Licensing Requirements

Licensing Renewal Requirements for:

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

An applicant for renewal of any REAL ESTATE BROKER OR PROPERTY MANAGER license expiring on February 28, 2013 or REAL ESTATE SALESPERSONS license expiring on August 31, 2013, must submit proof of completing 15 hours of approved continuing education (CE) credit in 2 of the following subjects:

Fair Housing 3 hours
DC Legislative Update 3 hours
Financing Issues/Update 3 hours
General Electives 6 hours

For clarification, please note that under the DC real estate licensure law:

THESE GUIDELINES APPLY TO ACTIVELY LICENSED DC AGENTS.

  1. If you are a new salesperson licensee who received your DC real estate license between 9-1-09 and 8-31-11, then you are exempt from taking CE courses, if this is your first license renewal. This statement does not necessarily apply to licensees who are on Inactive or apply for Reinstatement, and who make their licenses Active.
  2. If you are exempt from taking CEs, you may take courses if you want, in order to benefit your education of the real estate field.
  3. If you take CE courses during this 2011-2013 licensing cycle, the courses will not carry over to the next cycle.
  4. The current license renewal cycle for DC Salespersons began on 9-1-11 and ends on 8-31-13. The current license renewal cycle for DC Brokers and Property Managers began on 3-01-11 and ends on 2-28-13.
  5. The CE requirements for the 2011-2013 license renewal cycle are—(9 hours mandated) Fair Housing; DC Legislative Update; and Financing Issues/Update; and 6 hours of approved general electives.
  6. The school and the courses must be first approved by the DC Real Estate Commission. GCAAR is DC-approved.

For more information, please visit the DC Real Estate Commission website.

MARYLAND

Every two years, MD real estate licensees are required to meet mandated continuing education requirements and renew their licenses. Course content required is based on type of services provided: residential or commercial and your role.

If your license expires between 1/1/12 and 12/31/13, hours needed are

ALL Residential Licensees 15 hours which must include:
3.0 Legislative (Topic A)
3.0 Ethics (Topic D)
3.0 MREC Agency- Residential (Topic H)
1.5 Fair Housing (Topic C)
4.5 Any elective course(s) (Topic B, F or G)
ALL Commercial Licensees 
(for licensees performing exclusively commercial work, must perform NO residential business)
15 hours which must include:
3.0 Legislative (Topic A)
3.0 Ethics (Topic D)
3.0 MREC Agency- Commercial (Topic H)
6.0 Any elective course(s) (Topic B, F or G)
ALL Brokers, Branch Office Managers and Team Leaders 15 hours which must include:
3.0 Legislative (Topic A)
3.0 Ethics (Topic D)
3.0 MREC Agency- Residential (Topic H)
3.0 MREC Supervision (Topic I)
1.5 Fair Housing (Topic C)
1.5 Any elective course(s) (Topic B, F or G)

Legislative topic (Category A), Fair Housing topic (Category C), and Ethics topic (Category D) are required Maryland courses during every 2-year license renewal cycle. The ethics course must include MD Code of Ethics, Flipping, and Predatory Lending.

As of January 1, 2012 Maryland law requires all real estate licensees to complete 3.0 CE in Agency principles and disclosure as part of the 15 hours of education required for license renewal once every 4 years (in alternating license renewal cycles).

As of January 1, 2012 Maryland law also requires all brokers, branch office managers and team leaders to complete 3.0 CE in the requirements of Broker Supervision once every 4 years.

If licensed in another state, Maryland may recognize continuing education hours completed in another state if the course and provider are approved by that state's real estate commission; however, they must meet Maryland's regulations - a real estate board, similar professional association, or educational institution; hours not less than 1.5 nor more than 6; real estate topics; dates within the preceding 2-year term; etc.

Maryland's mandated courses are applicable only to Maryland State, Maryland local, or federal laws; not other states' laws.

For additional information please visit the Maryland Real Estate Commission.

VIRGINIA

The Virginia Real Estate Board has implemented a new requirement for those whose licenses will expire as of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014. All real estate licensees will be required to take an additional three-hour Residential Standard Agency Course in order to renew their licenses.

SALESPERSON - Must complete 16 hours of Continuing Education (CE) to renew their License(s).

For additional information on licensing requirements click the links below.

Continuing Education Requirements

Post License Education Requirements

DPOR

BROKER - must complete 24 hours of Continuing Education (CE) to renew their License(s).

Mandatory Topics - 16 hours
Broker Management & Agent Supervision (8 hours)
Agency (1 hour)
Ethics (3 hours)
Fair Housing (2 hours)
Legal Updates & Emerging Trends (1 hour)
Contracts (1 hour)

Elective Topics - 8 hours

For additional information on licensing requirements click the links below.

Continuing Education Requirements

Post License Education Requirements

DPOR