What is PL?

Yes, I know that you know what post license really is, but I am not sure that it’s intent is working. My understanding is that the intent of post licensing is to instill knowledge into new agents, in what use to be the first two years of their first licensing cycle and as of July 1, 2008 will be the first year of the licensing cycle. My understanding was that it was suppose to be all the things that weren’t taught in pre-licensing. To submit for credit for PL classes, is a much more tedious and frustrating process than Continuing Education or Broker Education. The agent also needs to keep track of much more, and then different tracks (property management, residential, commercial) must be watched for.

The Structure

PL is not only more difficult to take for the new agent, it’s more complicated to submit for credit at DPOR. What I may be able to reasonable get approved for CE learners, may be more difficult for PL credits. For example, I submitted an 8 hour Technology class for Real Estate Related approval and received the 8 hour credits, but the same class submitted for PL only gets four hours, unless I figure out how to restructure the course to make it two distinct programs. If I am teaching a multiple discipline program such as ABR where one can get Fair Housing, Agency and Ethics; than one application goes to DPOR for CE credits and one number is issued for all three disciplines. However, with the same course for PL; each discipline has to be a separate application. Thus requiring twice (often more) the paperwork at the time of class, submissions, certifications and tracking. This also multiplies the opportunity for the school to miss a submission or misfile the credits. PL classes must be between 1-4 hours; or a minimum of 3 hours if mandatory topics etc…

Is the Mission Goal being accomplished?

I know that DPOR and leadership is trying to meet the demands of the membership to get agents better prepared early in their career, but many are struggling to get the 30 hours in a two year period – not for lack of trying’ but rather in difficulty in finding the required classes and finding them with sufficient hours approved. Most are simply renewing on-line or by correspondence because of lack availability of solid classroom education opportunities. Study, after study shows the retention rates for on-line or correspondence programs are considerably lower than classroom education.

I spend a considerable amount of time, as staff, trying to figure out how to get the most PL hours in each class submission. We also spend a large amount of time working daily with agents who are simply frustrated with PL issues. I find the new agents are much more concerned about their renewal credits and time lines that experienced agents In many, many occasions we find that agents must take 45 or so clock hours (often on the same topics) to get the 30 hours of credit time that they need.

What Say You?

At times I feel like the PL program was simply a way to circumvent apathetic Brokers who weren’t giving good oversite and education in their offices. I’m OK with that, as I don’t know how to do more to require Brokers to educate their agents. However, from standpoint, all agents regardless of experience should be taking at least 30 hours of training in a two year period seeing as how exponentially real estate is evolving. The additional 8 hours of Broker training was a good step in this direction.

How effective do you think the current program is, for actually better preparing the agent for their career, and if it isn’t working, what do you think could be done better?