May 20, 2020
CE requirements impacted by Order
On Tuesday, Governor Sununu issued Exhibit H to Executive Order No. 29, relative to modifications to regulations of the Office of Professional Licensing. Effective immediately, all continuing education requirements, including those required by the Real Estate Commission, are waived for those licensees who are scheduled to renew their license from now until December 31, 2020. The order is retroactive to March 16 of this year.
The order also states that any requirement that documents submitted to the Real Estate Commission be notarized or signed by a justice of the peace are suspended for the duration of the State of Emergency. Further, the Real Estate Commission will accept electronic signatures or scans of signed documents in addition to original signatures.
The order also altered Rea 301.03(e) to allow all candidates for the real estate licensing examination up to 90 days past the expiration or termination of the State of Emergency to take the examination. And administrative rule Rea 301.03 (k) is amended to allow applicants for licenses up to 90 days past the expiration of the State of Emergency to complete the salesperson pre-licensing requirements through remote instruction.
The remote instruction must have live video and audio feeds for all participants to allow real-time audio and visual communication between student(s) and Commission-approved instructor(s). Commission-approved course instructors must also issue a completed course affidavit indicating the student attended the entire course or portion thereof through qualifying remote instruction.
Lastly, the timeline in Rea 303.05(b) mandating candidates for the broker and salesperson examination achieving a passing grade of 70 for both the uniform and state portions of the examination within a 6-month period from the date of the original examination is now extended to allow applicants up to 90 days past the expiration of the State of Emergency to achieve the required passing grade.
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