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Volume 1, No. 4 - September 2012

Education Central

- Things to know about your continuing education

Title Insurance CE Changes

While most insurance representatives will see changes to their CE requirements starting with compliance cycles ending 10/31/2014 and later, title insurance agents will experience minimal modifications at this time.

According to HB 725 and HB 643, changes to CE requirements related to title insurance agents take effect only for compliance cycles ending 9/30/2016 or later.

For compliance cycles ending 8/31/2016 or before, all resident and non-resident title insurance agents must complete 10 hours of Florida-approved continuing education courses specific to title insurance; three of which must be on ethics.

For each compliance cycle ending 9/30/2016 and later, all resident and non-resident title insurance agents must complete 10 hours of Florida-approved continuing education courses in title insurance and escrow management specific to title insurance in this state; three of those hours must be on the subject matter of ethics, rules, or compliance with state and federal regulations related specifically to title insurance and closing services.

*This information supersedes any prior communication on changes to CE requirements for licensed title insurance agents in the state of Florida.

Are you one of the few?

Our Department values the service of men and women participating in the armed services. We also understand that anyone on active duty may have difficulty completing their continuing education requirements.

Therefore, an amendment to the continuing education law, Section 626.2815, F.S., was proposed and passed in HB 725 to allow qualifying licensees on active military duty the opportunity to request a waiver of their CE requirement for an applicable compliance cycle by submitting a written request to the Department.

Effective October 1, 2012, this written request may be sent to the Department electronically to Education@MyFloridaCFO.com. Supporting documentation such as written orders needs to be attached. The Department recommends submissions be made a minimum of 30 days before the compliance due date to assure proper processing time.

Waivers will only be granted for the most recent compliance cycle. A new written request must be submitted for each additional cycle thereafter.

Please be sure to log into your MyProfile account for notices from the Department on the status of a waiver request. Any questions can be directed to our licensing helpline at (850) 413-3137.

Education Providers: Did You Miss the September Conference Call?

The Education Unit has completed its first full year of bi-monthly conference calls. The most recent call was conducted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 and had more than 95 providers participating. The topic of discussion was the 5-hour continuing education update course which will be required for all compliance cycles (except that of title agents) ending 10/31/2014 or later. The questions and answers from the conference call are now online, as well as the slides from the presentation. The next conference call will be held on November 6, 2012 from 2pm-3pm Eastern. Please be sure your email address is updated in your MyProfile account so we can keep you informed.

How to Search for Approved CE Courses

Looking for continuing education (CE) courses to be sure you get all your hours completed? Our online course search can easily help you out and lists those courses approved by the Department.

  1. Go to our website at www.MyFloridaCFO.com/Division/Agents.
  2. Click on MyProfile on the left panel and log in to your account.
  3. Once in your MyProfile inbox, click on Locate at the top left. Then click on Future Course Offerings.
  4. Select the Course Authority for the type of license held or course you need to take.
  5. You can also make other choices, like Study Method and Location, to narrow your search results.
  6. If you click on Perform an Advanced Search, you will have additional options to narrow your search results, such as Course Date and Course Level.

Because many factors may affect your continuing education requirement (e.g. licenses held, number of years licensed, etc.), we encourage you to periodically check your MyProfile account to determine your individual continuing education compliance requirements and status. You will also be able to find more approved CE courses after logging in to your MyProfile account as the public search limits the results to the first 100 course offerings.

We wish you success as you continue to complete your hours to keep your knowledge current in an ever-changing insurance market. And remember, your CE compliance date is your DUE date, not your DO date.