Real Estate Broker Licensing and Continuing Education FAQs
- What are my Colorado real estate continuing education requirements?
Brokers in Colorado are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education each three-year licensing cycle. Half of those hours (12 hours) must be comprised of three different 4-hour Annual Commission Update Courses. These courses are only available from January 1st through December 31st of their year and must be completed prior to December 31st. The remainder of the required hours (12) may be any combination of elective credit hours approved by DORA.
- How often must I renew my Colorado real estate license?
Colorado Broker licenses must be renewed every three years.
Brokers that are newly licensed must renew on December 31st of the year in which they were first licensed. Then every third year thereafter.
- When do I need to renew my Colorado real estate license?
Except for newly licensed brokers, starting in 2021, all licenses expire on December 31st of the third year after of renewal. Visit dre.colorado.gov to check your license expiration date.
- Are your courses approved by Colorado Division of Real Estate?
Yes! Any course offering CE credit has been approved by the Colorado Division of Real Estate.
- Do you report my continuing education to Colorado Division of Real Estate?
No. DORA does not allow continuing education providers to report course completion on behalf of the licensee. We provide you with continuing education certificates at the completion of each course. Simply login to your account to download. We also allow you to store certificates in your account from other continuing education providers so you have all of your continuing education certificates in one place.
- How often does the Division of Real Estate audit licensees for continuing education compliance?
Colorado randomly selects a number of licensees to be part of a real estate broker continuing education audit each quarter. Selected licensees must demonstrate compliance with the continuing education requirements for the three-year license cycle they just completed. Your certificates are stored in your profile and are available for you to print at any time for a period of at least five years.
- How long do I have to complete my courses after I purchase them?
We offer live online and in-person classes. As such your courses will need to be completed the same day as the class. If you sign-up for On Demand classes through Colorado Real Estate School, please refer to Colorado Real Estate School for its policies on course availability.
A note about the Annual Commission Update course – per Colorado Department of Real Estate requirements, the Annual Commission Update course is only available during the calendar year that course pertains to, and it must be completed prior to December 31st of that year. For example, the current 24-hour complete package includes 2017, 2018, 2019 Annual Commission Update courses in addition to 12 elective hours. Only the 2017 Annual Commission Course has content that is available to be reviewed, and it must be completed prior to December 31, 2017. On January 1, 2018, the 2018 Annual Commission update will be made available to you, and the 2017 Annual Commission update will no longer be available.
- How do I renew my Colorado real estate license?
Colorado requires that brokers renew their license through their online system. You will need to register for an account if you do not already have one.
- How much does it cost to renew my Colorado real estate license?
The full fee schedule can be found at:
- I missed the due date for my Colorado real estate license renewal, can I still renew?
Yes. Brokers in Colorado may renew their license up to two years past their expiration date.
- Do I have to complete any continuing education if my Colorado real estate license is inactive?
Possibly. If you intend to reactivate your license within 3 years, you may do so without any additional education if you stay current on all continuing education requirements while inactive. If you cannot stay current with all continuing education requirements prior to the reactivation your license, you will be required to show proof of completion of the 24-hour Broker Reactivation course.
If your license has been inactive for longer than three years, you MUST complete either:
- The State portion of the Colorado Broker's Exam, or
- 48 hours in Colorado Contracts & Regulations and 24 hours in Real Estate Closings (for a total of 72 hours)