Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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South Dakota Real Estate Commission

Continuing and Postlicensing Education Requirements

 

Continuing Education Requirements

Postlicensing Education Requirements

Course Approval

Required Subject Areas

Reporting

Inactive Licenses Continuing Education

Exemptions to Continuing Education Requirements

Nonresident Licensees Continuing Education

Continuing Education Requirements

Broker Associate/Broker: Real Estate Brokers and Broker Associates 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.
Property Manager: Property managers 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.

Real Estate Auctioneer: Real Estate Auctioneers 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: 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: 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.

Postlicensing Education Requirements

New Broker Associates: 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. New broker associates are required to complete a total of 60 postlicense continuing educations hours. These hours are divided between the first two active license cycles; Postlicense Period 1and Postlicense Period 2. Postlicense Period 1 begins once a new broker associate receives their initial license. Postlicense Period 1must be completed between the current license year and the following license year. During this time a new broker associate must complete 30 hours of Required continuing education. Postlicense Period 2 begins on January 1st the year after a new broker associate completes Postlicensing Period 1 and must be completed within the following two license years. During this time a new broker associate must complete another 30 hours of Required continuing education. All Required Subject Areas are listed below.

Course Approval

Courses taken for continuing education must be approved by the SD Real Estate Commission. Courses will be defined as required or elective for our licensees to easily be able to define which type of course they are taking. Licensees should check their profile to ensure they are taking the correct number of required hours.

Required Subject Areas

(Brokers, Broker Associates, Property Managers and Auctioneers only)

  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Real Estate License Law
  • Fair Housing
  • Ethics
  • Environmental Issues
  • Antitrust
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Brokerage Services

Reporting

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.

Inactive Licenses Continuing Education

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.

Exemptions to Continuing Education Requirements

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 Licensees Continuing Education

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.