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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Division of Professional Regulation
Real Estate Commission Education Committee
Statutory Authority: 24 Delaware Code, Section 2906(a)(1) (24 Del.C. §2906(a)(1))
24 DE Admin. Code 2925
 
FINAL
 
2925 Real Estate Commission Education Committee
 
ORDER
 
After due notice in the Delaware Register of Regulations and two Delaware newspapers, a public hearing was held on May 10, 2012 at a scheduled meeting of the Delaware Real Estate Commission (“the Commission”) to receive comments regarding proposed amendments to the Commission’s Guidelines for Fulfilling the Delaware Real Estate Education Requirements. The Commission has proposed extensive revisions to the Guidelines. The Guidelines have been amended to include information previously contained only in an “Appendix” posted on the Commission’s website. The amendments ensure that pre-licensing and continuing education standards are properly and fully set forth in rules promulgated and adopted by the Commission. The amended Guidelines explain new continuing education standards, which will be set forth in further detail in the Commission’s rules and regulations. Specifically, pursuant to the proposed revisions, continuing education offerings must fall into one of seven different modules, or, for new licensees, one of four different modules. In a new Rule 11.0, procedures are detailed for addressing course providers who receive negative evaluations from course attendees. This new Rule is intended to ensure quality in the provision of education to prospective and current licensees.
Pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, 29 Del.C. §10115, notice of the proposed amendments to the Rules and Regulations was published on April 1, 2012 in the Delaware Register of Regulations, Volume 15, Issue 10 at 15 DE Reg. 1455.
 
Summary of the Evidence and Information Submitted
 
The Commission received written comment at the public hearing on May 10, 2012. There was no verbal comment.
The following notices, written comments and documents were admitted as exhibits and made part of the record:
Exhibit 1: News Journal Affidavit of Publication.
Exhibit 2: Delaware State News Affidavit of Publication.
Exhibit 3: May 4, 2012 letter from Trina Joyner, President, Sussex County Association of Realtors. Ms. Joyner noted several concerns regarding the proposed revisions. Among other items, Ms. Joyner commented that Rule 3.4.1 does not reference “broker associate,” the rules include no definition of “school,” and the rules reference “Department of Public Instruction,” which does not exist.
 
Findings of Fact and Conclusions
 
The Commission considered the written comment provided at the public hearing. There was no verbal comment.
The Commission found that the proposed amendments serve the best interests of licensees and the public. With the revisions, all information pertaining to pre-licensing education and continuing education will be included in one set of rules, promulgated and adopted by the Commission. Further, the new Rule 11.0 addresses course providers who receive negative evaluations from course attendees. The outlined procedures will serve to ensure quality in the provision of continuing education.
With respect to the letter from Ms. Joyner, Exhibit 3, the Commission voted to refer her comments for discussion in subcommittee.
 
The Law
 
The Commission’s rulemaking authority is provided by 24 Del.C. §2906(a)(1).
 
Decision and Effective Date
 
The Commission hereby adopts the proposed amendments to the Guidelines as effective 10 days following publication of this Order in the Delaware Register of Regulations.
 
Text and Citation
 
The text of the revised Guidelines remains as published in the Delaware Register of Regulations, Volume 15, Issue 10 on April 1, 2012, without modification.
 
SO ORDERED this 14th day of June 2012.
 
DELAWARE REAL ESTATE COMMISSION
 
2925 Real Estate Commission Education Committee Guidelines
 
Guidelines for Fulfilling the Delaware Real Estate Education Requirements
 
1.0 Introduction Mandate for Continuing Education
1.1 24 Del.C. §2911(b) sets forth a requirement that "...each Delaware Real Estate Certificate holder applying for renewal shall be required to successfully complete in the two year period prior to renewal, continuing education hours in an amount to be prescribed by the Rules and Regulations of the Commission. Each Delaware Real Estate Certificate holder at the time of certificate renewal shall be required to furnish to the Commission satisfactory evidence that they have successfully completed the required number of hours in approved courses..."
1.2 The continuing education requirements apply to all licensees whether or not the certificate holder has been officially active or inactive during the two year period prior to expiration. The Delaware Real Estate Commission shall be informed of the completion of the continuing education requirement at the time of submission of the Real Estate Certificate Renewal Application. In the case of an inactive licensee proof of completion of the continuing education requirement will be due upon reactivation of the license. The number of continuing education credit hours required is established within the Rules and Regulations of the Commission. The number and content of mandated courses may vary at the discretion of the Commission. The current requirement for continuing education is included within these guidelines. Updates may be obtained from the offices of the Real Estate Commission or the Real Estate Education Committee.
6 DE Reg. 516 (10/1/02)
 
2.0 Objective
Through education, the licensee shall be reasonably current in real estate knowledge and shall have improved ability to provide greater protection and service to the real estate consumer, thereby meeting the Delaware Real Estate Commission's primary objective of protection of the public.
6 DE Reg. 516 (10/1/02)
 
3.0 Administration
The Delaware Real Estate Commission has the governing powers to approve or disapprove educational course offerings and instructor certification and reserves the right to suspend or revoke the privilege of conducting any educational course to any course provider(s) or instructor(s) who fail to adhere to the educational guidelines as established by the Commission.
6 DE Reg. 516 (10/1/02)
 
4.0 Education Committee
4.1 The Commission may utilize the services of a committee, appointed by the Commission, to assist in the educational objectives of the Commission.
4.2 Committee Structure The Committee shall be comprised of twelve (12) members, four (4) from each county. Three (3) members shall be public members and the remaining members shall hold a valid Delaware real estate license.
4.3 Committee Officers (Chairperson and ViceChairperson) shall be elected from the Committee and shall serve one year terms. Election of said officers will be held in January.
4.4 Term of Office
4.4.1 Each appointment shall be for four (4) full years. No person who has been appointed to the Committee shall again be appointed to the Committee until an interim period of at least one (1) year has passed since such person last served.
4.4.2 Five (5) members shall constitute a quorum; and no recommendation shall be effective without the affirmative vote of a majority of the quorum. Any member who fails to attend three (3) consecutive regular business meetings without a valid excuse, or who fails to attend at least half of all regular business meetings during any calendar year, shall automatically upon such occurrence be deemed to have resigned from office and a replacement shall be appointed by the Commission.
4.4.3 Committee members shall be appointed by the Commission. Applications for committee membership will be received by the Commission, via a letter of intent and a current resume 60 days prior to an anticipated vacancy. Committee members may be removed by the Commission for good cause. If an interim vacancy should occur, the Commission shall appoint a person to fill the position for a full four (4) year term commencing with the date of appointment.
4.5 Committee Responsibilities
4.5.1 It shall be the duty of the Education Committee to monitor the content and conduct of all prelicensing courses for salesperson and broker as well as continuing education programs offered to fulfill the educational requirements for obtaining and maintaining licensure in the State of Delaware.
4.5.2 The Education Committee shall have the responsibility for reviewing all applications for prelicensing and continuing education credit as well as certification of instructor applicants, to insure that all applications satisfy the requirements.
4.5.3 After this review, the Education Committee shall recommend that an application be approved or disapproved by the Commission. If approval is recommended with regard to continuing education, the Committee shall indicate the number of full credit hours for the course. In making its decisions, the Education Committee shall follow the provisions contained in these guidelines. Any recommendation for nonapproval shall be accompanied by a specific reason. Only the Delaware Real Estate Commission shall have the power to approve or disapprove the application for a course offering or instructor certification.
4.5.4 The Education Committee shall undertake such other duties and responsibilities as the Commission shall direct from time to time.
4.5.5 Committee meeting times and places shall be as necessary, but in all cases within two weeks prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission. Committee meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act.
4.5.6 Notwithstanding any rule, regulation, or guideline to the contrary, members of the Education Committee who attend at least eighty percent (80%) of the meetings of the Education Committee during a biennial licensure period may receive up to six (6) continuing education credit hours applicable to elective credit hours only. This guideline will become effective beginning May 1, 2002.
5 DE Reg. 1686 (3/1/02)
6 DE Reg. 516 (10/1/02)
 
