divided into two CE periods of 24 months each.  Whether you have a two (2) year or a four (4) year license, you must enter 24 CE credits every 24 months, and each of these 24 month timeframes is a CE period.



How and when to report CE credits completion to the Department.
CE credits MUST be reported online at www.azre.gov using the Online Licensing System.  CE may be entered online at any time after successful completion, with no need to wait until the renewal time of a license or the end of a CE period.  Enter one class or a number of classes at any one time.  Enter CE for one CE period at a time; until the requirements of one period are met, entering credits for another period cannot be accepted.  Up to nine (9) credit hours may be taken per day.



What do I need to enter my CE credits?
The course certificates issued by the school(s) attended.  On those certificates are the date(s) of the class and the course number, both of which are necessary to complete the online CE submittal.



After I enter my CE credits online do I need to keep the Course Completion Certificates?
Retain continuing education certificates for at least five (5) years in case an audit requires proof of documented attendance.



What happens if a mistake is made while entering information course information?
When entering a course number in error (the wrong course number, the wrong CE period, etc.) click here to contact the Department.



I entered more than 24 credits but when I go to “Check Status” I only see 24 credits reflected.  Why?
The screen is divided into two parts, “Requirements” and “Education.”  The Requirements portion (top) of the screen only reflects whether the required course credits are earned and, once they are, no further classes are credited there.  The lower portion of the screen, the Education section, displays all classes entered.



What if I enter information for a class I did not really attend?
Reporting CE is a part of the renewal application process, and filing a false or misleading application is grounds for license revocation or suspension, and assessment of a civil penalty.



After I complete my CE for one period can I start classes for the next CE period?
The law requires 24 hours of continuing education (CE) credits be taken DURING each 24 month period of licensure.  If you have a 4 year license and complete 24 hours of credits within the first 24 months (2 years) you can continue to take and record CE, but it will NOT apply to the second 24 months of the licensure period.  Classes do not apply to the second CE period until that 24 month period begins.  For example, if you are licensed from 7/1/2009 to 6/30/2013 you must take 24 hours of CE between 7/1/2009 and 6/30/2011 and another 24 hours of CE between 7/1/2011 and 6/30/2013.



Can I renew my license without submitting my CE credits?
To renew a real estate license requires certificates for ALL of the required courses and categories entered in the system.  Renewal of license does not occur until all the required courses and course hours are entered.



Now that I have entered my CE credits is my license renewed?
No, the entire renewal application process must be completed.  Showing completion of the required CE is just the first step toward renewal.  After entering all the required courses for the renewal period within 90 days of license expiration date, the renewal application process may be completed.



Can I have some of my Continuing Education credits waived for other education I attended?
All Continuing Education credit applicable to licensing renewals must be pre-approved with the Department to be accepted.



I am a licensee in another state, can any of my education I have already completed for my out of state licensure be applied to either a new license or renewal of a license?
All pre-licensing and/or Continuing Education credit applicable to licensing renewals must be pre-approved with the Department to be accepted.



What if I am unable to timely complete my Continuing Education classes but want to renew my license?
Only for good cause, the Commissioner MAY grant additional time to complete all the required classes or, in rare cases, may waive some or all of the continuing education classes required for license renewal. (Review R4-28-402(B) in the Law Book.)  Submit a written request and, as applicable, corroborating documents to the Education Division for review 60 days PRIOR to the license expiration date.  If approved, an approval letter must be attached to the renewal application.



Will my classes appear in the Public Database information on the website?
Yes, the classes taken during the last two years (two years back from the checked date) will show on the website.  A record checked on 1/1/09 the information displayed will be from 1/1/07 to 1/1/09.



Can I get an extension on my license renewal?
The Department does not have the authority to change a license expiration date and "extend" a license period.  When seeking additional time to complete continuing education (CE) classes, read the "What if I am unable to complete my Continuing Education classes but want to renew my license?" FAQ.



I am less than one year past my expiration date, what are the requirements to get my license reinstated?
If a license has expired, a licensee must renew their license within one (1) year of the expiration date; there are no provisions to extend this date.  If renewal is not done with the timeframe, the applicant will be required to apply for original licensure pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-2131.

