On Wednesday, the North Carolina Real Estate Commission passed an emergency rule package in response to the current COVID-19 situation. These rules primarily address education requirements for licensees due to the guidance offered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding prohibitions on mass gatherings and social distancing.
The rules are available on the NC Real Estate Commission’s website and are pending final approval by the state Codifier of Rules. They are expected to go into effect in the next few days. As soon as they are, you will receive email communications from the Commission.
Important: Even if you are granted a CE extension, you must still renew your North Carolina license during the license renewal period (May 15-June 30, 2020).
Here are the highlights:
- The Commission shall grant all brokers an extension of time to complete postlicensing and continuing education courses, as well as the 12-hour Broker-In-Charge course.
- All schools and course sponsors will cease (cancel or suspend) all in-person courses until April 30
- Schools have been given the approval to hold synchronous distance learning (i.e., live webinars or web-based conference platforms) under the following deadlines:
- Until June 10, 2020, schools and course sponsors may offer synchronous distance-learning for continuing education courses
- Until June 30, 2020, schools and course sponsors may offer synchronous distance-learning for prelicensing and postlicensing courses.
- Schools shall allow students to make-up courses through taking another course offered by the school
- The Commission has also granted educators an extension on their instructor renewals.
We will continue to update you as new information is available.