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Real Estate License Law Full Text   (April 2019)

NYSDOS Continuing Education Requirements

Continuing education requirements are changing effective July 1, 2021.  

Does your license have an expiration date of July 1, 2021 or later?  New education requirements go into effect in 2021.  The changes include:

  • the addition of 3.5 hours of core courses (2.5 hrs. business ethics; 1 hr. legal updates). Currently, the core courses are 3.0 hrs. fair housing and 1.0 hr. of agency (2.0 hrs. agency for first license renewal)
  • the elimination of "grandfathering" - brokers/assoc. brokers will no longer be exempt from the continuing education requirement. 

Everyone with a license expiration date of July 1, 2021 and later will be required to complete 22.5 hours of approved CE, including the 7.5 hours of core courses, in the two years prior to the license expiration date.  The DOS will be looking at the expiration date, not the date the renewal is submitted.  In other words, there is no getting around the new requirements by renewing before your July 1, 2021 expiration date.

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For licensees with renewal dates prior to July 1, 2021, the following regulations are still in effect:

All licensees* are required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education within the two-year period immediately preceding a renewal, including at least 3 hours of instruction pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest of real property, and at least one hour of instruction pertaining to the law of agency except in the case of the initial two-year licensing term for real estate salespersons, two hours of agency related instruction

A salesperson who successfully completes an approved broker qualifying course (which requires passing the final exam), within their current licensing period, will receive continuing education credit for completion of that course. Please note:  If completed after September 2018, the broker course does satisfy the mandatory fair housing and agency CE requirements for renewal of the salesperson license.

Mandatory Education PDF 


The exemption from continuing education ends on July 1, 2021.  If your renewal date is July 1, 2021 or later, you must complete 22.5 hours of continuing education, including 7.5 hours of core coursework, within the two years immediately preceding the renewal date.

Exempt from the continuing education requirements are:

  • Any licensed real estate broker with a license renewal date of June 30, 2021 and earlier who is engaged full time in the real estate business and who has been licensed prior to July 1, 2008 for at least 15 consecutive years and has maintained continuous licensure (no breaks in licensure for reasons such as late renewal submission) or
  • an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar who holds a real estate broker’s license.


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