Polinchock Introduces Legislation to Allow Remote Learning for Real Estate Schools

Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) recently introduced legislation to amend the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act (RELRA), Act 9 of 1980, to permit real estate schools which have been approved to provide in-person instruction to also livestream the course, offering it to remote students.

“Our real estate professionals, like so many, have seen the worst of COVID-19 mitigation orders and shutdowns last year, ultimately obstructing them from performing their jobs and placing families in homes,” Polinchock said. “Offering courses remotely is a simple solution in helping our real estate professionals, and those wanting to become real estate professionals, serve our communities safely and without roadblocks. Schooling is a vital piece of Pennsylvania’s real estate business, it’s important we make it possible for all in the field or who are looking to join.”

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In Pennsylvania, to obtain a real estate license, candidates must complete 75 hours of classes and pass two exams. Those seeking to renew their real estate license, are required to take 14 hours of classes every two years. Real estate schools that have been approved to run in-person classes begin this fall.

“Real estate distance education is of the same value as the in-person courses. The instructors would be teaching both in-person and remote learners at once, guaranteeing identical intake,” Polinchock concluded.

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