This course is designed to give the licensee a comprehensive understanding of the many environmental issues that frequently arise in today's residential real estate transaction. A discussion of lead, asbestos, radon, molds and fungi, VOCs, potable water supply, clandestine drug labs, and underground storage tanks informs the student of the nature of the environmental hazard, the methods available to detect the hazard, and possible abatement methods and procedures.Included in the discussion of each environmental hazard are practice tips which will assist the licensee in dealing with the specific hazard in the residential transaction.
This is a correspondence course provided via the internet. The course material is made available as an electronic download after registration. After studying the material, students will need to complete an online quiz for each chapter and pass an online final exam at the end of the course.
No other method of taking or completing this course is allowed.
This course contains approximately 12 hours of reading materials which includes approximately 118 pages of course text material along with approximately 40 pages of the California Department of Health Service's Residential Environmental Hazards: A guide for Homeowners, Homebuyers, Landlords and Tenants, the Residential Earthquake Hazards Report, and the EPA's 19-page Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home booklet. The course is divided into nine segments. Review quizzes are at the end of each segment.
A final examination is required at the end of the course. The final examination consists of 30 multiple choice questions. A test score of 70% or greater is required for course completion. The final examination is not downloadable or printable.
The final exam has a time limit of one minute per question served, for a total of 30 minutes available for the final exam as required by current California Bureau of Real Estate regulations.
CalBRE requirements allow for ONE re-take of a failed final exam. A second failure will result in a failing score for the entire course and it must be purchased again for credit.
The course materials are delivered in PDF format. The course may also be read on an iPad, Kindle, or other compatible mobile device. All incremental testing and final exams must be taken online.
The content of the course is written by Sorg & Spaan, LLC, copyright 2005-2017, and published as "Environmental Issues in Residential Real Estate" by OnlineEd, Inc.
The Residential Environmental Hazards booklet is produced by the California Department of Health Services and bears a 2005 copyright date. The Protect Your Family booklet is produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, version September 2013.
This course provides 12 hours of continuing education in the category of Consumer Protection.
Course Identification Statement
In order to verify your identity, you will be asked to provide at the time of enrollment and again prior to taking the final examination certain information to verify your identity. Among the types of identification that may be asked for are your current California driver's license, current identification permitted under the California Vehicle Code, or any identification issued to you by a governmental agency or a recognized real estate related trade organization that was issued within the immediately preceding five years that bears your photograph, signature, and identification number. In addition, you will also be asked to provide answers to additional security questions, the answers to which are unique to you.
All tuition and fees paid for the course are due and refundable when: (a) the course of instruction is discontinued by OnlineEd and such discontinuation has prevented a student from completing the course; OR (b) the enrollment of student was procured as a result of any misrepresentation in promotion materials of the school, or representation made by an owner or employee of the school. All refunds will be completed within 30 days after the effective date of enrollment termination. Refunds will not be given to any student after the student has successfully registered in a course or courses, as once registered, student has access to the registered courses.
This course has no prerequisites.
This course is approved for continuing education credit by the California Bureau of Real Estate. However, this approval does not constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions that are expressed by the course sponsor, instructor, authors or lecturers.
The California Bureau of Real Estate does not approve nor endorse any of the forms used in this course with the exception of those prescribed by State and Federal Law. While this publication is designed to be accurate information about the subject matter it covers, it is sold with the understanding that the distributor, author, and publisher are not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional advice. If such advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. The recipient is cautioned to check with their managing supervisor before acting on any suggestion or recommendation, or before using any sample form contained herein.
After completing this course you are encouraged to complete the California Bureau of Real Estate's online course evaluation form. You can access this evaluation at http://www.calbre.ca.gov/files/pdf/forms/re318a.pdf.