Letter from Patricia Wheeler, OREC Director of Education
The letter reprinted below was sent to education providers, including OAR. Please share with your colleagues.
As you may recall, any changes to the administrative rules of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission have to be approved by the Governor and the Legislature. This year, the process for approving administrative rules changed. The OREC has always submitted rule changes to the House and Senate for approval; prior to this year, if the legislature took no action on the rules, they were considered approved and adopted. A law change in 2013 now requires the legislature to actually TAKE action for rules to be considered adopted, and all of the agency‐proposed rules were to be considered in one omnibus bill. While the House approved this omnibus bill, the Senate failed to take action during the final days of session. As a result, no agency-administrative rules were approved – including OREC’s.
However, there was another way for our proposed rules to successfully go into effect. By declaration of Governor Fallin, our rules were approved on June 19, 2014. Although the rules were originally drafted to go into effect on July 1, 2014, they will now go into effect on September 12, 2014.
For a brief review, here are a few high points of the new rules:
- Licensees will now be required to take at least one hour each in six required topics, with remainder being made up in elective hours. The required topics will be Broker Relationships Act, Fair Housing, Professional Conduct, Current Issue or “hot” topic and two new required topics: Contracts and Forms and Code and Rules. These new requirements will NOT apply to any licensee who has completed the continuing education for their current license term prior to June 30, 2014, or for any licensee that renews their license prior to September 12, 2014.
- Another change in education deals with out‐of‐state licensees. Beginning September 12, 2014, every non‐resident licensee will be required to take Oklahoma‐specific classes each license term, regardless of the education they’d had in their home state. These new required courses include Oklahoma‐specific Contract and Forms, Code and Rules and the Broker Relationship Act.
You can view a complete copy of the rules changes on our website at www.orec.ok.gov.
Additionally, OREC is excited to announce that after extensive work, the new licensing system “AMANDA” will be implemented internally beginning August 1, 2014. We are very excited about moving onto this new database platform, as it will greatly increase the services available online to licensees through our website; however, this means our existing database will go offline for a few days starting on July 25, 2014.
NOTICE: While our database is down, all CE rosters will need to be faxed to OREC at 405‐522‐8564 or e‐mailed to Connie King at firstname.lastname@example.org. All forms received at our office while the database is down will be time- and date‐stamped and processed according to date of receipt. We expect to return to full functionality on August 4, 2014.
Please call Patricia Wheeler at 405‐522‐8540 if you have any questions, and we appreciate your patience during this time of change.