Maine Broker Course
Maine Broker Course

The Designated Broker Course is the correct course you need to complete to become a Broker, even if you are not planning to be a Designated Broker.

Ever thought of qualifying for the Broker level license?

Ever thought of being more successful in your individual brokerage practice?

Ever thought of running your own successful real estate brokerage company?

Could you use a great refresher course on the responsibilities of the Designated Broker? Geoff does a great job!!!!

The Designated Broker Course (PDF) document details the Maine Real Estate Commission Course Guidelines.

About the Class

The Designated Broker Course is a 50-hour program approved by the Maine Real Estate Commission as meeting the criteria for getting a Maine Broker real estate license, and to serve as a Designated Broker. It is also approved for 18 clock hours of CE for Broker and Designated Broker license renewals. The course covers business planning, creating a company policy manual, risk management, ethical issues, how to set up an effective training program, and more. In unique TRELG fashion, it is offered in a "blended" format where you complete online self-study at your own pace and attend workshops in the classroom or via Livestream.  Less than 20 hours of seat time, including your Final Exam!  You begin your online work as soon as you register for the class and attend the workshops as scheduled in each class offering (see below). 
  • There is no textbook, and there are no "state" or "national" exams after you complete the course.
  • Complete your required online self-study -- videos, audio clips, animations, knowledge checks, case studies, scored quizzes -- at your own pace, in accordance with the student workbook we provide to you.
  • Attend the live or livestream workshops as scheduled.
  • Take a 2-hour Final Exam proctored by your instructor in-person at the end of your last workshop, or as scheduled.

About our Instructor

Geoff MacLean, a founding partner of TRELG, brings an impressive 40-year background in practical brokerage and company leadership to his extensive teaching and consulting endeavors. With a remarkable aptitude for mediating disputes within the REALTOR® organization, between licensees, and among consumers, Geoff's expertise is widely recognized. As a sought-after consultant for numerous real estate companies and an esteemed expert witness in real estate brokerage matters, Geoff's insights are highly valued. Since 1996, he has served as the chair of the Maine Association of REALTORS® Professional Standards Committee, and his exceptional contributions have led to him being named REALTOR® of the Year twice by his local Board of REALTORS®. Geoff's passion for education is evident as he imparts his knowledge through teaching various courses, including the Maine Designated Broker pre-license course, as well as a diverse array of continuing education courses, available in-person, via livestream, and online.


You must have been licensed as an Associate Broker affiliated with a real estate brokerage agency for 2 years within the past 5 years immediately preceding the date of application submitted to the Commission.   The 2 years do not need to be consecutive but must have been within the 5 year period prior to your application date.  You must also complete the Designated Broker Course with a minimum final grade of 75% and include your Designated Broker Course Completion Certificate with the license application. The Course Completion Certificate is valid for up to 1 year from the course completion date.

In addition, a licensed real estate broker may act as the designated broker for an agency and, as such, is responsible for the actions of the agency and its associates or employees.

Please review our Policies for additional details!

This is what our students are saying about this course:
"Hi Geoff, thank you for a great broker class.   I think I was a little stunned after the course and test but it all went well!! I am so glad I took it and you kept us all going and laughing.  Much appreciated." 
"Geoff MacLean is a Maine treasure. I am licensed in MA and NH and neither of those states prepare you for the challenges, strategies, and logistics of operating a brokerage as a designated broker like Maine licensing law and Geoff's years of experience do. I'm not sure people can appreciate the education and opportunity that TRELG offers without the perspective of operating in the dark in other states. Thank you Geoff. The in-the-trenches examples are invaluable. I was not required to take this course, because I hold the Designated Broker position in two other states, but I wanted to make sure we could operate at the highest level. This is is the single best course I have taken in my several decade career. If you never want to be the designated broker, but you value best practices and operating at the highest level, take Geoff's class. You won't regret it."

Upcoming Maine Designated Broker Classes:

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The Real Estate Learning Group, 220 Maine Mall Road, 2nd Floor, Suite 240, So. Portland

Class Schedule:
09/17/24, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Intro (zoom livestream)
09/24/24, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Check-in #1 (zoom livestream)
10/01/24, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Check-in #2 (zoom livestream)
10/17/24, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Workshop #1 (live in-person)
10/24/24, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Workshop #2 (live in-person)
10/31/24, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Workshop #3 (live in-person)
10/31/24, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Final Exam - Option #1
11/01/24, 9:00 am - 11:00 am Final Exam - Option #2
Instructor: Geoff MacLean
ME 18 clock hours
The registration deadline for this class is September 16th or when all seats are filled.

The intro and check-ins are 1 hour via Zoom.

The 3 workshops and final exam are in-person.

You will have access to your online work by August 1st.

Zoom Livestream

Class Schedule:
This class is entirely by Zoom other than the Final Exam.
09/17/24, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Intro (Zoom)
09/24/24, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Check-in #1 (Zoom)
10/01/24, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Check-in #2 (Zoom)
10/17/24, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Workshop #1 (Zoom)
10/24/24, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Workshop #2 (Zoom)
10/31/24, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Workshop #3 (Zoom)
11/01/24, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Final Exam (proctored live in-person at The Real Estate Learning Group, 220 Maine Mall Road, So. Portland)
Instructor: Geoff MacLean
The registration deadline for this class is September 16th or when all virtual seats are filled.

This class is offered by Zoom, other than the Final Exam.

You will have access to your online work by August 1st.

The final exam will be live proctored through The Real Estate Learning Group. Other proctor options can be arranged in your local area. Please reach out to us for additional information and requirements.