To maintain real estate licenses in the state of Wisconsin, real estate licensees must complete 18 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years. The 18 hours must include completion of 3 hours for each of the 6 required course topics listed below. There are no longer elective courses as part of the 18 required hours.
Course 1: Wisconsin Listing Contracts
Course 2: Wisconsin Offers to Purchase
Course 3: Wisconsin New Developments
Course 4: Wisconsin Real Estate Ethics and Consumer Protection
Course 5: Wisconsin Real Estate Law and Practice
Course 6: Wisconsin Real Estate Transactions
As the leading expert in Wisconsin real estate practice, the WRA is your top choice for real estate education. The WRA offers various education formats to help you complete your requirements.
CE exemption rule changes: All licensees are required to complete the 18 credit hours of CE, including for the biennium during which they were licensed. Thus, newly licensed individuals are not exempt from CE during the biennium they first receive their license. See Wis. Admin. Code § REEB 25: Education. However, one individual is exempt: a salesperson who receives a license after October 1 of the even year of the biennium is not required to complete CE for that biennium. Brokers do not receive any exemption.Minnesota licensees: Per the Minnesota Department of Commerce, only eight credit hours of CE may be taken in a 24-hour period.
Minnesota licensees may only obtain credit once during the same licensing period for any particular CE course. This includes CE courses of the same title and biennium that may be released in a second, revised version during the same biennium. In this case, Minnesota licensees may not receive credit for both a pre- and post-revision version of the same course.
Inactive Wisconsin license: If your license is inactive and has been inactive for less than five years and you wish to renew your license, you must (1) complete the previous biennium of CE, (2) pay the license fee, and (3) pay the late fee.
Appraisal CE credits: The real estate CE courses do not qualify as approved appraisal CE course credit.
The National Association of REALTORS® requires 2-1/2 hours of ethics training between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021.
This NAR link is helpful too: Q&A: Ethics Training Requirements for New and Continuing Members
a) Course 4 of the WRA's 2019-2020 Continuing Education courses will fulfill the NAR Code of Ethics requirement* as well.