Classroom, Virtual, and Online Courses Are Available
- To view and register for NEFAR's classroom or virtual courses, visit the Education, NEFAR Classroom and Virtual tab.
- To view and register for online courses available through NEFAR's online course partners, visit the Education, Online Course Partners tab.
Virtual vs. Online Courses - Two Different Categories of Classes
Virtual Courses: Taught by a live instructor on a specified date and time, just like a classroom course. Register for virtual courses on the Education | NEFAR Classroom and Virtual tab. The day before the class, persons registered are emailed a link with instructions that permit them to join the virtual class at the appointed time, via a video conferencing program (such as StarLeaf, WebEx, etc.) NEFAR's virtual courses are a new option. There is no cost for them, at this time.
Online Courses: Online courses don't include a live instructor and are not held at a specific date or time. For your convenience, they are accessible 24/7, 365 through an online course provider's public website. These online courses are not new, NEFAR has offered them for years through our two contractual online course partners, OnCourse Learning and The CE Shop, both of which offer a range of classes. As the course partners produce the courses, most require a fee. View and enroll in classes for either online partner on the Education | Online Course Partners tab.
Registering | Cancellations | Locations | Confirmations | CE Slips
NEFAR Classes: Classroom courses are held at various locations, including our five NEFAR Service Centers: The Resource Center (headquarters Service Center in Jacksonville), Beaches Service Center, Putnam Service Center, Southwest Service Center, St. Johns Service Center. In addition, classes are held at varying offsite locations as announced.
Online registration is preferred for all courses. You may, however, register for classroom courses that do not require payment via NEFAR's Education Hotline: (904) 394-9494, ext. 1650. Some classes may require a completed registration form to be submitted to NEFAR or elsewhere. Registration requirements are included in the course description for each class. Course descriptions and registration links are available on NEFAR.com.
Cancellations | No Shows: Please contact NEFAR's education department to cancel a registration, to open a spot for another member. NEFAR does not confirm course cancellations. To cancel a course for which you have paid a fee, email (verbals not accepted) a cancellation / refund request to Education@NEFAR.org no later than four business days prior to the first day of the class, unless otherwise indicated.
Confirmations: Registration confirmations are emailed to you the next business day after registering, to the preferred email address in your NEFAR member record. It is your responsibility to maintain a current, valid email address in your NEFAR member record. If you do not receive a confirmation after the next business day, contact NEFAR Education Department staff (or contact NEFMLS if you've registered for a flexMLS course). Confirmations list the first day of the class, even for multi-day courses.
NEFMLS Classes: Handled soley by NEFMLS, not NEFAR. Contact the Northeast Florida Multiple Listing Service at (904) 394-9494, ext. 1603.
Replacement CE Slips: Cost is $10 for courses taken within the past two years, $20 for courses beyond two-years.
Code of Ethics Requirement - Realtor Membership AND Florida License Renewal
Code of Ethics course completion is a Realtor association membership requirement mandated by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Effective in 2018, the State of Florida also includes completion of an ethics course as a licensing renewal requirement.
Regardless of when your license expires, all NEFAR Realtor members must take an approved ethics class within the time frame established by NAR to maintain your Realtor association membership, and also in accordance with the 2018 State of Florida real estate education licensing law to renew and maintain an active Florida real estate license. Compliance deadlines are:
- If your standard renewal date is March 30: all education requirements (including ethics) must be met prior to that date.
- If your standard renewal date is Sept. 30: all education requirements (including ethics) must be met prior to that date.
- Dec. 31 (every three years - example: end of 2021, end of 2024, etc.) – Regardless of your license expiration date! To maintain membership in a Realtor association, you are required to complete an approved ethics course during every three-year Code of Ethics requirement cycle.
The most recent NAR Code of Ethics cycle ended Dec. 31, 2018. The current NAR Code of Ethics cycle began Jan. 1, 2019 and ends Dec. 31, 2021.
Florida Education License Renewal Requirements
Florida license renewal is conducted online at via www.MyFloridaLicense.com.
Sales associates: In their first renewal period, sales associates must complete the 45 Hour Salesperson's Post Licensing Course only. Successfully completing the GRI I course also satisfies this requirement. Taking miscellaneous classes that total 45 hours does not satisfy the requirement. If you are not in your first renewal period, you must complete 14 hours of continuing education credits - three of which must be Core Law, three must be ethics, plus eight hours of specialty credit (any other continuing education approved course; any subject).
Brokers: Brokers must complete 60 hours of Broker Post Licensing (initial renewal only). Taking both GRI II and GRI III satisfies this requirement (each class is 30 hours).
Tracking Education Credits: You are responsible for retaining any course completion certificate for classes you take, optimally for seven years (in case of audit). You can view and track your credits at www.MyFloridaLicense.com. NEFAR has records on only those classes for which NEFAR is the CE provider. NEFAR electronically reports all CE credits within 30 days maximum (usually within two weeks) to the Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation.
NEFAR is not furnished with course completion reports from other course providers for classes you have taken, nor does NEFAR receive notice from the State of Florida, Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation regarding classes you take. All CE credit requirements must be completed by the renewal date indicated on your real estate license.
New Member Orientation
Mandatory for Primary Realtor Members: Orientation is a mandatory two day class for all primary Realtor members of NEFAR. Orientation must be completed within 90 days of joining. Secondary members are not required to attend NEFAR Orientation since they should have already completed Orientation through their primary Realtor association.
Scheduling and Location: Upon joining as a primary Realtor member, you will be assigned a New Member Orientation date to attend. Orientation is two full days from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is held at The Resource Center / NEFAR headquarters location.
Agenda and Requirements: Attendance at Orientation is required all day for both days as a mandatory membership requirement. You must sign-in and sign-out as directed, as a record of your actual attendance is required. Orientation consists of mandatory Code of Ethics training, required education requirements, an overview of NEFAR contracts, Realtor safety, training on Fair Housing and Agency / Antitrust, and an introduction to the Northeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (NEFMLS). After completion, attendees are inducted and transitioned from an applicant Realtor to a Realtor.