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THE PURPOSE and GOALS of continuing education are to provide
licensees with current facts, concepts and laws to conduct
real estate transactions in a legal and professional manner
to protect the public's interest.
Important Information on Teams & Groups
Guidelines for Use of Unlicensed Employees
RELEVANT SECTIONS OF LAW & REGULATION: Title 17-315 and COMAR 09.11.06
Law and Regulations
Required hours and course content chart
All MD approved education providers
There are many educational programs offered to the public
by individuals, other licensees, seminar companies, corporations,
brokerages, etc. Will all programs provide you with CE
hours to renew your real estate license? NO, not all.
Before signing up, check it out. If the individuals or
entities are not listed on MREC's website, you are still
free to attend the program if it interests you but it
WILL NOT count toward your renewal. Specific laws and
regulations apply to courses intended to count towards
- Contact an approved provider for the schedule and to verify that the course is approved to
renew a MD real estate license; learn the provider's policy, approved hours, title, and topic;
be sure you agree with all conditions before enrolling.
- Courses approved for CE are open to all licensees until enrollment limit is reached.
- Attendance is monitored at the beginning and end of the course by sign in/out sheet which
identifies the CE provider.
- Turn off ALL electronic devices; also, no unrelated reading material during the course.
- Students must be physically present during ALL of the offering time - no certificate given
when a student arrives late, leaves early or steps out to answer beeper/phone.
- No partial credit allowed (no 3-hour credit for one session of a 6-hour offering).
- Disputes about registration fees, cancellation or refund policies are resolved by provider,
not the Commission.
- If special arrangements needed under the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact the provider
in advance with required documents.
- Instructors may not promote their company, solicit or gain business advantage, hold drawings,
collect business cards, or interrupt class time for meals. Violators should be reported to MREC.
- A licensee who is also an instructor of CE courses may receive CE credit if eligible. Contact
the provider for instructions to apply in advance of your renewal.
- Certificates with the course number identified are handed out only at the end of the session
or mailed at a later date. PROVIDERS MUST NOT ISSUE BLANK CERTIFICATES.
- Keep CE certificates for 5 years.
- Not all MD-approved providers offer distance learning CE.
View the provider list.
The red asterisk (*) next to the county code indicates distance-learning providers.
- Learn the title, topic, length of program, credit hours allowed, exam, deadline for completion,
minimum software, retake policy, etc.; be sure you agree with all conditions before enrolling.
- Student must pass exam by at least 70%.
- Disputes about delivery method, fees, failures, etc. are resolved by the education provider.
- Certificates are issued only after provider has verified exam score and student has submitted
- No duplicates of the same distance learning program are accepted toward renewal, regardless
- Keep CE certificates for 5 years.
OUT-OF-STATE CE TOWARD MARYLAND RENEWAL
If you hold a license in another state, hours may be considered towards your Maryland
electives. To find out, fax the out-of-state CE course completion certificate(s) to
410-333-0023; include your out-of-state license number as well as a return fax number.
Sorry, “postlicensing,” ethics, and correspondence/home study courses from other states are
not recognized for Maryland CE.
INACTIVE RETURNING TO ACTIVE (17-316)
EXPIRED RETURNING TO ACTIVE (17-314)
- Both inactive and expired status have a 3-year deadline under law and regulation with certain terms; read the
section of law above which applies to your situation.
- To become active, both laws require submission of all CE which would have been completed at renewals had the
license remained active.
- If you delay until the deadline, you will more than likely need CE comparable to 3 renewal periods (currently
- Review the online chart for the requirements of each past renewal.
- If only one renewal passed, complete hours and go to the MREC online
licensing page; follow the prompts to reactivate or reinstate electronically and pay the fee.
- If more than one renewal, contact the Commission for a paper application. Request must be received at least
30 days prior to expiration.
- Brokers: don't forget the usual requirements of credit report, trade name, address, etc.
RANDOM AUDITS BY MREC
- Follow instructions in the audit letter
- Respond to audit within the deadline requested
- CE hours must have been taken between the prior expiration date and the application date
when you certified you had them
- Failure to comply or respond may result in disciplinary charges