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South Carolina Salesperson & Broker Continuing Education Requirements

In South Carolina, staying current with the evolving real estate landscape is essential for maintaining an active real estate license. The South Carolina Real Estate Commission mandates specific continuing education (CE) requirements for salespersons, brokers, and brokers-in-charge to ensure they remain informed about the latest practices, laws, and ethical standards. Here’s what you need to know to comply with these requirements and ensure your professional development continues uninterrupted.


CE Requirements for Salespersons and Brokers

Renewal Period: Every two years, by June 30th.

Hours Required:

  • Total Hours: 10 hours
  • Mandatory Hours: 4 hours focused on instruction in mandated topics.
  • Elective Hours: 6 hours that can be chosen from approved elective courses.


CE Requirements for Broker-in-Charge
Brokers-in-charge have a slightly different requirement to cater to their advanced role in real estate practices.

Hours Required:

  • Total Hours: 10 hours
  • Mandatory Hours: 4 hours
  • Core Hours: 4 hours specifically in advanced real estate topics designed for brokers-in-charge.
  • Elective Hours: 2 hours from approved elective courses.


Key Provisions

  • Criminal Background Check: Agents are required to submit to a criminal background check every third renewal.
  • Renewal Cycle: Licenses must be renewed biennially, with the licensees’ continuing education deadline coinciding with their renewal.
  • Exemptions: Certain licensees may be exempt from the biennial CE requirements, including those on inactive status, nonresident brokers or salespersons who meet CE requirements in their jurisdiction, and brokers or salespersons with 25 years of licensure in South Carolina who are 65 years of age or older, among others.


Exemptions and Waivers

  • Salespersons completing a post-licensing course or taking a broker course are exempt for the renewal period in which the course was taken.
  • Licensees on inactive status or those who meet CE requirements in their jurisdiction may be exempt.
  • Brokers or salespersons with extensive experience and/or age can apply for full or partial continuing education waivers.

Additional Notes

  • Carryover: Excess CE hours cannot be carried forward to another renewal period.
  • Waivers for Experience: Experience-based partial continuing education waivers are available, requiring completion of only the mandatory four-hour core course biennially.


Costs & Fees Of Renewing

  • Salesperson: $45
  • Broker: $55

Meeting your CE requirements not only ensures compliance with South Carolina’s regulations but also enriches your professional knowledge and competency in real estate. Plan your CE courses well in advance of the renewal deadline to stay ahead in your career.


South Carolina Real Estate CE FAQs

How many CE hours are required for South Carolina real estate license renewal?

A total of 10 hours, including 4 mandatory hours and 6 elective hours for salespersons and brokers. Brokers-in-charge must also complete 10 hours, with specific hour allocations for core and elective courses.

Are there exemptions to the SC CE requirements?

Yes, exemptions include new salespersons in their renewal period post-licensing course, licensees on inactive status, nonresident licensees compliant in their jurisdiction, and seasoned licensees meeting certain age and experience criteria.

Can CE hours be carried over to the next renewal period?

No, excess CE hours completed during a two-year period cannot be carried forward.

What happens if I don't complete my CE requirements?

Failing to meet the CE requirements may result in the inability to renew your license, impacting your eligibility to practice real estate in South Carolina.

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Please Note: From time to time regulations and requirements do change and this content may not be current or entirely accurate.

You may view a complete and current list of requirements on the South Carolina Real Estate Commission website.