Quality education developed and put on by commercial practitioners

The Commercial Education Committee has been very hard at work in developing, planning, and evaluating continuing education course offerings that are geared for those licensees who transact commercial real estate.

This year, our goal is to provide 15- to 20-hours of continuing education credits that can be offered each year through one- and two-hour “Lunch & Learn” continuing education classes. We also will continue to provide three-hour continuing education courses for each core class -- Ethics, Core Law, Civil Rights -- annually. And each of these classes is geared specifically to commercial real estate agents.

In addition to highlighting the core values classes, the committee is currently working on offering education and pursuing partnership opportunities with organizations like CCIIR, NAIOP, SIOR, OCREE who we have already partnered with for continuing education classes this year. We will continue to work with these and other organizations to better educate the commercial practitioner.

A second Commercial Orientation class geared to agents wanting to get into the field or who have been licensed for only a few years is in the works. I personally attended the first new orientation class last fall and found it to be very insightful, useful and educational.

We’re also bringing in August Mack Environmental, Inc., to teach its course, entitled “Environmental 101 for Real Estate Professionals,” on Aug. 10, 2017, 8:30 to 11:45a, at Columbus REALTORS®.

Other course ideas we're looking at developing this year to offer in 2018, are:

  1. A “Lunch & Learn” with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation
  2. A course on Pre-Qualification Standards
  3. Technology course ideas: New Tools – 3D Imaging; Video Touring; Drone Technology
  4. A way to organize and promote commercial real estate internship opportunities for students. Many people don’t know that Columbus REALTORS® has a “student membership” category ($20 per year).

Be sure to check out upcoming classes at ColumbusRealtors.com, and watch for the blast e-mails that are sent to all commercial members.

You’re never too old to learn. I have served on this committee and chaired it probably three times over the last 25 years. I decided when I started in real estate to become educated and an expert in my field. I have consistently taken Columbus REALTORS®’ classes, because where else can you get quality education that is put on and organized by the practitioners?

As a Broker, I really push our agents to take classes through Columbus REALTORS® – the low cost and short amount of time, allows you to focus on the education being provided and you can ask questions, get good answers and, in many classes, have open discussion on real life issues in commercial real estate.

I hope to see all of you at a commercial education course this year.

Will you come join us on this wonderful journey?