Course Catalog

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The Association offers a variety of continuing education opportunities to maximize your time and money.

Take advantage of relevant and exciting continuing education opportunities. Due to COVID-19, not all classes are currently available.

Attention 

Continuing education courses must be attended in their entirety in order to receive credit for the number of approved hours (MN Statute 45.30 Subd.4a).  Students are required to sign-in prior to class start to receive continuing education credits.

Students must provide a cancellation request within 24 hours to the class to receive a refund for the class.  Students who cancel after, do not show up, or who arrive late for class will not receive a refund.

Continuing Education Credit Courses

Upcoming classes can be found on the SPAAR Events Calendar.

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Agency Laws

1.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | $10 for Members and Non-Members

 

Course Description

This course is designed to give real estate salespersons and brokers the basic understanding of Agency Law in Minnesota. This includes the historic evolution in Minnesota, agency terms, fiduciary duties, relationships in Minnesota, and contracts in Minnesota Agency.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Agency & Fair Housing

2.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | $20 for Members and Non-Members

 

Course Description

This course covers Agency Law and Fair Housing. It is designed to give real estate salespersons and brokers the basic understanding of the following:

  • Agency Law in Minnesota. This includes the historic evolution in Minnesota, agency terms, fiduciary duties, relationships in Minnesota, and contracts in Minnesota Agency.
  • Fair Housing Laws. This last section addresses the legal history, protected classes, and prohibited actions. Attendees will examine a Code of Ethics case study and complete an exercise that looks at the Fair Housing implications of two consumers’ real estate experiences.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Beyond the Basics in NorthstarMLS

3.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $30 Non-Members

 

Course Description

This class is designed to help REALTORS® with features that NorthstarMLS has to make them more knowledgeable and have information available to them immediately when their clients need it. This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 3.0 hours of Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

 

Members Say…

“The information I have been looking for as a new agent for nearly two years!! I have tried to find the info on my own and with much frustration. Tricia is a great instructor. She knows the info well and shares real life examples to use in business.”

CMA in NorthstarMLS

2.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $20 Non-Members

 

Course Description

This course is designed to help agents get started with using the CMA tool in NorthstarMLS for listings.Students will gain a better understanding how the steps involved in the process can provide them the ability to make an outstanding presentation to their clients and customers. This class is a hands-on experience; each student should have their own computer and MLS access. [Included in the Real Estate Fundamentals Program]

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

 

Fair Housing

1.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | $10 for Members and Non-Members

 

Course Description

This course is designed to give real estate salespersons and brokers the basic understanding of Fair Housing Laws. It addresses the legal history, protected classes, and prohibited actions.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Getting Started with C2EX

1.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $10 Non-Members

 

Course Description

This class introduces attendees to the National Association of REALTORS® Commitment to Excellence Program (C2EX) and gets them started using the online platform. Designed to raise the bar on REALTOR® professionalism, C2EX is designed to strengthen competencies that enhance consumers’ experiences working with REALTORS®, better prepare new and seasoned REALTORS® alike for working with today’s real estate consumers and strengthen REALTOR® expertise in local communities. In addition to learning about the competency areas covered by C2EX, attendees will log into the online platform, try an assessment and familiarize themselves with the learning plans and tasks that will lead them to achieving their designation.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Infosparks Intro

1.5 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $20 Non-Members

 

Course Description

This introductory class showcases InfoSparks – a housing market research tool that is easy to use. Agents can expect to learn how to create dynamic and meaningful charts of current market data they can share with their clients.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.5 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

 

What Members Say

“Excellent! I love learning new ways to use the tools in my business and how to provide specific data to my clients about the current market. Tricia is fantastic! The MLS needs an ‘Ask Tricia’ button!”

Instanet & Authentisign Basics

2.5 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $30 Non-Members

 

Course Description

This ‘Basics’ course is designed to provide students with all the online forms in the MLS that are available to provide their customers with a paperless environment. Students will learn how to start a transaction online and send to clients for a complete paperless transaction. Students will understand how to use Instanet and Authentisign and to create a “cost effective and paperless” environment for their clients. This is a hands-on experience; each student is encouraged to have their own computer and login. [Included in the Real Estate Fundamentals Program]

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.5 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Introduction to NorthstarMLS

3.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $30 Non-Members

 

Course Description

Intro to NorthstarMLS.com is designed as an introduction to the most frequently used NorthstarMLS Matrix functions. This class covers the basic features every Matrix user should know to use this software proficiently. It is not only intended for those new to Matrix but also for seasoned agents who would like to increase their knowledge. This class is a hands-on experience; each student would have their own computer. [Included in the Real Estate Fundamentals Program]

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.5 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

 

Members Say…

“A thorough walk-thru with a passionate instructor. It was great! Thank you for answering all our questions along the way!”

Know the Code: SPAAR’s Code of Ethics Training

2.5 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | $10 for Members and Non-Members

 

Course Description

This class satisfies the Triennial Code of Ethics compliance requirement. REALTORS® will learn about the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics and how it promotes professional ethics in real estate. This class includes an explanation of the Ethics Complaint process and potential discipline if found in violation of the Code of Ethics will be given. We will review some of the Code’s Key Articles, discuss how they apply in common scenarios faced by real estate professionals and explore the legal and ethical duties REALTORS® have when these situations arise. Suggestions for corrective action and communication will be discussed as a standard of practice.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.5 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

 

Members Say…

“The examples and scenarios given for real life experience help to better understand and apply. Excellent.”

Negotiation Mapping

2.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $20 Non-Members

 

Course Description

This course is designed for REALTORS® to learn and review the best practices of working with the clients in a professional and courteous manner when preparing and presenting an offer. [Included in the Real Estate Fundamentals Program]

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.5 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

 

Members Say…

“Very Good. Exceptional! I enjoyed this class; great reminders on professional courtesies, too!”

