Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
about Florida Real Estate CE
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Florida Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) Questions
The following questions pertain to Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and are commonly asked by people who want to renew a Sales Agent license in Florida.
How do I access the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) website?
You can access the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) website using the following link:
Is the 14-hour course covered in one textbook?
Yes, the 14-hour textbook includes the required 3-hours in Core Law subjects AND 11 hours in specialty course topics.
Can I download the 14-hour textbook(s)?
Yes, all of our online CE courses in Florida include a downloadable version of the textbook that is available to you at no additional charge. If you prefer a physical copy of the book, shipping options are available.
What will it cost me to ship the 14-hour course textbook?
We can ship you a physical copy of the textbook for $8. Overnight shipping is also available for $20.
Can I download the 28-hour Reactivation course textbooks?
No, the textbook for the 28-hour Reactivation course is not available as a download. This book can only be shipped for $8.
What will I receive for materials at the time of enrollment?
You can chose to download the book or have the 14 hour Book mailed for $8 shipping and handling.
For the 28-hour course, you will be mailed the Florida Real Estate Principles, Practices & Law textbook, and student instructions. Books are kept in stock at the Plano campus.
If I sign up at 10:00PM on the day before my license expires and then complete the homework and final exam by 11:59PM, will my license be considered renewed on time?
Requirements for renewal are due no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time of the expiration date (March 31st or September 30th)
- If the expiration date falls on a holiday or weekend, the renewal is extended to the next business day midnight Eastern Standard Time.
- Champions will have 30 days to post the education to the FREC secure portal or will post the day before the license is due to expire, whichever comes first.
Where can I view my license status?
To view your license status, visit the FREC website at www.myfloridalicense.com and click on "Verify a license" or click on "Renew Your License" to access your online account.
Does a Current/Inactive Real Estate Licensee have to comply with renewal requirements?
A licensee is required to complete renewal requirements whether they are Current/Active or Current/Inactive. Renewal requirements consist of two components: education and fees - both must be completed to receive a Current/Active or Current/Inactive license.
How often does a licensee renew their license and when is the deadline to complete CE credit?
A license is issued for two years (2). To renew the license on active status the licensee must complete all educational requirements on or before the last day of their current license term. However, Champions has 30 days to report credit to FREC’s secure portal or the day before the license is due to expire, whichever comes first.
How is my credit reported to the Florida Real Estate Commission?
Upon you passing the final exam with an 80% or higher, Champions School of Real Estate will report your course credit to FREC through their secure education portal.
Can a continuing education course I take be denied?
Our courses are approved by FREC to fulfill your continuing education requirements.
- Our course abides by FREC rules requiring content to focus on real estate issues relevant to the modern practice of real estate by a real estate licensee, including technology used in the real estate industry.
- If you took a course elsewhere, you should contact that school or FREC.
When do licensees renew their license?
Florida real estate license renewals renew either on March 31st or September 30th.
Can CE hours be completed at any time?
Yes. Continuing Education hours may be taken any time during their 2 year license term.
- Please note that Florida license renew either on March 31st or September 30th and the renew fee and course(s) must be paid/taken prior to or on the license renewal date.
- Keep in mind that the schools will need time to post your education if you are taking the course(s) at the end of the month your license expires.
What are the renewal fee’s for an Active Sales or Broker license types?
The current renewal fees are as follows:
- Sales Associate - $64.00
- Broker - $72.00
How soon can I pay my renewal fees?
Renewal notices are sent to the licensee 90 days to the license expiration date. You may pay the renewal fee upon receipt.
What are the continuing education requirements for an active or inactive sales associates licensee?
A minimum of 14 hours of commission-approved classroom instruction during each license renewal period (excluding the first renewal period of your current license when 45-hours of post-license education is required).
- A minimum of three of the 14 required hours must consist of the FREC-prescribed Core Law courses.
- The other 11 hours may consist of “specialty” courses on real estate practices approved by FREC.
- A licensee who takes the 3-hour Core Law course in each year of the renewal period is allowed a total of 6 hours toward the 14-hour requirement. In such event, the “specialty” course hours need total only 8 hours.
What are the continuing-education requirements for an active or inactive broker licensee?
You must take a minimum of 14 hours of commission-approved classroom instruction during each license renewal period (excluding the first renewal period of your current license when 60 hours of post-license education is required.)
- A minimum of three of the 14 required hours must consist of the commission-prescribed Core Law.
- The other 11 hours may consist of “specialty” courses on real estate practices approved by the Commission.
- A licensee who takes the 3-hour Core Law course in each year of the renewal period shall be allowed a total of 6 hours toward the 14-hour requirement. In that case, the “specialty” course hours need total only 8 hours.
What do I need to know about license reactivation?
If you hold an involuntarily inactive license, you should complete the 28 hour reactivation education within two years of the first day you failed to hold a valid and active license. After the second year, the broker’s or sales associate’s right to reactivate automatically expires.
- If the time elapsed is less than one year, the reactivation requirement can be fulfilled by satisfactorily completing 14 hours of continuing education as described in Rule 61J2-3.009.
- If time elapsed is more than 12 months but less than 24 months, the requirement is 28 hours of prescribed classroom hours of the prerequisite course for licensure as a salesperson.
- The subjects emphasized are real estate law and license law, and a 70% grade on the end-of-course exam is required to pass.
What happens if I fail to pay my renewal on time?
Any license that is not renewed at the end of the license period shall automatically revert to involuntarily inactive status. The license may subsequently be renewed only if the licensee meets the other qualifications specified by FREC rules.
Can I take "specialty" continuing education courses until they add up to 45 or 60 hours to fulfill the post-licensing requirements for sales associates or brokers?
No. Post-license courses for brokers and sales associates are specifically approved for that purpose and designed to build on knowledge acquired during the pre-licensing education courses. A sales associate or broker’s license is provisional until completing the post-license education requirement.
Does FREC have reciprocity for nonresident continuing education?
FREC has mutual recognition agreements with: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.
If I fail the salesperson’s post-license course exam, can I re-take the exam?
Yes. Students failing a post-licensing education examination must wait at least 30 days but no more than one year from the date of the original examination to retake the examination. Only one retake is permitted. Otherwise, students who fail the end of course post-licensing examination must repeat the course before being eligible to again take the course examination.
What happens if I do not complete the sales associate’s 45-hour post-license education requirement before the expiration of my initial sales associates license?
Your license becomes void, and you have to retake the pre-license course, pass its exam, and retake the state exam. In effect, you have to start from scratch.
What happens if I do not complete the broker’s 60-hour post-license education requirement before the expiration of my initial broker’s license?
Your license reverts to a Sales Associate license.
Is a course final exam required?
Yes, a student must successfully complete an examination covering the course content for pre-license, post-license or distance education courses.