The mission of the Louisiana Real Estate Commission is to serve and protect the public interest in real estate transactions and other real estate related activities. Continuing education is one of the tools used to carry out our mission. In accordance with R.S. 37:1437.C(6)(a)(i), the annual continuing education requirement is twelve (12) hours. Four (4) of these hours must be completed in the mandatory topic specified by the commission each year. Remember that all continuing education hours must be completed prior to submission of your license renewal. Using the links below, contact the education provider of your choice to obtain course schedules and related information.
Contact the education provider of your choice to inquire about course schedules for live classes.
If a licensee has completed twelve hours of approved continuing education this year but didn't complete the continuing education course required by the local board, will the LREC hold up the renewal of the license until the licensee completes the board-required course? No. The Louisiana Real Estate License Law requires each licensee to complete twelve hours of approved course work. Four of the twelve hours must be completed in the annual mandatory subject designated by the Commission. The requirements and conditions for membership in Realtor boards are not issues under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Real Estate Commission.
Does the Commission require mandatory continuing education subjects as part of the twelve-hour requirement for active licensees? Yes. By law, four of the required continuing education hours shall be in subjects specified by the Commission.
Can the Commission require more than one mandatory subject each year? Yes; however, at this time, the Commission has decided to designate only one subject per year.
If a licensee completes sixteen hours of approved continuing education this year, will the licensee be exempt from the continuing education requirement next year? No. There is no provision in the law for a carry over of unused hours to the next license cycle for the active licensee. The Commission will record these hours in the licensee's continuing education record; however, they will not be applied for continuing education credit. The licensee must complete twelve hours of approved course work during each licensing period to be eligible to renew for the next period.
If a licensee completes a real estate seminar in another state and the seminar is not on the Commission's approved list, can the licensee receive continuing education credit toward license renewal requirements? The licensee must request a review by submitting proof of attendance, date of completion, length of course and information on course content. The licensee will be notified in writing of the results of the review.
If a licensee fails to complete the current twelve-hour continuing education requirement by December 31, will the licensee be required to pay a delinquent penalty? Yes. In this case, the licensee is not eligible to renew the license and cannot act in the capacity of a licensee until the continuing education requirement is fulfilled.
If a licensee wishes to transfer to inactive status this year and has not completed the twelve hour continuing education requirement, will the LREC require the licensee to obtain the twelve hours prior to transferring the licensee to the inactive license status? No. In this case, the licensee may transfer to inactive but will be required to complete the continuing education prior to returning to the active license status.
What is the continuing education requirement for inactive licensees? The continuing education requirement for inactive licensees transferring to active license status is as follows:
1 to less than 3 years = 20 hours
3 to less than 5 years = 40 hours
5 or more years = 80 hours
Are there mandatory courses which must be completed by inactive licensees? Licensees remaining in the inactive license status for two or more years must complete a four-hour course covering the Louisiana Real Estate License Law and Commission Rules/Regulations. This course must be completed within one year prior to the date of the transfer of the license to active status.
How long can a licensee remain in the inactive license status? A licensee may remain in the inactive license status indefinitely, provided the licensee complies with the yearly inactive renewal procedures.
Can the inactive licensee continue to attend continuing education programs and receive continuing education credit during the inactive license years? Yes. There is a five year limitation on the acceptance of continuing education hours for those licensees remaining inactive over five years. For example, if a licensee has been inactive since 2002 and wishes to return to active license status on May 1, 2009, the LREC would consider for credit only those hours completed by the licensee in the time period of May 1, 2004 through May 1, 2009.
Can an inactive salesperson earn credit toward the four-year experience requirement for broker while in the inactive license status? No. The four years of experience as a real estate salesperson that is required for broker license eligibility must be earned as an active salesperson.
Must the inactive licensee pay errors and omissions insurance? No. During the period the license is in inactive status, the licensee is prohibited from engaging in any activity requiring a real estate license.
What happens if the inactive licensee fails to renew the inactive license by December 31? The inactive licensee must renew the inactive license on a delinquent basis by March 31 or lose the license.
The Louisiana Real Estate Commission and the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) have approved the following sources to provide continuing education hours through distance learning. All distance learning courses require the student to pass an examination to receive credit.
At Your Pace Online, LLC
531 NE F Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Telephone: (877) 724-6150
Attn: Michael Melvin
Bob Brooks School of Real Estate and Insurance, Inc.
3931 South Sherwood Forest Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Telephone: (225) 292-7277 Fax: (225) 292-7677
Director: Bob Brooks
Burk Baker School of Real Estate and Appraising, LLC
2834 South Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite B-14
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Telephone: (225) 293-6000
Toll Free: 1-800-222-3295
Continuing Education Express, LLC
708 North 1st Street, Suite 344
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Toll Free: 1-866-415-8521
Data Connection, LLC d/b/a RealEstateCE.com
2070 Silver City Road
Russelville, TN 37860
Telephone: (888) 895-8839
Attn: Amy Zanzinger
Donaldson Educational Services, LLC
2601 North Hullen Street, Suite 210
Metairie, LA 70002
Telephone: (504) 456-1785
Toll Free 1-800-257-2741
Director: Chris Donaldson
218 Liberty Street
Warren, PA 16365
Toll Free: 1-800-328-2008
4200 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 134
Metairie, LA 70001
Telephone: (504) 454-9866
Toll Free: 1-800-966-9866
The CE Shop
5670 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Suite 420
Greenwood Village, CO 80111