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CE Marketplace News | Code of Ethics Requirement Changes

The Code of Ethics (COE) requirement now runs every two years. We are currently in Cycle 5, covering the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018. NAR's Board Policy group has released the Cycle 5 course online at www.nar.realtor.

Changes Impacting 2017 CE - Realtor® Code of Ethics

Although CE Marketplace will continue to certify Code of Ethics courses for CE credits, they will no longer be certified as Legal CE. This change is prompted by the new NAR-mandated, 2-year cycle for Code of Ethics training. Because of the frequency of the new requirement, it would now be possible for a member to take a course concentrated on the Code of Ethics as Legal CE two out of three years in the licensing cycle. While ethical and legal education often meet at a crossroad, the importance of Legal CE offerings focused on current legal trends, case law, and industry-specific legal topics could be diminished without a clearer distinction. As of February 1, 2017, any CE Marketplace certified COE will be recorded as Elective credits.

Your Legal CE Requirements

Please remember that two hours of Legal CE is required each calendar year. Within each 3-year license cycle, real estate professionals must complete at least 18 clock hours of continuing education that involve any subjects relevant to the management, operation, and practice of real estate or any other subject that contributes to the professional competence of a licensee.  

At least two hours of CE per calendar year must include laws, rules, and court cases regarding real estate.  It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your continuing education record is complete and correct, and that all certificates of completion are recorded for the license cycle November 1, 2015 to October 31, 2018.

If you did not complete any Legal CE in 2016, be sure to complete two hours immediately AND two hours again in 2017. A total of six hours of Legal CE is required, even if you failed to complete the 2016 requirement.

LARA Audit Findings

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) recently completed their audits of the last licensing cycle. Their findings included these issues:

  • No CE taken in the cycle.  While we do not yet know what the penalty will be for renewing a license while failing to take CE during the cycle, please be aware that LARA will be conducting audits after each licensing cycle ends. 
  • All CE was taken at once, at the end of the cycle.*
  • Legal CE was not being completed each calendar year.*

          *Two hours of legal CE are required to be completed each calendar year, with the risk of penalty for failing to do so.

It’s Easy to Know Where You Stand!

Visit CE Marketplace today to check your record - it’s already there for you to view! To edit your record or upload additional self-reporting credits and copies of certificates of completion, please create an account. You will need your real estate license number (Permanent ID No), so be sure to have that handy. When entering your self-reported credit hours, always be sure to select the correct education period.

Where to Find Answers to Your CE Questions

For more information about the continuing education requirements, please see MCL 339.2054a.

For questions about using CE Marketplace and how to track your continuing education requirements, visit www.cemarketplace.net, write to tracking@cemarketplace.net or call 844.642.6633.


Earn Your CE Early | Relax at Year End
 
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to not wait until the end of the year to get your CE hours in? Let CE Marketplace make the process easy for you. Check out the exclusive CE Marketplace Calendar for face to face and on-demand certified courses that will meet your continuing educational goals and increase your real estate professional knowledge. The best part is the tracking is done for you! CE Marketplace has the educators you know and love to learn from. Don’t be a procrastinator in 2017. Earn your CE early and choose CE Marketplace certified.
 
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The Random LARA Audits Are Starting…Are YOU Prepared?

We’re sure you’ve heard by now that the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will begin conducting random audits of continuing education (CE) credit hours for real estate professionals this month. The audit will cover CE required during the license cycle of November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2015.

The good news is, with the partnership of LARA and CE Marketplace you now have a FREE, convenient and easy-to-use tool at your fingertips to help you track your continuing education courses and ensure compliance with the regulations. Be prepared by visiting CE Marketplace today. To access your record on CE Marketplace you will need to create an account, if you haven’t already. Have your real estate license number (Permanent ID no.) handy as you will need that for the registration process. It’s as simple as that!

All CE Marketplace certified courses are reported to your record and once you create a profile login, you have the ability to upload certificates for courses completed which are not CE Marketplace certified. Be sure to select the correct education period when entering your self-reported credit hours. CE hours earned in 2013 and 2014 should have been submitted to LARA from your course provider, so you do not need to upload those to your record. Courses dated January 1-December 31, 2015 may be added for last cycle. Credits earned in 2016 can only be recorded in the current licensing cycle.

For questions about using CE Marketplace and how to track your continuing education requirements, visit: www.cemarketplace.net, write: tracking@cemarketplace.net, or call: 844.642.6633.

We’re sure you’ve heard by now that the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will begin conducting random audits of continuing education (CE) credit hours for real estate professionals this month. The audit will cover CE required during the license cycle of November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2015.

