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Post License Education

Post License Education

Post License Education (PLE) is required for new Sales Associates Licensees licensed after January 1, 2016.

  • Calendar begins the day Licensee affiliates with a Principal Broker
  • Calendar is 24 months from start date (i.e. May 15, 2016- May 15, 2018)
  • Escrowed Licensees are NOT exempt from PLE!
  • No PLE credit given for duplicate courses
  • No more than 9 hours of PLE may be taken in 24 hour period
  • PLE Delinquency = License Cancellation!


32 Mandatory PLE Hours

  • 3 hour KREC Licensee Compliance
  • 6 hours in Agency
  • 6 hours in Contracts
  • 3 hours in Finance
  • 3 hours in Advertising
  • 3 hours in Disclosures
  • 3 hours in Fair Housing
  • 3 hours in Technology and Data Security
  • 2 hours in Risk Management

16 Elective PLE Topics

  • Real Estate Auctions
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appraisals & Home Inspections
  • Land Use
  • Business Planning
  • Property Rights
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Investments

Post License Education (PLE)

Post-license education requires all new sales associate licensees to complete forty-eight (48) hours of post-license education courses within two (2) years of obtaining and activating a real estate license.

Who Needs PLE?

  • PLE applies to new sales associate licensees who received and activated their real estate license after January 1, 2016.
  • Sales associate licensees who receive their license through the license recognition process are also required to take PLE.
  • Sales associate licensed prior to January 1, 2016, are not required to complete PLE.
  • New broker licensees are not required to complete PLE.

How does going into escrow effect the PLE requirement?

  • The 2-year deadline for the PLE requirements begins to run once a new sales associate licensee affiliated with a principal broker. So, if you immediately place your license into escrow status you are not required to start completing your PLE requirements.
  • IMPORTANT: Once you affiliate your new sales associate license with a principal broker, your 2-year clock to complete the 48-hour requirement begins to run and cannot be paused or stopped if you decide to go into escrow after having been affiliated with a principal broker. You will need to complete these requirements even while in escrow or risk license cancellation.

Can CE (continuing education) and PLE be required in the same year?

  • New licensees are not required to take CE during the first 2 calendar years of licensure.
  • Whether or not you will need CE during the time you are completing PLE depends upon when you activate your license.
  • For example: if you affiliate with a broker on November 1, 2017, you must complete your PLE requirement by November 1, 2019. Your first CE requirement will be due by December 31, 2019.

What happens if I do not complete my 48 hours of PLE by the deadline?

Your license will be canceled.

Can the same PLE course be taken twice for credit?

What else do I need to know?

  • PLE courses are required to be real estate specific, to provide practical knowledge of the brokerage business; to protect the public interest and must be practicum based.
  • In order for a licensee to receive Post-License Education (PLE) credit for a course, the course must be approved by the Kentucky Real Estate Commission (KREC) for PLE credit.
  • To receive credit, the KREC requires the following:
    • Your signature on the sign-in sheet. If you are taking a full-day class, you will also need to sign-in when returning from lunch.
    • A completed evaluation, which includes both your legal name and Kentucky Real Estate License number. If you do not know your license number, you may find it by searching the KREC database at krec.ky.gov.

PLE Classroom Regulations:

  • No one may enter a class 10 minutes after the assigned start time. The same rule applies for returning from breaks and lunch. No one will be re-admitted into the classroom if returning late from break or lunch.
  • NO electronic devices may be used inside the classroom. This includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, texting, and lap-top computers. Anyone using an electronic device during class will be asked to leave without credit or refund.
  • Students will receive a ten-minute break every hour. These are the allotted times for using the facilities and taking calls.
  • Students are expected to give their full attention during class. Please refrain from holding side conversations, reading materials other than the course hand-outs or taking unscheduled breaks.
  • No credit or refund will be given to students barred for violation of these regulations.