: New Jersey's Continuing Education...Exemptions?

New Jersey's Continuing Education...Exemptions?



New Jersey Association of Realtors (NJAR) President Drew Fishman recently offered some clarification on the NJ Real Estate Commission (REC) flip in its position supporting continuing education requirements for NJ Realtors.

Appearing at last week’s Atlantic County Women’s Council of Realtors meeting, Fishman said the REC wants to exempt its members from the continuing education requirements.  This follows its approval of the recommendations by a joint study committee made up of Commission appointees and NJAR.  Those recommendations were outlined in New Jersey Catches Up With the Nation. 

Drew Fishman 

“NJAR does not support these exemptions from the proposed law. We will continue seek legislative approval of these bills and look for passage in spring, 2009,” Fishman explained.

The NJ Real Estate Commission is made up of five members who have been licensed as New Jersey real estate brokers for at least ten years, two public members, and one representative of an appropriate governmental department.

The members are appointed by the Governor and will be responsible, under the proposed legislation, for determining the content of qualifying continuing education courses.

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Exemption for these appointees makes no sense to me!

Keller Williams
Atlantic Shore
Laura Giannotta

Comment balloon 7 commentsLaura Giannotta • December 07 2008 06:49AM


Good Morning Laura:

Doesn't make sense to me either!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 11 years ago

Interesting.  Congress exempts itself from many employment regulations.  The government exempts itself from being sued for most negligent actions.

I suppose they wish to exempt themselves from the mundane CE requirements because they can.

I would suggest that, if they are to be exempt from CE requirements, that they give up their license while serving on the real estate commissions or boards. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Toula we'll have to wait and see!

Lenn I'm afraid that the Commission will adopt regulations for CE (my reading of the law seems to indicate they can do that) and exempt themselves, making the need for legislation moot!  Now according to NJ law, I must tell you I am not an attorney, nor is this legal advice!  LOL 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 11 years ago

We have enough people in this business that have no idea of wha they really are doing.  The cont ed should be raised in my opinion. 

In my contract with my agent sthe need to do 20 hrs in stead of 15

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 11 years ago

Laura, why would any agent NOT want to continue growing and learning, and keeping up with the market and the law?  It is beyond me! 

It would seem like they would want to PROMOTE continuing education to keep the "bar" high for our industry!!!  After all, we rank with car sales men now!

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Regina P. Brown
Allison James Estates & Homes

Posted by Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor (MBA Broker Consultants) over 11 years ago

William We have no continuing ed requirements in NJ! ZERO.  My beef is that to be on the Commission you need to have been a broker for 10 years, and now we want to give them a further extention?  It's nuts!

Regina I'm with you, I got my ABR this year, and I'm struggling to finish ePRO (I'm not enjoying the class at all!)

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 11 years ago

Laura, um, in Bergen County we DO have continuing ed requirements..

Posted by Evelyne 'Eve' Cohen, RE Agent serving NJ/Bergen my playground,Fierce (Keller Williams Town Life/The Living Great Group) almost 5 years ago