The good news is, with the partnership of LARA and CE Marketplace you now have a FREE, convenient and easy-to-use tool at your fingertips to help you track your continuing education courses and ensure compliance with the regulations. Be prepared by visiting CE Marketplace today. To access your record on CE Marketplace you will need to create an account, if you haven’t already. Have your real estate license number (Permanent ID no.) handy as you will need that for the registration process. It’s as simple as that!

All CE Marketplace certified courses are reported to your record and once you create a profile login, you have the ability to upload certificates for courses completed which are not CE Marketplace certified. Be sure to select the correct education period when entering your self-reported credit hours. CE hours earned in 2013 and 2014 should have been submitted to LARA from your course provider, so you do not need to upload those to your record. Courses dated January 1-December 31, 2015 may be added for last cycle. Credits earned in 2016 can only be recorded in the current licensing cycle.

For questions about using CE Marketplace and how to track your continuing education requirements, visit: www.cemarketplace.net, write: tracking@cemarketplace.net, or call: 844.642.6633.


Important Message for Licensees

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will begin conducting random audits of continuing education (CE) credit hours for real estate professionals this month. The audit will cover CE required during the license cycle of November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2015.

Good News
LARA and Michigan Realtors® have partnered to bring you a FREE, convenient and easy-to-use tool at your fingertips to help you track your continuing education courses and ensure compliance with the regulations.

Use CE Marketplace
CE Marketplace is FREE and very easy to use. As a real estate professional licensed in the State of Michigan, you can view your continuing education profile at any time. And, best of all, it quickly assures you that your CE Marketplace certified classes are recorded and helps you keep track of your self-reported continuing education courses in one place.

Your Licensing Requirements
Within each 3-year license cycle, real estate professionals are required to complete at least 18 clock hours of continuing education that involve any subjects that are relevant to the management, operation, and practice of real estate or any other subject that contributes to the professional competence of a licensee.  At least 2 hours of CE for each calendar year must also involve laws, rules, and court cases regarding real estate.  It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your continuing education record is complete, correct and that all certificates of completion are recorded for the license cycle of 11/1/2012 to 10/31/2015.

Be Prepared
Visit CE Marketplace today to check your record - it’s already there for you to view! To edit your record or upload additional self-reporting certificates, please create an account. You will need your real estate license number (Permanent ID No), so be sure to have that handy.

You can upload certificates for courses completed outside of CE Marketplace, too. When entering your credit hours, always be sure to select the correct education period.

Remember: LARA will begin conducting audits this month. Don’t be caught off guard! Use CE Marketplace today to ensure that your record is complete and accurate before you receive your notice. It’s free, easy to use and quickly gives you the information you need in one convenient location. 

For more information about the continuing education requirements, please see MCL 339.2054a.

For questions about using CE Marketplace and how to track your continuing education requirements, visit www.cemarketplace.net, write to tracking@cemarketplace.net, or call 844.642.6633.


Legal CE Deadline - December 31, 2016 

Within each 3-year license cycle, real estate professionals are required to complete at least 18 clock hours of continuing education* that involve any subjects that are relevant to the management, operation, and practice of real estate or any other subject that contributes to the professional competence of a licensee.  At least 2 hours of CE for each calendar year must also involve laws, rules, and court cases regarding real estate. Visit CE Marketplace today to check your record - it’s already there for you to view! To view your CE History profile or upload additional self-reporting certificates, please create an account. You will need your real estate license number (Permanent ID No.), so be sure to have that handy.

 

For questions about using CE Marketplace and how to track your continuing education requirements, visit www.cemarketplace.net, write to tracking@cemarketplace.net, or call 844.642.6633.

 

*If you are a new licensee this total can change based on when your license was issued. Please refer to the Continuing Education Hour Requirements to know how many hours you are required to take for license renewal.


It's More Than Certified with CE Marketplace

In the last of a number of changes by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Public Act 30, was enacted to transition the tracking of real estate continuing education credits to licensees and third parties. On March 8th, 2016, Governor Rick Snyder was joined by representatives from Michigan Realtors®, CE Marketplace, and Senator Schuitmaker as he signed the bill.

What does Public Act 30 mean for licensees? It means peace of mind in knowing that when they take a CE Marketplace certified class and are audited by LARA, the licensee is exempt and protected under the law. Simply put – a continuing education audit ends with your CE Marketplace certified classes.

At the beginning of 2015, Michigan Realtors® developed CE Marketplace to offer an interactive tracking system for licensees, class sponsors, and educators to take or provide certified real estate continuing education courses.  

