New York - Real Estate Agents Continuing Education Requirements - RRC

New York

Real Estate CE Courses New York
Total Hours Required: 22.5
Education Due By: 2 years from last renewal
Elective Hours: 19.5
Mandatory Hours: 3
License Level: All
Renewal Cycle: 2 years

CE Approved Courses

Effective March 16, 2020, All live classroom offerings are CE approved for the live-virtual format.

Approved for 8 hours:   Approved for 16 hours:

General Information

Online Limitations

Online Information

All licensees submitting a renewal prior to July 1, 2021 are required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education, including at least 3 hours of instruction pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest in real property and at least one hour of instruction pertaining to the law of agency except in the case of the initial two-year licensing term for real estate salespersons, two hours of agency related instruction must be completed within the two-year period immediately preceding a renewal.

Any salesperson who successfully completes an approved broker qualifying course (which requires passing the final exam), within their current term, will receive continuing education credit for completion of that course. Please note: The broker course does not satisfy the mandatory 3 hour fair housing requirement.

Exemptions prior to July 1, 2021
Either of the below are exempt from the continuing education requirements:

  • Any licensed real estate broker who is engaged full time in the real estate business and who has been licensed prior to July 1, 2008 for at least 15 consecutive years and has maintained continuous licensure (no breaks in licensure for reasons such as late renewal submission) or

  • An attorney admitted to the New York State Bar who holds a real estate broker's license.

Recent Legislation revising the Real Estate Property Law with regard to the continuing education requirements for real estate salespersons and brokers was recently adopted.  Below is a summary of the major changes:

  • The amendment changes the course requirements for renewal. Specifically, new mandatory hours of education now include: “at least 2.5 hours of instruction pertaining to ethical business practices, at least 1 hour of instruction pertaining to recent legal matters governing the practice of real estate brokers and salespersons in New York which may include statutes, laws, regulations, rules, codes, department of state opinions and decisions, and court decisions”.

  • The amendment also REMOVES the 15-year real estate broker continuing education exemption and now requires all brokers who are currently exempted to complete continuing education starting July 1, 2021.


Roster Required: No

Roster Process: N/A

Roster Sent: N/A

NYS Department of State, Division of Licensing Services
P. O. Box 22001
1 Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12201-2001
Phone: 518-474-4429 
Fax: 518-473-6648
Web: New York Division of Licensing Services