Governmental Affairs Rochester Chapter

January 24, 2020

From the Desk of Christopher McCarthy, RAC NYSCAR Governmental Affairs Chair:

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January 3, 2020

*NEW!* Changes in Continuing Education Course Requirements for License Renewal and Date Change for Those Grandfathered

Previously, the State instituted the deadline of July 2020 to remove the grandfather clause regarding Continuing Education.  For any of you that are grandfathered, the date has been moved to July 2021.  So, if you are grandfathered, you have one more year before Continuing Education will need a requirement.

Here is the text from the DOS website:

What are the Continuing Education Requirements?

All licensees submitting a renewal prior to July 1, 2021 are required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education, including at least 3 hours of instruction pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest in real property and at least one hour of instruction pertaining to the law of agency except in the case of the initial two-year licensing term for real estate salespersons, two hours of agency related instruction must be completed within the two-year period immediately preceding a renewal.

Any salesperson who successfully completes an approved broker qualifying course (which requires passing the final exam), within their current term, will receive continuing education credit for completion of that course. Please note: The broker course does not satisfy the mandatory 3 hour fair housing requirement.

Exemptions prior to July 1, 2021:

Either of the below are exempt from the continuing education requirements:

  • Any licensed real estate broker who is engaged full time in the real estate business and who has been licensed prior to July 1, 2008 for at least 15 consecutive years and has maintained continuous licensure (no breaks in licensure for reasons such as late renewal submission) or
  • An attorney admitted to the New York State Bar who holds a real estate broker's license.

What are the Newly Adopted Continuing Education Requirements effective July 1, 2021?

All licensees will be required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education.  The education must include at least 2.5 hours on the subject of ethical business practices, at least I hour of recent legal matters, at least 3 hours of instruction pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest in real property and at least 1 hour of instruction pertaining to the law of agency except in the case of the initial two-year licensing term for real estate salespersons, 2 hours of agency related instruction must be completed within the two-year period immediately preceding a renewal.

For the purposes of implementing the changes, the new requirements are effective on the actual date the license expires rather than the date the renewal application is submitted for processing. If the expiration date printed on your license is on or after July 1, 2021, you must meet the new requirement before you can renew. To review the actual bill text, please click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to submit your inquiry to eAccessNY@dos.ny.gov.

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