Since that time, CE Marketplace has been working with premier educators, real estate schools, local Realtor® associations and brokerages around the state to provide quality and cutting edge continuing real estate education. As 2016 progresses, CE Marketplace continues to expand certified course offerings, sponsorship opportunities to increase engagement, and streamline the continuing education process for real estate professionals.

For more information on CE Marketplace and certified continuing education opportunities for licensees, instructors and sponsors, visit www.cemarketplace.net.

CE Marketplace: 2015 Year in Review

What launched a year ago has grown with the continued support of instructors, sponsors and licensees. Here are some highlights of our first year:

As always, CE Marketplace staff is here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. You can email us at tracking@cemarketplace.net or call us at 844-642-6633. 


October 31st is coming soon! CE Marketplace helps you renew online today!

Have you completed your continuing education requirements and are ready to renew your real estate license? Remember – YOU are responsible for tracking your CE – so before you renew online  – record and track out your continuing education credits history using CE Marketplace.net, the only real estate education tracking portal funded for YOU by the State of Michigan.

Working closely with the Department, our team has created your customized  My CE Status screen. All real estate licensees can register at cemarketplace.net; and, upon verification, view the number of credits reported to CE Marketplace from LARA for 2013-2014, class credits from CE Marketplace certified courses taken in 2015, and self-report any courses you’ve taken outside of CE Marketplace in 2015. 

 

This one-stop portal will save time and provide assurance your CE records are in one place in the event you are selected for an audit. Simply update your My CE Status record, and check the certification box on your renewal form stating you have fulfilled the continuing education requirement in accordance with MCL 339.2504a. Remember to print a copy for your personal file and store with any record of the credits you earned outside of CE Marketplace certified classes.

 

Start your next license renewal process the easy way. Take CE Marketplace certified classes and let us do the tracking for you. 



Important Continuing Education Changes for Real Estate Brokers and Salesperson

As of January 1, 2015, with a grant from The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, CE Marketplace, a division of Michigan Realtors®, can now assist in the tracking of continuing education credits as well as a streamlined process for online course review, with certification based on the latest CE Marketplace research and audit standards previously established by LARA. Courses scheduled for 2015 can be submitted to Michigan Realtors® CE Marketplace for certification and inclusion in our tracking system, so that licensees are able to track their earned credits. 

To assist in answering many of the questions related to the changes in the continuing education process we have developed the following FAQs. If you have additional questions regarding the changes and the CE Marketplace please contact us at 844-642-6633 (844-MICONED). For questions related to educator course approval or class sponsors, please contact Michele at education@cemarketplace.net. For questions related to licensee tracking, please contact Julie Luper, tracking@cemarketplace.net.


Spring 2015: CE Marketplace is Growing!

In the end of 2014, Michigan Realtors® and LARA announced the changes made to real estate CE. Since then, there has been the launch of www.cemarketplace.net to meet the needs of instructors, sponsors and licensees. We’d like to share with you how the process is going.

 

In February, the CE Marketplace launched the first of three phases to the new site. This first phase allows for instructors or educators to submit a course to be reviewed for CE Marketplace certification.  Once a course receives CE Marketplace certification, the instructor is informed of the certification and then able to market the class as CE Marketplace certified to licensees and sponsors. Instructors pay a fee of $45 per course to submit for certification, which is good for the entire licensing cycle and will receive marketing and audit support for their certified courses.

 

Phase two focuses on course sponsors. Sponsors (local associations, brokers, offices) can now search for certified courses on the CE Marketplace site as well. Simply create a profile as a Sponsor and search away!  There are currently more than 135 CE Marketplace certified courses available for you to sponsor. As a sponsor you simply request to schedule a class, host the class and submit your attendee list with the appropriate fee ($1.00 per attendee with a real estate license) once the class is completed. Negotiations of fees with the instructor remain between you and the instructor and we recommend contacting the instructor before submitting your request to sponsor a class. Upon the submission of the attendee list, CE Marketplace will send the certificates to the licensees and track their continuing education for the current cycle and keep the records in case of an audit. We have processed continuing education for 1,240 licensees from 230 sponsored classes to date.

 

The final phase is focused on the licensee services within the CE Marketplace. In May, we launched the licensee portal. This allows you to see the CE Marketplace certified courses you have taken. You can also upload the information for your third party courses. You will receive reports from CE Marketplace outlining the credits attached to your license that have been submitted. Look for CE Marketplace certified courses on the course calendar and know your CE will be tracked for you and you will be protected in the situation of an audit from the state.

 

Regardless of your role in real estate CE, make CE Marketplace your first stop. Visit the site today at www.cemarketplace.net.