5.0 Course Approval
5.1 General Requirements An educational activity to be approved as satisfying Delaware's real estate continuing education requirements must be an organized real estate related activity, offered under responsible sponsorship, facilitated by an instructor certified by the Commission.
5.2 Organization The sponsoring organization must have a designated individual responsible for the administration and coordination of the education program. That designee shall be responsible to report to the Commission and/or the Committee for the proper conduct of each such program.
5.3 Facilities The sponsoring organization must provide or arrange for appropriate educational facilities, and when necessary, library and reference materials and all instructional aids and equipment consistent with the content, format, and objective of each learning experience.
5.4 Performance Attendance shall be used as the minimum requirement for satisfactory completion, in addition, alternative criteria for evaluating student performance may be established by the sponsoring organization or class instructor.
5.5 Maintenance and Availability of Records An individual record of participation must be maintained by the sponsoring organization for a period of not less than three (3) years from the date of the activity and upon request made readily available as an official statement to each student of his or her participation. Information which must be included as part of this record is:
5.5.1 Name and address of the organization offering the course.
5.5.2 Name of course topic.
5.5.3 Title of the course
5.5.4 Name, resume and certificate number of the individual instructors.
5.5.5 Completion date of the course offering.
5.5.6 Number of hours of approved credit.
5.5.7 A detailed outline of the course.
5.5.8 A copy of the approval letter received from the Commission
5.5.9 A copy of the individual instructor(s) certification(s) letter(s) issued by the Commission.
5.5.10 A copy of the individual student evaluations on forms provided by the Commission.
5.5.11 A list of the individual students attending the course offering and their completion status, e.g., satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
5.6 Program Evaluation Evaluation forms, approved by the Real Estate Commission shall be used to measure the effectiveness of the program design, operation and effectiveness of the instructor(s). These forms must be returned to the Education Committee for review within fifteen (15) calendar days of completion of the program.
6 DE Reg. 516 (10/1/02)
 
6.0 Program Criteria
6.1 Areas of Concentration for Acceptable Courses
6.1.1 Courses of instruction and seminars, to be considered eligible for continuing education credit approval must be in a definable real estate topic area. Courses that may be considered eligible must be in the following topic areas:
6.1.1.1 Federal, State or Local Legislative Issues (Legislative Update).
6.1.1.2 Fair Housing Law
6.1.1.3 AntiTrust Law
6.1.1.4 Real Estate Ethics or Professional Standards
6.1.1.5 Agency Relationships and Responsibilities
6.1.1.6 Professional Enhancement for Practicing Licensees
6.1.1.7 Use of technology (including, but not limited to, the use of internet and computers) in delivering real estate services.
6.1.2 Unless specifically identified in Guideline 6.2 as acceptable for credit, courses of instruction which Are Not acceptable for credit include, but are not limited to:
6.1.2.1 Offerings in mechanical office and business skills such as typing, business machines and computer operations.
6.1.2.2 Personal development and/or enrichment and motivational courses, speed reading memory improvement, and language report writing.
6.1.2.3 Correspondence courses and program learning courses not under the direct supervision of a certified instructor, except those courses that have been certified through The Association of Real Estate License law Officials (ARELLO) Distance Education Certification Program.
6.1.2.4 General training or education required of licensees to function in a representative capacity for an employing broker except if said training or education complies with the above stated topic areas, has been approved by the Commission and is taught by a certified instructor.
6.1.2.5 Meetings which are a normal part of inhouse staff or licensee training, sales promotions or other meetings held in connection with the general business of the licensee and/or broker; any meetings that a licensee is required to attend as a condition of continued employment, whether imposed by rules of the employing broker or by a contractual agreement between broker and franchiser, does not qualify for continuing education credit. Work experience does not qualify for continuing education credit.
6.1.2.6 Noneducational activities of associations, trade organizations, and professional and occupational group membership or certification are not considered accreditable continuing education activities. Examples of such activities are, but not limited to:
6.1.2.6.1 membership or service in a professional, occupational or other society or organization;
6.1.2.6.2 attendance at annual, periodic or special meetings, conventions, conferences, rallies and retreats;
6.1.2.6.3 writing or presentation of articles or research papers;
6.1.2.6.4 a program or other type of organizational assignment;
6.1.2.6.5 selfdirected reading or study. As a guiding principle "selfdirected studies" and "individual scholarship" are not considered accreditable educational activities.
6.2 The following are approved for credit as indicated:
6.2.1 In any biennial license period, up to three (3) credits applicable towards legislative update may be obtained by Delaware Association of Realtors (DAR) members who serve on the State Government Affairs Committee provided that: 1) the member attends no less than eighty percent (80%) of the annual State Government Affairs Committee meetings; and 2) the DAR Executive Vice President or DAR President certifies attendance in the form and manner prescribed by the Commission.
6.3 Programs shall be a minimum of one (1) hour and delivered in one (1) hour increments.
5 DE Reg. 1171 (11/1/01)
5 DE Reg. 1859 (04/01/02)
6 DE Reg. 516 (10/01/02)
12 DE Reg. 74 (07/01/08)
 
7.0 Course Approval Process
7.1 An application for course approval (on forms approved by the Commission), course outline, all applicable fees and any other documentation that may be required, must be filed by the course sponsor or provider, with the Division of Professional Regulation, Delaware Real Estate Commission, Education Committee, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Suite 203, Dover, Delaware 199042467, at least sixty (60) days prior to the date that the course is to be held. Failure to file within the appropriate time limit may be cause for rejection. Recommendations of the Education Committee shall be made to the Commission within thirty (30) days after the Education Committee receives and reviews the completed application. An application that is incomplete when filed shall not be considered to have been filed.
7.2 A course may be certified for a period of two (2) calendar years, provided the course is conducted by the sponsor or provider making application, the curriculum and course length remains exactly as approved, and certified instructors are utilized. The Education Committee may recommend a shorter or probationary approval where good cause for limited approval can be demonstrated. A sponsor who receives approval to conduct a certified course or activity, must notify the Commission in writing, of the intent to hold such activity, at least seven (7) days in advance of the start of the activity. Included in the letter of intent shall be the course approval number, date(s) and time(s) and location of the course, topic area, course name, instructor name(s) and instructor certification number(s). Courses can not be automatically renewed. Sponsors providers will need to reapply by the course expiration date and before conducting further courses. The Education Committee shall have the right to recommend to the Commission that a provider's privilege of conducting a certified course be revoked for the remainder of the approval period, if the Education Committee determines that the provider is not maintaining the standards required in these guidelines.
7.3 An application for an individual student request for approval of an educational activity (on forms approved by the Commission), course outline, instructor resume of a qualified instructor, and any other documentation that may be required, may be filed by the individual student with the Delaware Real Estate Commission, Real Estate Education Committee within twelve (12) months. Recommendations of the Education Committee shall be made to the Commission within thirty (30) days after the Education Committee receives and reviews the completed application. An application that is incomplete when filed shall not be considered to have been filed. The subject educational activity must comply with Section 6.0 herein and any other applicable Guidelines.
5 DE Reg. 1395 (01/01/02)
6 DE Reg. 516 (10/1/02)
 
