Should I Take The Designated Broker Course?

Written by Walter Boomsma, instructor. See his blog.

Many associate brokers somewhat automatically take 21 hours of continuing education and renew their licenses time after time perhaps because they think, “I never intend to be a designated broker.” Of course situations can change quickly and there are probably more than a few DB’s who did not arrive in the position intentionally. But this course is about a lot more than being a designated broker. In the words of one student,

“I learned so much from the instructor and other students… very interesting… it showed me what I didn’t know!”

You’ll learn what you don’t know and gain a whole different perspective about the business of real estate. The course requirements established by the Maine Real Estate Commission changed significantly in 2013 and I am proud to be a significant contributor to the development of the course offered by the Arthur Gary School of Real Estate.

“(I liked) the instructors approach to teaching with examples and (how) he encouraged lots of discussion during class.”

This is truly a course about the practice and the business of real estate–not just law, vocabulary and theory. Upon completion of the course and two years practicing as an associate broker, students become eligible to apply for a broker’s license and are then eligible to fill the role of designated broker. But even if you have no interest in being a designated broker, you’ll want to consider taking this course.  You’ll develop a new understanding of the business as we look at some of the management issues and opportunities that exist in the increasing complex business of real estate. You’ll learn about things like business planning, ethics, and risk reduction–topics only touched on briefly in previous licensing courses.

“Walter is an excellent instructor! Can’t wait to take another class with him!”

Many students have indicated that taking the course will help them build their personal real estate business as they apply sound management and business

You get the keys for people buying houses, how about for your career?

principles. They discover the benefit from exploring some basic training techniques and consider the role of policy in building their business as an individual as well as a company. How about “risk management” strategies? Are there ways to minimize your exposure to complaints and law suits as while practicing brokerage?

If you’ve held a broker’s license for a while, you might also consider re-taking the course as a refresher and see how much things have changed since you were licensed. As a reward for doing so, you’ll receive 18 hours of continuing education credit! (You’ll still need to take the current core course to meet the full CE requirements.)

The course is offered alternatively as a weekend course and weekday course each fall and spring in the Bangor area. Details for the next course are available on the Arthur Gary School of Real Estate website.

Of the three licensing courses one must take, this was by far the most interesting, the most useful and incited the most thought.”

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