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

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

  • An approved qualifying education provider in another state 
  • 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
  • A 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.  If a course has been revised to include specific topics and units, you must include the corresponding Qualifying Real Estate Course Approval Form.  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

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

Inspector Non-Elective 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.

Inspector Legal & Ethics Student Course Manual

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.