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Continuing Education Requirements for NC Real Estate Brokers

As a North Carolina real estate broker, staying up-to-date with the latest industry knowledge and maintaining your license is crucial.

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission (NCREC) has established continuing education requirements to ensure brokers remain knowledgeable and competent in their profession. In this blog post, we will explore the key aspects of North Carolina's real estate broker continuing education requirements and highlight the benefits of fulfilling these obligations. At Skyline School, we offer comprehensive courses designed to meet these requirements and support your professional growth.

Understanding the Continuing Education Requirements

Here's a simple, quick guide to help you navigate these requirements, so you can focus on what you do best - making successful real estate deals.

The Basics: What CE Do You Need?

Every license period, from July 1 to June 10, requires eight (8) hours of CE. Here's how it breaks down:

  • Brokers without BIC Eligible Status must complete:

    • Four (4) hours in the General Update (GENUP) course. The content changes each year to reflect industry updates. Sign up for our General Update course here.

    • Four (4) hours in a Commission-approved elective course. You choose the topic! Check out our elective courses here.

  • Brokers with BIC Eligible Status are required to complete:

    • Four (4) hours in the Broker-in-Charge Update (BICUP) course. Sign up for our BICUP course here.

    • Four (4) hours in a Commission-approved elective course. Check out our elective courses here.

For all brokers, remember:

  • A single course can't provide more than four (4) hours of credit.

  • You must attend 90% of a CE course and meet student participation standards to receive credit.

  • Elective Courses can be taken online (live or self paced) or in person. Update courses can only be taken Live Online or in person.

If you're a new broker, CE isn't required during your first license period, but it is necessary before your second renewal.

Active or Inactive Status: What's the Difference?

  • Active Status: If you're providing brokerage services for a fee, your license must be active, meaning you're up-to-date with all CE requirements.

  • Inactive Status: If you're not using your license, you can renew it on inactive status without any CE. However, to reactivate your license, you'll need to show that you've obtained between 0-68 credit hours, depending on the duration of inactivity.

Note: If you renew your license without satisfying the CE requirement, your license will automatically go on inactive status until the CE requirement is met.

Courses: Who, Where, and When?

  • CE must be completed between July 1 and June 10 every year.

  • There's a pause on CE credit courses from June 11 to June 30 to allow filing and processing of reports.

It's a smart idea to complete your CE early in the year. Not only does it give you more course options, but it also avoids any last-minute hiccups that could stop you from finishing your CE by June 10.

In very specific cases, like military deployment or incapacitating illness, CE extensions may be granted. A CE Extension Request Form (REC 7.18) must be submitted ahead of the June 10 deadline.

Reporting and Carry-Over Credit

Always make sure you enter the correct license number when signing up for CE classes for correct course completion reporting. You can review your CE credits on the "Licensing"/"Licensee Login" area of the Commission's website.


  • Only 4 elective credit hours can be carried forward to the next license period, provided none were applied to the current period's CE requirement.

Continuing Education doesn't have to be overwhelming. Plan ahead, sign up for your courses, and you'll continue to thrive in your real estate career in North Carolina.

Skyline School: Your Continuing Education Partner

At Skyline School, we understand the importance of continuing education for North Carolina real estate brokers. We provide a wide range of comprehensive continuing education courses tailored to meet brokers' needs. Our courses cover mandatory topics, elective choices, and advanced skill development areas.

We offer the convenience of online learning, allowing brokers to access course materials from anywhere, at any time, and at their own pace. Our courses are taught by experienced instructors who bring their real-world knowledge and insights into the classroom. We believe in making the learning experience interactive and engaging, incorporating elements such as quizzes and practical examples. Skyline School ensures that all courses meet the NCREC guidelines, and upon successful completion, brokers receive a certificate of completion for their records.

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