Is Metropolitan School of Real Estate an accredited real estate school?
Yes! We have been a licensed school (license #1214) since 2008. You can find our school name listed on the Massachusetts Board of Professional Licensure website.
When am I eligible to start taking my continuing education hours?
Massachusetts agents and brokers are eligible to complete their required 12 hours of continuing education online at any time. If you are an agent or broker, you need 12 hours each 2-year cycle before renewing your license on your birthday. You don’t need to wait till the week before your license expires to get started!
How often do Massachusetts real estate agents need to take continuing ed?
Every 2 years, Massachusetts agents and brokers need to complete 12 hours of certified education courses from a school that is licensed, like ours.
On our site, once a student completes 12 hours — six courses — they will be issued a certificate. This certificate can and should be printed out and stored in a safe place. Presently, the state does not want certificates mailed to them, but there is a chance they may contact you during an audit and ask for a copy of your certificate to verify that you took your continuing education.
If your license is not currently active, however, the state may request a copy of your certificate if you are re-activating an expired license.
What if I don’t need to complete all of the 12 hours?
Our 12-hour course allows you to take 12 hours for a certificate and continue watching all available courses as/if you wish. You have more choices than the minimum six 2-hour courses, but you will be issued only one certificate for 12 hours for the one-price, one-year period. In other words, credited hours cannot be “carried forward.” Even though we offer more than 12 hours worth of credits we do not issue credits for any additional courses you watch during your sign up period.
If you need just 2 hours, (say, for example, you need only an ETHICS course to meet your bi-annual Realtor® requirement), you can sign up for and watch our videos separately for a 2-hour course module credit and a 2-hour certificate. Scroll down on the Continuing Education page to see the option for purchasing videos separately for $10/each. So, $10/each or the whole package of videos for one great price.
Alternatively, if you just need credit for 8 or 10 hours, because you completed a few hours on some other site and got bored, you have a few options. Best is to buy the suite of 12 hours for unlimited access. Complete 12 hours (6 courses) and automatically get a certificate for 12 hours. Or, if you are in a time constraint, complete the hours you need and give us a prompt so we can produce a certificate documenting your hours of completed courses. Note, you need to complete the 3 segments of 1 course to get credit for that course.
How quickly can I complete the course?
The State of MA requires 12 hours of continuing education. In theory you could complete the course in just 12 hours – if you did a marathon session watching our online video courses back to back. But it’s not likely you have a free 12-hour block to do that, plus you wouldn’t retain very much of what you learn.
How quickly you complete your mandatory 12 hours is really up to you. Note we have divided the courses into bite-sized chunks of approximately 40 minutes each to make it easy to work them into your schedule and watch at your convenience.
Do I have to watch the entire 12-hours of video in one session?
Absolutely not (and we recommend against it!). Each 2-hour course module is split up into three segments of approximately 40 minutes each. Each segment must be viewed in its entirety for you to receive credit. You may stop and start as you wish, but you may plan on attempting to watch in 2-hour or 40-minute segments along the way to your 12 hours.
Can I fast forward the videos?
You can only fast forward a video to the furthest point that you have already seen. And if you try to drag the slider ahead it will just bounce you back. It’s set up this way to ensure that you have actually watched the video material and not merely fast-forwarded through it. Please note that the state requires you to watch a full 12 hours to complete your continuing education requirement, and also requires us to set up our online video courses in such a way that we can provide reasonable assurance that you’ve watched a full 12 hours.
When/how do I receive my certificate of completion?
Once you complete the last 40-minute segment of the entire 12-hour course, you will be able to order your certificate in your account. Simply fill in your name and license number, and you will receive an email shortly after that. Occasionally the email containing the certificate is filtered to your spam folder so be sure to check there if it doesn’t show up in your inbox. Be sure to save the email and/or print out a copy for your files.
What if my name was misspelled on my certificate?
That’s unlikely to happen as the name on your certificate will be the name as you enter it yourself when you finish the course. If you have any issues with the certificate, just email us at [email protected] and we will make the correction for you.
How do I know it’s safe to give you my credit card info?
We take the same steps of the major online retailers to ensure the security of your credit card information. You’ll notice when you’re on our registration page that the URL is https and not just http. The “s” at the end indicates that the page is secure and the data you enter will be encrypted. For a further explanation, google: “what is the difference between http and https?”
What if I have a question that wasn’t answered on this page?
Please send an email to [email protected]. We will respond to you as soon as we possibly can!