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District of Columbia Continuing Education Requirements:

Total Hours Mandatory Elective Hours
You Need: 15 9 6
We Offer: 15 9 6

Attention D.C. Students

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has partnered with The CE Shop to offer two of their online courses, DC Legislative Update and DC Fair Housing, at no cost to you. Learn about federal and local laws that affect every D.C. agent and earn 3 hours of Legislative Update credit and 3 hours of Fair Housing credit toward your next CE renewal.

District of Columbia State Requirement Details for Real Estate Continuing Education

Renewal Date: 2/28 every odd-numbered year for Brokers and Property Managers; 8/31 every odd-numbered year for Salespersons

Hours Required: 15 hours

Current 2019 – 2021 Cycle Requirements:

  • 9 hours – Mandatory hours (DC Fair Housing, DC Ethics, DC Legislative Update)
  • 6 hours – Elective hours

2021 – 2023 Cycle Requirements:

Salesperson - effective on 09/01/2021 - 08/31/2023
9 hours – Mandatory (DC Fair Housing; DC Ethics; DC Legislative Update)
3 hours – Property Management
3 hours – Electives
Broker - effective now (03/01/2021 - 02/28/2023)
9 hours – Mandatory (DC Fair Housing; DC Ethics; DC Legislative Update)
3 hours – Property Management
3 hours – Broker Supervision* (Course content outline pending)
Property Manager - effective now (03/01/2021 - 02/28/2023)
9 hours – Mandatory (DC Fair Housing; DC Ethics; DC Legislative Update)
6 hours – Property Management

Reciprocity - effective now (03/01/2021 - 02/28/2023)
3 hours – DC Fair Housing
3 hours – Property Management 

Please Note: If you are seeking return to active status and have been on inactive status for 5 years or more, you will be considered a new applicant and will be required to meet all current requirements for licensure.  If this is the case, you will need to do one of the following:

  • Apply to the DC Real Estate Commission as a brand new, first time applicant; INCLUDING completing the pre-licensing course and passing the licensing examination.
  • Apply to the DC Real Estate Commission using a currently active real estate license from another jurisdiction via the reciprocity or endorsement process.

The CE Shop’s Offering: 15 hours

The CE Shop is an approved provider in the District of Columbia.

Provider Approval Number: 603799

Reporting: Effective 04/01/2021, OPLA ceased operations for their course reporting system for all schools. LICENSE RENEWALS MUST STILL BE COMPLETED ONLINE on time.  Completion of required continuing education hours will be attested to in the license renewal process. Course completion reporting will resume at a later date.  OPLA may audit continuing education compliance for licensees at any time. Please complete your CE as usual and renew online by 8/31/2021.

Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary by course but are generally one year after order date. Each individual course will have an expiration date listed in your account. 

Final Exams: Final exams must be passed with at least a 75% and may be taken as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Certificates: Immediately upon real estate course completion, The CE Shop will provide students with an electronic copy of the course certificate of completion. Certificates will remain in your account for a minimum of five years, should you need additional copies at a later time. Please refer to your renewal application to determine if you need to submit your certificate(s) of completion with your renewal. Course completion dates are recorded using Central Standard Time. Please note that the date on your certificate of completion will reflect this.

Duplicate Courses:  please note that a licensee (active or reinstatement) will NOT be given credit on transcripts for taking the same course(s) within the same cycle.

CE Exemptions: Newly licensed brokers, salespersons and property managers are exempt from taking CE courses for the remainder of a licensing cycle during which their license is obtained, but are required to renew the license when that first cycle ends.  CE credits taken by (new) licensees do not roll over and cannot be carried forward into the next cycle.

License Renewal Process:  The process to renew in this state is to log in to the licensing system online and follow the prompts to renew. 

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