8.0 Provider Responsibilities
8.1 The organization receiving approval of a course or program accepts the responsibility to maintain a permanent record of the course activity for not less than three years from the date of the course offering. The permanent record shall include the documents as listed in "Maintenance and Availability of Records".
8.2 Sponsors or providers of all continuing education courses shall be wholly and completely responsible for the conduct of their courses, including faithful and complete student attendance as well as facilities management. Faithful and complete attendance is attentive presence for at least fifty (50) minutes of each credit hour. A student who arrives after the instruction has begun shall not be given continuing education credit. The provider may admit the student for his or her own educational benefit.
8.2.1 Sponsors and providers shall arrange for an onsite monitor in addition to the certified instructor for each course or activity.
8.2.2 Monitors are appointed to assist the course sponsors or providers and instructors. As a minimum, monitors will ensure students provide their own signatures on the course roster and advise the provider of those students who do not comply with faithful and complete attendance.
8.2.3 Monitors may be a student for educational credit for that course or activity.
8.3 The course sponsor or provider, will supply to the student at the completion of the course or program, a certificate of completion. This certificate must contain, but is not limited to, the following information:
_ Student Name
_ Sponsors Name
_ Topic Area Name
_ Course Title
_ Date course was completed
_ Number of Credit Hours
_ Course Approval Number
_ Instructor Name(s)
_ Instructor Certificate Number(s)
8.4 The organization offering the course, shall, within fifteen (15) days after the completion of the activity, provide a list of participants, their real estate license numbers (if applicable) and a copy of each student's course and instructor evaluation form and an evaluation summary report form to the Commission's Office. The evaluation summary report form shall be signed by any instructors who participated in the delivery of the course thus indicating each has had the opportunity to review the evaluation result. Failure of the organization to provide this information may be grounds to suspend the approval of that course or educational activity, in the absence of a showing of good cause for that failure.
8.5 Where the provider is a prelicensing school, the administrator thereof is responsible to apply to the Delaware Department of Public Instruction for certification and to maintain such certification. Proof of current certification must be attached to the application for course approval submitted to the Education Committee.
8.6 Prelicensing schools are to solicit the names of students interested in being contacted by recruiters by the second class meeting. Any students joining after the first class must be informed of the opportunity to be a part of the recruiting roster at the first class attended. Schools must supply the recruiting roster within seven (7) days of receiving a request from a broker.
8.7 Prelicensing schools will also furnish each student with current information regarding the prelicensing examination to include the "Real Estate Candidate Handbook" which is available to prelicensing schools through the testing service for this purpose.
8.8 Members of the Real Estate Commission or Education Committee And/or Their Official Representatives Shall Have the Right to Monitor Any Approved Course Without Notice.
5 DE Reg. 1071 (11/1/01)
6 DE Reg. 8 (07/01/02)
6 DE Reg. 516 (10/1/02)
12 DE Reg. 74 (07/01/08)
 
9.0 Instructor Qualifications
9.1 It is the stated policy of the Delaware Real Estate Commission that qualified instructors must be directly involved in presenting any professional educational activity. Qualifications are determined by all or a combination of:
9.1.1 competence in the subject matter (may be evidenced by experience in which command of subject matter is recognized by the individual's peers, and/or by a formal education or training, and/or by demonstrated knowledge through publication in professional journals or appropriate media);
9.1.2 ability to transmit the educational content to the participants as determined by student evaluations and/or test results from previous instructional assignments;
9.1.3 understanding of the program objectives; and
9.1.4 knowledge and skill in the instructional methodology and learning processes to be employed.
9.2 The persons applying for instructor certification in teaching a real estate related topic must have five (5) years of full time experience in the trade, business, or profession that relates to the topic of instruction to be taught, and meet at least one (1) of the following sets of qualifications:
9.2.1 An approved instructor must meet two of the following criteria:
9.2.1.1 a Bachelor's degree
9.2.1.2 a Broker's Certificate
9.2.1.3 a professional designation such as, but not limited to; ALC (Accredited Land Consultant), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) CPM (Certified Property Manager), CRB (Certified Residential Broker), CRE (Counselor Real Estate), MAI (Member Appraisal Institute), SIOR (Society Industrial Office Realtors) SRA (Senior Residential Appraiser), SRPA (Senior Real Property Appraiser), but not including GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute);
9.2.2 Possession of a valid teaching credential or certificate issued in the State of Delaware (or any State with qualifications that are equal to, or that exceed the qualification standards of the State of Delaware), and/or five (5) years of teaching experience in an accredited public, private, or parochial school; and/or five (5) years teaching experience in an accredited junior college, college or university.
9.2.3 A fully designated senior member of the Real Estate Educators Association who has been issued the DREI (Designated Real Estate Instructor) designation.
9.3 The Commission may waive the above requirements contingent upon review of proof of collateral experience in related fields of real estate. The Commission reserves the right to exercise its discretion in denying an applicant who has had a disciplinary action taken against him/her.
9.4 In addition to the qualifications listed above, the Commission shall take into consideration evaluations from previous programs that the applicant has instructed. The Commission will also take into consideration recommendations or absence thereof of course providers, course coordinators, administrators and institutions that have employed the applicant.
9.5 The Education Committee may, at its discretion, subject to Commission approval, require a potential instructor to take a teaching methodology course (such as those given by colleges and universities) and/or a teaching methods seminar (such as currently given by the National Association of Realtors or Real Estate Educator's Association).
6 DE Reg. 516 (10/1/02)
 
10.0 Instructor Approval Process
10.1 Applicants for instructor shall submit an application (on forms approved by the Commission), resume and any applicable fees to the Division of Professional Regulation, Delaware Real Estate Commission, Education Committee, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Suite 203, Dover, DE 199042467, at least sixty (60) days prior to the employment starting date. Failure to file within the appropriate time limit may be cause for rejection. Recommendations of the Education Committee shall be made to the Commission within thirty (30) days after the Education Committee receives and reviews the application. An application that is incomplete when filed shall not be considered to have been filed.
10.2 Upon approval, an instructor may be certified for a period of two (2) calendar years. An instructor may be certified in more than one subject or topic area, (e.g. prelicensing math, prelicensing law, fair housing, ethics, etc.). An instructor may only teach courses as preapproved by the Commission. Instructor certification can not be automatically renewed. Instructors will need to reapply by the certification expiration date and before teaching any further courses or programs. Applications are available from the Commission office.
10.3 An Instructor may receive credit for continuing education hours towards the real estate license renewal requirement in the same amount of hours as approved for credit for the course/topic being taught. This is a one time credit per licensure period, regardless of the number of times that said course/topic is taught during said course or instructor certification period.
10.4 The Education Committee shall have the right to recommend to the Commission that a certified instructor lose the privilege of certification for the remainder of the certification period if the Education Committee determines that the instructor is not maintaining the standards and/or policies required in these guidelines.
10.5 It is the Stated Policy of the Delaware Real Estate Commission That at No Time During Periods of Instruction Shall Any Person Involved in Any Approved Real Estate Educational Activity, Use, or Attempt to Use, the Position of Instructor, Sponsor or Provider Etc., to Solicit Employees or Sales Representatives.
 
