PLE Program Descriptions | How PLE Courses Appear on License Lookup | Other Important Information | Mandatory RSA Course
The Real Estate Board 30-hour Three-Track Post-License Education (PLE 3T) option expires on Dec. 31, 2013.
Real estate salespersons already in the process of completing the PLE 3T program must finish all 30 hours no later than Dec. 31st.
As of January 1, 2014, only the Single-Track Post-License Education (PLE 1T) program will satisfy the 30-hour curriculum requirement.
No PLE 3T courses will count toward the 30 hours of PLE 1T required to be completed within one year of obtaining initial licensure.
Important Information Before Choosing Between PLE 3T and PLE 1T
Section 54.1-2105.01 of the Code of Virginia requires all new salesperson licensees to complete a Board-approved 30-hour post-license education curriculum within one year of obtaining their salesperson licenses.
Since 2004, new salespersons satisfied this requirement by completing the Three-Track Post-License Education (PLE 3T) program. The PLE 3T program is being phased out, however, and EXPIRES on December 31, 2013.Effective July 1, 2013, the NEW Single-Track Post-License Education (PLE 1T) went into effect for new salespersons.
Under the PLE 3T program (which expires December 31, 2013) a new salesperson must select one of three practice tracks—residential, commercial, or property management—in which to concentrate or specialize.New salespersons who start the PLE 3T program must complete the entire 30-hour program no later than December 31, 2013. Any new salesperson who fails to complete the 30-hour PLE 3T program by December 31, 2013, will be required to initiate and complete the entire 30-hour PLE 1T program and will NOT receive credit for any PLE 3T courses previously completed.
Effective July 1, 2013, the NEW Single-Track Post-License Education (PLE 1T) goes into effect for new salespersons. The 30-hour PLE 1T program consists of eight courses:
New salespersons may complete the eight courses and 30 hours among different Board-approved education providers. As of January 1, 2014, the PLE 1T program will be the only approved post-license education curriculum.
All new salespersons licensed on or after July 1, 2013, were automatically placed on the PLE 1T path by default in the Board’s database. Therefore, only PLE 1T hours completed will show up on a new salesperson’s “Post-License Education Record” on License Lookup.
New salespersons licensed on or after July 1, 2013, who choose instead to complete the PLE 3T program before January 1, 2014, must notify the Board of this choice. Board staff will then change the modifier in the Board’s database to manually switch the new salesperson's record from the PLE 1T default to PLE 3T. After this change is made, only the PLE 3T hours completed by the new salesperson will show up on License Lookup.
All new salespersons licensed before July 1, 2013, were placed on the PLE 3T path by default in the Board’s database. Therefore, only the PLE 3T hours completed will show up on a new salesperson’s “Post-License Education Record” on License Lookup.New salespersons licensed before July 1, 2013, who choose instead to complete the PLE 1T program must notify the Board of this choice. Board staff will then change the modifier in the Board’s database to manually switch the new salesperson's record from PLE 3T to PLE 1T. After this change is made, only the PLE 1T hours completed by the new salesperson will show up on License Lookup.Please contact the Real Estate Board Education Section at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-367-2406 to change your PLE Track or with any questions about the PLE program.
Failure to complete the post-license education requirement within one year of initial licensure will result in your license being placed on inactive status. You cannot practice real estate in Virginia with an inactive license. You may re-activate your license by:
You may renew or reinstate an inactive new salesperson license for up to one year after the license expiration date, by completing the 30-hour post-license education requirement and meeting all other renewal or reinstatement requirements.
New Salespersons must complete the 30-hour Post-License Education requirement. They do not need to complete the 16-hour Continuing Education curriculum required of other salespersons.
Post-License Education and Continuing Education are two completely different types of Board-approved education. Post-License Education courses will not be accepted as Continuing Education courses and vice-versa. (Visit the Continuing Education page to learn more about those requirements.)
All Virginia Real Estate Salesperson Licenses--including those issued to new licensees--are valid for two years. Although New Salespersons must complete Post-License Education within one year of initial licensure to remain on active status, their license term is for two years.
New Salespersons will not receive any credit from the Board for any Continuing Education courses they complete before their first two-year licensure term ends. Some New Salesperson licensees may mistakenly assume that because they completed their 30-hour Post-License Education requirement, they should then immediately get started on completing the 16-hour Continuing Education hours required of them during their second two-year licensure term. This assumption is incorrect.
New Salespersons must wait until their first two-year licensure term ends, then they can begin to take Continuing Education courses for license renewal credit. Please refer to 18 VAC 135-20-101 of the Real Estate Board Regulations, which states: "All active salespersons... shall be required to complete a total of 16 instruction hours DURING EACH LICENSING TERM." The licensee must complete the Continuing Education hours DURING the licensing term, not BEFORE the licensing term begins.
As a result of significant changes to state law governing residential real estate agency (Section 54.1-2130, et seq. of the Code of Virginia), ALL licensees who renew, reinstate, or activate a salesperson or broker license must complete a Board-approved three-hour course in Residential Standard Agency (RSA).
Completion of the three-hour RSA course is a one-time only education requirement to renew licenses that expire between July 31, 2012, and June 30, 2014. This three-hour course is in addition to the 24 hours of Continuing Education for Brokers, the 16 hours of Continuing Education for Experienced Salespersons, and the 30 hours of Post-License Education for New Salespersons.
NOTE: Licensees who do not practice residential real estate, and shall not do so during the current licensing term, may obtain a waiver from completing the three-hour RSA course. Licensees must submit an original, signed and notarized Residential Standard Agency Continuing Education Course Waiver Notarized Affidavit to qualify for the waiver. Copies, faxes or emails will not be accepted.
please contact us in writing or via telephone and we will work with you to make the information available.