What Are the Differences Between Texas CE and Texas SAE Courses?

Real estate sales agents in the state of Texas must complete specific education courses, as required by Texas law. If you are applying to renew your Texas Sales Apprentice license for the first time, you must complete Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) courses. If you are a licensed sales agent, you must complete 18 hours of continuing education (CE) courses every two years to renew your license.

Texas Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) Requirements

First-time Sales Apprentices in the state of Texas are required by law to take a total of 98 hours of qualifying Texas SAE courses. These classes will provide you with the knowledge needed to sell real estate in the state of Texas.  These courses only need to be taken when renewing your license for the first time. 

Required courses include:

  • Four hours of TREC Legal Update I.

  • Four hours of TREC Legal Update II.

In addition to the required eight hours of TREC Legal Update, new Sales Apprentices must also take an additional 90 credit hours in topics such as:

  • Principles of Real Estate: This course covers licensing, ethics, titles, legal descriptions, deeds encumbrance, liens, distinctions between personal and real property, appraisals, closing procedures, and a minimum of three hours on laws related to housing and credit discrimination. 

  • Law of Agency: Agency courses cover topics such as agent authority, termination of agent authority, employment law, listing procedures, and disclosure of agency, among other topics.

  • Law of Contracts: This course covers topics related to offers and acceptances, fraud, breach of contracts, commission rules, and owner disclosure requirements.

  • Promulgated Contract Forms: An exploration of commission rules governing the use of forms, broker-lawyer relationships, and unauthorized practice of law.

  • Real Estate Finance: A review of primary and money markets, mortgage loan sources, loan application processes, closing costs, equal credit opportunity acts, and community reinvestment.

These courses are required for all apprentice sales agents license renewals. The remaining hours can be selected from a list of approved elective courses on topics such as real estate appraisal, real estate law, marketing, mathematics, property management, investments, and real estate inspection.

Texas Continuing Education (CE) Courses for Real Estate Sales Agents

Every two years, real estate agents in the state of Texas receive a license renewal reminder. To qualify for license renewal, the state of Texas requires agents to complete a total of 18 hours of continuing education.

These courses must include:

  • Four hours of TREC Legal Update I.

  • Four hours of TREC Legal Update II.

  • Three hours of a Contract Course

  • Seven hours of elective courses.

Elective courses for real estate CE in Texas may include:

  • Appraisal: A course on the function and purpose of appraisals, what determines value, market and income-based value estimates, case studies, and appraisal reports.

  • Real Estate Law: Covers the main tenants of real estate law, including land description, conveyances, encumbrances, foreclosures, and titles.

  • Real Estate Marketing: Covers how to market your business, real estate professionalism, ethics, time management, how psychology impacts marketing, listing policies, advertising, and the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act.

  • Real Estate Mathematics: Learn math and logic skills you'll need to be successful as a real estate sales agent, including percentages, interest, depreciation, proration, amortization, and how to estimate closing statements.

  • Property Management: Learn about the role of a property manager, basic landlord policies, negotiating leases, building tenant relationships, handling maintenance, habitability laws, and the Fair Housing Act.

  • Real Estate Investments: Covers topics related to real estate investment including investment analysis, time-valued money, discounted and non-discounted investment criteria, leverage, tax shelters, and property depreciation. 

  • Residential Inspection: Learn about property condition addendum, inspector and client agreement, tools and procedures, and the basics of inspecting plumbing, HVAC, appliances, roofs, gutters, paved areas, walls, doors, windows, fireplaces, doors, and more.

What Are the Main Differences Between Texas CE and Texas SAE Courses? 

Texas CE courses must be taken every two years and only require 18 hours of education. Texas SAE courses are required just once, but agents must complete a total of 98 hours. Both first time and repeat real estate license renewal require eight hours of TREC legal updates.

*This article was updated on 1/20/21

Michael Rhoda

Want to know more about being a real estate agent?