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To implement provisions in the agency’s recent Sunset bill, TREC has proposed rules to eliminate instructor licensing.  The proposed rules are expected to be adopted at the August Commission meeting with an effective date of September 1, 2019.

As a reminder, while an instructor license will no longer be required to teach on September 1, the qualifications necessary to teach specific courses remain  It will be the responsibility of the education provider to ensure an instructor is qualified.  

What does this mean for currently approved instructors who expire on or before August 31, 2019?

TREC will continue to approve applications to renew instructor approval through August 31, 2019.  If you are currently approved as an instructor and submit an application to renew your instructor approval for another two-year term, your application will be reviewed and processed as it has been in the past.  You will receive an approval letter reflecting a revised expiration date that you can submit to an education provider seeking to employ you to teach. 

Instructors who have a current approval on August 31, 2019 will be included in a list of instructors maintained on the TREC website.  The list will include subject matter the instructor has been qualified to teach, such as Principles of Real Estate, Law of Agency, or CE elective courses.  The list is intended to be a resource for education providers when considering instructors qualifications to teach specific courses.  

What if I don't submit an application to renew my instructor license prior to August 31, 2019?

If your instructor license expires before August 31, 2019 you may not teach courses until September 1.  The education provider will be required to ensure you meet minimum qualifications and are competent in the subject matter you will teach.  

Please don't hesitate to contact an Education Specialist with any questions.  You can email education@trec.texas.gov or call 512-936-3120.

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Jennifer Wheeler