Summer 2000 Newsletter (Volume 17, No. 2)

Maryland´┐Żs Electronic Licensing Initiative Enters Its Third Year
By Harry Loleas, Associate Commissioner of Occupational and Professional Licensing

On February 1, 1998 the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation turned on phase one of its electronic licensing system and enabled licensed real estate professionals to renew their licenses over the Internet. Over the next 26 months, seventeen additional business occupations and professions were added to the system. An individual or a firm could apply for an initial license or reciprocal license, renew a license, make certain interim changes or apply for a certification/verification of licensure. Many applications and payments, such as license renewals involved completed transactions leading to the immediate mailing of a license. Other applications involved the filing of initial documentation and payment over the internet, with the transaction then placed in pending status awaiting the receipt of a third party document such as a transcript or verification. Over 130 separate Internet applications were developed for the 18 covered professions.

Since the project went on-line and began to receive attention, two questions have been posed most frequently about electronic licensing. First and foremost was how did you to secure the nearly two million dollars required to create a comprehensive system. Of equal concern to officials around the country is whether or not people use it.
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International Distance Education Standard Set
By Craig Cheatham, Executive Vice President of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO)

We are all familiar with the changing face of education and pride ourselves in staying fluid enough to serve our communities and to make education accessible. In your state, province or territory, education has been delivered for both pre-license and continuing education purposes and your agency has been able to approve education experiences that were conducted with accountability and integrity. The citizens in your area have benefited from more knowledgeable industries and for this education providers can enjoy a good deal of the credit.

Over the last few years it has become quite evident that technology is having, and will continue to have, a significant
impact on education. Its impact on education delivery has been of particular concern as regulatory bodies have been approached by more and more program providers to approve seminars and courses offered in a variety of formats, everything from audio-only to on-line programs. Our licensees are applying much of the pressure, as their busy lives and flexible schedules have them demanding educational opportunities that are available at times and through methods more convenient to them.

It has been often said that necessity is the mother of invention. If you have
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