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FAQ: What are the CE requirements for first-time renewals in VA?

What are the CE requirements for first-time renewals in VA?

All first-time Virginia real estate salespersons must complete 30-hours of post-license education (PLE) within one year from the last day of the month in which their license was issued.
For example, if your license was issued on March 15, 2020, you must complete your 30-hours of PLE by March 31, 2021.

The 30-hour PLE program must consist of the following nine courses:
1) Fair Housing , ADA and Civil Rights (2 hours)
2) Real Estate Law and Regulations (6 hours)
3) Ethics and Standards of Conduct (3 hours)
4) Current Industry Issues and Trends (2 hours)
5) Agency Law (3 hours)
6) Contract Writing (6 hours)
7) Risk Management (3 hours)
8) Escrow Requirements (3 hours)
9) Real Estate Related Finance (2 hours)

First-time licensees are not required to complete the standard 16-hours of continuing education during their first two years of licensure.
However, they may start accumulating continuing education credits to use towards their second two-year renewal period if the CE credits are earned within six months of the second year of their initial two-year license term.
Please note that PLE credits cannot be used towards CE credits.

The 30-hour PLE requirement must be completed by both active and inactive licensees.
If you hold an active real estate license and fail to complete the 30-hour PLE requirement, your license will be placed on inactive status and you must apply to reactivate your license.

Related Questions

How do I reinstate an expired VA real estate license?

To reinstate an expired real estate license, you must submit a Salesperson Activate / Transfer Application, either online or by mail and pay the required fee. Please note, you must have completed the required continuing education credits before you can submit to reinstate your license.​

What happens if I do not renew my VA license on time?

​If you fail to renew your license by its expiration date, your license will be considered expired and you will not be able to practice real estate until your license is reinstated. If you do not reinstate your license within 1 year after your license expiration date, you will have to apply for a new license.

Will the Board waive my CE requirements?

​The Board may grant exemptions or waive or reduce the number of continuing education hours required in cases of certified illness or undue hardship as demonstrated to the Board. In addition, military personnel called to active duty may complete the required CE within six months of their release from active duty.

Can CE credits carry over to the next renewal period?

​Yes, any continuing education credits completed in excess of the required 16-hours of CE in the current license term, that were obtained within six months of your license expiration date, may be carried over to the next two-year renewal period.

How soon can I renew my VA real estate license?

You can renew your Virginia real estate license within 60 days of your license expiration date.

How do I renew an inactive VA real estate license?

If you hold an inactive Virginia real estate salesperson's license, you are not required to complete the 16-hours of continuing education. You simply need to submit your renewal application online (or mail in your completed Renewal Card) and pay the renewal fee.

What are the CE requirements for active licensees?

All licensees who hold an active Virginia real estate salesperson's license, and are renewing their license for at least the second time, must complete 16-hours of continuing education for each renewal period.

What are the CE requirements for inactive licensees?

​If you hold an inactive VA real estate salesperson's license, you do not have to complete the 16-hour continuing education requirement for each renewal period. However, if you are a first-time VA licensee, you are still required to complete the 30-hours of post-license education within your first year of licensure.

What are the CE requirements for first-time renewals in VA?

​All first-time Virginia real estate salespersons must complete 30-hours of post-license education (PLE) within one year from the last day of the month in which their license was issued. For example, if your license was issued on March 15, 2020, you must complete your 30-hours of PLE by March 31, 2021.

How often do I have to renew my VA real estate license?

​You must renew our VA real estate license within two years from the last day of the month in which your license was issued. For example, if your license was issued on January 10, 2020, you must renew by January 31, 2022. If you fail to renew your license by its renewal date, your license will be considered expired.

How much does it cost to renew my VA real estate license?

​There is a $65 renewal fee to renew your Virginia real estate salesperson's license. If you renew your license online, you can pay using a credit card. If you opt to mail in a Renewal Card you should include a Credit Card Payment Form. Please note, all renewal fees are non-refundable.

How do I renew my Virginia real estate license?

​You can renew your Virginia real estate license online or by mailing your Renewal Card (along with your renewal fee) to the Real Estate Board. We recommend renewing your license online through the DPOR website as this is the quickest way to renew your license.

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