Postlicensing Education Requirements - for New Broker
Approved Classroom Education
Approved Distance Learning (Internet)
Approved Independent Study
Continuing Education Requirements
Required Subject Areas
Exemptions to Continuing Education Requirements
Postlicensing education is required of new broker associates to build on the basic real estate principles and practices acquired during the pre-licensing education courses. Persons receiving initial licensure as a broker associate shall complete 60 hours of postlicensing education. Thirty (30) hours must be completed during the initial licensing period (Postlicensing Period 1), and 30 hours must be completed during the second license cycle (Postlicensing Period 2). All of the postlicensing hours must be in Required subject areas.
Real Estate Brokers, Broker Associates, Property Managers and Real Estate Auctioneers renewing an active license must complete at least 24 hours of continuing education during the preceding two license years. At least 12 of these hours must be in required subject areas.
Residential Rental Agents must complete at least 12 hours of continuing education during the preceding two license years in the areas of property management, fair housing, lease of real property, real estate contracts, and real estate license law.
Home Inspectors must complete at least 24 hours of continuing education during the preceding two years in any of the following areas: legal issues affecting home inspectors, building codes, business standards of practice, report writing, environmental issues, ethics, building components, computer skills, fair housing, antitrust, The Americans with Disabilities Act; and courses offered or approved by the SD plumbing or electrical commissions for licensed plumbers or electricians.
Courses taken for continuing education must be approved by the SD Real Estate Commission. Course providers must meet all of the educational criteria set forth by the Commission and make proper application to the SDREC office for a course to be approved for continuing education.
The Commission considers the following subject areas to be acceptable for continuing education:
At least 12 of the 24 hours of continuing education must include study in any combination of the following areas:
Continuing education courses are divided into three categories based on the method of delivery - classroom, distance learning or independent study. These delivery methods are defined as follows:
Classroom — The instructor providing the course material is located physically in the same location as the student.
Distance Learning — The instructor and student are in physically separate locations, and instructional methods include interactive video-based instruction, computer conferencing, interactive audio, interactive computer software and Internet-based instruction. An example of this type of delivery method is an Internet course.
Independent Study — No interaction with an instructor is planned or implied as part of the learning process. An example of this type of delivery method is a VHS/DVD video or printed material such as books. No more than 6 hours of independent study courses may be used for continuing education requirements during a renewal period.
It is the responsibility of the course provider, not the licensee, to report completion of continuing education to the SDREC office. Licensees will receive a certificate of completion from the course sponsor. Do not send this certificate in to the SDREC office; licensees should keep these certificates for their records.
A licensee whose license is on file with the SDREC office on inactive status is not required to meet the continuing education requirements. However, in order to activate the license, a licensee must have 24 hours of continuing education in the two years preceding activation of the license. Education courses used to activate a license may not be used again to renew a license. A broker associate who goes inactive during Postlicensing Period 1 must complete the 30 hours of Postlicensing 1 to reactivate the license. A broker associate who goes inactive during Postlicensing Period 2 must complete the 30 hours of Postlicensing Period 2 to reactivate the license.
The SDREC office may make exceptions and grant extensions for continuing education for reasons of health, military service or other good cause if proof is provided to the commission office.
Nonresident brokers and salespersons who hold a South Dakota license are exempt from the continuing education requirements if the licensee meets the education requirements in the state of residence.
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