Real Estate Continuing Education Common Questions

2022 CE renewal video

Find out answers to the most common CE renewal questions in the 2022 video below.

Index of common questions

What are the 2023-24 Wisconsin real estate CE requirements and course topics?

To maintain real estate licenses in the state of Wisconsin, real estate licensees must complete 18 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years. Instead of six three-hour CE courses as with past biennia, the 2023-24 CE curriculum now comprises individual one-hour courses to meet the 18-hour credit requirement, comprised of 12 mandatory courses and six elective courses listed below.

2023-24 CE courses (18 hours)

Mandatory courses (12 courses, one hour each)

  • Course 1: Wisconsin Agency Law
  • Course 2: Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Disciplinary Actions
  • Course 3: Commissions in Wisconsin Agency Agreements, Offers of Compensation and Antitrust
  • Course 4: The Inspection Contingency in the Wisconsin Offers to Purchase
  • Course 5: Wisconsin Legislative Updates Related to Real Estate
  • Course 6: Wisconsin Real Estate Case Law Update
  • Course 7: Advertising for Wisconsin Real Estate Licensees
  • Course 8: Default, Earnest Money, and WB-45 Cancellation Agreement and Mutual Release
  • Course 9: Financing Commitment and Appraisal Contingencies in the Wisconsin Offers to Purchase
  • Course 10: Fair Housing in Wisconsin Transactions
  • Course 11: Agent-to-Agent Relationships
  • Course 12: Seller and Licensee Disclosure in Wisconsin Transactions

Elective courses (six courses, one hour each)

  • Elective 1: Short Sales and Foreclosures in Wisconsin
  • Elective 2: Changing a Property's Use in Wisconsin
  • Elective 3: Other Wisconsin Approved Forms
  • Elective 4: Closing a Buyer's Property Contingency, Secondary Offer and Bump Clauses in the Wisconsin Offers to Purchase
  • Elective 5: Drafting Contracts in Wisconsin Real Estate Transactions
  • Elective 6: Risk Reduction for Wisconsin Licensees

    To review the complete course descriptions and course topics, click here.

    How much does it cost to renew my real estate salesperson license?

    The cost for renewing your real estate sales person license in is $60. For a full list of fees, click here.

    Why the WRA?

    The WRA has been at the core of Wisconsin real estate since 1909 — and no other education provider comes close. As the leading expert in Wisconsin real estate for over a century, the WRA stays ahead of the rapid and ever-evolving developments in the industry and offers cutting-edge tools, products and services to give you a competitive edge. When you choose the WRA as your education provider, you’re choosing the best.

    • CE designed in Wisconsin for Wisconsin.
    • Trusted in real estate since 1909.
    • Real estate expert and attorney instructors.
    • Customized online CE experience.
    • Active in development of Wisconsin real estate forms.
    • Expert on Wisconsin rules and regulations.
    • Professional development opportunities beyond CE.
    • The WRA knows Wisconsin real estate and advocates for the industry every day.

    How can I complete the CE requirements?

    The WRA offers multiple education formats for CE, including On Demand, self-study booklets, instructor-led virtual courses and company-sponsored programs. For descriptions, click here.

    What if I need Minnesota CE credit?

    Visit to get more information on WRA CE formats that qualify for both Wisconsin and Minnesota CE credit.

    I took my CE with another education provider. Does the WRA have those records?

    No, the WRA does not have student records for coursework completed elsewhere. The WRA only maintains records for WRA students. If you completed CE through another education provider, WRA records will not reflect those courses. You must contact the other education provider to obtain your course certificates.

    I am having technical difficulty with my WRA courses. How can I get help?

    Answers to common online course problems and basic troubleshooting are available at Online Tech Support. You can also get help by contacting the WRA Education Department at 608-241-2047 or We are available from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    How do I log in to my WRA account?

    Log in by using your myWRA credentials. To create an account or reset your password, visit

    Where can I find my certificates of completion?

    To obtain certificates, log in to MyHistory. The WRA maintains certificates for WRA courses only. If you took CE through another education provider, contact that provider for your certificates.

    Do I need to complete CE if I am newly licensed?

    Most new licensees need to complete CE. Newly licensed salespersons who received their original real estate license after October 1 of the even year of the biennium are not required to complete CE for that biennium. However, all new broker licensees must complete CE. For full details, see Wis. Admin. Code § REEB 25: Education.

    What is the deadline for renewing a license?

    The deadline for the 2023-24 biennium is December 14, 2024. Licensees must renew their license by December 14 of the even-numbered year.

    Is my license renewed once I complete the CE courses?

    No, taking your CE is not enough to renew your license. To maintain your license, you must complete the required CE and renew your license with the Wisconsin DSPS every two years by December 14 of the even-numbered year.

    Can I renew my WRA membership to renew my license?

    No. Renewing your license is a separate process from renewing your REALTOR® membership. You renew your license with the Wisconsin DSPS, a separate entity from your local REALTOR® association. The WRA cannot renew your real estate license for you.

    How do I renew my license?

    The DSPS opens its online renewal website during the last two months of the biennium, which is October of the even-numbered year.

    Online renewal for the 2021-22 biennium is available at To renew, you must visit the DSPS online renewal webpage and will need your credential number, a credit card to pay the renewal fee, and course completion information. A credential number lookup is available online.

    Does the WRA provide the DSPS with certificates of completion?

    No. The DSPS does not accept certificates of completion from education providers. Licensees are responsible to show proof of course completion should they be audited by the DSPS.

    My license has lapsed. How do I reactivate?

    If your license is inactive and has been inactive for less than five years and you wish to renew your license, you must (1) complete the previous biennium of CE, (2) pay the license fee, and (3) pay the late fee. Licensees who do not have an active license cannot practice real estate per Wis. Stat. § 452.12(5)(b) until the license is renewed.

    What do I need to do if I have a business entity license?

    In addition to completing your CE requirements for your individual license and renewing your individual license, you also need to renew the entity license. Refer to Wis. Stat. § 452.12(5)(bm) for renewal requirements.

    How do I confirm that I renewed my license?

    Renewal status may be checked online by using the licensee lookup feature on the DSPS website. This database generally is updated daily. As long as the license appears on the DSPS website as active, the licensee may practice. The reverse also is true — if the license shows as expired, then the salesperson, broker or business entity, as the case may be, is not authorized to practice real estate in Wisconsin. In other words, what appears on the DSPS database controls the ability to practice.

    Can the information in the WRA's courses be considered as legal advice?

    No. The information and materials contained in WRA courses are provided exclusively for educational purposes and are solely intended to be statements of general legal principles. The information and materials are not to be construed, interpreted, relied upon or used as legal advice in any fashion, including but not limited to use in litigation, arbitration, ethics matters or other administrative proceedings. Individuals seeking legal advice should obtain private legal counsel and should not rely on the information and materials contained herein.

    What are the WRA's cancellation and course policies?

    These details are available on the WRA class rules and cancellation policy webpage.

    As a broker, where can I find out about the WRA's company CE options?

    Descriptions of these options are available to brokers on the myCompany continuing education programs webpage.

    Do you have questions that are not answered here?

    Contact the WRA education department at 608-241-2047 or We are available from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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