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Trainee Retaking CA Exam?

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Freshman Member
Jul 24, 2007
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Banking/Mortgage Industry

I looked everyone for a definitive answer and my supervisor was as uncertain as am I so Im bringing it up here. I am a trainee in California, passed the exam in 07/06 and am finally about to finish up my hours. I was looking at the OREA site regarding upcoming upgrade and it sounds like (according to the text below), that I have to retake the test if I am a trainee and applying for an upgrade after 01/08? Am I missing something? Why would I have to take the test again?


Effective January 1, 2008
In addition to the above requirements, applications to upgrade a Trainee License to the Residential License level received on or after January 1, 2008, must include a completed Basic Education Attachment (REA 3002) documenting the 2008 basic education requirements for the Residential License, along with copies of transcripts or course completion certificates. Additionally, all applicants upgrading from the Trainee License to the Residential License after January 1, 2008, will be required to pass the 2008 Residential License level examination. Upon approval of an application, OREA will issue an Admission to Examination Letter (see Examination and Issuance on page 18).
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Dec 30, 2004
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Certified Residential Appraiser
North Carolina
Is CA a "Firm or "Segmented" State? I found this on the OREA web site

The Office of Real Estate Appraisers has adopted an approach that permits applicants to
file applications prior to January 1, 2008, documenting the completion of one component
(for example, the education component) under the criteria in effect at the time and to
complete the remaining components on or after January 1, 2008, provided those
components comply with the revised criteria.

If you didn't file an application documenting your education than it looks like you will have to meet the 2008 education requirements.

It doesn't look like you have to take the trainee exam again, you just have to pass the new 2008 RL exam.
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