1.0 Objective
Through education, the licensee shall be reasonably current in real estate knowledge and shall have improved ability to provide greater protection and service to the real estate consumer, thereby supporting the Delaware Real Estate Commission's primary objective of protection of the public. This supplement to the Rules and Regulations of the Delaware Real Estate Commission shall set forth the guidelines for all Real Estate Prelicensing Courses and Continuing Education as mandated under 24 Del.C. §2906(a)(6).
 
2.0 Administration
The Delaware Real Estate Commission has the governing powers to approve or disapprove educational course offerings and instructor approval and reserves the right to suspend or revoke the privilege of conducting any educational course to any course provider(s) or instructor(s) who fail to adhere to the educational guidelines as established by the Commission.
 
3.0 Education Committee
3.1 Committee Structure - The Committee shall be comprised of twelve (12) members, four (4) from each county. Three (3) members shall be public members and the remaining members shall hold a valid Delaware real estate license.
3.2 Committee Officers - (Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson) shall be elected from the Committee and shall serve one year terms. Election of said officers will be held in January.
3.3 Term of Office
3.3.1 Each appointment shall be for four (4) full years. No person who has been appointed to the Committee shall again be appointed to the Committee until an interim period of at least one (1) year has passed since such person last served.
3.3.2 Seven (7) members shall constitute a quorum; and no recommendation shall be effective without the affirmative vote of a majority of the quorum. Any member who fails to attend three (3) consecutive regular business meetings without a valid excuse, or who fails to attend at least half of all regular business meetings during any calendar year, shall automatically upon such occurrence be deemed to have resigned from office and a replacement shall be appointed by the Commission.
3.3.3 Committee members shall be appointed by the Commission. Applications for committee membership will be received by the Commission, via a letter of intent and a current resume 60 days prior to an anticipated vacancy. Committee members may be removed by the Commission for good cause. If an interim vacancy should occur, the Commission shall appoint a person to fill the position for a full four (4) year term commencing with the date of appointment.
3.4 Committee Responsibilities
3.4.1 It shall be the duty of the Education Committee to oversee the content and conduct of all pre-licensing courses for salesperson and broker as well as continuing education programs offered to fulfill the educational requirements for obtaining and maintaining licensure in the State of Delaware.
3.4.2 The Education Committee shall have the responsibility for reviewing all applications for pre-licensing and continuing education credit as well as review of instructor applicants, to insure that all applications satisfy the requirements.
3.4.3 After this review, the Education Committee shall recommend that an application be approved, disapproved or approved with modifications by the Commission. If approval is recommended with regard to continuing education, the Committee shall indicate the number of full credit hours for the course. In making its decisions, the Education Committee shall follow the provisions contained in these guidelines. Any recommendation for non-approval shall be accompanied by a specific reason. Only the Delaware Real Estate Commission shall have the power to approve or disapprove the application for a course offering or instructor approval.
3.4.4 The Education Committee shall undertake such other duties and responsibilities directly related to education as the Commission shall direct from time to time.
3.4.5 Committee meeting times and places shall be as necessary, but in all cases within two weeks prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission. Committee meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act.
3.4.6 Notwithstanding any rule, regulation, or guideline to the contrary, members of the Education Committee who attend at least eighty percent (80%) of the meetings of the Education Committee during a biennial licensure period may receive one hour of continuing education for each meeting attended and said hour may be applied to any continuing education required for renewal.
 
