New Expanded Approved / Not Approved Topic List Posted; Expanded Test Content Outline May 8

Today NMLS posted on the course provider page of the NMLS Resource Center an updated approved/not approved topic list for mortgage education.  Unlike in previous years, the topic list has been broken out between pre-licensure and continuing education.  The CE list also includes topical items that will be required to be taught in calendar 2018.

A primary objective of the new topic list is to better define what subject areas are most appropriate for pre-licensure education, and what an MLO needs to know as he/she works to prepare for the SAFE MLO Test.  The continuing education list includes feedback from state regulators and the Multi-State Mortgage Committee (MMC) reoccurring and common problems that have been identified during mortgage exams which annual continuing education can assist to address.  The subjects listed on the CE topic list will be required for any CE course intended to be approved and delivered in calendar year 2018.  Going forward the CE topic list will be updated every first quarter of the year and will include new subject areas which will be required to be taught the next calendar year.

On Monday, May 8th, NMLS will also post to the NMLS Resource Center an expanded Test Content Outline.  Similar to the topic list, the expanded test content outline is intended to better set expectations about the level of knowledge a test candidate is expected to possess going in to take the test.   It’s important to note that nothing about the test (the number of questions, content areas, timing or anything else) is changing.

Both the expanded approved/not-approved topic list and the expanded test content outlines are intended to be supportive of one another, and are intended to help individuals who are seeking to acquire and maintain an MLO license to prepare and be successful in their careers.

The expanded topic list has been reviewed by the Course Provider Working Group and the Mortgage Testing & Education Board (MTEB).  NMLS will host a webinar on Thursday, April 27, at 12pm ET to further explain the document and to answer questions.   This webinar is for NMLS approved course providers only.

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