Licensing | Education FAQs 

The following frequently asked questions pertain to education topics.  To read the answer, click the "Answer" link below each question.
Question:
What are the pre-requisites for taking the 60-hour pre-licensing course?
Answer
Arkansas license law does not establish prerequisites for completing a 60-hour pre-licensing course. The course provider would impose any such restrictions. For a course to qualify as fulfilling an applicant’s pre-licensing educational requirement, the course must be offered by an accredited post-secondary school or by a school or organization licensed by the State Board of Private Career Education.
Question:
How long is the validity of the 60-hour certificate issued for completing a real estate pre-licensing course?
Answer

For salesperson applicants, the 60-hour certificate has no expiration. 

However, broker applicants must complete sixty (60) hours of real estate education, of which forty-five (45) must be the commission developed Broker Pre-License Education course. Broker applicants must have completed their broker pre-license education within 36 months immediately preceding the date they apply to take the broker's exam.

Question:
When is post-licensing  education required and when must it be completed?
Answer
A new salesperson must complete the 18-hour AREC post-licensure course within 12 months after the date the individual was initially licensed. A new broker must complete the 30-hour AREC post-licensure course within 12 months after the date the individual was initially licensed, unless the applicant wants to become an Executive Broker or Principal Broker. In that case, the brokers’ post-licensure requirement must be met before requesting such status as an Executive or Principal Broker.
Question:
I passed my real estate exam on January 15th. I applied for an active real estate license on March 15th of the same year. When must I complete my post-licensure requirement?
Answer
It is to be completed by the end of March of the following year.
Question:
I passed my real estate exam on January 15th. I applied for an inactive real estate license on March 15th of the same year. I activated my real estate license with a brokerage firm on October 15th of the same year. When must I complete my post-licensure  requirement?
Answer
It is to be completed by the end of March of the following year.
Question:
I passed my real estate exam on January 15th. I applied for an inactive real estate license on March 15th of the same year. My license has remained inactive for 18 months and I have not completed my post-licensure  requirement. Can I now activate my license with a real estate brokerage?
Answer
You can activate your real estate license only after you complete your post-licensure requirement.
Question:
I passed my real estate exam on January 15th, which was yesterday. I am going to activate my license with a brokerage on March 30th. May I go ahead and complete my post-licensure education prior to that date?
Answer
No. Your post-license education must be completed after you are licensed, not before.
Question:
I just completed two years as an active salesperson and want to obtain my brokers license. Can I apply my 18 hours of salespersons post-licensure  education toward my broker’s 30-hour post-licensure requirement?
Answer
No.  The salesperson post-licensure education and broker post-licensure education are separate courses.  The salesperson post-licensure course cannot be used toward the broker post-licensure requirement. 
Question:
I just obtained my brokers license but have not completed my post-licensure education. May I become Principal Broker of a real estate firm?
Answer
No, you must complete your post-licensure education prior to becoming either an Executive Broker or Principal Broker.
Question:
When is continuing education required and when do I need to complete it?
Answer
Licensees must obtain six hours of continuing education annually to renew an active real estate license for the upcoming calendar year. Renewal for the upcoming year must be completed by September 30th of the current year to avoid penalty. After, September 30th, renewal can be completed with a penalty assessed. If an active license is not renewed for the upcoming calendar year prior to December 31st  of the current year, the license will automatically become expired on January 1st.
Question:
Do I have to complete my post-license education before completing my continuing education?
Answer
This will depend upon the date which you were first licensed. You will have 12 months from the date you were first licensed to complete your post-licensure education.  Satisfaction of your continuing education requirement will first be required upon your second active license renewal after you are licensed.
Question:
Do I have to complete both post-licensure courses and a continuing education course the first year?
Answer
This depends on the time of year that you became licensed. The post-licensure requirement is separate from and independent of the continuing education requirement. Your post-licensure education must be completed within 12 months of the date you applied for your salespersons or brokers license. Your continuing education requirement will begin after your first renewal of an active real estate license so that you will have to have completed your continuing education requirement prior to renewing your license for another year.
Question:
How can I determine whether a real estate course I’m considering will fulfill my annual continuing education requirement?
Answer
Contact the Arkansas Real Estate Commission 501-683-8010.
Question:
Can continuing education be used for post-license education and vice versa?
Answer
The AREC post-licensure curriculum consists of five 6-hour modules. Only those specific modules will fulfill a new licensee’s post-licensure requirement. Any one of those post-licensure modules will also meet a licensee’s annual continuing education requirement when an approved instructor offers the module, and as long as the module is not simultaneously being applied to a post-licensure requirement.
Question:
I just completed a 16-hour course, which was approved for continuing education credit. Since my annual six hour credit is only 6 classroom hours, can I apply the remaining 10 hours toward my brokers pre-licensing educational requirement?
Answer
No, Commission Regulation 11.4 does not allow one course to be used for both continuing education and pre-licensing education.
Question:
How long is my continuing education valid?
Answer
Continuing education classes completed on or after October 1st may be used to renew a license for the upcoming two calendar years (i.e., a course taken on October 1, 2007 may be used to renew active for calendar years 2008 or 2009). Additional hours will be required for any time of inactive status.
Question:
I plan to place my real estate license on inactive status for the next six years. If, while I’m inactive, I take continuing education courses annually, can I use that education to reactivate my license at the end of the six years?
Answer
When transferring a license from inactive to active status, continuing education hours must have been completed in the year in which the license is activated or the preceding calendar year.