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Testing, Education, & Program Services FAQ's

General Questions

Q: What is the most important thing I can do to prepare for a licensing examination?

A: Obtain the Candidate Information Bulletin from either the National organization that sponsors the examination or the State's vendor. You can find a link to your exam administrator's website by choosing your profession from the drop down list of exams on the top of www.michigan.gov/bcstesting

Real Estate Appraisers

Q: I would like to teach aprelicensure and/or continuing education class for Michigan real estate appraiser licensees. What do I need to do to become an approved Sponsor and teach a course?

A: Pursuant to Rule Sec. 2617, all required educational courses shall be offered by one of the following sponsors:

  • An institution of higher education authorized to grant degrees, being a college, university, or community or junior college
  • A private school licensed by the department under 1943 PA 148, MCL 395.101 to 395.103, or authorized to operate in any other state or jurisdiction
  • A state or federal agency or commission
  • A nonprofit association related to real property or real property appraisal

For Private Occupational Schools, application must be made to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Proprietary School Unit, by any private entity wishing to offer Real Estate Appraisal courses for prelicensure or continuing education credit. Approval by the Proprietary School Unit is given in conjunction with Testing, Education & Program Services. Approval cannot be issued until all items are coordinated between the two units. You can contact the Proprietary School Unit at (517) 241-9288, or visit their website at www.michigan.gov/pss, for information regarding the requirements for obtaining a proprietary school license.

Visit the Testing, Education & Program Services’ website, www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and click on Forms & Publications to find the approval application package for prelicensure and continuing education sponsor/course approvals. Instructions for filing these applications are included. Submit the completed application to the Department for approval. You will receive notification of approval or denial within 60 days of the Department receipt of the application.

Q: I would like to renew aprelicensure and/or continuing education class for Michigan Real Estate Appraiser licensees, what do I need to do to teach the same class again?

A: Visit the Testing, Education & Program Services’ website, www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and click on Forms & Publications to find the approval application package for prelicensure and continuing education sponsor/course approvals. Instructions for filing these applications are included. Submit the completed application to the Department for approval. You will receive notification of approval or denial within 60 days of the Department receipt of the application

Q: I am a Real Estate Appraiser education provider, how should I submit my class attendance rosters to the State?

A: Real Estate Appraisers Education Sponsors must complete formCSCL/LAP-120. This form can be faxed to (517) 241-7539, emailed to bcseducation@michigan.gov or mailed to LARA - Testing, Education & Program Services, PO Box 30018, Lansing MI 48909. This form must be received by the State within 15 business days after conclusion of the course.

Q: Where do I find a list of approved continuing education courses for Real Estate Appraiser licenses?

A: Visit the Testing, Education and Program Services’ website, www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and click on the link under Candidate Information title Approved Real Estate Appraiser Course Offerings.

Q: How many Real Estate Appraiser continuing education hours have been submitted to the State for my license?

A: To check reported real estate appraiser continuing education (CE) clock hours that approved Sponsors have transmitted to the Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA), open the "Check a License" link here or under "Quick Links" in the right hand column of the appraiser's licensing main page. Identify the licensee by using either the licensee name or license number. Once the licensee's name appears in blue, click on it and then scroll down and click to the "continuing education" link. If discrepancies are found, you need to contact the CE Sponsor to ensure that your attendance was reported. Sponsors have fifteen days to report to the Department. Please allow sufficient time for the hours to post.

Visit the Real Estate Appraiser licensing website for continuing education hour requirements or call (517) 241-9288.

Real Estate

Q: I would like to teach aprelicensure education class for Michigan real estate licensees. What do I need to do to become an approved Sponsor and teach courses?

A: Pursuant to Rule Sec. 2504(10), all required prelicensure courses shall be offered by one of the following sponsors:

  • A local public school district, a community college, an institution of higher education authorized to grant degrees
  • A proprietary school licensed by the department under 1943 PA 148, MCL 395.101 to 395.103.

For Private Occupational Schools, application must be made to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Proprietary School Unit, by any entity, other than those authorized by 2504(10), wishing to offer Real Estate courses for prelicensure education credit. Approval by the Proprietary School Unit is given in conjunction with Testing, Education & Program Services. Approval cannot be issued until all items are coordinated between the two units. You can contact the Proprietary School Unit at (517) 241-9288, or visit their website at www.michigan.gov/pss, for information regarding the requirements for obtaining a proprietary school license.

Visit the Testing, Education & Program Services’ website, www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and click on Forms & Publications, you will locate an approval application package for prelicensure education sponsor/course approvals. Instructions for filing these applications are included. Submit the completed application and the required information to the Department for approval. You will receive notification of approval or denial within 60 days of the Department’s receipt of the application.

Q: I would like to teach a continuing education class for Michigan real estate licensees, what do I need to fill out to teach a class?