4.0 Requirements for the Salesperson Prelicensing Course
4.1 Purpose: To provide the prospective licensee with the background necessary to:
4.1.1 Understand the basics of real estate sales, law and mathematics.
4.1.2 To provide the prospective licensee with a working knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations affecting the real estate profession.
4.2 Course Objective:
4.2.1 To provide an overview of the real estate profession and to insure the prospective salesperson understands the application of professional ethics as applied to real estate transactions.
4.2.2 To provide the prospective licensee with an understanding of:
4.2.2.1 Real property characteristics, definitions, ownership, restrictions and transfer
4.2.2.2 Assessing and explaining property valuation and the appraisal process
4.2.2.3 Contracts, agency relationships with buyers and sellers, and federal requirements
4.2.2.4 Financing, the transaction and settlement
4.2.2.5 Leases, rents, and property management
4.2.2.6 The duties and powers of the Commission
4.2.2.7 Licensing requirements
4.2.2.8 Statutory requirements governing the activities of licensees
4.2.2.9 Other aspects of Delaware law which impact the real estate issues
4.3 To prepare the prospective licensee for passing the real estate sales licensing examination for the State of Delaware.
4.4 Major Course Topics and Hours:
4.4.1 Real Estate Orientation (3 hours)
4.4.2 Real Estate Sales (36 hours)
4.4.3 Real Estate Law (33 hours)
4.4.4 Real Estate Mathematics (24 hours)
4.4.5 Review for Sales, Law, Mathematics (3 hours)
4.4.6 Total minimum: 99 hours
4.5 The hours as outlined are the minimum hours to be offered; a school or on-line program presenting the Delaware Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course may offer a course with more hours.
4.6 Up to 60 hours of any on-line pre-licensing course, accredited by Delaware or another state, may be used towards the total 99 required pre-licensing hours. An applicant may also take 39 hours of Delaware Real Estate Law on-line.
4.7 The presentation which follows includes topics to be covered and the number of hours to be devoted to each. The manner in which the school or online-program sequences the topics does not have to follow the sequence listed. Individual schools or online-programs should develop a topical understanding of the material and for the instructors’ presentation.
4.8 Where the course is given in a school, the time to be devoted to each topic is listed as “hours”. An hour is defined as fifty (50) minutes of direct contact and ten (10) minutes of break. The three 10 minute break periods, or a total of thirty (30) minutes, can be taken in any means felt appropriate by the instructor.
4.9 Orientation - One three (3) hour session consisting of:
4.9.1 Real estate Sales Pre-Licensing Course requirements.
4.9.2 Delaware Real Estate Sales Licensing requirements.
4.9.3 General discussion of actual business practices on the part of the licensee to successfully conduct an agent’s business; i.e., compensation, hours, taxes, automobile liability, business liability, cooperation with other brokers and agents, and demands of public on agent’s time, expertise, and services.
4.9.4 School or on-line program shall offer a math pretest for those students who wish to exempt themselves from attendance, or participation, where on-line, of the math portion of this course. This optional math pretest shall be equivalent to the final test given at the conclusion of the math section in content and length. The content of the pretest shall cover each of the topics covered in the course. The students shall be permitted to use calculators when taking the test and a passing score of 80 percent shall exempt a student from taking the math section of this course.
4.10 Real Estate Sales – 36 Total hours with sessions consisting of:
4.10.1 Brokerage, Agency, Dual Agency, Buyer Brokerage - (3) hours
4.10.2 Listing procedures including practical exercises in taking a listing and preparing the data necessary for a listing - (3) hours
4.10.3 Sales including practical exercises of writing an offer of purchase and sale - (6) hours
4.10.4 Financing limited to practical knowledge including how to qualify buyers, types of financing - (6) hours
4.10.5 Preparing competitive market analysis (CMA) – (2) hours
4.10.6 Construction – (2) hours
4.10.7 Property management limited to practical aspects – (1) hour
4.10.8 Fair housing – (3) hours
4.10.9 Ethics – (3) hours
4.10.10 Environmental concerns, including soil analysis, septic systems wells, wetlands, radon, asbestos, storage tanks – (3) hours
4.10.11 Wood destroying insect infestation – (1) hour
4.10.12 Examination – (3) hours
4.11 Real Estate Law – 33 Total Hours with sessions consisting of:
4.11.1 Real Estate License Laws, Rules and Regulations – (3) hours
4.11.2 Real Estate Interests, Legislative Update – (3) hours
4.11.3 Forms of Ownership – (3) hours
4.11.4 Legal descriptions and surveys, title transfers and title records – (3) hours
4.11.5 Real Estate Contracts including listings and real estate contracts including discussion of widely used form contracts – (3) hours
4.11.6 Financing limited to legal aspects, content of notes, bonds, mortgages, concepts of foreclosure – (3) hours
4.11.7 Leases including Delaware Landlord Tenant Code, Delaware Agricultural Lease Act – (3) hours
4.11.8 Subdivision, property development, zoning – (3) hours
4.11.9 Settlement procedures including examination of settlement sheet – (3) hours
4.11.10 Tax aspects of real estate including tax aspects of home ownership, tax deferral of exchanges, one time exclusion of gain, investment real estate, tax treatment of vacation homes, transfer tax – (3) hours
4.11.11 Examination – (3) hours
4.12 Real Estate Mathematics – 24 Total hours with sessions consisting of:
4.12.1 Basic mathematics review as deemed necessary by the instructor – (3) hours
4.12.2 The relationship between list price, sales price, commission rate, amount of commission – (3) hours
4.12.3 Computation of PITI monthly mortgage payment and qualifying a buyer for that payment; computation of simple interest and the amortization of a mortgage loan; computation of discount points; computation of PMI – (6) hours
4.12.4 The relationship between assessed value, tax rate and the amount of taxes; computation of transfer tax; proration of mortgage interest and property tax, etc. – (3) hours
4.12.5 Real estate geometry (area, volume) and the computation of heated square footage; calculation of depreciation, appreciation, and appraisal mathematics (market comparison vs. cost approach vs. income approach) – (3) hours
4.12.6 Computation of cash needed by buyer at closing and monies received by seller at closing – (3) hours
4.12.7 Examination – (3) hours
4.13 Coordinator: The institution or on-line program sponsoring the course shall appoint a course coordinator who shall have the following responsibilities:
4.13.1 Selection of instructors as required by the guidelines
4.13.2 Where the course is offered by a school, rather than by an on-line provider, selection of facilities as required by the Delaware Department of Public Instruction
4.13.3 Coordination of course content
4.13.4 Coordination of orientation, math pretest, final examinations and retest examinations
4.13.5 Coordination of required texts and reference material
4.13.6 Issuance of course certificate of completion
4.13.7 Dissemination of information concerning application to take the licensing examination administered by testing service
4.13.8 Conduct evaluation of course, instructor, facilities and coordination, and to forward evaluation results to the Real Estate Commission within ten (10) days of completion of the education course
4.13.9 Submission of course to Delaware Real Estate Commission for approval prior to offering course. Accountability for the quality of the course given shall remain with the sponsoring organization.
4.14 Instruction: Three individuals are preferred for instruction of the course:
4.14.1 a Delaware attorney whose practice has an emphasis on real estate transactions,
4.14.2 a practicing Delaware licensed resident broker with a minimum of 5 years of experience as a Delaware licensee, or a practicing Delaware licensed nonresident broker with 5 years broker practice experience
4.14.3 an individual knowledgeable in performing real estate business mathematics computations
4.14.4 no more than 1 primary instructor from any one real estate firm will be allowed. Additionally, when a specialized topic is presented, it is encouraged that a specialist be used for that particular session, e.g., an environmentalist to cover environmental concerns including soil analysis, septic systems, etc. Where the course is an on-line offering, instructor(s) qualified at these levels must be accessible to the student. For on-line programs, the instructors must be approved by ARELLO.
4.14.5 Because there is some overlapping of material among the three major topics, it is desirable, where appropriate, that the course coordinator schedule a meeting of the instructors prior to orientation to: (1) coordinate the presentation of material, and (2) decide who will give major emphasis to specific topics. During this meeting, it must be remembered that some of the students may not, because of exemption, be attending the mathematics portion of the course.
4.15 Location: Where the provider is a school, the location of any pre-licensing course must be a DOE approved facility.
4.16 On-line Programs: Any on-line pre-licensing course must be accredited by Delaware or another state and the instructors must be approved by ARELLO.
4.17 Successful Completion - Successful completion is defined as: (1) having attended, and (2) having successfully completed the real estate legal, sales and mathematics examinations. Precise definitions for attendance and examination completion are presented below.
4.18 Following successful completion, students shall receive from the institution or on-line program verification of this status. Verification shall be in certificate form as described in the Guidelines for Fulfilling the Delaware Real Estate Education Requirements.
4.19 Attendance: Where the course is given in a school, it is strongly recommended that students do not miss any sessions. However, students may miss four sessions, but not more than two in any one subject area (legal, sales or mathematics) and still successfully complete the course. Being absent from a session will not relieve a student of the responsibility for the material covered.
4.20 Examinations: All examinations shall be developed by the respective educational institution and/or instructor. Scores for successful examination completion shall be mathematics, 70 percent correct; sales 70 percent correct; and legal, 70 percent correct.
4.21 An institution or on-line program shall allow a student to take or sit for a minimum of one retake examination in each area, legal, sales, mathematics, prior to documenting course failure. It is required that a new examination be developed for students who request retake examinations.
4.22 Evaluation: Where the course is given in a school, at the conclusion of the course, the course coordinator shall conduct a student evaluation of the course, facilities, instructors and the coordination of the course on the form approved by the Commission. They shall submit those evaluations to the Delaware Real Estate Commission’s Education Committee within fifteen (15) days of completion of the course with the evaluation summary report form mandated by Education Guideline 8.4. Prelicensing providers will also conduct a regular post prelicensing survey on the form following as the final page of this course guideline. Completed forms received by the provider must be retained for a two year period. The provider must furnish the forms upon request from the Commission.
4.23 Text and Material:
4.23.1 Text covering principles and practices of real estate as selected by course provider
4.23.2 Chapter 29, Title 24, Real Estate License Act, Delaware Code
4.23.3 Rules and Regulations of the Delaware Real Estate Commission
4.23.4 Chapter 46, Title 6, Fair Housing Act, Delaware Code.
4.23.5 Chapters 1, 3, and 7, Title 25, Ownership, Delaware Code
4.23.6 Chapter 21, Title 25, Mortgages on Real Estate, Delaware Code
4.23.7 Chapter 22, Title 25, Unit Properties, Delaware Code and Chapter 80 Title 25 CUCIOA
4.23.8 Chapter 27, Title 25, Mechanics Liens, Delaware Code
4.23.9 Chapter 27, Subchapter II, Title 6, Statute of Frauds Delaware Code
4.23.10 Chapters 29, 31, Title 25, Liens, Delaware Code
4.23.11 Chapters 51-65, Title 25, Landlord Tenant Code, Delaware Code
4.23.12 Chapter 67, Title 25, Agricultural Lease Act, Delaware Code
4.23.13 Chapter 54, Title 30, Transfer Tax, Delaware Code
4.23.14 Chapter 25, Subchapter VII, Title 6, Buyer Property Protection Act and Radon Disclosure, Delaware Code
4.23.15 Delaware Real Estate Candidate Handbook - Testing Service
4.24 Instructors may and are encouraged to use additional references and hand out materials as needed. Instructors are encouraged to use sample contracts, sample leases, and sample settlement sheets. All real estate information should be generic in nature with no implications of any Real Estate firm. No recruiting of any nature will be allowed by an instructor.
4.25 The License Law and the Rules and Regulations of the Commission are readily available on the Commission's web site at www.dpr.delaware.gov. The current Delaware Code is available on line at www.delcode.state.de.us. The Real Estate Candidate Handbook is available from the testing service at www.pearsonvue.com.
 
