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Qualifying Education Providers may offer mandatory and elective qualifying courses in real estate and inspection that have been approved by the Commission.

You do not need to become a qualifying education provider if you are:

  • An accredited college or university
  • A United States armed forces institute
  • A nationally recognized professional designation institute

Qualifying education providers must:

  • Satisfy Commission requirement to administer courses with competency, honesty, trustworthiness and integrity
  • Demonstrate that you have sufficient financial resources to do business in Texas
  • 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

Financial Review

You will need to provide the following information with your application:

  • Business financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, which shall include a current income statement and balance sheet
  • A proposed budget for the first year of operation
  • A market survey indicating the anticipated enrollment for the first year of operation
  • An original surety bond or other acceptable security measure in the amount of $20,000 payable to the Texas Real Estate Commission

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.

Qualifying education providers must submit a qualifying course application for each course that they propose to offer.  You may not offer a qualifying course until you have received a course approval letter from the Commission.

Offering Qualifying Real Estate Courses

Qualifying real estate courses are those courses that are required for sales agent and broker pre-licensure and Sales Agent Apprentice Education (SAE).  An approved qualifying education provider can request approval to offer a qualifying real estate course by filing the Qualifying Real Estate Course Application and paying the required fee.  All qualifying courses have a corresponding Qualifying Real Estate Course Approval Form that identifies specific topics and subtopics required for course content.  When submitting course applications that follow these guidelines, be sure to include a copy of the form with your application.  TREC will also review 30-hour advanced courses on any qualifying course subject (listed below) or a course that combines multiple qualifying course subjects.  You may not offer or advertise a course as approved until you have received written notice of approval from TREC. 

Below is a list of all qualifying real estate courses.

  • Principles of Real Estate I
  • Principles of Real Estate II
  • Law of Agency
  • Law of Contracts
  • Promulgated Contract Forms
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Brokerage
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Real Estate Law
  • Real Estate Marketing
  • Real Estate Math
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Investments
  • Residential Inspection for Real Estate Agents

What Should I Include with My Classroom Qualifying Course Application?

What Should I Include with My Distance Education Qualifying Course Application?

Instructors of Real Estate Qualifying Courses

Providers are responsible for ensuring instructors meet the below qualifications to teach real estate qualifying courses.

Instructors of real estate qualifying courses must satisfy one of the following critera:

  • a college degree in real estate and three years of teaching or training experience
  • five years of active experience as a license holder (for Real Estate Brokerage must be an active broker) and three years of teaching or training experience
  • the equivalent of the above as determined by the provider after consideration of the instructor's professional experience, research, authorship, or other professional endeavors in real estate.

When considering an instructor's professional experience, you may use these guidelines developed by TREC staff.  You may also reference a list of previously approved instructors here.  

Offering Qualifying Inspector Courses

Qualifying inspector courses are those that are required for inspector pre-licensure. An approved qualifying education provider can request approval to offer a qualifying inspection courses by filing the Qualifying Inspector Course Application, the corresponding Inspector Course Approval Form and paying the required fee.  You may not offer or advertise a course as approved until you have received written notice of approval from TREC.

Below is a list of all inspector qualifying courses:

  • Foundations
  • Framing
  • Building Enclosures
  • Roof Systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC)
  • Appliances
  • Texas Standards of Practice
  • Texas Standard Report Form Writing
  • Texas Legal/Ethics
  • Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update

What Should I Include with My Classroom Qualifying Course Application?

What Should I Include with My Distance Education Qualifying Course Application?

Instructors of Inspector Qualifying Courses

Providers are responsible for ensuring instructors meet the below qualifications to teach inspector qualifying courses.

Instructors of inspector qualifying courses must have:

  • a college degree in inspection and three years of teaching or training experience; or
  • five years of active experience as a license holder and three years of teaching or training experience; or
  • the equivalent of the above as determined by the provider after consideration of the instructor's professional experience, research, authorship, or other professional endeavors in inspection.

Instructors of Texas Standards of Practice must have:

  • at least five years of active experience as a Texas professional inspector; and either have
  • performed at least 200 real estate inspections as a Texas professional inspector; or
  • three years of experience in teaching or sponsoring trainees or inspectors.

Providers may utilize the List of Inspector Instructors that held a current license with TREC as of 08/31/2019 as a resource to help determine instructor qualifications.