|(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;
(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
(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
(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;
(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