5.0 Requirements for the Associate Broker and Broker Licensing Course
5.1 Purpose:
5.1.1 To protect the public by increasing the knowledge and professionalism of brokers.
5.1.2 To provide the Delaware real estate sales agent with the knowledge needed to operate as a Delaware real estate broker.
5.1.3 To prepare the experienced Delaware real estate sales agent to open an independent real estate brokerage firm and employ sales agents in his or her name.
5.1.4 To present a review of basic real estate math.
5.1.5 To prepare the Delaware real estate sales agent to successfully complete the Delaware real estate broker’s licensing examination.
5.2 Objectives:
5.2.1 To present the real estate profession’s ethics and discuss the integration of these ethics in the professional’s everyday business practices.
5.2.2 To provide the prospective licensee with an understanding of:
5.2.2.1 Real property characteristics, definitions, ownership, restrictions and transfer
5.2.2.2 Assessing and explaining property valuation and the appraisal process
5.2.2.3 Contracts, agency relationships with buyers and sellers, and federal requirements
5.2.2.4 Financing, the transaction and settlement
5.2.2.5 Leases, rents, and property management
5.2.2.6 The duties and powers of the Commission
5.2.2.7 Licensing requirements
5.2.2.8 Statutory requirements governing the activities of licensees
5.2.2.9 Other aspects of Delaware law which impact the real estate issues
5.2.2.10 Broker issues including examination of records, eligibility for licensing, and place of business
5.3 Course Outline – a Total of 96 Classroom or on-line program plus Final Examination:
5.3.1 Brokerage (Sales Management and Business Management) (30 Hours):
5.3.1.1 Agency Relationship
5.3.1.2 Operating Philosophy - Listing Control
5.3.1.3 Statutory Requirements Under Delaware Law
5.3.1.4 Settlement Procedures
5.3.1.5 Organizing and Opening an Office
5.3.1.6 Sales Management, Recruiting, and Training
5.3.1.7 Advertising and Promotion
5.3.1.8 MLS Co-Brokerage
5.3.1.9 Multi-Offer, Presenting the Offer, Negotiating
5.3.1.10 Broker Responsibilities Under Licensing Law and Rules and Regulations of the Commission: 1) Escrow Deposits; 2) Licensing Including Display of License and Renewal Responsibility; and 3) Responsibility for Associates
5.3.1.11 Organizing and Opening an Office
5.3.1.12 Risk Reduction - E & O
5.3.1.13 Settlement Procedures
5.3.1.14 Budgeting
5.3.1.15 Future Growth
5.3.1.16 Independent Contractor/Employee
5.3.3 Real Estate Documents (6 Hours):
5.3.3.1 Listing Contracts
5.3.3.2 Sales Contracts & Language of Addenda (Warranty, PMM, 2nd Mortgage, etc.)
5.3.3.3 Escrow Agreements (Letters of Credit)
5.3.3.4 Occupancy Agreements
5.3.3.5 Release of Contracts
5.3.3.6 Buyers - Brokers Agreement
5.3.3.7 Settlement Documents: Deed; Settlement Sheet; Mortgage Inspection Reports; Title Insurance; Site Evaluation; and Note/Bond & Warrant
5.3.3.8 Reporting Procedures & Responsibilities Under the Tax Law (i.e. Title Affidavits & Affidavit of Residence & Gain)
5.3.4 Valuing Real Property (6 Hours):
5.3.4.1 Distinctions and Definitions: 1) Appraisal (Certified); 2) Opinion of Value 3) C.M.A.
5.3.4.2 Three Approaches of Real Property Valuation
5.3.5 Financing (9 Hours):
5.3.5.1 Overview of Government Loans
5.3.5.2 Federal Housing Administration
5.3.5.3 Farmers Home Administration
5.3.5.4 Veterans Administration
5.3.5.5 Government agencies & acts pertaining to real estate finance -- include Regulation A/Truth -in-Lending
5.3.5.6 Anatomy of a mortgage to include special clauses
5.3.5.7 Finance Instruments
5.3.5.8 Conditions & procedures involved in default & foreclosure
5.3.5.9 Non-federal insured mortgages, IRB’s
5.3.5.10 Purchase money mortgage
5.3.5.11 Conventional mortgage - Fixed ARM
5.3.5.12 Secondary mortgage market
5.3.5.13 Assistance in arranging financing
5.3.5.14 Other ways to finance - Bridge, Construction, etc.
5.3.5.15 Sources of junior or secondary loans
5.3.6 Landlord Tenant Code/Property Management/Condominiums (9 Hours):
5.3.6.1 Landlord-Tenant Code: 1) Rights and remedies of landlord and tenant; and 1) The process of landlord/tenant litigation
5.3.6.2 Property Management: 1)Types of tenancies and leases; negotiating leases: and 2) Aspects of property management
5.3.6.3 Condominiums: 1)Condominiums/cooperatives; conversion requirements; types of ownerships; and 2) State statutes dealing with condominiums
5.3.7 Legal and Governmental Aspects of Real Estate (15 Hours):
5.3.7.1 The Delaware Real Estate License Law and the Rules and Regulations
5.3.7.2 The Federal & State Fair Housing Acts (include record-keeping responsibilities VAMA)
5.3.7.3 The Law of Agency
5.3.7.4 Interest in Real Property & Types of Property Ownership
5.3.7.5 Statute of Frauds
5.3.7.6 Mechanic’s and Materialman’s Liens
5.3.7.7 Federal and State Environmental Regulatory Policies (site evaluation, septic process, well, bulkhead & piers)
5.3.7.8 Planning, subdivisions, zoning, deed restrictions, covenants, right of ways and access
5.3.7.9 Legal implications of public powers over real property (eminent domain, escheat, police power, taxation, etc.)
5.3.7.10 Surveys (types and uses)
5.3.7.11 Assessment, Property Taxes & Taxes, Transfers
5.3.7.12 Tax aspects of buying and selling real estate (Highlights of current law)
5.3.8 Real Estate Investment (12 Hours):
5.3.8.1 Characteristics of Investment Real Estate
5.3.8.2 Investment analysis
5.3.8.3 Syndication
5.3.9 Ethics (6 Hours):
5.3.9.1 Ethics Issues Addressed in the Real Estate License Act and the Rules and Regulations
5.3.9.2 Discussion of Ethics as Promulgated by Professional Trade Organizations
5.3.10 Math (3 Hours): Review of Basic Real Estate Math
5.4 Successful Completion: Successful completion is defined as (1) has attended or on line program taken, and (2) has successfully completed an end-of-course examination. Definitions for attendance and examination completion are set forth in Rules 5.5 and 5.6. Following successful completion, students shall receive from the institution verification of this status. Verification shall be in certificate form as set forth in Rule 8.4.4.
5.5 Attendance: Where the course is given in a school, it is strongly recommended that students do not miss any sessions. However, students may miss four sessions, (a session is equivalent to three classroom hours) and still successfully complete the course. Being absent from a session will not relieve a student of the responsibility for the material covered.
5.6 Examinations: An end-of-course examination shall be developed and administered by the respective educational institution and/or instructor(s). The score for successful examination completion will be 75 percent correct.
5.6.1 An institution will allow a student take one retake examination to sit for one retake examination prior to documenting course failure. A new examination shall be developed for students who request the retake.
5.6.2 Institutions may elect, and it is encouraged that practice examinations be administered during the conduct of the course.
5.7 Facilities: It is strongly recommended that course material be presented in a classroom setting conducive to learning, except where the course is being provided in a distance learning format.
5.8 Instructor and Coordinator: Refer to Rules 8.0 and 10.0.
5.9 Texts and Materials:
5.9.1 Text(s) covering broker aspects of real estate practice as selected by the course provider.
5.9.2 Chapter 29, Title 24, Real Estate License Act
5.9.3 Rules and Regulations of the Delaware Real Estate Commission
5.9.4 Delaware Real Estate Candidate Handbook
5.9.5 Instructors may and are encouraged to use additional references and hand out materials as they feel these materials are needed.
5.10 The License Law and the Rules and Regulations of the Commission are readily available on the Commission's web site at www.dpr.delaware.gov. The current Delaware Code is available on line at www.delcode.state.de.us.
 
