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About the 3-Hour Course

  • This course is an essential primer on how real estate professionals can limit risk to preserve safety and facilitate positive business outcomes.
  • Available classroom materials for this course will allow REALTOR® associations to submit the course to their respective state licensing authority for CE approval. Please note that CE approval is not guaranteed.
  • Materials for a 1-hour presentation are also provided.

Safety Matters

Topics Covered in the 3-Hour Course

  • Risk considerations in the brokerage of real estate
  • Safety systems and tools
  • Safety protocol for showing properties and listing appointments
  • Understanding physical and instinctual response to threats or attacks
  • Conceal and carry considerations
  • Data security for your business and your clients
  • Protecting personal and electronic information

Who May Offer the 3-Hour Course or 1-Hour Presentation?

  • REALTOR® associations, proprietary schools, and real estate franchises that have a license with the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC) may offer this course or presentation
     
  • REALTOR® associations that do not have a license with REBAC may complete a single-course license agreement with CSRE. The $1,000 single-course license agreement fee is waived for Real Estate Safety Matters.

Costs to Offer the 3-Hour Course or 1-Hour Presentation

REALTOR® associations are responsible for paying for the following:

  • All costs associated with submitting the 3-hour course materials for CE approval
  • All costs associated with offering the course or presentation (e.g., instructor fee, printing of course materials, room charge, marketing costs, etc.)
  • All costs associated with submitting the student roster and course-instructor evaluations to CSRE and submitting CE records to the state licensing authority for processing after the 3-hour course is offered

REALTOR® associations and/or their instructors are responsible for paying all costs associated with getting the instructor approved to teach CE/teach the 3-hour course.

Safety Course & Presentation Materials

Access and download all of the safety course and presentation materials.

The materials only may be accessed by a REALTOR® association staff person with a National REALTOR® Database System (NRDS) ID. The staff person's NRDS profile must indicate that his or her type of membership is Staff. If you don't know your NRDS ID, please click here.

Steps to Offer the 3-Hour Course or 1-Hour Presentation

  1. Complete a CSRE 2015-2016 safety course license agreement and email it to safetycourse@realtors.org.
     
  2. Access and download all of the safety course and presentation materials.

    The materials only may be accessed by a REALTOR® association staff person with a National REALTOR® Database System (NRDS) ID. The staff person's NRDS profile must indicate that his or her type of membership is Staff. If you don't know your NRDS ID, please click here.
     
  3. Ask the instructor you would like to hire to do the following:

    a. Read and agree to the CSRE Instructor Eligibility and Approval Guidelines.
    b. Sign and date the CSRE Instructor Eligibility Acknowledgment form.
    c. Complete the CSRE Safety Instructor Application
    d. Email the following to safetycourse@realtors.org:  

      — Completed CSRE Safety Instructor Application
      — Signed CSRE Instructor Eligibility Acknowledgment form
      — Letter of “intent to hire” from an association

    CSRE will notify the instructor and association whether or not the instructor is approved within 2 business days of receiving all required safety forms
     

  4. When your instructor is approved by CSRE, send the course and/or presentation materials to your instructor
     

  5. Submit the necessary documentation to your state licensing authority for the 3-hour course and your instructor to be CE approved.
     

  6. When the 3-hour course and instructor are approved for CE by your state licensing authority, schedule the course and determine all logistics (e.g., when and where it will be held, if a fee will be charged to students who attend the course). CSRE encourages associations to offer the course for free tuition or at cost so that the greatest number of students may register for it.
     

  7. Market the 3-hour course or 1-hour presentation to your members.
     

  8. Capture the following information for every student who attends the 3-hour course or 1-hour presentation:

    a. 3-hour course or 1-hour presentation (please specify which)
    b. NRDS ID number
    c. First name
    d. Last name
    e. Email address
     
  9. On the day of the course or presentation, instruct students to complete the course-instructor evaluation form following the conclusion of the course or presentation. Administer the final exam if your state requires an exam for CE approval of the 3-hour course.
     

  10. Submit all necessary CE paperwork to the state licensing authority if the 3-hour course is approved for CE.
     

  11. Within 10 days following the course or presentation, submit a completed student roster and course-instructor evaluation forms to safetycourse@realtors.org.

Becoming a Real Estate Safety Matters Instructor

Only instructors approved by CSRE can teach the 3-hour course or 1-hour presentation.

Requirements for becoming a Real Estate Safety Matters instructor:

a. Read and agree to the CSRE Instructor Eligibility and Approval Guidelines.
b. Sign and date the CSRE Instructor Eligibility Acknowledgment form.
c. Email the following to safetycourse@realtors.org:

   — Completed Real Estate Safety Matters Instructor Application
   — Signed CSRE Instructor Eligibility Acknowledgment form
   — Letter of “intent to hire” from an association

CSRE will notify the instructor and association when the instructor is approved, at which point CSRE will add the instructor's contact information to the Approved Safety Instructor List (PDF: 51 KB).

Questions?

Contact Judy Perez at 312-329-8548 or safetycourse@realtors.org for more information.