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Changes for Continuing Education Montana Board of Realty Regulat

As of July 2019, the Montana Board of Realty Regulation significantly changed the requirements for Continuing Education programs for Real Estate Licensees. As most of you were aware, prior to this change, the Board's staff reviewed proposed courses offered for Continuing Education and if the content qualified, the course was approved for a designated number of hours of continuing education. Likewise, the Board's staff also reviewed the qualifications for those persons instructing approved classes. The requirements for course content and for instructors varied depending on the type of class to be given, but basically, the instrutor needed to have qualifications to teach a topic and the topic must come from a list of approved course topics set by the Board. As of July, 2019, most of the requirements for course content and instructor qualification have gone away. At the present time the course content must match a topic on the Board's topic list, but we are told that the list will be discontinued in the near future. As to instructors, if you are approved by another state or association, NAR, the Montana Association of Realtors or a local Board or Association, you are qualified to teach a continuing education course in Montana. BRR staff no longer reviews or approves courses. Again, if a course has been approved by NAR, a state association, or a local board or association, it can be given for credit. Realtors for many years have taken pride in the level of education their members recieve. Hopefully the recent change of course approval and instructor approval will not lessen the quality of the education programs given in the state.

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Changes for Continuing Education Montana Board of Realty Regulat

As of July 2019, the Montana Board of Realty Regulation significantly changed the requirements for Continuing Education programs for Real Estate Licensees. As most of you were aware, prior to this change, the Board's staff reviewed proposed courses offered for Continuing Education and if the content qualified, the course was approved for a designated number of hours of continuing education. Likewise, the Board's staff also reviewed the qualifications for those persons instructing approved classes. The requirements for course content and for instructors varied depending on the type of class to be given, but basically, the instrutor needed to have qualifications to teach a topic and the topic must come from a list of approved course topics set by the Board. As of July, 2019, most of the requirements for course content and instructor qualification have gone away. At the present time the course content must match a topic on the Board's topic list, but we are told that the list will be discontinued in the near future. As to instructors, if you are approved by another state or association, NAR, the Montana Association of Realtors or a local Board or Association, you are qualified to teach a continuing education course in Montana. BRR staff no longer reviews or approves courses. Again, if a course has been approved by NAR, a state association, or a local board or association, it can be given for credit. Realtors for many years have taken pride in the level of education their members recieve. Hopefully the recent change of course approval and instructor approval will not lessen the quality of the education programs given in the state.

Changes for Continuing Education - Montana Board of Realty Regul

As of July 2019, the Montana Board of Realty Regulation significantly changed the requirements for Continuing Education programs for Real Estate Licensees. As most of you were aware, prior to this change, the Board's staff reviewed proposed courses offered for Continuing Education and if the content qualified, the course was approved for a designated number of hours of continuing education. Likewise, the Board's staff also reviewed the qualifications for those persons instructing approved classes. The requirements for course content and for instructors varied depending on the type of class to be given, but basically, the instrutor needed to have qualifications to teach a topic and the topic must come from a list of approved course topics set by the Board. As of July, 2019, most of the requirements for course content and instructor qualification have gone away. At the present time the course content must match a topic on the Board's topic list, but we are told that the list will be discontinued in the near future. As to instructors, if you are approved by another state or association, NAR, the Montana Association of Realtors or a local Board or Association, you are qualified to teach a continuing education course in Montana. BRR staff no longer reviews or approves courses. Again, if a course has been approved by NAR, a state association, or a local board or association, it can be given for credit. Realtors for many years have taken pride in the level of education their members recieve. Hopefully the recent change of course approval and instructor approval will not lessen the quality of the education programs given in the state.

Agents: Have a question?

 Have you ever encountered a unique situation and wanted to run it by someone to get their input? The Montana Association of Realtors hotline is a great program, but occasionally you need assistance or information that takes more time that the hotline program is designed for. You may have available the services of a local attorney, but your question is unique to the MAR forms or real estate licensing law.  With many years of experience in real estate and representing Realtors, Realtor Boards and Associations Zane can quickly answer your questions. A consultation may save you time and effort. Give Zane a call at 406.544.7900 or send him an email at z@zanesullivan.com.


Brokers and Brokerage Companies - consultation & representation

I have worked with real estate Brokers and Brokerage Companies in the State of Montana for many years. Your business is unique and there are not a lot attorneys in the State that have experience with the issues Brokers and Brokerage Companies face. While the services of the Montana Association of Realtors Hotline is a powerful and great resource it is limited as to the amount of assistance it can provide. Frequently Brokers need additional assistance; be that an in depth consultation or representation. Avoiding lawsuits is a goal we all strive to achieve and having input from a qualified professional before the matter gets ugly is a great risk reduction tool. However, as we all know, it is not always possible to anticipate issues before they become problems. So if a matter has taken a turn for the worse it is usually better to seek advise as soon as possible rather than hoping the matter will get better on its own. I represent and work with many real estate brokerage office whether it is an office of one of 40. Let me know if I can be of assistance to you with office agreements, office procedures, Professional Standards matters, licensing complaints or issues, and the how to's of real estate practice. 406.544.7900 or z@zanesullivan.com.