6.0 Continuing Education Course Criteria
6.1 General Requirements - An educational course to be approved as satisfying Delaware's real estate continuing education requirements must be an organized real estate related course, offered under responsible sponsorship, facilitated by an instructor approved by the Commission. The Education Committee and the Real Estate Commission shall liberally construe the Module topic areas to include a broad range of subject matter relevant to real estate practices.
6.2 Areas of Concentration for Acceptable Courses:
6.2.1 Courses of instruction and seminars, to be considered eligible for continuing education credit approval must be in one of each of the following Modules:
6.2.1.1 Module 1- Agency and Fair Housing
6.2.1.2 Module 2 - Professional Standards
6.2.1.3 Module 3 -Real Estate Documents
6.2.1.4 Module 4 - Office Management
6.2.1.5 Module 5 - Legislative Issues
6.2.1.6 Module 6 - Practices of Real Estate
6.2.1.7 Module 7 - Elective Courses
6.2.2 Courses of instruction and seminars, to be considered eligible for Newly Licensed Salesperson continuing education credit approval must be in one of each of the following Modules:
6.2.2.1 New Licensee Module 1- Professional Standards
6.2.2.2 New Licensee Module 2 – Agreement of Sale/Buyer Representation
6.2.2.3 New Licensee Module 3 -Real Estate Documents/Seller Representation
6.2.2.4 New Licensee Module 4 – Real Estate Professionalism
6.3 Distance learning courses must have been certified through The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) Distance Education Certification Program.
6.4 In any biennial license period, up to three (3) credits applicable towards Module 5 may be obtained by Delaware Association of Realtors (DAR) members who serve on the State Public Policy/Committee provided that: 1) the member attends no less than eighty percent (80%) of the annual State Government Affairs Committee meetings; and 2) the DAR Executive Vice President or DAR President certifies attendance in the form and manner prescribed by the Commission.
6.5 Programs shall be a minimum of one (1) hour and delivered in one (1) hour increments.
 
7.0 Course Approval Process
7.1 An application for course approval (on forms approved and provided by the Commission), course outline, all applicable fees and any other documentation that may be required, must be filed by the course sponsor or provider, with the Division of Professional Regulation, Delaware Real Estate Commission, Education Committee, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Suite 203, Dover, Delaware 19904-2467, at least sixty (60) days prior to the date that the course is to be held. Failure to file within the appropriate time limit may be cause for rejection. Recommendations of the Education Committee shall be made to the Commission within thirty (30) days after the Education Committee receives and reviews the completed application. An application that is incomplete when filed may not be considered to have been filed.
7.2 An application for an individual student request for approval of an educational course (on forms approved and provided by the Commission), including the course outline, instructor resume of a qualified instructor, and any other documentation that may be required, may be filed by the individual student with the Delaware Real Estate Education Committee within twelve (12) months. Recommendations of the Education Committee shall be made to the Commission within thirty (30) days after the Education Committee receives and reviews the completed application. An application that is incomplete when filed may not be considered to have been filed. The subject educational course must comply with Section 6.0 herein and any other applicable Guidelines. An application that is incomplete when filed, may not be considered to have been filed.
7.3 Licensees successfully completing a minimum of 6 hours of a National Accreditation Program during a licensure renewal period and receiving a nationally recognized designation or providing proof of successfully completing a section towards a nationally recognized designation may submit pursuant to 7.2 for six (6) credit hours to satisfy Modules 6 and 7. The instructor shall be considered an approved instructor.
 
8.0 Provider Responsibilities
8.1 The organization receiving approval of a course or program must maintain a record of the course for not less than three years from the date of the course offering. The record shall include the documents as listed in "Maintenance and Availability of Records".
8.1.1 Maintenance and Availability of Records - An individual record of participation must be maintained by the sponsoring organization for a period of not less than three (3) years from the date of the course and upon request made readily available as an official statement to each student of his or her participation. Information which must be included as part of this record is:
8.1.1.1 Name and address of the organization offering the course
8.1.1.2 Name of course topic
8.1.1.3 Title of the course
8.1.1.4 Name and instructor approval of each instructor
8.1.1.5 Completion date of the course offering
8.1.1.6 Number of approved credit hours
8.1.1.7 A detailed outline of the course
8.1.1.8 A copy of the course approval letter received from the Commission
8.1.1.9 A copy of the individual instructor(s) approval(s) letter(s) issued by the Commission.
8.1.1.10 A copy of the individual student evaluations on forms provided by the Commission.
8.1.1.11 A copy of the course sign in sheet, with the licensees printed name, signatures of the students, license numbers, and their completion status, e.i., satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
8.2 Organization and Facilities – The sponsoring organization must have a designated individual responsible for the administration and coordination of the education program. That designee shall be responsible to report to the Commission and/or the Committee for the proper conduct of each such program. Facilities - The sponsoring organization must provide or arrange for appropriate educational facilities, and when necessary, library and reference materials and all instructional aids and equipment consistent with the content, format, and objective of each learning experience.
8.3 A course may be approved for a period of two (2) calendar years, provided the course is conducted by the sponsor or provider making application, the curriculum and course length remains exactly as approved, and approved instructors are utilized. The Education Committee may recommend a shorter or probationary approval where good cause for limited approval can be demonstrated. Courses cannot be automatically renewed. Sponsors or providers will need to reapply by the course expiration date before conducting further courses. The Education Committee may recommend to the Commission that a provider's privilege of conducting a approved course be revoked for the remainder of the approval period, if the Education Committee determines that the provider is not maintaining the standards.
8.4 Sponsors or providers of all education courses shall be wholly and completely responsible for the conduct of their attendees, including faithful and complete student attendance as well as facilities management. Faithful and complete attendance is attentive presence for at least fifty (50) minutes of each credit hour. A student who arrives after the instruction has begun or leaves before instruction is complete shall not be given continuing education credit.
8.4.1 Sponsors and providers shall arrange for an on-site monitor in addition to the approved instructor for each course. At no time will self-monitoring be permitted for Continuing Education Course.
8.4.2 Monitors are appointed to assist the course sponsors or providers and instructors. As a minimum, monitors will ensure students provide their own signatures on the course roster and advise the provider of those students who do not comply with faithful and complete attendance.
8.4.3 Monitors may be students for educational credit for that course.
8.4.4 The course sponsor or provider will supply to the student at the completion of the course or program, DREC approved certificate of completion. This certificate must contain, but is not limited to, the following information:
8.5 The organization offering the course, shall, within fifteen (15) days after the completion of the course, provide a list of participants, their real estate license numbers (if applicable) and a copy of each student's course and instructor evaluation form and an evaluation summary report form to the Commission's Office. The evaluation summary report form shall be signed by any instructors who participated in the delivery of the course thus indicating each has had the opportunity to review the evaluation result. Failure of the organization to provide this information may be grounds to suspend the approval of that course or educational course, in the absence of a showing of good cause for that failure.
8.6 Where the provider is a prelicensing school, the administrator thereof is responsible to apply to the Delaware Department of Public Instruction for certification and to maintain such certification. Proof of current certification must be attached to the application for course approval submitted to the Education Committee.
8.7 By the second class meeting, Prelicensing schools are to solicit the names of students interested in being contacted by recruiters. Any students joining after the first class must be informed of the opportunity to be a part of the recruiting roster at the first class attended. Schools must supply the recruiting roster within seven (7) days of receiving a request from a broker.
8.8 Prelicensing schools will also furnish each student with current information regarding the prelicensing examination to include the "Real Estate Candidate Handbook" which is available to prelicensing schools through the testing service for this purpose.
8.9 Members of the Real Estate Commission, Education Committee or Division of Professional regulation staff shall have the right to audit any approved course without notice.
 
