I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We are gearing up for a very busy first quarter of 2021 and we are taking many calls and registrations for the reopening of our in person classes, as well as for our very popular online streaming LarsonLIVE classes.
Whether you need to renew your real estate license or are interested in obtaining a new license as a Community Association Manager or Mortgage Loan Originator, Larson Educational Services has the solution for you in 2021.
Call us at 239-344-7510 with any questions or visit us at LarsonEd.com.
REMEMBER TO GET REGISTERED EARLY if you plan on taking Post-Licensing or Continuing Education courses in the classroom in 2021. These courses typically sell-out and we recommend getting registered right away, especially since we have reduced our seating capacity to less than 50%.
Thank you for continuing to make Larson Educational Services your School of Choice! Here’s to an EXCELLENT 2021! ~ Brad Larson
3/31/21 = Renewal Deadline
Approximately 25% of all real estate license holders in Florida have a license renewal deadline of 3/31/21.
Is this you?
If so, please ask yourself the following questions and view the answers to ensure your license stays current for another 2 years:
Have I paid my license renewal fee?
Even if you’ve completed all of your education requirements please make sure that you’ve also paid your license renewal fee to the DBPR. One of the most common reasons we hear for a license becoming “inactive” is that licensees forget to pay the renewal fee. Remember that it is our responsibility as the school to report your class hours to the DBPR, but you have to pay the renewal fee. CLICK THIS LINK to go to the DBPR website and login to pay your renewal fee.
What do I do if this my first license renewal?
If this is your first license renewal, you need to have completed post licensing education. The requirement is 45 hours of education for Sales Associates and 60 hours for Brokers. If you do not complete the post licensing course by the deadline, your license will go “Null and Void”. Brokers who do not complete the post licensing requirement have 6 months to revert to a Sales Associate license before going “Null and Void”. If you have not yet completed the post licensing education, CLICK HERE for course information.
I’ve taken continuing education classes, but have I completed all the required hours?
For every license renewal date AFTER your first renewal, you need to complete 14 hours of continuing education. The required courses and their respective hours are as follows: 3 Hours Florida Core Law, 3 Hours Business Ethics, and 8 Hours Elective Credits. If you have not yet completed the continuing education, CLICK HERE for course information.
How do I check to see if the classes I’ve taken are linked to my license?
CLICK THIS LINK to go to the DBPR website and login to your license account to see if you have any education shortfalls. PLEASE NOTE that if your license has already successfully renewed, your account will show an education shortfall for your next renewal date of 3/31/23. If this is the case, congratulations, you are all set to go for this renewal!
In addition to our classroom education, the majority of our courses are also available in our online streaming LarsonLIVE platform. These courses are INSTRUCTOR-LED, online and on demand video education.
Complete at your own pace, but with our LarsonEd instructor team teaching you every step of the way.
Each class unit contains embedded videos, like the image of what you see above, to walk you through the course material in detail. The instructors will provide examples and stories to help teach key points.
Clicking a link below will take to your our classroom course schedule, but you can also see information about our online course alternatives.
The entire LarsonEd family wishes you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving. We are so thankful for the support that you give to our little school! We couldn’t do this without you. We are closed Wednesday through Friday, November 25-27 and we will reopen on Monday, November 30. Take care and be safe! ~ Brad Larson
Out of an abundance of caution for student and staff safety, both Larson Educational Services’ offices will be CLOSED Monday, November 9, 2020. It is our policy to follow the decisions of the Lee County and Collier County school districts regarding storm related closures, and both districts have announced that they will be closed on Monday for Hurricane/Tropical Storm Eta. We plan on reopening with regular hours on Tuesday, November 10. If you have questions about anything, please send an email to info@LarsonEd.com or visit our website by clicking the button below. Stay safe!
In an effort to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff, instructors and local communities, classroom offerings will continue to be suspended through the end of December. We do, however, have outstanding online streaming instructor-led courses available through our LarsonLIVE platform if you prefer to get started on your education right away.
We are reopening our in-person classroom courses starting in January 2021.
