Simplified Continuing Education Hours to Increase Professional Competence

Pursuant to Rule 58A. 1702, North Carolina brokers must complete eight credit hours of real estate continuing education each license year. The eight hours consist of:

  • four credit hours of elective courses; and
  • four credit hours of either the General Update Course or the Broker-in-Charge Update Course.

All brokers without BIC-Eligible status and provisional brokers must attend the General Update Course and all Brokers-in Charge and BIC Eligible Brokers must attend the Broker-in-Charge Update Course. A broker is required to complete eight credit hours of continuing education by June 10th at 11:59 PM EST. This requirement begins upon the second renewal following initial licensure and upon each subsequent annual renewal.

In the past, Rule 58A .1708 permitted brokers to request equivalent credit for a course that was not approved by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission by submitting a $50 fee, course outline and completion certificate. On July 1, 2023, the availability of equivalent credit was removed for all brokers, except an instructor who either authored or taught a course. Therefore, there is no equivalent credit offered for a course that is not approved by NCREC.  A broker who previously submitted courses for equivalent continuing education credit should take the required Update course and an approved North Carolina elective prior to the June 10th deadline.

Rule 58A .1708 was changed to ensure that all North Carolina brokers are required to take North Carolina approved courses. The change also eliminates the need for brokers to pay additional fees, especially when courses were not approved for equivalent credit.

Rule 58A .1711 previously exempted brokers who were licensed in another state from the continuing education requirements in North Carolina. On July 1, 2023, the Commission repealed that rule. All brokers licensed in North Carolina must meet the same eight hour continuing education requirement. The prevalence of online courses means that this is no longer an unreasonable burden for licensees living outside North Carolina. These rule changes were intended to make things simpler for brokers and to assure that all brokers in North Carolina obtain the same education regarding North Carolina rules, statutes and information to ensure the competence of brokers practicing in the state. If you have questions about the status of your continuing education, you can login and check your continuing education record on the Commission’s website.