Real estate schools have been given temporary approval to livestream already-approved continuing education courses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a memo issued by the Pennsylvania Department of State on May 7.
Approved real estate education providers with approved in-person instruction courses were prohibited from offering those courses as a result of the various closures, stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures that have been put in place to minimize spread of the disease. Without authorization to livestream their courses, these providers previously had no means of providing commission-approved instructional content to their students.
The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® and local association schools requested that the Real Estate Commission consider altering their process for approving distance learning and are pleased to see this approval from the Department of State.
The limited waiver will allow approved real estate schools with courses that were already approved for in-person instruction to livestream those courses. All other requirements related to online real estate education remain in place.
Local association real estate schools are working to implement these CE courses and will be contacting their members when courses are available.
“The Real Estate Commission recognized the need for online, live continuing education during the pandemic,” said Commission Chair Anne Rubin. “I’m extremely grateful to Commission Johnson for making sure this waiver was approved so quickly after the discussion at last week’s commission meeting. Many licensees have noted that they prefer in-person continuing education classes, but at a time when that’s not possible, this is a great option. In addition, being able to livestream courses allows our state’s real estate schools to remain viable during this unprecedented time.”
The State Real Estate Commission is responsible for approval of real estate education providers and individual real estate education courses in Pennsylvania. Real estate licensees are required to complete 14 hours of commission-approved continuing education and apply to renew their license by Aug. 29, 2020. The renewal deadline was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and there will be no waivers issued this year.
For more information, please contact the State Real Estate Commission.