TITLE 68: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
CHAPTER VIII: DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION
SUBCHAPTER b: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
PART 1450 REAL ESTATE LICENSE ACT OF 2000
SECTION 1450.1135 CURRICULUM FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOOLS AND COURSE REGISTRATION PROCESS
Section 1450.1135 Curriculum for Continuing Education Schools and Course Registration Process
a) The Division, with the advice of the Advisory Council, shall designate core (mandatory) courses for each cycle and shall provide a standardized syllabus to be used by the CE schools for those courses. This shall be effective for the broker prerenewal cycle beginning May 1, 2010.
b) Elective courses must be approved by the Division, through its Advisory Council.
c) Credit hours may be earned for distance education programs approved by the Advisory Council.
d) A licensee may earn credit for a specific CE course only once during the prerenewal period.
e) The Division shall issue certificates of registration for approved CE courses upon successful completion of the following process:
1) The person or entity seeking approval for the CE course completes and submits the application approved by the Division for a certificate of registration;
2) The CE description, comprehensive timed outline, learning objectives, examination and answer key and any other course and examination materials requested by the Division or the Advisory Council is submitted along with the application;
3) The fee required by Section 1450.130 is submitted; and
4) The Advisory Council approves the application for registration of the CE course.
f) One hour of approved CE shall include at least 50 minutes of classroom instruction and shall be exclusive of any time devoted to taking the examination as set forth in subsection (h).
g) Each CE course shall include one or more subjects from either the core category or elective category (see Section 1450.340(b)(3)(A) or (b)(3)(B), 1450.450(b)(3)(A) or (b)(3)(B), or 1450.540(b)(3)(A) or (b)(3)(B)) regardless of whether students are in actual attendance or participating in distance education coursework. All CE courses shall be a minimum of 3 hours and shall be offered in 3 hour increments. Each 3 hour increment shall be a course approved by the Advisory Council. The CE school shall clearly indicate on the certificate of completion the number of hours earned from each CE course and identify whether the completed course was from the core or elective category.
h) Each CE course shall include the successful completion of an examination that measures the attendee's understanding of the course material. A score of at least 70% is required on the examination for successful completion of any CE course.
1) The examination shall be given on-site immediately following any CE course. When a sequence of courses is offered, the examination may be given either at the end of each individual course or it may be given at the end of the sequence of courses so long as the examination covers all aspects of the course material.
2) All examinations, including distance education examinations and retake examinations, shall be proctored by a representative of the approved CE school, or shall provide a means of electronic proctoring approved by the Division. All examinations shall include at least 25 questions for each 3-hour increment of CE earned and shall be a closed book exam unless waived by the Advisory Council due to the complexity of the course material and exam.
3) No credit for CE shall be given to any licensee unless the examination is successfully completed. The CE school shall allow the attendee one retake within 30 days after a failed examination in order to receive credit for CE. No more than one retake shall be allowed. A licensee failing a retake shall not receive credit for that CE course unless the entire course is retaken and the examination is successfully completed.
i) Distance education CE shall comply with all of the requirements of this Section, except that:
1) Verified attendance is only required for taking the examination.
2) Classroom instruction is not required for distance education CE, as the intent is for the licensees to review and learn the material on their own.
3) Acceptable distance education course materials include, but are not limited to, reading material and audio or video content.
4) The examination site for distance education CE shall be determined by the CE school, and it shall be proctored by a representative of the approved sponsor. An approved instructor is not required to proctor the examination.
j) All CE courses shall:
1) Contribute to the advancement, integrity, extension and enhancement of professional skills and knowledge in the practice of real estate;
2) Provide experiences (e.g., role playing, lectures, films) that contain subject matter and course materials relevant to that set forth in Section 5-70 of the Act; and
3) Be developed and presented by persons with education and/or experience in the subject matter of the CE course.
k) Nothing shall prohibit an approved CE school and its instructors from utilizing audio-visual aides or electronic communications with 2-way voice interaction in assisting in the presentation of CE courses.