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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 23TEXAS REAL ESTATE COMMISSION
CHAPTER 535GENERAL PROVISIONS
SUBCHAPTER RREAL ESTATE INSPECTORS
RULE §535.218Continuing Education Required for Renewal

(a) Continuing education required for renewal.

  (1) Prior to renewal of a real estate inspector or professional inspector license, a license holder must take the 32 hours of continuing education which shall include the following:

    (A) 24 hours of qualifying course subjects as described in §535.213(e)(1) - (8), (11) and (12) of this title, with a maximum of 16 hours on any one single subject; and

    (B) eight hours of non-elective coursework in legal, ethics, SOPs, and report writing consisting of the following coursework:

      (i) 4 hours of Standards of Practice Review; and

      (ii) 4 hours of Legal and Ethics.

  (2) A real estate inspector or professional inspector who files an application for reinstatement of an expired license within two years of the expiration date of the previous license, must provide evidence satisfactory to the Commission that the applicant has completed any continuing education that would have been otherwise required for timely renewal of the previous license had that license not expired

(b) Ride-along inspection course.

  (1) Up to eight hours of continuing education credit per two year license period can be given to a license holder for completion of ride-along inspection course.

  (2) At a minimum, a ride-along inspection course must:

    (A) consist of one full residential property inspection; and

    (B) review applicable standards of practice and departure provisions contained in §§535.227 - 535.233 of this title.

  (3) In order to qualify for real estate inspector continuing education credit, a ride-along inspection course shall consist of no more than two students per session.

  (4) The instructor of a ride-along inspection course may:

    (A) review report writing;

    (B) deliver a notice regarding the ride-along session on a form approved by the Commission to the prospective buyer or seller of the home being inspected.

(c) Mandatory Standards of Practice Review course.

  (1) To be approved by the Commission, the Standards of Practice Review course shall contain the topics and the units outlined in the SOP-1, CE Course Approval Form, Standards of Practice Review, hereby adopted by reference.

  (2) Each Standards of Practice Review course expires on August 31 of each odd-numbered year.

(d) Continuing education credit for students.

  (1) Courses submitted for inspector continuing education credit must be successfully completed during the term of the current license holder.

  (2) The Commission may not grant continuing education credit twice for a course with the same course content taken by a licensee within a two year period.

  (3) Unless a real estate inspection continuing education course is offered by alternative delivery methods, completion of a final examination is not required for a license holder to receive continuing education credit for a course.

  (4) The commission will not grant partial credit to an inspector who attends a portion of a course.

(e) Continuing education credit for course taken outside of Texas. An inspector may receive continuing education elective credit for a course taken to satisfy the continuing education requirements of a country, territory, or state other than Texas if:

  (1) the real estate inspector or professional inspector licensed in Texas held an active inspector license in a country, territory, or state other than Texas at the time the course was taken;

  (2) the course was approved for continuing education credit for an inspector license by a country, territory, or state other than Texas at the time the course was taken;

  (3) the successful completion of the course has been evidenced by a course completion certificate, a letter from the provider or such other proof satisfactory to the Commission;

  (4) the subject matter of the course was predominately devoted to a subject acceptable for continuing education credit for a real estate inspector or professional inspector licensed in Texas; and

  (5) the real estate inspector or professional inspector licensed in Texas has filed a Continuing Education (CE) Credit Request for an Out of State Course, with the Commission.

(f) Continuing education credit for instructors.

  (1) Providers may request continuing education credit be given to instructors of real estate inspection courses subject to the following guidelines:

    (A) instructors may receive credit for only those portions of the course which they teach; and

    (B) instructors may receive full course credit by attending all of the remainder of the course.

  (2) An Instructor of a ride-along inspection course is eligible to receive continuing education credit for a ride-along inspection course conducted by the instructor if the Commission is provided a certification of course completion within one week of completion of the course, on a form approved by the Commission.

  (3) Instructors of ride-along inspection course sessions may only receive up to 8 hours of continuing education credit for teaching the course per license period.

(g) Continuing education credit for attendance at a meeting of the Texas Real Estate Inspector Committee. A real estate inspector or professional inspector licensed in Texas may receive up to four hours of continuing education elective credit per license period for attendance in person at the February meeting of the Texas Real Estate Inspector Committee.


Source Note: The provisions of this §535.218 adopted to be effective January 1, 2015, 39 TexReg 9669; amended to be effective December 7, 2016, 41 TexReg 9525; amended to be effective May 24, 2017, 42 TexReg 2727; amended to be effective December 6, 2017, 42 TexReg 6805

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