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Virginia Real Estate Education Requirements    

This information is intended to provide answers to commonly asked questions by real estate agents. It is not intended to replace detailed information found in your state’s statutes and regulations. Though we have made reasonable efforts to ensure that the information given is reliable and current, we cannot guarantee that it is. For more information please contact DPOR (contact information at bottom of this page)..

 

Sales Prelicensing
Broker Prelicensing
Sales/Broker Continuing Education
Sales Post Licensing

 

IMPORTANT

New salespersons must complete a 30 hour post license education curriculum within one year of obtaining the sales person license.  Failure to complete this 30-hour post license education requirement within one year of initial licensure will result in the license being placed on inactive status. 


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Sales Prelicensing

Hours Required

60 hours of Principles of Real Estate

Approved Course Delivery Methods

• Independent self-study courses (passing grade of 75% required on state portion of final exam, 70% on national portion of final exam)
• Classroom (passing grade of 75% required on state portion of final exam, 70% on national portion of final exam)

Exam Requirements

Self-study courses require a monitored/proctored final exam. The monitor may not be a relative of the student. Exams may be taken online, at one of our locations, or we will mail an exam packet to your proctor/monitor.

A notarized affidavit to certify student course compliance requirements have been met must be completed.  

Course Subject Requirements

Salespersons must complete 60 hours in the principles of real estate and pass the
State and National portions of the salesperson examination.

Credit Reporting

Successful completion of Prelicensing Sales courses are reported to PSI daily.

For more information regarding Virginia Regulations
Commonwealth of Virginia
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
http://www.dpor.virginia.gov
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
Phone: (804) 367-8526
Email: REBoard@dpor.virginia.gov

For more information regarding Virginia Real Estate Exams
PSI Examination Services
PSI Candidate Information

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Broker Prelicensing

Hours Required

A total of 180 hours of Board approved courses are required. You must complete at least three courses from the below-listed broker specific courses.
Broker-specific Courses:
Real Estate Brokerage*, Real Estate Law,
Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Appraisal

Broker-related Courses:
GRI (all parts) CRB (all parts)
CCIM (all parts) SIR/SIOR (all parts)
Note: The maximum allowable credit for a single broker-specific course is 60
hours and 45 hours for a single broker-related course. Any principles of real estate
course taken to meet the salesperson education requirement is not acceptable to
meet the broker education requirement.

*You must take Real Estate Brokerage

Approved Course Delivery Methods

• Independent self-study courses
• Classroom

Exam Requirements

Self-study courses require a monitored/proctored final exam. The monitor may not be a relative of the student. Exams may be taken at one of our locations or we will mail an exam packet to your proctor/monitor.

A notarized affidavit to certify student course compliance requirements have been met must be completed.  

Credit Reporting

An original certificate of completion will be provided to the student upon completion of a broker prelicensing course.

For more information regarding Virginia Real Estate Exams
PSI Examination Services
PSI Candidate Information


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Sales/Broker Continuing Education

Hours Required


Virginia Salespersons - Required to complete 16 hours of CE every two years. Active license renewals for Continuing Education must take these mandatory topics: 3 hours of ethics, 2 hours of fair housing, 1 hour each of legal updates, agency, and contracts, in addition to 8 hours of elective topics (extra mandatory topics will count towards electives).

Brokers - Required to complete 24 hours of CE every two years. The 24 hours consists of the 16 hours as described above plus 8 hours of Broker CE.

Compliance Date

Last day of month every 2 years from month of licensure.

Approved Course Delivery Methods

• Independent self-study courses (passing grade of 70% required on final exam)
• Classroom

Exam Requirements

Self-study courses require a final exam, however they do not require a monitor to be present while the exam is given.

An affidavit of course completion must be completed with notarized signature and kept on file. You may download a sample affidavit here.


Course Subject Requirements

Active license renewals for Continuing Education must take these mandatory topics: 3 hours of ethics, 2 hours of fair housing, 1 hour each of legal updates, agency, and contracts, in addition to 8 hours of elective topics (extra mandatory topics will count towards electives).

Carryover Credits

Real Estate Licensees who have completed all of their required Continuing Education (CE) credit hours  (16 for a Salesperson and 24 for a Broker) in the previous licensure term  and who have completed extra credit hours in the last six months of that same licensure period may qualify to “carry over” extra CE credit hours and apply them to their current licensure period.  Click on link to see if you qualify:  http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/Real-Estate/CE_Carryover/

Course Repetition

Credit will not be given for courses that are repeated within the same compliance period.

Credit Reporting
Moseley Flint will report your continuing education credits to the Real Estate Board the next business day following course completion. Licensees will receive a certificate of course completion from Moseley Flint, which they should keep for their permanent records.

