BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: A Rundown of the Continuing Education Requirements for Connecticut Licensees

Leon Cameron, Esq. | March 2018

Many HGAR members hold real estate licenses in New York as well as Connecticut. Those licensees should be aware that the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection does not exempt anyone from completion of Connecticut Continuing Education for real estate.

You are required to complete approved courses via a Connecticut DCP approved school and retain certificates of completion for a minimum of four years. A list of approved schools may be found at http://www.portal.ct.gov/DCP/Common-Elements/Common-Elements/Real-Estate-Education-and-Exam-Information. If you are only operating as a referral agent in Connecticut, there is still no exemption from completing CE requirements in that state.

All license holders must complete CE prior to every even-year renewal. If you passed a Connecticut licensing exam during the CE period, then that is regarded by DCP as equivalent to completing CE. The CE completion period for a 2018 renewal is June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2018 for Salespersons and April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2018 for Brokers. You are not permitted to apply any CE that was utilized for a previous license period to the current CE cycle.

Licensees are required to complete 12 CE credits prior to renewal during any even-numbered year. The 2018 requirements are nine elective credits plus the 3-hour mandatory course entitled “Connecticut Fair Housing.” If you are a licensee in New York (or any other state), you may still submit CE certificates of completion for CE taken for that state’s licensing requirements. The Connecticut DCP will then review those out of state certificates of completion for possible equivalency credit towards the elective portion of your Connecticut CE. Take note, however, that if accepted you are still required to complete the “Connecticut Fair Housing” course mentioned earlier.

The DCP recommends that Connecticut license holders review and understand the state laws regarding their real estate license. Those laws can be found at https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_392.htm.

Editor’s Note: The foregoing is for informational purposes only. For a legal opinion specific to your situation, please consult with an attorney-at-law in your jurisdiction.

Leon Cameron, Esq.
Leon Cameron, Esq., is Director of Legal Services & Professional Standards Administrator for the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors.