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Continuing education: Is it relevant?

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I don't sell mobile homes, but I could if I wanted to. That's one of the many takeaways from my 22.5 hours of continuing education, required by New York State every two years to renew my real estate agent's license. I was initially licensed in New Jersey, where standards are rigorous, so my first training in New York felt laughably easy. Now, two years later, it feels laughably irrelevant. I could have predicted this years ago, when I was a journalist and was brought in to lecture at a real estate CE course. I sat at my computer and wrote stories about new developments all day long -- if I was an expert who could lecture to established pros, how seriously was anyone taking this? But at least my telling those students how real estate journalism works and how to pitch features on their listings had some bearing on what they were doing. I opted to do my CE online, and I'm now going through the state basket of courses, which were clearly put together in an attempt to prov...