HB 2655: real estate licenses; online classes

PRIME SPONSOR: Representative Mosley (with permission of committee on Rules), LD 5

BILL STATUS: House Engrossed


ADRE - Arizona Department of Real Estate
Commissioner- ADRE Commissioner
Amendments – BOLD and Stricken (Committee)


☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteRelating to online real estate classes for licensure by ADRE. 


1.       Permits an initial applicant for a real estate salesperson or broker license to take online courses offered by a school certified by the Commissioner if all exams are taken in person. (Sec. 2)

2.       Authorizes the Commissioner to establish by rule, fees for prelicensure online courses. (Sec. 3)

3.       Requires the application for a certificate of online course approval to be submitted to ADRE 90 days before holding an online course of study.  Further, directs ADRE to issue approval within 90 days after receiving an application.  (Sec. 4)

4.       Authorizes a 180-day provisional approval and outlines requirements for both the applicant and ADRE personnel.  (Sec. 4)

5.       Designates a period of at least four years for online course approval if materials and content are substantially unchanged.  (Sec. 4)

6.       Prescribes course materials that allow student feedback, participation and instruction.  (Sec. 4)

7.       Defines online course. (Sec. 1)

8.       Makes technical and conforming changes. (Sec. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

9.       Contains an effective date of January 1, 2019. (Sec. 6)

Current Law

An initial applicant for a real estate salesperson or broker license is required to complete at least 90 classroom hours in a real estate school certified by the Commissioner and pass the required examinations. The application must be completed within 10 years after completing the required classroom hours. (A.R.S. § 32-2124)

A renewal applicant is required to file an application, pay the renewal fee and show evidence of continuing education attendance (24 credit hours for a salesperson or associate broker and 30 credit hours for a designated broker or associate broker employed by a designated broker) at a school certified by the Commissioner during every 24-month period of licensure. (A.R.S. § 32-2130)

Designated broker is the natural person who is licensed as a broker and acts on behalf of an employing real estate entity or does business as a sole proprietor. (A.R.S. § 32-2101)


A salesperson or real estate broker that does not reside in the state is required to complete a minimum of a 27-hour course that is specific to Arizona's real estate statutes, rules, practices and procedures and is required to pass the real estate school's examinations before taking Arizona's examinations. (A.R.S. § 32-2125.02)

A real estate school must obtain from the Commissioner a certificate of approval or renewal to operate for a period of at least four years. (A.R.S. § 32-2135)

Additional information

Current real estate licensees may attend "distance learning courses", or courses that can be taken over the internet as outlined in the Arizona Administrative Code Title 4, Chapter 28, Article 1 which contains the corresponding provision.




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Fifty-third Legislature                  HB 2655

Second Regular Session                               Version 2: House Engrossed


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