A: Visit the Testing, Education & Program Services’ website, www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and click on Forms & Publications, you will locate an approval application package for continuing education course approvals. Instructions for filing these applications are included. Submit the completed application and required information to the Department for approval. You will receive notification of approval or denial within 60 days of the Department’s receipt of the application.

Q: I would like to renew aprelicense and/or continuing education class for Michigan real estate licensees, what do I need to do to teach the same class again?

A: Visit the Testing, Education & Program Services’ website, www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and click on Forms & Publications, you will locate an application package for prelicensure education or continuing education or courses. Instructions for filing these applications are included. Submit the completed application and the required information to the Department for approval. You will receive notification of approval or denial within 60 days of the Department’s receipt of the application.

Q: I am a Real Estate education provider, how should I submit my class attendance rosters to the State?

A: Real Estate PreLicensure:

Before you submit a class attendance roster, at least 30 days before courses are held, school and sponsor shall submit a Schedule and Geographic Location of each class, formCSCL/LRE-004, The Department will send the course offering ID via email.

Within 5 business days of the conclusion of the last course, schools and sponsors shall submit the class attendance roster, form CSCL/LRE-005, to fax number (517) 241-7539, email bcseducation@michigan.gov or to LARA - Testing, Education and Program Services, PO Box 30018, Lansing MI 48909

Real Estate Continuing Education:

Before you submit a class attendance roster, at least 30 days before courses are held, school and sponsor shall submit a Schedule and Geographic Location of each class, form CSCL/LRE-004, The Department will send the course offering ID via email.

Distance Course Attendance Roster: http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/bcsc/forms/real/ocetemplate.xls

NonDistance Course Attendance Roster: http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/bcsc/forms/real/cetemplate.xls

Please email one of the above course attendance rosters as an excel spreadsheet or text file to bcseducation@michigan.gov within 5 days of course completion.

Q: Where do I find a list of approved continuing education and prelicensure courses for Real Estate licenses?

A: Visit the Testing, Education & Program Services’ website, www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and you will find a link under Candidate Information titled Approved Real Estate Course Offerings where you can search all approved scheduled courses. Or you can view the entire list of approved courses on our website by clicking one of the links List of Approved Real Estate Prelicensure Courses or List of Approved Real Estate Continuing Education Courses or.

Q: How many Real Estate continuing education hours have been submitted to the State for my license?

A: To check reported real estate continuing education (CE) clock hours that approved Sponsors have transmitted to the Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA), open the "Check a License" link here or under "Quick Links" in the right hand column of the real estate licensing main page. Identify the licensee by using either the licensee name or license number. Once the licensee's name appears in blue, click on it and then scroll down and click to the "continuing education" link. If discrepancies are found, you should contact the CE Sponsor to ensure that your attendance was reported. Sponsors have five days to report to the Department. Please allow sufficient time for the hours to post.

Real estate licenses expire 10-31-2015. Classes that are being given by approved CE Sponsors are designated "M" for this current three-year period.

The continuing education hours are displayed in two views on the screen. One is "Current Cycle" which will display all "M" course hours/classes and the other is a view of all CE hours that have ever been reported to the Department.

Important: If a duplicate course is reported (licensee took the same course twice, even if it was with a different Sponsor), the first course will be displayed under Current Cycle and the duplicate course will display under "all" CE but cannot count toward renewal twice. This is also important if you used any M classes/hours to renew late or get relicensed.

If you have any questions about your requirements or how to verify hours, e-mail: bcslic@michigan.gov or call 517-241-9288.

Residential Builders

Q: How do I become a Residential Builder Prelicensure Education Sponsor?

A: All courses and instructors for prelicensure education must be approved by Testing, Education & Program Services in the Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau. If you are interested in offering courses for prelicensure for Residential Builders or M&A Contractors, you must submit an application, course outline, and provide the content of the course to the Testing, Education & Program Services unit for approval. Application packets for approval of courses and instructors are available at www.michigan.gov/bcstesting under the "Forms" menu. An individual or a school (other than a high school, intermediate school district, community college, or university) wishing to offer prelicensure education courses may be required to become licensed under the Proprietary School Act, 1943 PA 148. Please contact the Department’s Licensing Unit at (517) 241-9288, or visit their website at www.michigan.gov/pss for information regarding their requirements for obtaining a proprietary school license.

If you have questions, please contact the Testing, Education & Program Services Unit at (517) 241-9231 or email us at bcseducation@michigan.gov

Q: Where do I find a list of approved Residential Builder prelicensure courses?

A: Visit the Testing, Education & Program Services’ website, www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and click on the link under Candidate Information title Approved Residential Builders Course Offerings.

Q: I am a Residential Builder education provider, how should I submit my class attendance rosters to the State?

A: Residential Builder PreLicensure Sponsors are not required to report attendance to the State. The individual licensees must submit their certificates with their initial license application.

Q: I am a Residential Builder education provider, how can I have my continuing competency course(s) approved by the State?

A: The Occupational Code does not require Residential Builder continuing competency courses to be approved by the State.

 

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