Alabama Real Estate Commission Contingency Plan for COVID-19
April 6, 2020   


Regarding Virtual Education An Option During COVID-19 Pandemic:
The onslaught of COVID-19 and the necessity to maintain space and distance require a different approach for classroom course delivery. Therefore, the Commission has approved the offering of all approved classroom courses for delivery through virtual platforms such as Zoom, Webex and other similar apps that allow instructors to verify that each registered student is present and participating. While the Commission is not setting a limit on the number of students per class, instructors are expected to use good judgment to assure that course credit is being accurately awarded.

All approved courses, salesperson and broker prelicense, salesperson post license and all continuing education courses, can now be delivered through virtual platforms until December 31, 2020.

Note: This approval of virtual delivery for classroom courses does not affect the availability of existing distance education courses. Those will remain options. You can check for approved courses at arec.alabama.gov.

Your Commission is committed to ensuring your license education requirements are available and literally at your fingertips. This pandemic has placed real estate educators in a great dilemma and licensees at an even greater disadvantage. This initiative hopes to close that gap and guarantee the availability of required CE service as needed by you.

Regarding Extended CE Deadline:
Due to the disruption in continuing education (CE) course offerings because of COVID-19, the deadline for completing the required CE to obtain or maintain an active real estate license for the upcoming license renewal period has been extended to December 31, 2020. This extended deadline applies to any CE credit courses taken by licensees as well as the method by which the courses are taken. It applies to both classroom and distance education courses. Failure of active licensees to complete the 15-hour CE requirement by December 31, 2020, will result in renewed licenses being placed on inactive status as of January 1, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: The license renewal payment deadline has not changed.

Alabama real estate commissioners and team members take the environment caused by the invasion of the coronavirus disease seriously and will continue to monitor ways in which the Commission can address the needs of licensees and the public. The Commission’s website, arec.alabama.gov, will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Regarding Deadlines and Extensions Other than Renewals and Continuing Education:
If a licensee or applicant cannot meet any other filing deadline during the COVID-19 pandemic, all deadlines are extended until education and other services are restored and the coronavirus is not a risk factor. The Commission will publish updates at arec.alabama.gov and on social media when deadlines are back in effect.

Regarding PSI Test Sites For Salesperson And Broker Exams:
All PSI test sites are closed and are tentatively scheduled to reopen on May 1, 2020. PSI will be attempting to contact everyone who has scheduled an examination during this time. You will not forfeit your exam fee and will be allowed to reschedule without additional charge. Exam candidates can currently schedule an exam for May 1 or later using PSI’s website at goamp.com. If your exam deadline expires prior to May 1, 2020, please see Alabama Real Estate Commission Contingency Plan for COVID-19 regarding deadlines and extensions.

Regarding Commission Meeting:
The next Commission Meeting is Thursday, April 23, 2020. This Commission Teleconference is set for 9:00 a.m. Visit the Open Meetings website at www.openmeetings.alabama.gov. For access to the meeting, please call Barbi Lee at 334.242.5544. Secondarily, future Commission functions (licensing and education) will also be modified until further notice. All trust account audits, and education audits are canceled immediately.

Regarding Fingerprint Sites:
Fingerprint sites may or may not be open. Those are beyond our control. However, Gemalto has assured us that they are instituting careful cleaning procedures and if sites must close, they will endeavor to open new ones. Consult their website at aps.gemalto.com. We advise temporary salesperson applicants and broker applicants to go ahead and send your completed application to the Commission office and then get your fingerprints when the site is open, and it is safe to do so.

Regarding Operations Of The Commission:
We want you to feel confident that the operations of the Commission will continue throughout this period. For the time being the office will be closed to licensees and the public. Licensees can leave any documents in the mail slot and speak to any staff member by phone. As a result, we have enhanced some of our phone and internet procedures in the interest of our licensee and employee health and safety. Staff will remain accessible by phone and email. Stay tuned to our website for updates and notices.

Regarding Payments:
Please be aware that if a payment needs to be made to the Commission, it can be made electronically at alabamainteractive.org/arecmenu/welcome.action.

There is no higher priority to our entire Alabama Real Estate Commission family than the safety of our licensees and team members. In response to the new COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has modified its operations, procedures, and onsite staffing. We are in close communication with the Governor’s Office and other State agencies to stay on top of this evolving situation.

As we are sure you are aware, things change rapidly and decisions that are made are consistently being reviewed and revised. PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING LINKS FOR CONTINUED UPDATES AND INFORMATION FROM THE ALABAMA REAL ESTATE COMMISSION:


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DO YOU KNOW YOUR CE REQUIREMENTS


For Activation and Renewal?

LEVEL 1 for Risk Management

includes the Risk Management: Avoiding Violations course which is required for all licensees...both salespersons and brokers.

LEVEL 2 for Risk Management

includes the Risk Management for Salespersons course, the Risk Management for Brokers course, or an industry-specific Risk Management course approved by the Commission.