While I'm going to speak about licensure and continuing education topics that are specific to Pennsylvania, I'm sure it will resonate with Realtors in other states, too.
Every two years, real estate licenses must be renewed. Part of the renewal process is the requirement for 14 hours of continuing education. I hear so many Realtors moan about this, saying things like, "It's a waste of time," or "I've been doing this for years. I know this stuff already."
Well, I'm not here to talk about other people's opinions. Personally, I always pick up something new in continuing education, or am reminded of something that I may have forgotten.
Today we are going to talk about those agents who decide they truly are above the law and decide to renew their licenses without taking the continuing education. In Pennsylvania, we now work on the honor system (a kind of "trust, but verify" system). When you renew your license (which Pennsylvania makes it very easy to do on-line at https://www.mylicense.state.pa.us/) , you attest to the fact that you have successfully taken the required continuing education courses and will supply, on demand, proof.
Well, some Realtors reason, "How many of these can the state check?" And just affirm they have taken the courses when they have, in fact, gone nowhere near a class room or on-line course.
Pennsylvania is a very wired and on-line state. Disciplinary actions against state licensees is readily available for all to see at http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/disciplinary_actions/12528. Here's an interesting example (I have redacted names so as not to embarrass a peer - but rest assured, if you are caught, your name will be very public to your peers and clients!):
Montgomery County: <Agent Name>, license no. ABxxxxxxL of <town>, Montgomery County, was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $1,400 and a reprimand was placed on his commission record because <Agent Name> violated the practice act in that he failed to complete 14 hours of continuing education in timely and acceptable courses for the biennial reporting period of June 1, 2006, through May 31, 2008; and because he failed to provide accurate and truthful information in an application and/or in statements and papers that accompany an application to the commission. (10/13/09)
Now that it's once again re-licensing season in the state, make sure you do not suffer the public humiliation, fines, and a permanent blot on your license.
Take your continuing education courses now!
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