The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® has developed an online learning center where members can take FREE courses toward renewal of your license from your home or office computer. Non-members can take course for a fee.

All continuing education (CE) courses offered through the Massachusetts Online Education Center are state-certified for the continuing education requirements needed to maintain an active real estate license in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Online Education Center also hosts additional courses such as REALTOR® designations and certifications, plus other professional development topics. The purpose of this article is to help you get started in three easy steps.

What you need to get free access to the Online Education Center:

– E-mail Address

– Active License Number

– REALTOR® NRDS Number

Any active member can find their National REALTOR® Database System (NRDS) number either on the Bay State REALTOR® or REALTOR® magazine label, by accessing NRDS search on realtor.org (link provided in Resources below), by contacting MAR Customer Service at 800-725-6272, or by contacting your local REALTOR® Association.

STEP 1: REGISTER

Select “How to Create an Account” and follow the instructions on the form. Make sure to enter in your correct license and NRDS numbers. This information is necessary because your name and license number must appear on your CE course completion certificate. We use the NRDS number to verify that you have an active membership so the course can be offered to you for free.

If you’re a Non member you can continue to register as non-members and pay the appropriate fee. After your registration has been completed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

STEP 2: SELECT CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

Once your account has been created, you are ready to register for a course. Click on the MAR Free CE’s page to view all the Massachusetts state approved CE courses.Non members should click on the Non Members tab. Make a selection from the list and then click on the course you would like to take then click on Take the Class. To receive CE credit, you must check the appropriate box on the CE Options window.

The checkout process is very straightforward. Even though the courses have prices associated with them, if you are an active member you will not be asked for credit card information or charged.

STEP 3: TAKE THE COURSE

After the checkout process has been completed, you will be provided the “Launch Course Now” link. This link is also provided in your registration e-mail.

To begin a course, simply click on the course you would like to take. The course is entirely Internetbased, so you only need a browser and high-speed Internet connection. You can stop a course at any point and return to it at a later time. The course remains in your “My Account” and the system will remember where you left off.

Additionally, the system has an internal timer that prevents you from going too fast or completing the course in a time shorter than the required two – two and a half hours. When the timer shown in the lower-left corner of a slide reaches zero, you are allowed to advance to the next slide or video. To view the list of completed courses and to see your certificate of completion, visit the “My Account then My Library” section.

Contact MAR Customer Service at 800-725-6272 for website issues. For technical trouble, look for the Help button or contact Learning Library customer support found within the Online Education Center.

RESOURCES:
MAR Online Education Center and FAQ:
www.marealtor.com/content/onlineeducation.htm

NRDS Number Lookup:
www.Realtor.org/nrdslogi.nsf

Real Estate License Number Lookup:
http://license.reg.state.ma.us

Learning Library Login Page
http://www.learninglibrary.com/mar