RE CE: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Continuing Education (CE) requirements for PA licensed Brokers/Salespersons?

You must complete a total of 14 hours of continuing education by 5/31/2018 to renew your Pennsylvania license.

  • The PA Real Estate Commission has imposed a continuing education requirement for the 2016-2018 period. A minimum of 3 hours of the required 14 hours must be in the topic of Rules and Regulations. If you were originally licensed before December 1, 2015, you may take elective CE courses (including the New Licensee Required Training) or a broker course to complete the remainder of your course work.
  • If you were originally licensed after December 1, 2015, you need to complete the 14 hours of "new licensee" continuing education.

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I was licensed as a salesperson after December 1, 2015. What are my CE requirements prior to the May 2018 renewal?

The PA Real Estate Commission requires all salespersons taking continuing education for the first time ("New Licensees") to complete the 7-Hour General Module ("The Big Picture") as well as your choice of either the 7-Hour Residential Module ("Gaining Insight of the Residential Market") or a 7-Hour Commercial Module. Other CE and Broker Classes will not satisfy the CE commitment for new real estate licensees for May 2018.

What is the required form for Salesperson License Reactivation?

The Reactivation Application is available on the PA Real Estate Commission website here. Click the link 'Reactivation of a License with a Non-Current Expiration Date'

What is the website for completing a criminal background check in Pennsylvania prior to reactivating a license?

Criminal background checks can be completed online at Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History.  Under the section titled: Credit Card Users, click on the link: Submit a New Record Check. Once completed, background checks are valid for 90 days.

What are the continuing education requirements for New Jersey real estate licensees?

New Jersey brokers, broker-salespersons or salespersons, in order to qualify for renewal or to reinstate an unrenewed license, must complete 12 hours of CE by April 30, 2017, which avoids the NJ administrative penalty. At least six of the twelve credits must be obtained in courses within the "core topics." The six shall include at least 2 credit hours on ethics. The remainder can be electives. You do not need to take CE if you became licensed within the second year of the licensing term.

My PA real estate license has been in escrow for more than five years. Do I have to complete continuing education?

A PA real estate license may only remain inactive for a five-year period from the date the license expired or was placed on inactive status, whichever is sooner. After the five-year period, a license may only be reactivated once the licensee passes both portions of the real estate examination. Therefore, continuing education is NOT required. In order to retake the examinations, you must receive a Certificate of Exam Eligibility from the Commission. To obtain this Certificate, complete the Request Form: 'Reactivation of Standard License that Has Been Inactive or Expired for More than Five Years'. Click here for procedure and required certificate request form.