Normally, I would not post my education transcript. However, as I travel out and interact with fellow real estate agents/brokers and other professionals in the Georgia real estate community, there may be some skepticism that any real estate agent has earned 300+ hours of continuing education in less than a 3-month period. What can I say? I am a firm believer that professional education is essential to professional success.
Allow me to explain how I got here.
Georgia real estate agents and brokers are required to take 36-hours of continuing education courses every four (4) years to maintain their real estate licenses. That breaks down to 9-hours of continuing education per year. However, you might hear occasional stories of real estate agents (and a few brokers) who will cram their 36-hours of continuing education within the last few weeks prior to their renewal date. Some don’t quite make it in time, and those agents might have their real estate license lapse for a few days to a few weeks as they scramble to meet the education requirements and have them posted and updated to their account.
When I enrolled into Real Estate Express’ “Ultimate Learning” package in February 2019, that package included a free membership to McKissock’s CE Plus Membership program. That membership could only be activated only after I was licensed by the State of Georgia. Once activated, McKissock’s CE Plus Membership program gave me a huge buffet of CE courses to choose from.
Initially, I only intended to take a few CE courses to discover for myself the “mystery of CE courses.” There are stories of angst among some real estate agents struggling to complete their CE requirements in the weeks prior to their license renewal date. I quickly discovered that taking CE courses is far easier, quicker, and more pleasant than going through the grueling 75-hour Georgia prelicense course, passing the prelicense course final exam, and passing the Georgia state licensing exam.
I started my first CE course only 10 days after I passed the exhausting, mind-numbing 4-hour Georgia licensing exam. The Georgia licensing exam was a stressful experience I will not delve into now but suffice to say, I found going through real estate CE courses a vastly, easier experience.
I found many CE courses contained material that reinforced, expanded upon, or simply rehashed the material I previously learned in the prelicensing course. As such, it helped accelerate my progress through each CE course. Many “3-hour” online CE courses would, in fact, only take me 60-90 “real-time” minutes to get through. It is the rare “3-hour” online CE course, that requires me to take more than two “real-time” hours to complete.
If you scan the chronology of my CE course transcript, you will find that I averaged two to three online CE courses per day since mid-March 2019. I might have earned six to nine CE hours per day but that actually translates to only two to five “real-time” hours per day. Often, I would stay up late into the night taking CE courses. And given how much prelicense education material is still fresh in my mind and the fact that I am a fairly quick reader, it was simply a nightly exercise to work through the buffet of McKissock CE courses. Being a newbie, freshly-minted agent has its advantages here. I had no clients and I was not immediately seeking any. I was going at my own pace. So, I simply continued my real estate education creating and improvising my curriculum along the way.
McKissock has so many CE courses in their CE library, it took me over a month to get through most of their courses. There were some very dry CE courses like “Real Estate Taxes” that I would start but not complete in one sitting. (Note: You can start, stop, and continue any McKissock online CE course at any time.) I would change up CE courses to break up the monotony and boredom.
Because I had good experiences with online learning through the McKissock online CE courses, I began exploring other CE courses with other online CE schools. GREC (Georgia Real Estate Commission) had a couple of interesting online CE courses. OnlineEd offered a free “Fair Housing” CE course which I enrolled in to try out. WebCE had an inexpensive library of real estate CE courses that caught my eye. The CE Shop had a nice library of CE courses but they were more expensive so I would wait for their 40% off discount sales.
As the weeks progressed, I discovered other online CE courses with different online CE schools. With only a couple of exceptions, I made a point of taking at least one CE course with every reputable CE school I encountered to find out what the student experience was like. I was on a mission of intensive, immersive learning while quietly evaluating every online CE course I took and every online CE school I enrolled with.
In the metro Atlanta area, CE instructor and training director, Cathy McDaniel, operates an impressive training center in the North Atlanta area (located in Peachtree Corners) offering a stunning variety (and education buffet) of free (or near free) real estate live classroom CE courses. In the last several weeks, I have immersed myself into her live CE courses and programs. I have additional CE courses scheduled with her real estate CE school through July 2019. Cathy, her real estate CE courses, and real estate CE programs are tremendous resources that I highly recommend.
And because of this inadvertent, immersive real estate education journey I have embarked, I have, to date, acquired 300+ hours of continuing education within a 3-month period. It is not what I set out to do when I started but I believe education is very important in any profession.matthew-chan-ce-transcript-2019-0608a