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The Texas Real Estate Commission's Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC) met April 3.

ESAC addressed comments received regarding proposed changes to 22 §TAC 535.64, Content Requirements for Qualifying Real Estate Courses.  TREC staff clarified that the rule proposal simply cleans up the rule language to remove the references to topics required for each course, rather, pointing specifically to each qualifying course approval form to define content. 

The committee also discussed comments received on proposed revisions to the 30-hour Real Estate Brokerage course and the 30-hour Property Management course, renamed Residential Property Management.  Non-substantive changes, to include consistency with listing of acronyms, were made to the course approval forms that were presented this day for adoption. 

The committee voted unanimously to move both recommendations forward.

ESAC then addressed proposed amendments to 22 TAC §535.55, Education and Sponsorship Requirements for a Sales Agent License and 22 TAC §535.56, Education and Experience Requirements for a Broker License.  After discussion and consideration of comments received, the committee voted unanimously to require the revised 30-hour Real Estate Brokerage course to be included as part of the 90 hours of sales agent apprentice education required in the first two years of licensure.

In response to a request from ESAC members at the last committee meeting, staff presented data regarding first-time pass rates for students going back two, four and six years as it relates to when they completed their qualifying courses.  The resulting data indicated that nearly 92% of test takers completed all qualifying courses within 2 years of taking the licensing exam. 

Lastly, the committee opened the qualifying course outlines for Principles I and II for discussion and possible action to make recommendations for revisions.  ESAC is charged with regularly reviewing and revising course content, as appropriate.  These courses will continue to be discussed at future ESAC meetings. 

Where to Find Meeting Materials

Watch a video recording of this meeting and find meeting materials on the meeting page.

The next ESAC meeting is scheduled for July 10, 2023