PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Elevating Your Game
Marcene Hedayati | March 2016
In any given profession, there is one critical component to our work ethic that, if not applied, can make or break us. We must realize that without continued education we are not only putting our future careers at risk, but we are allowing our industry to fall short in the services and expertise we are obligated to provide our clients and customers.
Yes, we all know that New York State mandates 22.5 hours of continuing education every two years, but there are many of us who, by virtue of the number of years in practice, have been deemed exempt (except for the Fair Housing and Ethics requirements). I have come to realize, being someone who has been in the business for a long time, that, if anything, I am the one that needs more education—not less—and certainly I should not be exempt!
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it is because of the drastic changes in our industry that, for lack of a better term, the “old guard” needs to make more of an effort to learn what’s new. I would even venture to say that the knowledge required to make sure that we remain qualified and relevant goes way beyond the 22.5-hour required courses.
This year, our Education Council has been challenged with analyzing and advancing HGAR’s current education curriculum, both live and on-line. This lofty goal involves discovering new course topics and finding qualified instructors to teach them with a look toward offering more designations, developing interesting settings and fine-tuning schedules that promote learning, and, of course, expanding our on-line program. In searching for any educational experience, the quality of the courses varies depending upon the institution that offers the program. In most cases, the quality of the class is directly related to the price. Although HGAR is doing a fine job remaining competitive, especially with the online 22.5-hour package for $75, the association is fully dedicated to providing stimulating and valuable programs.
As with all our committees and initiatives this year, we are working extra hard to make sure that these benefits can be easily found. From the home page of HGAR.com, the second tab on the top is labeled Education and it is here that you will find the entire 2016 calendar for live classes, all the on-line packages available to you and links to both NYSAR and NAR educational opportunities.
Your association, HGAR, is committed to helping you grow and be better at what you do. There is no better way to ensure your success than by offering you opportunities to learn new and improved ways of practicing your trade. We are fortunate to have member volunteers who sit on the Education Council who are taking action in an effort to preserve and enhance what we as Realtors, contribute to our profession. The only way for us to live up to the consumer’s expectations and continue to play a vital role in the transaction is to elevate our game. The only way to do that is through education.