Legislation amending the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act was signed into law on Monday as Act 25 of 2022. This law permanently allows real estate education courses to be conducted via livestream methods. The Act was House Bill 1849 (Polinchock, R-Bucks) as it made its way through the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
For the past several months, PAR has worked closely with state Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) on HB1849, strongly encouraging the General Assembly to approve the bill.
Licensees and pre-licensing students have benefited from the ability to take livestream courses live – on platforms such as Zoom – since the start of the pandemic. And, providing the option to continue taking education courses in this format was a major priority for PAR. Livestream education courses must follow identical rules and regulations as in-person real estate education courses, but licensees and pre-licensing students will now have more flexibility and options when obtaining their education credits.
Prior to passage of Act 25, real estate education courses could be conducted via livestream methods due to a temporary waiver that was first put in place at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary waiver was extended several times since 2020, with the latest extension set to expire tomorrow on June 30.
With the passage of Act 25, real estate licensees and pre-licensing students can continue to take their education classes via livestream methods permanently.
Act 25 takes effect immediately.