I am taking my first CE class of the new period tomorrow, and I can't wait!
We have a two year period in which to complete the Continuing Education requirements to keep our real estate licenses valid in my state of Hawaii. Usually, you see a lot of the classes filling up as the deadline nears the end of these two year periods. Then people start panicking, classes fill up quickly, the deadline gets closer, and sometimes extra classes get added at the last minute. Somehow, everything works out, everyone relaxes and all is right with the world. Then the cycle repeats itself, every two years, like clockwork.
The cycle just ended this past December 31, so there won't be any stress for the next 24, 23, 22 months.
However, I prefer not to participate in this type of self abuse. Not only because of the unnecessary pressure of waiting until the last minute, but because of the wasted opportunity to continue to educate oneself throught the year! The purpose of the Continuing Education requirements is to help us maintain the professionalism required for what we do. Our world is constantly changing, and that means our business is changing as well. We need to constantly upgrade our skills to stay in the game.
Classes are held all year long, and that affords a wonderful opportunity to continuously get up to date. I just happened to find a couple of classes already being offered that I feel will help me maintain my edge. So even though I will not need to get my 12 credits of Continuing education for awhile, I can't wait to set foot in the classroom tomorrow.
This class is entitled "Wills, Trusts and Real Estate". There is sure to be a bounty of useful and interesting information in this one.
The next classs, which I will take on April 23rd, will be an overview of "Permits"; the process, requirements, requesting, recording, retrieving etc. The laws for which are constantly being rewritten, and totally necessary to be up to speed with.
I'm sure there will be aq few more interesting classes that will pop up during the next few months. Usually, by the time the two year renewal period comes around, I have double the required credits for my Contuinuing Education. I know of a few other agents who also do this.
Unfortunately, I also see far too many who wait until the last minute, then scramble to get the minimum requirements. I just wonder, does that reflects the way they run their business?
To each his own.