To implement requirements in the agency’s Sunset bill, the Commission recently adopted rules eliminating TREC licenses for instructors. However, the standards that set the qualifications for instructors did not change. Effective September 1, education providers are now responsible to ensure instructors meet the qualifications to teach a course. We have also published two articles explaining these topics, one about the upcoming changes, and another about the adoption of the rule and the requirements for instructors.
In an effort to make the transition as seamless as possible, TREC has published a checklist providers may use to evaluate qualifications of qualifying real estate instructors. Additionally, we have published a list of previously approved real estate and inspector instructors, including the course topics they were approved to teach. Providers may refer to this list when considering employing a new instructor who held an instructor license prior to September 1, 2019.
As part of routine auditing of approved education providers, TREC will review the qualifications of instructors employed, so it is important to make sure records are always current. Disciplinary action may be taken against an education provider who fails to sufficiently qualify an instructor before allowing them to teach a course. When hiring an instructor education providers can use our helpful list of instructor qualifications for providers.
Education providers are encouraged to contact an Education Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-936-3120 with any questions.
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