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FIVE STAR BEST PRACTICES
As the industry begins its recovery, state regulators are once again focusing on the recommendations contained in the April 2007 GAO Report — Title Insurance: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of the Title Industry and Better Protect Consumers —which encourages “strengthening the regulation of title agents through means such as establishing meaningful requirements for capitalization, licensing, and continuing education.”
Once fully established, the Academy will promote online courses created by The Koogler Group and other leading educators throughout the country, including classroom courses and seminars that promote industry best practices. Our goal is to invite qualified industry educators from every state to collaborate in creating a full-range academic program of meaningful industry education aimed at three levels: (1) Basic [Jobskills]; (2) Intermediate [Prelicensing]; and Advanced [Certification]. We already have a great start, with the three new Multi-State Study Manuals:
In addition to the above, we have several state-specific licensing and certification manuals, most of which include either interactive test CDs or online testing components:
NEW! Title (Closing) Agent 16-Hour Certification Course and Self-Study Program
In response to the CFPB Bulletin 2012-03 — requiring all supervised banks and nonbanks [which includes mortgage lenders] to verify, in written form, regulatory compliance and risk management protocols of third party service providers [which includes title (closing) agents] — The Koogler Group developed a national 16-hour certification course for title (closing) agents which is based on the new Multi-State Study Manual for Closing Agents. Those unable to attend a classroom session may utilize the Study Manual as a self-study program, with access via email to Karen Koogler as the course instructor. Whether attending the 16-hour certification courseor completing the self-study program, title (closing) agents must also pass the Secured Protocol Online Examination offered through The Koogler Group and fulfill accompanying certification requirements [e.g., proof of criminal/credit background check and letters of recommendation for certification].
2013 Integrative TILA/RESPA Final Rule Implementation Program
Last, but certainly not least, the Academy will sponsor The Koogler Group’s new Integrative TILA/RESPA Implementation Program providing full rulemaking and step-by-step implementation coverage of the CFPB’s Integrative TILA/RESPA Final Rule. Click here for Program details.
Our goal is to partner with state land title associations throughout the country to not only provide your members with the highest-quality educational programs available but, also, to create new revenue streams for state associations. We are able to do that in several ways.
State title associations and title insurers interested in promoting meaningful industry education via prelicensing and certification programs, are encouraged to contact Karen at KarenKoogler@KooglerGroup.com to discuss how The Koogler Group can customize our Multi-State Study Manuals and online testing programs to include YOUR state-specific and/or company-specific information.
In addition, we offer mix-and-match course modules for classroom or online instruction for prelicensing and certification programs — which can be customized to suit YOUR specific needs. Courses range from as few as 10-hours to as long as 40-hours. Program components – study manuals, interactive CDs, online testing programs, classroom and online courses — were designed in a modular fashion, enabling us to affordably customize everything to YOUR specifications and get YOUR educational program up and running in record time. That’s why we call it the “Plug-and-Play” Partnership Program — because it is as simple as choosing the educational components that best suit YOUR needs.
We designed the wheel. All YOU need to do is commit to a future of meaningful industry education and hop on the prelicensing and certification bandwagon! This is a real game-changer for the title insurance industry – and nobody does it better than The Koogler Group, in collaboration with quality industry educators throughout the country. Karen Koogler is the leading author of title insurance textbooks, and the first to create prelicensing textbooks and courses – beginning in 1993, with the Florida Study Manual for Title Insurance and the 40-Hour Licensing Course for Title Agents.
Today, with seven distinct Study Manuals [each 500-700 pages in length] and written from three distinct perspectives – (1) title agent licensure; (2) closing agent licensure or certification; and (3) title examiner licensure or certification – The Koogler Group stands ready to help your state association, title insurance company, or other industry organization, become the leading provider of meaningful industry education in YOUR state!