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May 2022

Update – New mandatory education on Fair Housing requirements

What’s happening?

We’re implementing Substitute Senate Bill 5378. The bill requires education on Fair Housing for new licensees and renewals. It applies to real estate brokers and managing brokers and goes into effect on June 1, 2022.

What’s next for schools and instructors?

You’ll need to submit applications for the new Fair Housing curriculum course starting on May 23, 2022. Sign into your SAW account and fill out the application. The new Fair Housing curriculum course is officially titled “Washington Real Estate Fair Housing (6hr).” Existing licensees will receive credit on their account after completing the course.

Schools offering pre-licensing courses

We’re updating the Real Estate Fundamentals and Real Estate Law course to include Fair Housing.

What’s next for licensees?

We’ll allow licensees until June 1, 2023, to take the Fair Housing 6-hour course. This provides a full year to sign up and complete the Washington Real Estate Fair Housing (6hr) course.

On June 1, 2022, you may sign into your account or search for the new course to find an accredited school. This is the only course that we’ve approved for you to receive credit.

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April 2022

Update - New mandatory education on Fair Housing requirements

What's happening?

We started the process for implementing Substitute Senate Bill 5378. The bill requires education on Fair Housing for brokers and managing brokers. It applies to new licensees and renewals. The new law goes into effect on June 1, 2022.

New curriculum for schools and instructors

We plan to have this curriculum available before June 1, 2022. Schools will need to submit applications for a new course approval. Instructors will also need to submit an application for the new curriculum.

Renewing Brokers and Managing Brokers

You'll need to sign up for the 6-hour Fair Housing course once it is available. If you are renewing your license in 2022, you must take the 6-hour Fair Housing course by June 1, 2023. If you completed your education before June 1, 2022, you'll have to take the new 6-hr course before you renew. This also applies if you got your first license before June 1, 2022. Only 1 course meets the continued education requirements. It's titled “Washington Real Estate Fair Housing (6-hr) (3-hr)”.

What we're working on

  • Conducting listening sessions for feedback from our stakeholders, schools, instructors, and the public.
  • Developing and approving the new course curriculum.
  • Updating the online licensing system to include the new education course.
  • Continuing to work on proposed rulemaking with stakeholder feedback.

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