Iowa Continuing Education Requirements

Iowa real estate licensees are required to complete 36 hours of approved continuing education triennially by December 31st of the license's expiration year. The education must consist of at least 8 hours of Law Update and 4 hours of Ethics.

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Total Hours:36Final Exam:Yes
Mandatory Hours:12.0Passing Score:80%
Elective Hours:24.0Max Final Exam Attempts:No limit
Mandatory Topic(s):Law Update, EthicsSeat Timer:No
Education Completed By:12/31 Triennially 

Additional Information:

In previous years, the Iowa Real Estate Commission allowed a maximum of 24 hours of continuing education to be taken by an online setting each renewal period. Due to COVID-19, the requirement that only 24 CE hours can be taken via distance education has been temporarily suspended for all licenses set to expire on December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2022.

All 36 CE hours may be completed via distance education in 2022, so you can complete your full requirements with one of our online packages!

For all licenses set to expire on December 31, 2023, the requirement that only 24 hours can be taken via distance education is back in force.

CE Exemptions:

Licensees are exempt from Iowa CE requirements when they both reside in and are licensed by the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

Regulatory Agency:

Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau
Phone: (515) 725-9022
Website: https://plb.iowa.gov/board/real-estate-sales-brokers
CE Requirements

Renewal Information:

After completing the continuing education requirements, Iowa real estate licensees are required to complete their application for license renewal online at https://iowaplb.force.com/IPLB_login. The renewal period for all licenses that expire on December 31st begins in mid November. You must renew by midnight of your renewal due date to avoid lapsing and all renewal applications must be submitted electronically though your account at "My Iowa PLB".