As a Texas real estate agent, you are required to renew your license every two years. In order to renew your license, you must first complete continuing education courses. This ensures that you are capable of delivering competent, quality, and ethical real estate services.
If you are preparing to renew your real estate license for the first time, you may have already heard of SAE. In this post, we will define what SAE is, what information it covers, and when and how you can take it.
In case you’re not familiar, let’s start with a simple definition.
What is SAE?
A typical Salesperson Apprentice Education (SAE) course includes 98 hours of qualifying real estate education, and is required for agents renewing their licenses for the first time. This includes the two 4-hour Legal Update courses that TREC added as a requirement on January 1, 2016.
What does it cover?
Most SAE course packages will cover Texas sales and marketing, property management (including maintenance, accounting, administrative, legal activities, and federal regulations), and essentials of real estate investment in Texas. Most programs also allow you to choose additional electives, like real estate law and brokerage. Each course fulfills 30 hours of credit, so expect to take three of these, along with the Legal Update classes. Some companies will offer the Legal Update courses as an add-on -- meaning you’ll be charged extra -- so make sure your course set includes everything you need before handing over the funds.
When can I take it?
The Texas Real Estate Commission will send you a license renewal notice about 90 days before your expiration date. You cannot renew your license until you receive this notice of renewal. You may renew your license up to six months after the expiration date. Once you have taken the course, submit qualifying course completion documents to TREC at least 10 days before renewing your license.
Where do I take an SAE course?
Many SAE courses are available either online or as study-at-home packages, or even a hybrid of both. Check with your closest real estate school to see if they offer SAE courses that fit your learning style. You will also want to check the school's accreditation. Not all courses are created equal, so you may want to read reviews from previous students.
The Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) currently offers the full course package for $330, or $135 per course, if you just need to fulfill part of the requirement. Check out their calendar to get the dates and times for SAE class sessions. Just ‘check’ the Salesperson Apprenticeship Courses box.
Head to Texas REALTORS® for another option. Its Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI) designation helps Realtors keep up with changing laws, technology, and best practices. New members can even get a $50 discount on the GRI class of their choice!