What’s new: Real estate educators

One copy of course materials required with applications effective January 1, 2014

To serve you better, we no longer require 2 copies of course materials when you submit a real estate course application. You may need to provide a second copy when requested. If you have any questions, please contact the Education Section at 360.664.6505.

Commission approves 2014-2015 residential and commercial core curricula

On October 21, 2013, the Real Estate Commission approved the 2014-2015 residential and commercial core curricula for education providers to start developing their courses. Courses containing the new core curriculum may be offered January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015. The topics are:

Residential core

  • Legislative/Legal Updates
  • Distressed Properties, Short Sales, and REO Sales
  • Assistants-Unlicensed Guidelines
  • Advertising and Social Media Guidelines
  • Fair Housing Issues (Federal Fair Housing Act & WA Law on Discrimination)
  • Multiple Offers
  • Property Management
  • Others

Commercial core

  • Commercial Forms Products and the Limits of Licensees’ Practice of Law
  • Legislative/Legal Update
  • Real Estate Licensing Law Relating to the Referral of Title Insurance Providers
  • Advertising, the Internet, and Social Media

To get a copy of the new curricula, see:

AMP’s online examination eligibility tracking process

Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) has finalized Reference Guides for students and real estate education providers to use the Portal for eligibility tracking. This online examination eligibility tracking process will take effect on May 1, 2012.

What is the AMP Portal?

The AMP Portal is a secure online system that will allow real estate education providers to electronically verify pre-license course completion. The system will track students’ progress through the pre-license course requirements. When those requirements are met, the system will automatically send the student an invitation to register for the appropriate licensing examination. When the Portal is used to track eligibility, students will no longer be required to bring a Certificate of Education Document (CED) to the testing center, eliminating the possibility that students will be turned away if they forget or lose their CEDs.

What does this mean to you?

  • To use the AMP Portal for eligibility tracking, use the:
  • All Pre-license schools should already be enrolled to participate in the AMP School Portal by now. If not, please submit your enrollment form as soon as possible.
  • April 30, 2012 will be the last time CEDs should be printed for students completing their pre-license courses on April 30 or before.
  • All students must be approved electronically when completing their pre-license courses on May 1, 2012 or later.

Students who complete pre-license courses before May 1, 2012

If you’ve completed any of the required pre-license courses before May 1, 2012 and haven’t already scheduled your examination appointment, you won’t be allowed to schedule an appointment after April 30, 2012 until you:

  1. Register with AMP at www.goAMP.com by selecting the Portals tab and “Washington Student User.”
  2. After you’ve registered with AMP, scan your completed CED and send it to AMP by:

AMP will enter the required pre-license information from your CED within 48 hours, and you’ll get an email confirming you’re eligible to schedule your exam.

Updated student evaluation form

Education providers are required to give a student evaluation form to each student who takes a distance education course. The providers must maintain these evaluation records for a period of 5 years. The Real Estate Education Committee has updated its recommended evaluation form. Areas shaded gray are mandatory to be included in your evaluation form.

Determining clock hours

An amendment will require the applicant to demonstrate how the provider determined the number of clock hours requested for course application approval.

The Real Estate Education Committee purposely didn’t specify a required methodology to allow primary providers an opportunity to develop creative and innovative solutions for determining clock hours requested. However, the committee did provide guidance to staff that for approval, the Real Estate Distance Education Delivery Method Application must include a stated methodology for how the applicant arrived at the number of clock hours being requested and include evidence that the applicant used an independent third party to determine and verify the clock hours requested.

Law requires “clock hours of instruction” to satisfy education requirements

We recently issued a Notice to all Active Real Estate Licensees and Real Estate Schools as a reminder about what the law requires for “clock hours of instruction” to satisfy pre-license, post license and continuing education requirements.

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