WAYS WE’RE KEEPING YOU SAFE WHILE ATTENDING A CLASSROOM COURSE:
We've raised the standard at every point in your education journey by putting measures in place to keep you safe and give you more peace of mind. Even though education may look a little different now, we're here to help you prepare for your class, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
We’ve Got You Covered At Every Step
Making Space – Classroom capacity is being limited with greater distances between you and your classmates.
Sanitization– We're using high-grade disinfectant in high-touch areas and are frequently wiping down high-touch surfaces. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility.
Filtering Air – Hospital grade air filters are utilized throughout our HVAC systems.
Single-Use Extras – Complimentary coffee and water stations are designed for single-use cups and condiments. Please do not dispense water or coffee into personal cups, mugs or bottles.
You can reach out to one of our friendly Career Counselors at info@LarsonEd.com or (239) 344-7510 if you need assistance with choosing a course platform, talking through the licensing or renewal process or if you simply want to speak with someone who is kind, caring and ready to help.
The entire LarsonEd family looks forward to serving our students now and when we return to campus again. We promise to deliver more than just credits…education you will enjoy! Stay safe out there! ~ Brad Larson
LarsonLIVE Instructor-Led Online Courses
We now have a number of courses available in our LarsonLIVE platform. These courses are INSTRUCTOR-LED, online and on demand video education. Complete at your own pace, but with our LarsonEd instructor team teaching you every step of the way.
Each class unit contains embedded videos, like the image of what you see above, to walk you through the course material in detail. The instructors will provide examples and stories to help teach key points.
The course workbooks are available for curbside pickup at our Fort Myers and Naples campus locations or they can be shipped priority mail for $18. If you'd like to learn more, just click a link below for the course that you are interested in:
Happy Monday! We’re excited to share that we recently made some upgrades to our online LarsonLIVE 63 Hour Sales Associate Pre-Licensing Course. Here’s a short video with Dave Larson highlighting our recent changes to the course – https://vimeo.com/457004684/f5017e9a42
This online INSTRUCTOR-LED course combines lessons that students can review at their own pace, hundreds of sample questions, embedded videos, supplemental resources and exams that measure student understanding of the material.
15 unique class units covering all the “need-to-know” information for the exams.
On Demand Video instruction (like you see in the video above) from our expert teaching team. Each class unit contains embedded videos to walk you through the course material in detail. The instructors will provide examples and stories to help teach key points, and help you build a foundation of knowledge that will not only help you prepare for your exams, but also help you get off to a fast start in your career.
400+ page course workbook with detailed content, sample questions and a glossary containing all the important terms and definitions. The course workbook is available for pickup at our Fort Myers and Naples campuses. The course workbook is also provided to you as a downloadable eBook within the online course platform.
Pickup of course workbook is available 5-days per week at our Fort Myers (Royal Palm Square – 1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44) and Naples (13040 Livingston Rd, Suite 12) campus locations. After purchasing this course, please call one of our Career Counselors at (239) 344-7510 to schedule your pickup. Shipping of the workbook is also available for $18. Pickup times are Mon-Fri 9am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3:30pm.
1-year tuition policy allows you to watch, read, review and study your course materials for up to 1-year.
July 31, 2020 – The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has announced that starting August 4, they will allow ONLINE TESTING with PearsonVUE for Real Estate and CAM state licensing exams.
In conjunction with our LarsonLIVE education programs, this means that students can now complete their required licensing education, their exam prep education and the state licensing exam ALL online without ever setting foot on our campus or at a testing center.
While the online testing parameters I’ve outlined below appear quite stringent, getting a Florida real estate or CAM license has never been this convenient.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE STATE TESTING INFORMATION
The platform is called “OnVUE”
Scheduling or rescheduling exams is done directly with the testing company, PearsonVUE. They can be contacted at 888.204.6289.
The scheduling for OnVUE online testing will become available on August 4.
Similar to testing at an exam center, online proctored testing requires that you be monitored by a proctor while you take your exam. Monitoring will be conducted through your microphone and webcam.
Before starting the exam, you will need to complete a self-check-in process. You will be prompted to take a headshot photo and a picture of your identification card or driver’s license. You will also be asked to take four photos of your work area.
Please ensure that your desktop is clean and that you are not within arm’s reach of books, notepads, sticky notes, papers, pens, pencils, and other writing instruments.