Applying for renewal during the one (1) year grace period:

  • Complete the continuing education requirements.
  • Submit education to the Department online.
  • Submit Legal Presence online (if previously not submitted)-allow 48 business hours for processing/approval prior to renewal.
  • Submit completed renewal application online, in person or by mail.
  • Pay renewal fees with late fees**

**  The License Fee Schedule may be obtained by clicking on the Fee Schedule link on the left navigation menu. (Subject to change without notice as statutes or rules change.)



I have gone more than one year past my expiration date.  What can I do to get my license reinstated?
If your prelicensing education was completed less than 10 years ago a statement requesting recertification of prelicensure education must be obtained from the school attended for pre licensure education.  Take those documents to the testing provider and complete the state & national portions of the licensing exam.  Obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card.  Complete a contract writing course for a salesperson license or a broker management for a broker license.  Apply for a license. (No exceptions.)



What is the effective date for the new Broker Management Clinic (BMC) requirement?
Effective from and after January 1, 2013, each Designated Broker and Delegated Associate Broker, one who is delegated the written authority to act on the Designated Broker’s behalf to review and initial contracts or similar instruments pursuant to A.R.S §32-2151.01(G) must take the new BMC.  If a Designated Broker has not previously complied with the BMC prior to January 1, 2013, then the new BMC is the requirement that must be met for a total of 30 hours of continuing education.  If a Delegated Associate Broker has not completed the 24-hour renewal prior to January 1, 2013, then the new BMC is the requirement that must be met for a total of 30 hours of continuing education for renewal.  If during the Delegated Associate Broker’s current license period, the Delegated Associate Broker has at least complied with the BMC prior to January 1, 2013, then the Delegated Associate Broker is not required to take the new BMC.



Is there a quick reference to determine which real estate brokers are required to complete the new nine (9) hour Broker Management Clinic on or after January 1, 2013?
Yes.  Below is the Quick Reference Table for the new Broker Management Clinic:

Arizona Department of Real Estate
Quick Reference Table for New Broker Management Clinic (BMC)
LICENSE TYPE / SCENARIO APPLICATION TYPE REQUIRES NINE (9) HOUR BMC ON OR AFTER 1/1/2013
Original (new) Real Estate Broker Original Yes
New Designated Broker/Self Employed Broker and Delegated Associate Broker * Appointment / Change ** Yes
Delegated Associate Broker Renewal Yes
Designated Broker/Self Employed Broker who completed old BMC prior to 1/1/2013 during current license period Renewal No
Designated Broker/Self Employed Broker who has not completed a BMC prior to 1/1/2013 Renewal Yes
Delegated Associate Broker who completed all required 24 hours of continuing education prior to 1/1/2013 during current license period Renewal No
Delegated Associate Broker who, prior to 1/1/2013 during current license period, has completed at least the old BMC. Renewal No
Delegated Associate Broker who has not completed the BMC or all 24 hours of continuing education prior to 1/1/2013 during current license period Renewal Yes

*  Delegated Associate Broker = Associate Broker with written authorization to act on behalf of designated broker by reviewing and initialing contracts and similar instruments pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-2151.01(G).  Pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-2136(C), the new nine (9) hour BMC is a new requirement for the Delegated Associate Broker license type effective January 1, 2013.

**  In the case of an appointed Delegated Associate Broker that is not a branch manager, an application is required to be filed with ADRE along with the written authorization.



What is a Delegated Associate Broker?
A Delegated Associate Broker is one who is delegated the written authority to act on the Designated Broker’s behalf pursuant to A.R.S §32-2151.01(G) to review and initial contracts or similar instruments.



When does the old BMC course cease to be effective and available?
After December 31, 2012 the previously approved 3-hour BMC will cease to be available.  Effective January 1, 2013 the new 9-hour BMC takes the place of the old BMC.



