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Course Registration Bulletin

Alabama

Effective January 1, 2024, Alabama House Bill 60 eliminated the requirement for ALL insurance prelicensing courses. Despite that, we know (proven fact) that our (former) 20-Hour Prelicensing Course (2013-2023) not only helped attendees pass the state exam – it also assisted them in the implementing what they learned on the job.

Those benefits remain and, to that end, we have newly revised (and renamed) the Alabama Title Insurance Agent Program, updated the Alabama Study Manual for Title Insurance 5th Edition, and are pleased to offer Three Program Packages for Alabama prospective licensees (Full Program or Exam-Prep Program); AND Alabama Licensed Title Agents and Alabama Bar Attorneys to choose from (Post-Licensure CE-CLE Program).

Three Program Packages to Choose From

Please carefully review the following Options and choose the Program Package that best suits your specific needs.

Full Program: Bonus and Best Value [$800]

  • Program Package includes one-time access to the Live-Stream Audio-Broadcast (Webinar) PRIOR to licensure, Textbook, Online Exam Prep, and Author/Instructor Email Support. As a BONUS, the Program Package also includes a second one-time access to the Webinar POST-LICENSURE (within one year from date of Full Program registration for newly licensed Title Agents). NOTE: You must be licensed prior to accessing the Webinar for CE credit.

State Exam-Prep Program: Revised Program at a Reduced Price [$650]

  • Program Package includes one-time access to the Live-Stream Audio-Broadcast (Webinar), Textbook, Online Exam Prep, and Author/Instructor Email Support. NOTE: This Package does NOT include post-licensure CE credit.

Post-Licensure CE-CLE Program: Brand New! [$500]

  • Program Package includes one-time access to the Live-Stream Audio-Broadcast (Webinar), Textbook, and Author/Instructor Email Support. This Program is accredited for 20-Hours CE credit for Alabama Licensed Title Agents and 16.7 CLE credits (including 1 hour of Ethics) for Alabama Bar Attorneys. NOTE: This is a Post-Licensure CE-CLE Program. It is NOT available to those seeking licensure or preparing for the State Exam nor does it include the Exam-Prep Component. You MUST insert your Alabama Title Agent License Number and/or Alabama Bar Number in the Comments Box at point of Registration.

Florida

Florida 40-Hour Prelicensing Course Venue – In-Person Classes

Unless otherwise noted on the Course Calendar, all public sessions of the Florida 40-Hour Prelicensing Course are held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Northwest/Oldsmar. The hotel provides a discounted sleeping room rate which is available to anyone attending a Koogler Group course. Simply call the hotel, at 813-818-7202 and tell them you are with The Koogler Group to receive the discounted rate. An email link to the hotel will be provided via “Course Confirmation” once you register to attend a course.

40-Hour Title Agent Prelicensing Course – “Traditional” and “Virtual” Options

In early 2020, amid the early COVID-19 crisis, The Koogler Group obtained FLDFS approval for a Virtual Classroom [VC] Program delivered in a live-streamed, instructor-led, interactive-learning format. This was to comply with Florida Statute 626.8417(3)(a) that required the 40-Hour Course to be a CLASSROOM Course – prohibiting online on-demand self-study programming.

The first VC Program was successfully delivered in June 2020. The VC Program is offered three times per year as a 10-week night school, with two 2-Hour Sessions per week, for a total of 20-Sessions (40 Hours).

Licensing Qualification and State Exam Preparation

There are two separate elements for obtaining a title agent license – (1) qualifying for licensure; and (2) passing the state exam. Both are discussed below…

To Qualify for Licensure, you must either:

  1. Complete the 40-Hour course, OR
  2. Have sufficient working experience (at least 1 year of responsible title duties working full time or substantially full time for a title company or title agency during the 4 years preceding date of application). In this case, you must provide a Qualification and Verification of Experience Form, signed by your employer (form available on myfloridacfo.com). This is not about “time served” – it is whether you possess a level of professional qualifications as set forth on the Form.
  3. NOTE: Prelicensure coursework is not required for an applicant who is a member or veteran of the United States Armed Forces or the spouse of such a member or veteran. A qualified individual must provide a copy of a military identification card, military dependent identification card, military service record, military personnel file, veteran record, discharge paper, or separation document that indicates such member is currently in good standing or such veteran is honorably discharged. [F.S. 626.8417(7)]

Who May Attend The 40-Hour Course

Anyone wishing to take the Florida 40-Hour Prelicensing Course is welcome to do so, including those who qualify to sit for the state exam based on experience. Experienced agents may wish to purchase the Florida Study Manual for Title Insurance [on which the State Exam is based] and the Florida Title Insurance Exam Prep [Optional Exam Prep Component] for self-study purposes. You are encouraged to choose the study method best suited to your specific needs.

Layered Learning – Course, Textbook, and Online Exam Prep

As noted above, there are two separate elements for obtaining a title agent license – (1) qualifying for licensure; and (2) passing the state exam. As such, we have developed a 3-level “Layered Learning” approach that, if adhered to, will deliver the instruction required to qualify for licensure and, separately, prepare students for the state exam.

  1. Learning Layer #1 – Read the Textbook
    The Florida Study Manual for Title Insurance [required reading] is the textbook upon which State Exam questions are based and covers all topics listed on the Exam Content Outline. We strongly recommend that those taking the 40-Hour Course read the Florida Study Manual in advance, as it greatly aids understanding of the material presented in class. Note: Those enrolled in the Virtual Classroom (VC) Program are required to complete Assigned Reading prior to each Session in order to pass Session Quizzes, which are a required [regulatory] component of the VC Program.
  2. Learning Layer #2 – Complete the 40-Hour Course
    The 40-Hour Course is a “Teaching-Learning” course of instruction that places the content of the Florida Study Manual for Title Insurance into context, by providing real-world examples of the various topics covered throughout the Course. The purpose of the Course is to ensure that those entering the industry have a basic understanding of all topics listed on the Exam Content Outline. The 40-Hour Course is NOT an Exam-Prep Course.
  3. Learning Layer #3 – Prepare for the State Exam
    The Florida Title Insurance Exam Prep is an optional component, best suited for those who prefer taking simulated exams when studying for the State Exam. Please note that this product may contain questions similar to the State Exam but does not include State Exam questions. The purpose of this product is to reinforce the information contained in the Florida Study Manual for Title Insurance and taught in the 40-Hour Course.

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