9.0 Instructor Qualifications
9.1 It is the stated policy of the Delaware Real Estate Commission that qualified instructors must be directly involved in presenting any professional educational course. Qualifications are determined by:
9.1.1 Competence in the subject matter (may be evidenced by experience in which command of subject matter is recognized by the individual's peers, and/or by a formal education or training, and/or by demonstrated knowledge through publication in professional journals or appropriate media); ability to demonstrate knowledge and skill in the instructional methodology.
9.1.2 Ability to effectively communicate the educational material to the participants as determined by student evaluations and/or test results from previous instructional assignments;
9.2 The person applying for instructor approval must have a minimum of five years full time experience in a real estate related topic in their area of expertise, plus one of the following:
9.2.1 A Bachelor's degree with the exception of pre-licensing law which must have a Juris Doctorate degree
9.2.2 A Broker's or Associate Broker License
9.2.3 Possession of a valid teaching credential or certificate issued in the State of Delaware (or any State with qualifications that are equal to, or that exceed the qualification standards of the State of Delaware), and/or five (5) years of teaching experience in an accredited public, private, or parochial school; and/or five (5) years teaching experience in an accredited junior college, college or university.
9.3 The Commission may waive or make an exception of the above requirements contingent upon review of proof of collateral experience in related fields of real estate. The Commission reserves the right to exercise its discretion in denying any applicant. who has had a disciplinary action taken against him/her.
9.4 In addition to the qualifications listed above, the Commission shall take into consideration evaluations from previous programs that the applicant has instructed. The Commission will also take into consideration recommendations or absence thereof of course providers, course coordinators, administrators and institutions that have employed the applicant.
 
10.0 Instructor Approval Process
10.1 Applicants for instructor shall submit an application (on forms approved and provided by the Commission), resume and any applicable fees to the Division of Professional Regulation, Delaware Real Estate Commission, Education Committee, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Suite 203, Dover, DE 19904-2467, at least sixty (60) days prior to the employment starting date. Failure to file within the appropriate time limit may be cause for rejection. Recommendations of the Education Committee shall be made to the Commission within thirty (30) days after the Education Committee receives and reviews the application. An application that is incomplete when filed may not be considered to have been filed.
10.2 An instructor may be approved in more than one subject or topic area for a period of two (2) calendar years. An instructor may only teach courses as approved by the Commission. Instructors will need to reapply by the approval expiration date and before teaching any further courses. Applications are available from the Division of Professional Regulation or via the website, www.dpr.delaware.gov.
10.3 An Instructor may receive continuing education credit for teaching a course. This is a one-time credit per Module taught per licensure period.
10.4 The Education Committee shall have the right to recommend to the Commission that an approved instructor lose their approval for the remainder of the approval period should the Education Committee determines that the instructor is not maintaining the standards and/or policies required in these guidelines.
10.5 It is the Stated Policy of the Delaware Real Estate Commission that at no time during periods of instruction shall any person involved in any approved real estate educational course, use, or attempt to use, the position of instructor, sponsor or provider etc., to solicit employees or licensees.
 
11.0 Negative Course Evaluation
11.1 The following policy is intended to establish procedures for the Education Committee to respond to negative Evaluations received from Course Providers so the Commission may:
11.1.1 Respond in a consistent manner, to each individual Instructor.
11.1.2 Set forth policies and procedures for disciplinary action by the Commission.
11.2 A Negative Instructor Evaluation shall be an Evaluation when the instructor rates below a 70% in the “Instructor” and “Course” sections of the class evaluation.
11.3 When a Negative Instructor Evaluation is received by the DREC Education Committee, the following shall occur:
11.3.1 After an initial review by Administrative Staff, it will be placed on the next scheduled Education Committee meeting agenda.
11.3.2 A notice shall be sent to the Instructor to notifying them of the Negative Evaluation and the date of the Education Committee meeting in the event the Instructor would choose submit correspondence to the Committee to be considered at the meeting and/or attend the meeting. Instructor attendance is not mandatory.
11.3.3 At the next scheduled Education Committee meeting, the evaluations and any correspondence from the Instructor will be reviewed by the Members of the Education Committee.
11.4 Disciplinary actions for the first negative evaluation within a twelve (12) month period:
11.4.1 A letter will be drafted to the instructor to advise them of the negative student reviews and the findings of the Committee. A request may be made to meet with the Instructor.
11.4.2 If a meeting is required, it may take place either by phone or in person and with the Education Committee Chairperson or another designated member of the Committee.
11.4.3 The Committee may choose to designate a Committee Member to attend and observe the next scheduled class of the Instructor.
11.4.4 The Real Estate Commission may elect to waive the Negative Evaluation upon review of the circumstances and the related facts.
11.5 Disciplinary actions for the second negative evaluation within the same (12) month period of the first negative evaluation:
11.5.1 A letter will be drafted to the instructor to advise them of the negative student reviews and the findings of the Committee.
11.5.2 A meeting shall take place in person with the Education Committee Chairperson or another designated member of the Committee.
11.5.3 The Committee shall designate a Committee Member to attend and observe the next scheduled class of the Instructor and provide a report to the Committee regarding the observations made at the class.
11.5.4 The Real Estate Commission may elect to waive the Negative Evaluation upon review of the circumstances and the related facts.
11.6 Disciplinary actions for the third negative evaluation within the same (12) month period of the first negative evaluation:
11.6.1 The Committee may recommend to the Real Estate Commission to revoke the Instructors approved teaching status for a period up to 12 months
11.6.2 A letter will be drafted to the instructor to advise them of the negative student reviews and the findings of the Committee.
11.6.3 The recommendation shall be presented to the Real Estate Commission at the next scheduled meeting.
11.6.4 The Real Estate Commission may elect to accept the recommendation of the Committee, change the revocation period or waive the Negative Evaluation upon review of the circumstances and the related facts.
11.6.5 Upon revocation a notice of such revocation shall be sent to all approved Course Providers.
11.6.6 An Instructor may re-apply for teaching approval immediately following the expiration of the revocation period.
5 DE Reg. 1859 (04/01/02)
6 DE Reg. 516 (10/01/02)
12 DE Reg. 74 (07/01/08)
16 DE Reg. 104 (07/01/12) (Final)