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RULE §535.218Continuing Education Required for Renewal
ISSUE 05/24/2019
ACTION Proposed
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

(a)Continuing education required for renewal.

  (1)Before renewal of an inspector license, a license holder must take the 32 hours of continuing education which shall include the following:

    (A)24 hours in the following [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]



       (iii)Building Enclosures;

       (iv)Roof Systems;

       (v)Plumbing Systems;

       (vi)HVAC Systems;

       (vii)Texas Standard Report Form Writing; and

       (viii)Other approved courses as they relate to real estate inspections, which shall include one or more of the following topics:

        (I)Environmental Protection Agency;

        (II)Consumer Product Safety Commission; and

        (III)general business practices; 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)An 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.

   (3)An inspector is not eligible to receive more than 16 hours continuing education credit for any one single subject described in subsection (a)(1) of this section.

(b)Receiving continuing education credit for ride-along inspection course.

  (1)Up to eight hours of continuing education credit per two year license period may be given to a license holder for completion of a ride-along inspection course [as defined in subsection 535.213(g) of this title].

   (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; and

    (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) - (f)(No change.)

(g)Continuing education credit for attendance at a meeting of the Texas Real Estate Inspector Committee. An inspector licensed in Texas may receive up to four hours of continuing education elective credit per license period for attendance in person at any [ the February] meeting of the full Texas Real Estate Inspector Committee, provided that the inspector attend the entire meeting. Partial credit will not be awarded.

(h)(No change.)

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on May 8, 2019


Chelsea Buchholtz

General Counsel

Texas Real Estate Commission

Earliest possible date of adoption: June 23, 2019

For further information, please call: (512) 936-3177

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