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Article - Business Occupations and Professions




§17–315.

    (a)    (1)    To qualify for renewal of a license under this subtitle, a licensee shall complete at least 15 clock hours of continuing education instruction, as provided in subsection (b) of this section, during the preceding 2–year term.

        (2)    For a licensee who provides real estate brokerage services solely in connection with nonresidential real estate, of the clock hours required under paragraph (1) of this subsection, 1.5 clock hours may be satisfied by a course regarding fair housing laws and regulations or the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

        (3)    A licensee holding a license from another state must complete at least the number of clock hours of continuing education instruction required under paragraph (1) of this subsection during each 2–year license term and may substitute clock hours of continuing education instruction earned in another state, if those clock hours:

            (i)    are approved as real estate continuing education in that state; and

            (ii)    meet the distribution requirements of subsection (b)(2) of this section.

        (4)    The Commission shall grant the substitution of clock hours in paragraph (3) of this subsection only if the other state permits the substitution of clock hours of continuing education instruction approved by the Commission for a licensee of this State.

    (b)    (1)    The Commission shall approve the form, substance, and, as provided under paragraph (2) of this subsection, subject matter of all continuing education courses.

        (2)    The subject matter approved by the Commission shall:

            (i)    relate to real estate or to a subject matter intended to assist a licensee in providing real estate brokerage services to the public in a more efficient and effective manner, provided that the subject matter is related to helping the public buy or sell real estate;

            (ii)    every 2 years, include at least one 3 clock hour course that outlines relevant changes that have occurred in federal, State, or local laws and regulations, court cases and industry trends that have an impact on those laws and regulations, or any combination of those laws, regulations, court cases, and industry trends;

            (iii)    every 2 years, include at least one 1.5 clock hour course that outlines federal, State, and local fair housing laws and regulations, including fair housing advertising;

            (iv)    every 2 years, include at least one 3 clock hour ethics course that includes the Maryland Code of Ethics and a discussion of the practices of flipping and predatory lending;

            (v)    every 2 years, include at least one 3 clock hour course that includes the principles of real estate brokerage relationships and disclosures; and

            (vi)    every 2 years for the renewal of a real estate broker license and the renewal of the license of an individual designated as a branch office manager or a team leader, include at least one 3 clock hour course that includes the requirements of broker supervision.

        (3)    The requirement of paragraph (2)(iii) of this subsection does not apply to a licensee who provides real estate brokerage services solely in connection with nonresidential real estate.

        (4)    To be acceptable for credit as a continuing education course under this section, the course shall cover 1 or more topics approved by the Commission.

    (c)    (1)    Continuing education courses may be conducted by:

            (i)    the Maryland Association of Realtors or its member boards;

            (ii)    the Real Estate Brokers of Baltimore, Inc.;

            (iii)    any similar professional association; or

            (iv)    an educational institution approved by the Commission.

        (2)    Continuing education courses shall be taught by a qualified instructor who is experienced in the real estate industry.

        (3)    On or before January 1, 2003, the Commission shall adopt regulations that provide for the conduct of continuing education instruction courses by:

            (i)    remote access satellite;

            (ii)    closed–circuit video;

            (iii)    computer, including transmission over the Internet and the World Wide Web;

            (iv)    home study; and

            (v)    any other delivery system approved by the Commission.

    (d)    If feasible, continuing education courses shall be offered at reasonable intervals in each county and in each major geographic area of the larger counties.

    (e)    (1)    Subject to subsection (f) of this section, on completion of a continuing education course by a licensee, the entity that conducted the course or the instructor shall issue to the licensee a certificate of completion that states the number of clock hours of that course.

        (2)    The Commission shall accept as evidence of completion of a continuing education course the certificate of completion, a photocopy of the certificate, an electronic mail certificate, or a photocopy of an electronic mail certificate.

    (f)    (1)    Instead of providing a certificate of completion to the licensee under subsection (e) of this section, the entity that conducted the course may submit the course completion information directly to the Commission and the licensee by electronic means.

        (2)    On or after January 1, 2013, the Commission may require all entities conducting continuing education courses to submit course completion information only by electronic means.

    (g)    The Commission may waive the requirements of this section for a licensee if the licensee shows good cause for being unable to meet the requirements.

    (h)    The Commission shall require each course provider to pay a continuing education course application fee of $25.