Become a Continuing Education Provider
Approved Continuing Education (CE) Providers can offer courses to real estate and inspector license holders for CE credit.
Continuing education providers must:
- Satisfy Commission requirement to administer courses with competency, honesty, trustworthiness and integrity
- Maintain a fixed office in Texas or designate a resident of Texas to act as attorney-in-fact to accept service of process
Filing Your Application
- Complete the Continuing Education Provider Application
- Submit all requested documents
- Pay the required fee.
TREC can request additional information during the review process so please be sure your contact information is accurate.
You may not conduct business until you have received an approval from the Commission.
CE providers must submit a CE course application for each course that they propose to offer. You may not offer a CE course until you have received a course approval letter from the Commission.
Elective CE courses are courses that license holders can take to fulfill the elective hours needed to renew a license. The subject matter and content for elective CE courses must be relevant to activities for which a real estate or inspector license is required.
Offering a CE Course Approved for Another Provider
An education provider may request approval to offer an elective CE course that is already approved for another education provider by filing the CE Course Application Supplement and paying the required fee.
Instructors of CE Courses
Providers are responsible for ensuring instructors of real estate and inspector continuing education (CE) elective courses are competent in the subject matter to be taught and have the ability to teach effectively.
Offering Real Estate Non-Elective CE Courses (Legal Update I & II and the Broker Responsibility Course)
The subject matter and content for real estate non-elective CE courses is specifically mandated and provided by TREC. These are courses that real estate license holders are required to take for license renewal.
An approved CE provider can request approval to offer non-elective CE courses such as the TREC Legal Update I & II and the Broker Responsibility course by completing the Real Estate Non-Elective CE Course Application form and paying the required fee. Student Course Manuals are provided below and approved CE providers may request a copy of the course Instructor Manual from TREC by email.
Non-elective CE courses are designed for interactive classroom delivery. CE providers who would like to offer the course through distance education will need to supplement the course with additional material to meet course objectives and time requirements. You will also need to demonstrate methods to engage the distance education student in interactive discussions and group activities.
Instructors of Real Estate Non-Elective CE Courses
Instructors of Legal Update I & II must meet the following criteria:
- satisfy requirements to teach qualifying courses
- complete the Legal Update I & II instructor training and receive a passing grade of at least 80% on the final exams promulgated by the Commission.
Instructors of the Broker Responsibility course must meet the following criteria:
- have at least five years of experience as an active broker
- satisfy the minimum requirements to teach qualifying courses
- complete the Broker Responsibility instructor training and receive a passing grade of at least 80% on the final exam promulgated by the Commission
Offering Inspector Non-Elective CE Courses
The subject matter and content for the Inspector Legal & Ethics course is specifically mandated and provided by TREC. This course is required for an initial license and license renewal effective September 1, 2017. An approved provider can request approval to offer this course by completing the Inspector Non-Elective CE Course Application and paying the required fee. Final exams have been promulgated by TREC for this course. Student course manuals are provided below and providers may request a copy of the course instructor manual from TREC by email.
The subject matter for the Standards of Practice Review course is specifically mandated by TREC. This course is required for an initial license and license renewal effective September 1, 2017. An approved provider can request approval to offer this course by completing the Inspector Non-Elective CE Course Application, the Standards of Practice Review Course Approval Form and paying the required fee. Course materials and final exams have not been promulgated by TREC for this course, therefore you will need to develop them and submit them with the course application. One final exam is required for classroom courses and two are required for distance education courses. Each exam must consist of 16 questions and the questions must be different in each exam.
Instructors of Inspector Non-Elective CE courses
Instructors of Standards of Practice Review and Inspector Legal & Ethics must have at least five years of active experience as a Texas Professional Inspector and meet one of the following criteria:
- have performed at least 200 real estate inspections as a Texas professional inspector
- have three years of experience in teaching or sponsoring trainees or inspectors