Education FAQs

Question: 
What are the pre-requisites for taking the 60-hour pre-licensing course?

Answer:
Arkansas license law does not establish prerequisites for completing a 60-hour pre-licensing course. The course provider would impose any such restrictions. For a course to qualify as fulfilling an applicant’s pre-licensing educational requirement, the course must be offered by an accredited post-secondary school or by a school or organization licensed by the Arkansas Real Estate Commission


Question: 
How long is the validity of the 60-hour certificate issued for completing a real estate pre-licensing course?

Answer:
For salesperson applicants, the 60-hour certificate has no expiration. 

However, broker applicants must complete sixty (60) hours of real estate education, of which forty-five (45) must be the commission developed Broker Pre-License Education course. Broker applicants must have completed their broker pre-license education within 36 months immediately preceding the date they apply to take the broker's exam.


Question: 
When is post-license education required and when must it be completed?

Answer:
A new salesperson must complete the 18-hour AREC post-licensure course within 6 months* after the date the individual was initially licensed. A new broker must complete the 30-hour AREC post-licensure course within 6 months* after the date the individual was initially licensed, unless the applicant wants to become an Executive Broker or Principal Broker. In that case, the brokers’ post-licensure requirement must be met before requesting such status as an Executive or Principal Broker.

*Post-license education due date changed effective January 1, 2018.


Question:
I passed my real estate exam on January 15th. I applied for an active real estate license on March 15th of the same year. When must I complete my post-license education requirement?

Answer:
It is to be completed by the end of September of the same year.


Question: 
I passed my real estate exam on January 15th. I applied for an inactive real estate license on March 15th of the same year. I activated my real estate license with a brokerage firm on June 15th of the same year. When must I complete my post-license education requirement?

Answer:
It must be completed by the end of September of the same year.


Question: 
I passed my real estate exam on January 15th. I applied for an inactive real estate license on March 15th of the same year. My license has remained inactive for 18 months and I have not completed my post-license education requirement. Can I now activate my license with a real estate brokerage?

Answer:
You can activate your real estate license only after you complete your post-license education requirement.


Question: 
I passed my real estate exam on January 15th, which was yesterday. I am not going to activate my license with a brokerage until March 30th. May I go ahead and complete my post-license education now?

Answer:
No. Your post-license education cannot be completed until you are licensed.


Question: 
I just completed two years as an active salesperson and want to obtain my brokers license. Can I apply my 18 hours of salespersons post-license education toward my broker’s 30-hour post-license education requirement?

Answer:
No. The salesperson post-license education and broker post-license education are separate courses. The salesperson post-license course cannot be used toward the broker post-license requirement. 


Question: 
I just obtained my brokers license but have not completed my post-license education. May I become Principal Broker of a real estate firm?

Answer:
No, you must complete your post-license education prior to becoming either an Executive Broker or Principal Broker.


Question: 
When is continuing education required and when do I need to complete it?

Answer:
Licensees must obtain seven hours of continuing education annually to renew an active real estate license for the upcoming calendar year. Renewal for the upcoming year must be completed by September 30th of the current year to avoid penalty. After September 30th, renewal can be completed with a penalty assessed. If an active license is not renewed for the upcoming calendar year prior to December 31st  of the current year, the license will automatically become expired on January 1st.


Question:
Do I have to complete my post-license education before completing my continuing education?

Answer:
This will depend upon the date which you were first licensed. You will have 6 months from the date you were first licensed to complete your post-license education. Satisfaction of your continuing education requirement will first be required upon your second active license renewal after you are licensed. As an example, if you are licensed on January 15, 2018, your post-license education is due by July 31, 2018. You will not be required to complete continuing education for your 2019 renewal, as it is your first renewal cycle. Therefore, your first required continuing education hours will not be due until 2019, when you are renewing for 2020. 

Question: 
Do I have to complete both post-license education courses and a continuing education course the first year?

Answer:
This also depends on the time of year that you became licensed. The post-license education requirement is separate from and independent of the continuing education requirement. Your post-license education must be completed within 6 months of the date you were initially issued your salesperson or broker license. Your continuing education requirement will begin after your first renewal of an active real estate license so that you will have to have completed your continuing education requirement prior to renewing your license for another year. In the example provided for the previous question, the answer would be no. As another example: if you are licensed on October 15, 2018, your post-license education is due by April 30, 2019. You will not be required to complete continuing education in 2018 for your 2019 renewal, as it is your first renewal cycle. However, you will be required to complete continuing education in 2019 for your 2020 renewal, as it is your second renewal cycle. In this example, the answer is a possible yes, depending on when you schedule your post-license education and continuing education courses.


Question:
How can I determine whether a real estate course I’m considering will fulfill my annual continuing education requirement?

Answer:
Contact the Arkansas Real Estate Commission: 501-683-8010.


Question: 
Can continuing education be used for post-license education and vice versa?

Answer:
The AREC salesperson post-license curriculum consists of three 6-hour modules. Only those specific modules will fulfill a new salesperson’s post-license education requirement. Any one of those post-license education modules may also meet a licensee’s annual continuing education requirement, provided an approved instructor offers the module in an approved manner, and as long as the module is not simultaneously being applied to a post-license education requirement. The AREC broker post-license curriculum may not be used as continuing education.


Question: 
I just completed a 16-hour course, which was approved for continuing education credit. Since my annual seven hour credit is only 7 classroom hours, can I apply the remaining 9 hours toward my brokers pre-license educational requirement?

Answer:
No, Commission Regulation 11.4 does not allow one course to be used for both continuing education and pre-license education.


Question: 
How long is my continuing education valid?

Answer:
Continuing education classes completed on or after October 1st may be used to renew a license for the upcoming two calendar years (i.e., a course taken on October 1, 2017 may be used to renew active for calendar years 2018 or 2019). Additional hours will be required for any time of inactive status.


Question: 
I plan to place my real estate license on inactive status for the next six years. If, while I’m inactive, I take continuing education courses annually, can I use that education to reactivate my license at the end of the six years?

Answer:
When transferring a license from inactive to active status, continuing education hours must have been completed in the year in which the license is activated or the preceding calendar year. For example, if your license was continuously inactive for 6 years and you wish to activate that license in 2018, you may only apply continuing education hours you have taken in 2017 and 2018 toward the activation requirement.