Florida attorneys who are active with The Florida Bar enjoy limited exemption from education in relation to Florida real estate licenses.
Attorneys are Exempt from Pre-licensing Education for Sales Associate License
Rule 61J2-3.008(8), Florida Adminsitrative Code, states: "Any active member in good standing with The Florida Bar who is otherwise qualified under the real estate license law is exempt from the Commission-prescribed prerequisite education course for licensure as a real estate salesperson". Note that the use of the term "salesperson" is a carry over from prior nomanclature for the current term, which is "sales associate".
Attorneys are NOT Exempt from Pre-licensing Education for the Broker's License
There is no provision in the statutes or rules for exemption from the broker's pre-licensure course, for attorneys.
Attorneys are NOT Exempt from Post-licensure Education and Exams.
Chapter 475, Florida Statutes requires that licensees take a post-licensure course prior to the expiration of the the first term of the license. Failure to complete the course prior to expiration of the license renders the license null and void by operation of law. The only exemption is for physical harship, as stated in rule. A broker can request to have the license downgraded to sales associate pursuant to rule to avoid the harsh result. Hoewever, it must be done timely.
Attorneys are Exempt from Continuing Education
Rules 61J2-3.009(6), Florida Statues, states: "Any active member in good standing with The Florida Bar and who is otherwise qualified under the real estate license law is exempt from the continuing education requirements of this rule".
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