 

Owning Up!

1.75 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $20 Non-Members

 

Course Description

This course is designed for REALTORS® to learn the history of Redlining and restrictive real estate covenants in Minnesota, and how to use that knowledge to better serve their clients and consumers.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.75 hours of Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

 

What Members Say

“Wow! Very powerful and emotional. The information gained is invaluable; understanding the history and importances of discrimination/fair housing. I truly believe ALL licensed agents should be required to watch Jim Crow of the North. It would help to elevate our industry.”

 

Realist Tax Intro

2.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $20 Non-Members

 

Course Description

Realist Tax Intro is designed to introduce attendees to the tax database in NorthstarMLS. This class covers the basic features every Realist user should know to use this software proficiently. Students will gain a better understanding on how to use the Realist Tax Database to provide a level of service and knowledge to their clients and customers. This class is a hands-on experience; each student is encouraged to have their own computer.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

 

Members Say…

“Very helpful information to utilizing the tools available to me that I never knew I had access to. Tricia is fantastic! I love how excited she was throughout the whole class time.”

Realtor Professionalism Online

1.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $10 Non-Members

 

Course Description

Presenting a professional appearance used to involve dressing in business attire, driving a clean car or leaving prompt and courteous phone calls. In today’s online world, consumers judge your professionalism by how you interact with them electronically—via email, by texting or on social media. The influx of remote communication options makes it more important than ever to interact with consumers, clients and your fellow REALTORS® in a clear, polished and professional manner.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Safety Strategies for REALTOR Professionals

1.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $10 Non-Members

 

Course Description

This one-hour class raises safety awareness and habits in real estate professionals. Attendees learn best-practice methods for averting or responding to dangerous situations they—and the consumer clients and customers they serve—may encounter when practicing their profession. [Included in the New Member Orientation Program]

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

 

Members Say…

“Great real-life examples and safety tool suggestions! A great reminder of things I hadn’t considered for my safety during showings and opens.”

Situational Awareness & Safety for All

3.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $30 Non-Members

 

Course Description

To improve safety through personal awareness, situational awareness, and the insight to provide safe environments for agents and their clients.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This course is a duplicate of a MN approved CE course of multiple providers. Any licensee who completes one of the courses from these providers may not also complete and receive credit for the other courses offered by the other providers within the same license renewal period. This course has three course numbers – offered by the following providers: Saint Paul Association of REALTORS®, Southeast MN Association of REALTORS®, Coldwell Banker Burnet University. This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 3.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Using Instanet: Advanced Settings & Features

2.5 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $30 Non-Members

 

Course Description

This advanced course is designed to provide students with tools, hidden features & advanced setting to enable them to be more systematic and ensure a successful closing for their clients and customers. Students will use features to create a hassle free, paperless environment for their clients with the ease of knowing all features Instanet has to offer. Students will learn how to use Instanet and Authentisign and be able to create a “cost effective and paperless” environment for their clients. This is a hands-on experience; each student is encouraged to have their own computer and login.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.5 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

 

Members Say…

“Tricia went into each system with great detail and tips. Loved learning more about everything! So much I didn’t know I could do!”

Using Statistics to Enhance Your Business

1.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $30 Non-Members

 

Course Description

This class provides licensees with an introduction to six real estate statistics tools available to them for their use in enhancing the experience they provide consumers seeking professional real estate services. These tools include SPAAR’s Preloaded Reports and Statistics; NorthstarMLS’ the Matrix “Stats” Tab, INRIX Drive Time Search and lnfoSparks; as well as NAR’s REALTOR® Property Resource and Commitment to Excellence program. Attendees will receive an overview of each of these tools and how to use them. After attending the class they will be able to provide more customized data than consumers can find on their own or online, provide expert, local perspective and be a trusted advocate for the consumers they represent. [Included in the Real Estate Fundamentals Program]

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Value of a Realtor: Professional Courtesies

1.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $30 Non-Members

 

Course Description

While the NAR Code of Ethics establishes objective, enforceable ethical standards that govern the professional conduct of REALTORS®, it does not address issues of courtesy or etiquette. This one-hour course looks at the Professional Courtesies REALTORS® are encouraged to follow to show respect for the consumers (the public), property and peers. We’ll focus on a variety of scenarios in each of these categories and offer recommended practices that attendees can immediately implement to enhance their professionalism and protect consumers and property. [Included in the Real Estate Fundamentals Program]

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

What to Expect from a Realtor: Fair Housing

1.0 Hours CE | Classroom/Webinar | Free for Members and $30 Non-Members

 

Course Description

This course covers Code of Ethics, Professionalism, and Fair Housing. Approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, it is designed to give real estate salespersons and brokers the basic understanding of the following topics:

  • Code of Ethics and Fair Housing. The first section addresses the association history with the Fair Housing Act, the current climate, and updates to the Code of Ethics and how it pertains to providing equal professional services.
  • Professionalism with Fair Housing. This section will demonstrate how to provide equal professional services and review scenarios for good decision-making practices.
  • Advertising/Marketing with Fair Housing. The last section addresses how to and Best Practices for Advertising and Marketing within the Fair Housing guidelines.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Additional Education Resources

SPAAR Squad is free for Member offices. Our staff is available to attend your meeting (currently virtual) and speak on relevant topics. Additionally, SPAAR brings bagels/pizza for the 15-30 min meeting sessions.

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SPAAR CE-to-GO! Our staff is available to attend your meeting (currently virtual) and speak on relevant topics. Additionally, SPAAR brings bagels/pizza for the 15-30 min meeting sessions.

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