Additional monitors and computers must be unplugged and turned off. Items on the wall with writing on them, such as whiteboards, will be inspected.
If your workspace does not pass a room scan, you will not be permitted to proceed with taking the exam.
Your computer will be locked down once you start your exam. You will not be able to access the internet or use other software applications while taking an exam.
A candidate will NOT be able to leave the room or move from the proctor’s view once the exam starts. Additionally, no one is allowed to enter the room where the exam is being taken.
During the online exam session, you are not allowed to use exam-specific materials and are not permitted to use scratch paper, erasable whiteboards, a calculator, or any other physical writing objects such as a pen, marker, or pencil.
The exam does have a built-in calculator and whiteboard feature.
Please keep in mind that as much as we would like to help exam applicants move their exam dates to this new online testing system, our Career Counselors do not have access to the PearsonVUE scheduling system nor can we modify your exam dates. Any additional questions you have about the OnVUE testing platform, or questions about scheduling or rescheduling of your exams, must be directed to PearsonVUE by calling 888.204.6289.
Thank you for continuing to make Larson Educational Services your School of Choice! Stay safe out there! ~ Brad Larson
JULY 22, 2020 – In an effort to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff, instructors and local communities, we are temporarily suspending live classroom offerings until further notice.
All students registered for a classroom start date of August 3 or later will be automatically transferred to our online instructor-led platform, LarsonLIVE. All courses at Larson Educational Services are available online via on demand video instruction or a self-study format.
Every step we have taken, from closing our campuses in mid-March to the more recent plans to phase in our campus reopening, has been made with an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of our staff, instructors, and students as our top priority. We very simply cannot in good conscience provide in-person education to groups of adult learners until the risk of infection is greatly diminished. It is a risk that we do not need to take, especially when we have fantastic online alternatives for people to utilize our educational services.
We are committed to helping all students throughout this time as you pursue your new career, complete required continuing education, or prepare for your state licensing exam.
Our professional team has distilled 40+ years of leadership in live education to create the most comprehensive and user-friendly online courses available anywhere. And because we believe so much in the power of personal contact, we have expanded the ways to be in touch:
We have greatly improved our QUALITY of online education with the introduction of LarsonLIVE.
This learning platform combines the best of both education worlds: Professionalvideo training featuring our top-rated instructor team combined with a USER-FRIENDLY online platform.
Students can review the course material and videos, Sample Exams and course workbook at your OWN PACE and on your own schedule.
ECONOMICAL self-study online courses
Our own CUSTOM-DESIGNED workbooks that coincide perfectly with instructor presentations
Hundreds of sample questions and explanations for SUCCESS on all exams
Direct email ACCESS to our instructor team, including authors and founders
COACHING and review sessions with our instructors
FRIENDLY Career Counselors
FLEXIBLE enrollment and tuition policy:
Easily TRANSFER tuition you’ve already paid to other products or courses.
For those students who have already purchased a classroom course starting on August 3 or after, we’ve EXTENDED the time to use those funds for a future classroom course up to 2 years.
When purchasing one of our online courses, students have direct access to our instructor team at instructor@LarsonEd.com for answering content-related questions, help in reviewing course curriculum and coaching for test prep. You can also reach out to one of our friendly Career Counselors at info@LarsonEd.com or (239) 344-7510 if you need assistance with choosing a course platform, talking through the licensing process or if you simply want to speak with someone who is kind, caring and ready to help.
The entire LarsonEd family looks forward serving our students now and when we return to campus again. We promise to deliver more than just credits…education you will enjoy! Stay safe out there! ~ Brad Larson
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT For the 2020 calendar year, the 8 Hour FL and MN SAFE Comprehensive: Continuing Education Course through Larson Educational Services will be offered as a live online streaming webinar course. This allows you to attend our course from the comfort of home or the office while still receiving our same great education. Cal Wallsis the instructor for Florida courses (course ID 11959) andJerry Andersonfor Minnesota courses (course ID 11960).