 


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Sales Post Licensing
 

Post-License Education (PLE) Curriculum 

Section 54.1-2105.01 of the Code of Virginia requires all active new salesperson licensees to complete a Board-approved 30-hour post-license education (PLE) curriculum within one calendar year of obtaining their salesperson licenses in order to remain on active status. For example, if your salesperson license was issued on January 1, 2015, you must complete all 30 hours no later than December 31, 2015.

Failure to complete these 30 hours of PLE within one calendar year of your license issue date will result in automatic placement of your license on inactive status.

The 30-hour PLE program consists of eight courses: 

  1. Fair Housing, ADA and Civil Rights (two hours)
  2. Real Estate Law and Regulations (eight hours)
  3. Ethics and Standards of Conduct (three hours)
  4. Current Industry Issues and Trends (two hours)
  5. Agency Law (three hours)
  6. Contract Writing (six hours)
  7. Risk Management (three hours)
  8. Escrow Requirements (three hours)
New salespersons may complete the eight courses and 30 hours among different Board-approved education providers.

Other Important Information

Active new salespersons who fail to complete the 30-hour PLE requirement within one calendar year of initial licensure will be placed on inactive status. For example, if your salesperson license was issued on January 1, 2015, you must complete all 30 hours no later than December 31, 2015.

Failure to complete these 30 hours of PLE within one calendar year of your license issue date will result in automatic placement of your license on inactive status. You cannot practice real estate in Virginia with an inactive license. You may re-activate your license by:

  1. Completing the 30-hour post-license education (PLE) requirement; and
  2. Completing and submitting an "Activate/Transfer Application" - Salesperson form with the required fee.

You may renew or reinstate an inactive new salesperson license for up to one year after the license expiration date by completing the 30-hour post-license education requirement and meeting all other renewal or reinstatement requirements.

New Salespersons must complete the 30-hour Post-License Education requirement. They do not need to complete the 16-hour Continuing Education curriculum required of other salespersons.

Post-License Education and Continuing Education are two completely different types of Board-approved education. Post-License Education courses will not be accepted as Continuing Education courses and vice-versa. (Visit the Continuing Education page to learn more about those requirements.)

All Virginia Real Estate Salesperson Licenses--including those issued to new licensees--are valid for two years. Although New Salespersons must complete Post-License Education within one year of initial licensure to remain on active status, their license term is for two years. 

New Salespersons will not receive any credit from the Board for any Continuing Education courses they complete before their first two-year licensure term ends. Some New Salesperson licensees may mistakenly assume that because they completed their 30-hour Post-License Education requirement, they should then immediately get started on completing the 16-hour Continuing Education hours required of them during their second two-year licensure term. This assumption is incorrect.

New Salespersons must wait until their first two-year licensure term ends, then they can begin to take Continuing Education courses for license renewal credit. Please refer to 18 VAC 135-20-101 of the Real Estate Board Regulations, which states: "All active salespersons... shall be required to complete a total of 16 instruction hours DURING EACH LICENSING TERM." The licensee must complete the Continuing Education hours DURING the licensing term, not BEFORE the licensing term begins. 


Only courses in the PLE 1T program will be offered and accepted by the Board after December 31, 2013. Detailed descriptions and lists of approved courses for the PLE 3T program (all of which must be completed no later than December 31, 2013) and the PLE 1T program (which will
be the only approved curriculum as of January 1, 2014) are available at:
http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/Real-Estate/Post-License/

Please contact the Real Estate Board Education Section at 804-367-2406 or reschool@dpor.virginia.gov with questions about the PLE program.

Hours Required: 30

Compliance Date

***Due one year from license issuance date***

Approved Course Delivery Methods

• Independent self-study courses (passing grade of 70% required on final exam)
• Classroom

Exam Requirements

Self-study courses require a final exam; however, they do not require a monitor be present at the time the examination is taken.


Only courses in the PLE 1T program will be offered and accepted by the Board after December 31, 2013.

Detailed descriptions and lists of approved courses for the PLE 3T program (all of which must be completed no later than December 31, 2013) and the PLE 1T program (which will be the only approved curriculum as of January 1, 2014) are available at: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/Real-Estate/Post-License/

Please contact the Real Estate Board Education Section at 804-367-2406 or reschool@dpor.virginia.gov with questions about the PLE program.


Contact Information:

If you have any questions or need further information please contact:

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Real Estate Board (DPOR REB)
Web: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/Real-Estate/
9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23233-1463
Licensing Section:
Phone: (804) 367-8526
Email: REBoard@dpor.virginia.gov


If you have questions regarding our courses, please contact Moseley Flint:

Moseley Flint Schools of Real Estate
PO Box 228
Buckingham, VA 23921
phone: 800-729-4292
fax: 434-969-4391
or e-mail us