(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 subjects:
(ix)Texas Standard Report Form Writing;
(x)Other approved courses related real estate inspections;
(B)eight hours of non-elective coursework in legal,
ethics, SOPs, and report writing [ consisting of the following
[(i) 4 hours of Standards of Practice
[(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
(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.
(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 subchapter
(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; 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) Mandatory Standards of Practice
[(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.]
(c)[ (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.]
(1)[ (2)] The Commission may
not grant continuing education credit twice for a course with the
same course content taken by a license holder [ licensee]
within a two year period.
(2)[ (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.
(3)[ (4)] The Commission [
commission] will not grant partial credit to an inspector who
attends a portion of a course.
(d)[ (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 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
an inspector licensed in Texas; and
(5)the inspector licensed in Texas has filed a Continuing
Education (CE) Credit Request for an Out of State Course, with the
(e)[ (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 may [ Instructor of
a ride-along inspection course is eligible to] receive continuing
education credit for a ride-along inspection course conducted by the
(A)the course is completed during
the term of the instructor’s current license period; and
(B)[ if] the instructor
provides the Commission [ is provided] a certification
of course completion no later than the expiration date of that
license period [ 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.
(f)[ (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 meeting of the full Texas Real Estate Inspector Committee,
provided that the inspector attend the entire meeting. Partial credit
will not be awarded.
(g)[ (h)] Continuing education
credit for courses taken by persons who hold another occupational
license issued by a governmental body in Texas. An inspector licensed
in Texas may receive continuing education credit for a course taken
to satisfy the continuing education requirements for another occupational
(1)the inspector files the applicable form with the
(2)the inspector holds one of the following occupational
licenses, including but not limited to:
(E)air conditioner and refrigeration technician; or
(F)structural pest control applicator or technician;
(3)at the time the course was taken:
(A)the inspector held an active occupational license
issued by a governmental body in Texas; and
(B)the course was approved for continuing education
credit for the other occupational license;
(4)the inspector demonstrates successful completion
of the course by submitting:
(A)a course completion certificate;
(B)a letter from the provider; or
(C)other proof satisfactory to the Commission; and
(5)the primary subject matter of the course was a
subject acceptable for continuing education credit for an inspector
licensed in Texas.
The agency certifies that legal counsel has
reviewed the proposal and found it to be
within the state agency's
legal authority to adopt.
with the Office of the Secretary of State on February 15, 2023
Vanessa E. Burgess
Texas Real Estate Commission
Earliest possible date of adoption: April 2, 2023
For further information, please call: (512) 936-3284