Minimum Education Requirements for levels of AMPI membership Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit, Compostela
In agreement and collaboration with the three area chapters of AMPI Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Compostela, with the objective of harmonizing education across the chapters and elevating the professional standards, the following updated guidelines have been underwritten by the Education Committee 2020 formed by the following members:
- Bill Hevener (Vallarta)
- Araceli Rios (Riviera Nayarit)
- Johnny Priego (Riviera Nayarit)
- Alfonso Davalos (Vallarta)
- Rafael Valdez Becerra (Vallarta)
- Victoria Pratt (Vallarta)
This has been APPROVED by each of the three chapter boards and shall take effect immediately. Any new applicant must meet the minimum requirements to obtain their credential. All existing members must meet the minimum ongoing education requirements.
The following outlines the minimum education requirements for each level of membership to receive its AMPI credential and its FLEX MLS authorization and access. This is based on the requirements as set forth in the AMPI National Statutes in force. Article extracts are referred to below.
It does not preclude other membership requirements set forth by national or local boards that may pertain to each level, such as minimum annual meeting requirements, annual ongoing education, Spanish proficiency test, business license, police record, etc.
The institutional course requirements set forth herein are by agreement of the three chapters of AMPI Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Compostela and are based on the philosophy that said minimum material should be specific to the tourism zone and will be either recognized by the Secretaria de Educacion Publica (SEP) or meet Federal Standards of Competence (Estándares de Competencia) = “EC”.
The total actual credits that might be earned from the obligatory courses may well exceed the mentioned “minimum” hours of the statutes but they include both institutional and non-institutional training (being that it is also designed to meet the technical proficiency required for use of FLEX) and is meant to foster the best level of professionalism and responsibility.
Ongoing education for all categories should be: in AMPI locally-endorsed/organized courses, workshops and seminars that shall be identified to offer valid credits (providing Constancias and/or certification) via the entities of AMPI local chapters, AMPI National (CCIE-Centro de Capacitación, Investigación y Estadística) or National Association of Realtor courses.
Flex courses will count toward education credits.
AMPI meetings that have an educational component/seminars will offer credits.
Background and Rationale for the educational minimums
The guidelines incorporate a variance on the statutory requirement of 96 hours for Affiliates to allow them to phase in their education over one year, with an initial 60 hours of Secretaría de Educación Pública accreditation (SEP) or Estandar de Competencia (EC/Conocer certification) courses to be completed in order to initially obtain their credential (this has largely been practiced between the chapters and is fulfilled with the Real Estate I course).
Then, a strictly enforced requirement to complete the additional minimum 36 hours by or before the end of their first year of membership. There are specific course requirements for this (see guidelines).
Associates, on the other hand, are expected to have all 96 hours of specific course material to obtain their credential as an Associate, which must include specific minimum courses per the attached guidelines.
Real Estate I and II were developed for our area due to the lack of an appropriate EC course dedicated to the tourism zone. It was eventually approved by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP) but has never become classified as an “Estandar de Competencia” (EC/Concocer certification).
As we go forward, it is expected that, not only EC certification will be mandatory but also licensing in Jalisco and/or Nayarit (as has happened in Baja California and other tourist centers).
Therefore, it is considered that the most appropriate certification to pursue would be the EC0277 (Asesoría en Comercializacion de Bienes Inmuebles en Zonas Turísticas / Real Estate Marketing Consulting in Tourist Zones). We now have the benefit of LOCAL instruction AND evaluation for the certification as well as it being soon to be available on-line via CCIE.
Therefore, adapting a curriculum that will put all agents and brokers in the best position for the eventuality of increased credentials and licensing, this has been incorporated.
As EC0277 Estandar de Competencia begins to be taught here, it will become the education goal to achieve and Real Estate II will become less frequently offered and.
Regarding the Conocer certification that many members of the Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit-Compostela chapters have obtained over the years, known as EC0110.01 (Asesoría en Comercializacion de Bienes Raices / Real Estate Marketing Consulting), it is still considered that agents who have obtained that in the past along with the complement of Real Estate II would comply for the minimum standards that are set forth in these updated guidelines. In other words, EC0277 would not be insisted upon, but most agents will want to pursue it.
Real Estate I will remain the base course suited for any beginning agent. Should an agent wish to pursue EC0277 from the beginning, they may do so, however, the committee considers that new agents would require more time and experience before pursuing it and that the Real Estate I provides the needed institutional training in the most practical, adequate and valuable form. Agents will then be able to enhance and elevate their education over time to then pursue the EC0277 and get certified.
Regarding the identified Ethics I class, it is considered that this course should be modified (in the future) to include “Practical Application of Ethics” (currently described in this document as Ethics II) and this would blend the two courses in a valuable and time-efficient way. They are managed separately for now.
The following are the specific requirements by category of membership
Mandatory to obtain Flex password and access:
- Flex Orientation Class – (offered monthly in Spanish and English)
- As soon as available and no later than the first 6 months of membership, must also complete.
- AMPI Ethics I workshop (Code of Ethics)
- The 3 FLEX Basic Classes (offered one topic per month on a rotating trimester basis).
