Continuing Education Requirements
CE Policy changes effective now
November 1, 2009 - New RECO CE Policy announcement primarily effects registrants working toward initial Broker registration. Two additional points reiterate existing CE policy as it affects articling registrants and education providers.
In an effort to make the mandatory continuing education policy consistent for all registrants, RECO made the following change effective November 1, 2009.
Initial Broker Registrants - after a single two month grace period ending Dec. 31, 2009, registrants in the process of obtaining their initial Broker registration may no longer count any of their Broker registration initial qualifying courses toward their bi-annual continuing education requirement, even on a carry-forward basis.
Articling Registrants - RECO has reiterated that any courses taken to qualify for initial salesperson registration, including ‘articling’ courses do not qualify for CE credits or carry-forward credits…no exceptions. Articling registrants who complete any extra courses not used to satisfy articling education requirements may use these courses for CE credits.
Education Providers - RECO also reiterated the need for all education providers to ensure the integrity of the time spent by registrants to earn RECO credits.
CE Network’s currently approved distance education courses are compliant with this regulation.
Registrants seeking further information should refer directly to the RECO website at www.reco.on.ca
The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO)
The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) provides the following information for continuing education requirements prior to license renewal.
Real Estate Salespersons and Brokers are required to complete 24 credit hours of real estate related education in each two-year registration cycle. The 24 credit hours include the mandatory "RECO Real Estate Update" (6 credit hours) and 3 credit hours for each specialty designation being maintained. The remaining 18 credit hours will consist of self-selected courses/seminars.
The Real Estate Update Course (both residential and commercial versions) is only available from the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). Please contact RECO or OREA for more information about this course.
Carrying forward credit hours
A maximum of 8 credit hours may be carried forward if more than the required number of credit hours are completed in any two-year registration cycle. When the program commences, members will be able to carry forward a maximum of 8 credit hours into their first complete two-year registration cycle for courses provided by an Approved Education Provider, as long as these credit hours were earned in 1999 or later.
Note: A member shall not receive credit for the same continuing education course more than once in any two-year registration cycle. The RECO Real Estate Update course must be taken in each registration cycle. Credit hours for this course cannot be carried forward.
Change of Registration Category
A member whose registration category changes during the first complete registration cycle after January 1, 2000 or during any registration cycle thereafter in any of the following ways – Broker to Sole Proprietor, Sole Proprietor to Broker, Salesperson to Broker, Broker to Salesperson, Salesperson to Sole Proprietor or Sole Proprietor to Salesperson – is entitled to carry forward into their first registration cycle in the new registration category, a maximum of 18 previously unclaimed credit hours that were completed during the immediately preceding registration cycle for the previous registration category. One of the 6 credit hour RECO Real Estate Update courses (Residential or Commercial) must be completed during the first registration cycle in the new registration category, even if it was completed during the immediately preceding registration cycle for the previous registration category.
For more information about continuing education requirements, please contact RECO by telephone at 416-207-4800 or toll-free at 1-800-245-6910, by fax at 416-207-4820, by e-mail at email@example.com, or by mail at:
Real Estate Council of Ontario
3250 Bloor Street West
Suite 600, East Tower
Toronto, ON M8X 2X9
You can also visit RECO's website at http://www.reco.on.ca.
Courses available from CE Network have been approved by RECO. Continuing education credits are only available upon successful completion of all course requirements.
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