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GCAAR

Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®

Licensing requirements

 

Verify Your CE Credits

District of Columbia (currently unavailable)

Maryland

Virginia


District of Columbia

D.C. Licensing Alert: GCAAR has been notified by the Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP) that the license renewal process for 2023 will again be completed online through the Access DC system. If you do not already have one, you will first need to create an Access DC account.

As part of the renewal application, licensees will attest that they have completed all CE requirements listed below.

The DLCP licensing platform is in the process of switching to a new system, so there is currently no way to confirm course completion/earned hours nor for GCAAR to report your course completion to DLCP. Please continue to account for your course completion certificates received as a D.C. licensee, as this is the simplest way to track your completion--your continuing education credits could be subject to audit for up to five years, per Commission regulation.

This renewal process is now open for Salespersons ahead of the August 31, 2023 deadline. The renewal deadline for Real Estate Brokers and Property Managers was February 28, 2023. More information for D.C. licensees is available here. 


License renewals in the District of Columbia are on a two-year cycle, in every odd numbered year: February 28 for brokers and property managers and August 31 for sales agents.

An applicant for renewal of any license that expires on February 28 or August 31, must retain proof of completing approved continuing education (CE) credit in the following subjects:


2021-2023 Renewal Cycle CE Requirements:

Salesperson - 15 hours total

 Mandatory12 hours
 DC Fair Housing (3 hours) 
 DC Ethics (3 hours) 
 DC Legislative Update (3 hours) 
 DC Property Management (3 hours) 
 Electives3 hours

 


 

Broker - 15 hours total

 Mandatory15 hours
 DC Fair Housing (3 hours) 
 DC Ethics (3 hours) 
 DC Legislative Update (3 hours) 
 DC Property Management (3 hours) 
 DC Broker Supervision (3 hours) 

 


 

Property Manager - 15 hours total

 Mandatory9 hours
 DC Fair Housing (3 hours) 
 DC Ethics (3 hours) 
 DC Legislative Update (3 hours) 
 DC Property Management (MUST take the 6-hour course, which is not offered by GCAAR - please visit The CE Shop to complete this course)6 hours

 


 

If you are a new licensee who earned your license through examination and this is your first license renewal, then you are exempt from taking CE courses per DC regulation 2605.1.

This statement does not necessarily apply to licensees who are on Inactive status or who apply for Reinstatement, and who make their licenses active.

For more information, please contact DLCP's Occupational and Professional Licensing Division using its online inquiry form, via email at dlcp@dc.gov, or by phone at (202) 671-4500. 

Maryland

Verify Your Maryland CE Credits.

NEW MD LICENSEE RENEWAL – Effective 10/1/2023 - New requirements are in effect for post-licensing CE classes for NEW Maryland agents.  Agents have to take 15 hours during the 2-year period prior to their first renewal instead of 15 hours that non-first-time renewals take. Anyone with a new license issued until Sept 30, 2023 still does the previously required 15-hour class. Non-first-time renewals still do the previously required 15-hour class.

These are mandatory topics and may not be substituted with other education or continuing education from another state in which the individual is licensed.


MD Licensee Alert - Effective 8/17/23 - Licensees who have not completed their CE requirements or who are not showing necessary CE hours in the renewal portal will no longer be able to self-certify compliance and proceed with renewal.

If your renewal date is approaching, we encourage you to check your CE status in the license portal and ensure that your coursework is properly reported prior to your expiration date. Licensees can look for updates on this change at the Commission’s website: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/mrec/  

GCAAR is not able to view your CE completion status.


Hours Needed:

 

Salesperson first-time renewal (Residential)

15 hours which must include:
3.0 Contracts (Topic J)
3.0 Principles of Brokerage Relationships and
Disclosure Requirements for Seller (Topic K)
3.0 Principles of Real Estate Practice (Topic L)
3.0 Property Management and Landlord and Tenant Laws (Topic M)
1.5 Professionalism (Topic N)
1.5 Real Estate Financing (Topic O)

*These are mandatory topics and may not be substituted with other education
or continuing education from another state in which the individual is licensed.

 

Salespersons and Associate Brokers (Residential)

15 hours which must include:
3.0 Legislative (Topic A)
3.0 Ethics (Topic D)
3.0 MREC Brokerage Relationships* (Topic H)
1.5 Fair Housing (Topic C)
4.5 Any elective course(s) (Topic B, F or G)

* Formerly known as MREC Agency - Residential

 

Brokers, Branch Office Managers or Team Leaders (Residential)

 

15 hours which must include:
3.0 Legislative (Topic A)
3.0 Ethics (Topic D)
3.0 MREC Brokerage Relationships* (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)


For CE requirements for commercial licensees, visit the Maryland Real Estate Commission website.

For additional information, please call the Maryland Real Estate Commission at 410-230-6200 or email mrec@dllr.state.md.us.


Virginia

Verify Your Virginia CE Credits.

Salespersons - Must complete 16 hours of Continuing Education (CE)

 Mandatory Topics8 hours
 Agency (1 hour) 
 Ethics (3 hours) 
 Fair Housing (2 hours) 
 Legal Updates, includes flood content (1 hour) 
 Contracts (1 hour) 
 Elective Topics8 hours

 


Brokers - must complete 24 hours of Continuing Education (CE) 

 Mandatory Topics16 hours
 Broker Management & Agent Supervision (8 hours)
(This course is not offered by GCAAR - please visit The CE Shop to complete this course)
 
 Agency (1 hour) 
 Ethics (3 hours) 
 Fair Housing (2 hours) 
 Legal Updates, includes flood content (1 hour) 
 Contracts (1 hour) 
 Elective Topics8 hours

 

For additional information, please call the Virginia Real Estate Commission at 804-367-8500 or email REBoard@dpor.virginia.gov.