Deadline approaches to renew real estate licenses

By Ron Croushore, CRB | April 18, 2014 | 2 min. read

President Elect Ron Croushore
President Elect Ron Croushore

Time is running out for Pennsylvania Realtors® to earn continuing education (CE) credits.

Real estate professionals must earn 14 hours of approved continuing education every two years. May 31, 2014 is the deadline to get your CE and renew your license for this cycle.

The Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission usually mails license renewal notices two to three months before license expiration dates. Notices are mailed to the most recent employer address that was reported to the Commission. The U.S. Postal Service does not forward licenses.

New licensees – New or reactivated licensees are required to take 14 hours of CE in specific, mandatory, commission-approved courses during their first renewal cycle. Most continuing education classes do not meet the criteria for new licensee education; be sure to check with your school or local association to be sure you’re taking the right course(s).

Initial renewal period only – If the first license was issued in the last six months of the 2012-14 renewal period (December 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014), the licensee does NOT have to complete continuing education. However, the licensee must complete the renewal application and pay the appropriate fees to the Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission. New licensees may be exempt this CE cycle but during the next cycle ending in May 2016, they will have to take the required courses during that time frame.

Check out PAR’s Course Calendar for a schedule of courses offered across the state, or check with your local association for other educational opportunities. PAR does not participate in the license renewal process and does not keep records of members’ continuing education credits.

Realtors® are strongly encouraged to renew their license online and print a copy of it for their records. Having a personal copy for your own records is important in the event the Commission contacts you regarding your renewal.

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