Real Estate Continuing Education Common Questions

 

         


What are the 2019-20 Wisconsin Real Estate CE Requirements?

To maintain real estate licenses in the state of Wisconsin, real estate licensees must complete 18 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years. The 18 hours must include completion of 3 hours for each of the 6 required course topics listed below. There are no longer elective courses as part of the 18 required hours.

2019-20 CE courses (all six required)  

  • Course 1: Wisconsin Listing Contracts
  • Course 2: Wisconsin Offers to Purchase
  • Course 3: Wisconsin New Developments
  • Course 4: Wisconsin Real Estate Ethics and Consumer Protection (includes the NAR Code of Ethics)
  • Course 5: Wisconsin Real Estate Law and Practice
  • Course 6: Wisconsin Real Estate Transactions   

Why the WRA?

Lifelong learning is the key to success, and strong education is built upon a legacy of knowledge. The WRA has been a leading expert in Wisconsin real estate for over 110 years and is committed to the success of REALTORS® and the real estate industry. Here are several reasons why students look to the WRA for their CE:

  • Designed in Wisconsin for Wisconsin licensees.
  • Trusted in real estate since 1909.
  • Courses delivered by attorney-level instructors.
  • Flexibility to choose from different learning formats.
  • Active in development of Wisconsin real estate forms.
  • Expert on Wisconsin rules and regulations.
  • Year-round educational opportunities beyond CE.
  • The WRA is the largest real estate organization in Wisconsin.     

How can I complete the CE requirements?         

The WRA offers multiple education format options for completing your CE, including On Demand, Self-study booklet, live and company-sponsored programs. For descriptions, click here. 

What if I need Minnesota CE credit?

Visit wra.org/wisminnce to get more information on WRA CE formats that qualify for both Wisconsin and Minnesota CE credit.

I am having technical difficulty with my WRA courses. How can I get help?

Answers to common online course problems and basic troubleshooting are available at Online Tech Support. You can also get help by contacting the WRA Education Department at 608-241-2047 or educate@wra.org. We are available from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Where can I find my certificates of completion?

To obtain certificates, log in to MyHistory. The WRA maintains certificates for only WRA courses.  

Do I need to complete CE if I am newly licensed?         

Most new licensees need to complete CE. Newly licensed salespersons who receive a license after October 1 of the even year of the biennium are not required to complete CE for that biennium. However, all new broker licensees must complete CE. For full details, see Wis. Admin. Code § REEB 25: Education. 

What is the deadline for renewing a license?         

Licensees must renew their license by December 14 of the even-numbered year. The DSPS typically opens up the renewal process in the last one to two months of the biennium, which will be October 2020 during this biennium. 

Is my license renewed once I complete the CE courses? 

No, taking your CE is not enough to renew your license. To maintain your license, you must complete the required CE and renew your license with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) every two years by December 14 of the even-numbered year. The DSPS typically opens up the online renewal process in the last one to two months of the biennium, which will be October 2020 during this biennium.

Can I renew my WRA membership to renew my license?

No. Renewing your license is a separate process from renewing your REALTOR® membership. You renew your license with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), a separate entity from your local REALTOR® association. The WRA cannot renew your real estate license for you.

How do I renew my license?   

The DSPS typically opens up the renewal process in the last one to two months of the biennium, in other words, October of even-numbered years. To renew your license, visit the DSPS online renewal webpage. You will need your credential number, a credit card to pay the $82 renewal fee, and course completion information. A credential number lookup is available online. 

Does the WRA provide the DSPS with certificates of completion? 

No. The DSPS does not accept certificates of completion from education providers. Licensees are responsible to show proof of course completion should they be audited by the DSPS.   

My license has lapsed. How do I reactivate? 

If your license is inactive and has been inactive for less than five years and you wish to renew your license, you must (1) complete the previous biennium of CE, (2) pay the license fee, and (3) pay the late fee. Licensees who do not have an active license cannot practice real estate per Wis. Stat. § 452.12(5)(b) until the license is renewed.

What do I need to do if I have a business entity license?  

In addition to completing your CE requirements for your individual license and renewing your individual license, you also need to renew the entity license. Refer to Wis. Stat. § 452.12(5)(bm) for renewal requirements.

How do I confirm that I renewed my license?

Renewal status may be checked online by using the licensee lookup feature on the DSPS website. This database generally is updated daily. As long as the license appears on the DSPS website as active, the licensee may practice. The reverse also is true — if the license shows as expired, then the salesperson, broker or business entity, as the case may be, is not authorized to practice real estate in Wisconsin. In other words, what appears on the DSPS database controls the ability to practice.

Can the information in the WRA's courses be considered as legal advice?

No. The information and materials contained in WRA courses are provided exclusively for educational purposes and are solely intended to be statements of general legal principles. The information and materials are not to be construed, interpreted, relied upon or used as legal advice in any fashion, including but not limited to use in litigation, arbitration, ethics matters or other administrative proceedings. Individuals seeking legal advice should obtain private legal counsel and should not rely on the information and materials contained herein.  

What are the WRA's cancellation and course policies? 

These details are available on the cancellation policy page. 

As a broker, where can I find out about the WRA's company CE options?

Descriptions of these options are available to brokers on the continuing education programs page. 

Do you have questions that are not answered here?        

Contact the WRA Education Department at 608-241-2047 or educate@wra.org. We are available from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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