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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
  • Ensure instructors are qualified to teach specific CE courses

Filing Your Application 

TREC has developed a continuing education provider application checklist as a resource for continuing education provider applicants to use.

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.

Offering Elective CE Courses

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.

An approved CE provider can request approval to offer an elective CE course by filing the Real Estate CE Course Application or the Inspector CE Course Application and paying the required fee

TREC has developed real estate and inspector elective CE course application checklists as a resource for CE providers to use.

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.

Offering Real Estate Contracts CE Courses

Real estate contracts CE courses are courses that are devoted solely to the topic of real estate contracts.  Beginning February 1, 2021, sales agents and brokers are required to complete 3 hours of real estate contracts CE courses during each license renewal term.

An approved CE provider can request approval to offer a real estate contracts CE course by filing the Real Estate CE Course Application and paying the required fee.

Providers may request currently approved courses to be considered acceptable to satisfy this requirement by completing and submitting the Continuing Education (CE) Course Identification form by email for review.  You must receive written approval from TREC before advertising that a course has been approved for this purpose.

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.

Legal Update I Edition 9.1 Student Course Manual (2020-2021)

Legal Update II Edition 9.1 Student Course Manual (2020-2021)

Broker Responsibility Student Course Manual (2019-2020)

Non-elective CE courses are designed for interactive classroom delivery.  CE providers need to demonstrate methods to engage students in interactive discussions and activities to meet course objectives and time requirements.

TREC has developed a real estate non-elective CE course application checklist as a resource for CE providers to use.

Offering Inspector Non-Elective CE Courses

The subject matter and content for the Inspector Legal & Ethics course is specifically mandated and provided by TREC.  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.

Inspector Legal & Ethics Student Course Manual 2.0 (09/01/2019 - 08/31/2021)

The subject matter for the Standards of Practice Review course is specifically mandated by TREC.  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. 

TREC has developed an inspector non-elective CE course application checklist as a resource for CE providers.