ARELLO IDECC Distance Education Certification Program News Bulletin May State
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ARELLO-IDECC Distance Education Certification Program News Bulletin May 2002 State Appraisal Regulatory Agencies Recognize IDECC Certification Georgia, New York, Oklahoma, and Vermont appraisal regulatory agencies recently announced they would recognize IDECC Certification in accordance with the new distance education interpretation set forth by the Appraisal Qualifications Board back in November. This new interpretation initiated a new standard that allows the state agency to approve course content and ultimately the course itself if the provider obtains IDECC Certification for quality design and delivery for each course. For more information about the Appraiser Qualifications Board’s distance education interpretation, visit www.idecc.org. Arkansas Course Providers Get Reimbursement for ARELLO Certification Fees During the May 2002 meeting of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, the Commissioners authorized the reimbursement for 50% of the application fees paid to the Association of License Law Officials (ARELLO) for distance education courses that are certified by ARELLO and subsequently approved by the State Board of Private Career Education (SBPCE) as meeting educational requirements for real estate licensees in Arkansas. The maximum amount of reimbursement to any one school will be $1,000.00. Proprietary schools physically located inside the state of Arkansas and licensed by SBPCE are eligible to apply for the reimbursement. Arkansas Real Estate Commission Deputy Director, Gary Isom said, “we hope this will encourage our course providers to complete the ARELLO Certification process for distance education courses they want to offer for professional credit. We believe this will help providers offset the expenses related to certification and promote quality distance education in our jurisdiction.” Florida Passes Distance Education Law Effective as of July 1, 2002, Florida House Bill 499, signed into law by Governor Jeb Bush in March, will allow Florida real estate licensees to complete professional education via distance learning. Licensees could previously meet professional education requirements exclusively through classroom courses. The Florida Real Estate Commission is now undergoing the process of forging regulations that will pertain to the new law. Fee Adjustment Effective May 1 for new providers and July 1, 2002 for providers currently having certified courses, ARELLO and its subsidiary IDECC will adjust certification application fees for primary providers submitting subsequent courses of the same delivery method. The current application fee of $300 will increase to $400 per subsequent course. Other fees associated with certification including those for secondary providers, will remain the same. The new pricing structure is as follows: PRIMARY PROVIDER OR COURSE DEVELOPER • $750.00 for the first course offered via different delivery methods • $400.00 for the second and subsequent courses offered via the same delivery method • $270.00 recertification for each course at the end of the initial 3-year certification. SECONDARY PROVIDER OR BRANCH SCHOOL • $275.00 for the first course offered via different delivery methods • $225.00 for the second and subsequent courses offered via the same delivery method • $195.00 recertification for each course at the end of the initial 3-year certification. During the April 12, 2002 meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, the Distance Education Council took into consideration many factors that impact the program’s income and expenses. At that meeting, the Council decided the fee increase was necessary to maintain and improve the level of service given to licensing jurisdictions and course providers before, during and after the certification process. New Application Forms To ensure expediency in the review process, all course providers planning on certifying courses in the future should obtain the latest certification application forms from ARELLO.NET or IDECC.ORG. (Note: the most recent application forms have been available since January so there is no need to currently update unless your forms were obtained prior to January 1, 2002.) In addition, application forms completed and submitted electronically are generally reviewed faster than if submitted hard copy. Keep in mind, any material submitted hard copy must be submitted in triplicate. New Expanded FAQ Providers may now access an expanded Frequently Asked Questions at ARELLO.NET. This valuable new portion of the ARELLO.NET web site contains many of the questions providers ask during the review process. In addition, course providers considering applying for certification may obtain valuable insight to details of the certification process. Visit ARELLO.NET and choose FAQ’s from the navigation bar on the left side of the web page. The ARELLO-IDECC Distance Education Program was founded to help ensure the quality and integrity of professional education taught via the Internet, CD-ROM, videotape, audiotape, satellite broadcast and other modes of distance education delivery. If you have questions pertaining to this bulletin, please contact Joe McClary, Distance Education Certification Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 334/260-2902.