2925 Real Estate Commission Education Committee
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, pursuant to 29 Del.C. Chapter 101 and 24 Del.C. Sections 2905(a)(1) and 2911(b), the Delaware Real Estate Commission proposes to revise its Guidelines for Fulfilling the Delaware Real Estate Education Requirements. First, Rule 22.214.171.124 will be added to provide that courses addressing the use of technology in delivering real estate services may be considered eligible for continuing education credits. Rule 6.3 will be added to provide that continuing education programs must be a minimum of one hour and delivered in one hour increments. Finally, Rule 8.2 will be amended to state that a student who arrives at a continuing education program after the instruction begins shall not receive continuing education credit.
A public hearing will be held on May 8, 2008 at 9:15 a.m. in the second floor conference room A of the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, Delaware, where members of the public can offer comments. Anyone wishing to receive a copy of the proposed rules and regulations may obtain a copy from the Delaware Real Estate Commission, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, Delaware 11904. Persons wishing to submit written comments may forward these to the Commission at the above address. The final date to receive written comments will be at the public hearing.
The Commission will consider promulgating the proposed regulations at its regularly scheduled meeting following the public hearing.
2925 Real Estate Commission Education Committee
Guidelines for Fulfilling the Delaware Real Estate Education Requirements
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.
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.
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.
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 Vice‑Chairperson) 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 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.
4.5.2 The Education Committee shall have the responsibility for reviewing all applications for pre‑licensing 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 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 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.
5.1 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.
6.1 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:
126.96.36.199 Federal, State or Local Legislative Issues (Legislative Update).
188.8.131.52 Fair Housing Law
184.108.40.206 Anti‑Trust Law
220.127.116.11 Real Estate Ethics or Professional Standards
18.104.22.168 Agency Relationships and Responsibilities
22.214.171.124 Professional Enhancement for Practicing Licensees
126.96.36.199 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:
188.8.131.52 Offerings in mechanical office and business skills such as typing, business machines and computer operations.
184.108.40.206 Personal development and/or enrichment and motivational courses, speed reading memory improvement, and language report writing.
220.127.116.11 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.
18.104.22.168 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.
22.214.171.124 Meetings which are a normal part of in‑house 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.
126.96.36.199 Non‑educational 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:
188.8.131.52.1 membership or service in a professional, occupational or other society or organization;
184.108.40.206.2 attendance at annual, periodic or special meetings, conventions, conferences, rallies and retreats;
220.127.116.11.3 writing or presentation of articles or research papers;
18.104.22.168.4 a program or other type of organizational assignment;
22.214.171.124.5 self‑directed reading or study. As a guiding principle "self‑directed studies" and "individual scholarship" are not considered accreditable educational activities.
6.2 The following are aproved 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) thte 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.
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 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 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.
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 on‑site 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.
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:
126.96.36.199 a Bachelor's degree
188.8.131.52 a Broker's Certificate
184.108.40.206 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).
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 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 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. pre‑licensing math, pre‑licensing 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.
5 DE Reg. 1859 (4/1/02)
6 DE Reg. 516 (10/1/02)