Real estate sales agents must renew their licenses with the Texas Real Estate Commission every two years, and if it’s your first time, there are some special requirements you should know.
Agents renewing for the first time must complete Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) requirements, which include 270 qualifying real estate course hours. In getting your real estate license, you completed 180 hours of qualifying courses, leaving 90 course hours to finish before your first renewal. Continuing Education (CE) course hours do not count toward the SAE requirement. If you’re in the first two years after getting your license, make sure the courses you’re taking meet SAE requirements.
For qualifying SAE course hours to show up on your license record, you must submit completion documents to TREC. Do this at least 10 days before attempting to renew your license to ensure credit has posted to your record.
TREC Legal Update I and TREC Legal Update II are also required for sales agents renewing for the first time. For these courses, the provider will submit completion documents to TREC.
If you still need to complete SAE requirements before renewing your license for the first time, Graduate REALTOR® Institute courses offered by the Texas REALTORS® can fulfill 90 qualifying real estate course hours. Find more information at texasrealestate.com.
What happens if you don’t complete SAE classes online, and license goes inactive? Can you reactivate it once you complete SAE requirements? Or do you have to start all over? Is there a fine / late-completion fee? Please advise. I had signed up for live classes, b/c I do not want online classes & don’t learn well that way. Now all the classes have been changed to online b/c of pandemic — which I feel is a waste of LOTS of money, as I have not been able to pass online classes in the past. I am hoping the live… Read more »
I had being taking CE classes thinking that those are the ones I need to renew my license. Now my question is where can I take the SAE classses?
Did you ever finish SAE? If so was it online?
What ever you do, make sure you’re taking the right classes. I’m did the CE course but I was supposed to be doing the SAE. And OMG it is a lot of stuff. And now my license is expired due to trying to pass these test! It’s complete information overload… half the stuff we really don’t even need! Crazy… I really curious what the online pass/fail ratio is!
How do you know if the course is SAE? I’m having trouble finding that designation.
You can find SAE courses online or near you at https://www.texasrealestate.com/members/education/courses/find-a-course/. Choose “Salesperson Apprentice Education” from the Group dropdown.