This course is designed to ensure students understand the Federal laws, such as RESPA, ECOA and TILA, in order to operate legally and ethically. Students will learn the requirements for delivery of the Integrated Disclosures, and general requirements for the Closing Disclosure. We’ll explain how the CFPB supervises and examines financial service providers, and how to recognize types of mortgage fraud schemes and crimes. We’ll also cover the FL-OFR and MN-DOC defined topics.
We will be utlizing a streaming education platform called REcampusLIVE, which can host up to 100 attendees at one time. The platform allows for synchronous audio and video presentation, as well as a chat box feature for communication between students, instructors, and facilitators. Our video presentation component will include a live feed of our instructor as well as the PowerPoint slides. You can see a demo of one of our real estate classes on this platform at this link – https://vimeo.com/404175434/3324b3ee9e.
The verifying of full attendance of our students will be accomplished with multiple features.
REGISTRATION: All students will have to register individually to attend the class, using their full name, phone number and email address. Each student will receive a personal event attendance URL. Students are not allowed to share this personal URL and there can only be one participant within a session using this URL.
LOG IN: Students must log in to the class no more than 20 minutes after the class start time. We can not provide credit to students who log in later than 20 minutes after start time.
ONGOING MONITORING: Our streaming platform has a feature called “Presence Manager” that allows for automatic reminders to students to ensure they are still present in the class and includes automatic logouts based on certain parameters. We will confirm presence 2-3 times per hour. Students who have 2 or more logouts will not receive credit. NMLS does not allow for partial credit to be given so any student who has 2 or more logouts during the 8 hour course will have to complete the entire 8 hour course on another class date.
END-OF-COURSE ASSESSMENT: Our 25-question final exam will be administered utilizing the “polling” feature in the REcampusLIVE platform. This will allow us to display each question individually, allow students to read and then answer the question within 15-30 seconds. If the poll shows that 100% of students got the question correct, we will simply move on to the next question. If we see incorrect answers selected, the instructor will quickly review the question content to further the understanding of the students regarding the question topic. This should take about 20 minutes to facilitate.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s RESTART SWFL initiative has granted the first Seals of Confidence to 15 businesses (including Larson Educational Services). The Seal of Confidence is designed to bring a renewed sense of assurance to customers.
Displaying the seal signifies that a business owner has pledged to adhere to a set of four standards involving health, business and ethical practices and has participated in two business- or health-related discussions.
Larson Educational Services has taken the following pledge:
To meet or exceed current CDC guidelines for best public health practices, and ensure all employees are committed to upholding these guidelines for the safety of all.
To be vigilant in monitoring and promptly addressing matters that concern the health of customers and employees.
To charge fair-market prices for goods and services.
To apply sound ethical principles to business activities with utmost honesty and integrity.
We’re happy to announce that both office locations, Fort Myers and Naples, will reopen with full staff on Monday, July 6. General student visits will be welcomed at that time.
CLASSROOM COURSES RESUME JULY 11
Classroom courses will resume beginning July 11. Seating will be limited to 50% capacity, and tables and chairs will be spread out to allow for social distancing. Students will also have “assigned seating” so that they can sit in the same chair each day.
Additionally, courses will be taught with a “hybrid curriculum”. This means that 1/2 of the instruction will take place on campus in a classroom and the other 1/2 of the instruction will take place online. The classroom session will be taught in the morning and the online session will be conducted in the afternoon on our instructor-led video platform, LarsonLIVE. Evening classes will alternate every other night between classroom and online.
This “hybrid” style of instruction not only minimizes the amount of time students are on campus and interacting with each other and staff, but also offers maximum flexibility for students to complete the required education because they can do the online portion at home and on their own time.
LarsonLIVE ON DEMAND INSTRUCTOR-LED COURSES We are looking forward to being back in the classroom and seeing students again on campus, but we will have to wait patiently until we reopen in July.
We now have a number of our courses available in our online LarsonLIVE platform and our student feedback has been outstanding. The courses are instructor-led with Larson instructors, video based and can be completed on your own schedule. We’ve already heard from many students who have passed their licensing exams or have successfully renewed their license by taking a LarsonLIVE course.
As always, your tuition for a LarsonLIVE online instructor-led course is valid for a 1-year time period so if you decide that you want to attend a classroom course at a later time, you can do so for no additional charge.
Just click a link down below for more information.