Who must take the 9-hour BMC?
The 9-hour BMC is required for:

  1. A renewing Designated Broker.
  2. A renewing Delegated Associate Broker, that is, one who is delegated the authority to act on the Designated Broker's behalf pursuant to A.R.S §32-2151.01(G).
  3. An original broker applicant, who must complete the BMC before the applicant’s broker’s license may be activated.
  4. An associate broker within the 23 months prior to acting as a Delegated Associate Broker.
  5. Any associate broker within the 23 months prior to being licensed as a Designated Broker.
  6. A Designated Broker, within the 23 months prior to relicensing with another brokerage.

Who is not required to take the new BMC?
The following are not required to take the BMC:

  1. A salesperson or broker acting as the Designated Broker in the Designated Broker’s temporary absence pursuant to A.R.S §32-2127(D).
  2. A salesperson or associate broker acting as a branch manager pursuant to A.R.S §32-2127(B) &(C), except for a Delegated Associate Broker acting under a delegation authority pursuant to A.R.S §32-2151.01(G) who is acting as a branch manager.
  3. A “temporary broker” licensed for the purpose of winding up the business of a deceased designated broker pursuant to A.R.S §32-2133.
  4. Either a Designated Broker or Delegated Associate Broker who, during the current license period and prior to January 1, 2013, completed the 3-hour BMC.

What if I previously took the old BMC?  Can that count toward my required continuing education?
If the Designated Broker has completed the old 3-hour BMC prior to January 1, 2013 for his or her renewal, the new 9-hour BMC will not be required to renew the broker’s license.  If the Delegated Associate Broker has completed his or her 24-hour renewal requirements for his or her renewal, the new 9-hour BMC will not be required to renew the broker’s license.  In both instances, the 24-hour renewal will then be required instead of the new 30-hour renewal.



How will the new BMC courses be delivered?
The new BMC will be taught live in classroom or distance learning as three distinct 3-hour BMCs: BMC #1, BMC#2 and BMC#3 – a total of 9 hours.  Click here to see Substantive Policy Statement 2012.01 for more details on each individual course’s content.



What if I need to take the BMC, but there is no BMC available?
It is anticipated that the new BMC courses will be available as early as October 2012; therefore, there should be adequate live classroom and distance learning courses available.



Will the new BMC courses be available for credit for any licensee who takes the course?
Yes.  Any licensee may take the BMC courses for credit, not just Designated Brokers and Delegated Associate Brokers.  Each 3-hour BMC course is approved for three hours of Commissioners Standards.



Is a test required to pass the new 9-hour BMC?
No test is required for a “live” classroom presentation; however, a distance learning course will require quizzes for each of the course modules, as well as a final exam for each 3-hour BMC course.



How do the three BMC courses differ?
Each course is different and may also emphasize a particular industry discipline or specialty.  Here is a breakout of the contents for each of the required three 3-hour courses:

  1. BMC #1- Statutes and Rules
    This course includes: record keeping requirements, fiduciary duties, trust fund accounts, material disclosures, advertising and promotions, ADRE investigations, employment agreements, ADRE broker audits, contracts and other related statutes and rules.
  2. BMC #2 – Broker Policies
    This course addresses broker policy development and related topics, including at least one of the following: the establishment of broker supervision policies (A.A.C. R4-28-1103) or practical application for enforcement of the policies, or emphasizing those policies that ADRE has identified as common complaints or violations and how to avoid them.
  3. BMC #3 – Broker Supervision
    This course includes: broker supervision, broker risk management, broker responsibilities/legal obligations and other related topics.

May I take BMC #1, #2 and #3 (i.e., each of the individual courses) from different schools, taught by different instructors?
Yes.  This may not be advisable but it is permissible under the legislation.



Will there be BMCs that emphasize specific industry disciplines?
Yes.  A BMC school is not limited to providing a “general” BMC, although this may be the most in demand category of the BMC.  It is permitted for schools to develop the BMC for specialties (special disciplines), like commercial, property management, timeshare, new home sales, business brokerage, etc.  However, if a specialty administration of the BMC is of importance to the licensee, the licensee should check availability of specific courses.


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