Following a review of education programs, RECO took over continuing education in 2012. Prior to this,local boards had provided this education for over 40 years. In an effort to reduce costs, the mandatory continuing education program was taken completely online. The current online courses (RECO Update elective courses) scratch the surface on critical, need-to-know information and do not address topics that would enable registrants to perform more effectively on behalf of clients. The industry has become increasingly complicated and the reality of the current situation is that it is virtually impossible for many REALTORS® to stay on top of the multitude of regulatory changes when the courses are not updated regularly.
Additionally, many REALTORS® learn differently. Mandating online delivery means that registrants do not have access to any classroom experience or experiential learning. Not providing an option to take CE in-class also removes the ability for registrants to ask questions of instructors and learn from their peers. The focus of registrant mandatory CE should be on quality, not convenience.
Giving registrants the option to choose the delivery of their continuing education courses either online or in-class.
Do you support giving registrants the ability to choose how to complete continuing education courses – whether in-class or online?
Do you think there should be a mandatory in-class portion to CE courses?
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