Further training will be at the requisite of the assistant’s broker or agent according to the case.
The education requirement to become an AMPI AFFILIATE has its basis in the following AMPI NATIONAL statute [partial extracts]:
OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AFFILIATES —————————————–ARTICLE 12. —————————————-
- ASSOCIATE AFFILIATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS: ———-
- f) ACCREDIT YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THROUGH AN INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM [VIA] PROFESSIONAL TITLE, RELATED TO REAL ESTATE ACTIVITY OR BY INSTITUTIONS OF OFFICIAL RECOGNITION, WITH A MINIMUM OF NINETY-SIX HOURS OF CLASSES, OR BY A TRAINING INSTITUTION RECOGNIZED BY THE ASSOCIATION.
AFFILIATES OBTAINING AMPI MEMBERSHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME must comply with the following in order to obtain their AMPI credential and Flex password/access:
- Mandatory to complete a minimum of 60 of the 96 hours in courses that are specific to real estate in the tourism zone, and institutionally recognized by Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP) or are “Estandar de Competencia” (EC/Conocer certification / Standard of Competence certification) specifically:
- Bienes Raices I / Real Estate I (SEP)– Or comparable as above equal to 60 hours
- Mandatory to complete:
- Flex Orientation Class (offered monthly in Spanish and English)
- AMPI Ethics I workshop – Code of ethics
As soon as available, and in a lapse of no later than 6 months of membership, the Affiliate must complete:
III. The 3 FLEX Basic Classes (one topic per month on rotating trimester basis).
Within 12 months of obtaining AMPI membership, must prove:
IV. Completion of the remaining 36 hours of SEP or EC accreditation to maintain AMPI credentials. The content, which may in fact exceed 96 hours but the listed course are a minimum education requirement for the knowledge base expected under the Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit-Compostela chapter professional objectives, must include:
- Bienes Raices II / Real Estate II (SEP) or comparable coursework as approved by AMPI chapters
- AMPI Ethics II – Implementation in daily real estate practice
- The 4 FLEX Advanced classes
To RENEW the SECOND year of AMPI AFFILIATE membership all members need to prove their accreditation of the above. If a member has entered in mid-year or later, the timeline for completion of the 36 hours specified in point IV will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis.
Then, the affiliate shall continue with 25 hours of ongoing annual education credits (see separate page for list).
The education requirement to become an AMPI ASSOCIATE has its basis in the following AMPI NATIONAL statute [partial extracts]:
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSOCIATES
ARTICLE 8. ——————————————
- THE NATURAL PERSONS WHO MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MAY ENTER AS ASSOCIATES:
d): ACCREDIT ITS SKILLS THROUGH KNOWLEDGE AND PROFESSIONAL TITLE IN REAL ESTATE ACTIVITY VIA INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS OR A CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY INSTITUTIONS OF OFFICIAL RECOGNITION, WITH A MINIMUM OF NINETY-SIX HOURS OF CLASSES OR BY A TRAINING INSTITUTE RECOGNIZED BY THE ASSOCIATION.
ASSOCIATES OBTAINING STATUS FOR THE FIRST TIME must demonstrate that they have previously completed the following (which may, in actuality, exceed the minimum requirement of 96 hours):
- All FLEX Orientation, Basic and Advanced Classes
- AMPI Ethics I workshop – Code of Ethics
- AMPI Ethics II workshop – Implementation in daily real estate practice
- Bienes Raices I / Real Estate I (SEP)
- Bienes Raices II / Real Estate II (SEP)
- Spanish Proficiency Test
Acceptable equivalents to REAL ESTATE I + II (combined) are:
- Asesoría en Comercializacion de Bienes Raices / Real Estate Marketing Consulting – EC0110.1
- Asesoría en Comercialización de Bienes Inmuebles en Zonas Turísticas / Real Estate Marketing Consulting in Tourist Zones – EC0277
Electives of the associate to meet their 25-hour minimum of ongoing education are recommended to focus on certificate, diploma and EC standard courses. (See separate page for list.)
BASIC AND CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES
1.- Workshops and seminars from AMPI local chapters identified to offer CREDIT
2.- Workshops, seminars, and diploma courses from AMPI National (CCIE) that provide a “Constancia” (proof of credits).
Among these courses are:
- – Seminario de Derecho Inmobiliario
- – Seminario de Profesionalizacion Imobliaria (similar to Real Estate I & II)
- – And many shorter workshops
3.- Bienes Raices I / Real Estate I (SEP)
4.- Bienes Raices II / Real Estate II (SEP)
5.- Asesoría en Comercializacion de Bienes Inmuebles en Zonas Turísticas / Real Estate Marketing Consulting in Tourist Zones – EC0277
6.- Asesoría en Comercializacion de Bienes Raices / Real Estate Marketing Consulting – EC0110.1
7.- Certified International Property Specialist / Especialista Internacional en Propiedades (CIPS certification by National Association of Realtors) – offered by both NAR (English) and CCIE(Español)
Or comparable coursework as approved by AMPI