The A-Z Guide to NMLS Continuing Education Classes for Mortgage Loan OriginatorsThis guide is broken down into 4 logical, building block sections. We start with the foundation and then keep building on it till you have everything you need to make an informed choice well ahead of the deadline. Section 1: What is a Continuing Education Class Section 2: Who Needs to Take an 8-Hour CE Class Section 3: How to Choose the Best CE Class for Your License Renewal Section 4: Things to Keep in Mind When Making a Decision
Section 1: What is a Continuing Education ClassA continuing education class is a mandatory requirement for all MLOs who completed their pre-licensing class in previous years. According to the NMLS, “As a condition for license renewal, an MLO is required to complete at least eight (8) hours of CE in the same year in which he/she is placed in an approved license status by a state agency, with the following exception: – An MLO who has completed his/her pre-licensure education (PE) course requirements in the same year in which the license was approved, is not required to complete CE.” You can take your CE or continuing education class either online or in-person. Also, according to the NMLS, the CE class course content “…must include 3 hours of Federal law, 2 hours of ethics (which shall include fraud, consumer protection, and fair lending issues), and 2 hours of non-traditional mortgage lending, plus one additional hour of undefined education (referred to as an elective). Number of hours is 3/2/2/1 = 8.” HOWEVER, you cannot take the SAME CE course, two years in a row. In addition, you shouldn’t retake your pre-licensing (PE) class unless you’ve been directed to by a State Regulator. So, if you’ve been advised to retake your PE class as a substitute for CE, that’s wrong. Finally, here are the deadlines straight from the horse’s NMLS’s mouth: SMART Deadline: Friday, December 14 At-Risk-to-Miss Renewal Deadline: Friday, December 21 Guaranteed to Miss Renewal Deadline: Monday, December 31
Section 2: Who Needs to Take an 8-Hour CE ClassNow that you know what a CE class is all about, let’s look at who needs to take this class and who can afford to skip it. The BEST and most reliable way to know this is to log in to NMLS to view your requirements. Your Course Completion Record will indicate whether or not you need to earn CE credits for this year.
Section 3: How to Choose the Best CE Class for Your License Renewal
Well, now you know what the Continuing education class is all about and who needs to take it, it’s time for you to decide how to choose the best 8-Hour CE class out there.
The first thing you need to decide is – LIVE or ONLINE.
The next thing you need to check is – Credibility of the Course Provider
The third and final thing you need to pay attention to is – Course Content.
At Affinity, we don’t have to defend our record. The facts speak for themselves.
Whether you choose us or anyone else, make sure they have plenty of solid testimonials to back their claims.
Not just that, can you get to know the instructors and see their teaching style in action via YouTube videos?
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In addition, we offer both LIVE 2-DAY WEBINAR 8-Hour CE classes [4HRS PER DAY] that you can attend as well as ONLINE INSTRUCTOR-LED [SELF-PACED] 8-Hour CE classes you can take from the comfort of your home.
The content used in both classes is the same.
Section 4: Things to Keep in Mind When Making a Decision
Here’s what you can keep in mind when deciding whether or not a LIVE Webinar class is right for you:
- Do you need a distraction-free environment?
- Do you want to study in a short but focused period of time?
- Do you have the ability to attend an LIVE Webinar for two(2) un-interrupted days for four (4) hours a day or would require time off from work
Answered “yes” to any of the above?