(1) Minimum educational requirements. In order to meet the pre-licensing education requirement referred to in Section 5-26-6(4) a person shall complete at least 20 hours of education approved in accordance with subsection (2), which shall include at least:
(a) Three hours of federal law and regulations;
(b) Three hours of ethics, which shall include instruction on fraud, consumer protection, and fair lending issues; and
(c) Two hours of training related to lending standards for the nontraditional mortgage product marketplace.
(2) Approved educational courses. For purposes of subsection (1), pre-licensing education courses shall be reviewed and approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry based upon reasonable standards. Review and approval of a pre-licensing education course shall include review and approval of the course provider.
(3) Approval of employer and affiliate educational courses. Nothing in this section shall preclude any pre-licensing education course, as approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry, that is provided by the employer of the applicant or an entity which is affiliated with the applicant by an agency contract, or any subsidiary or affiliate of such employer or entity.
(4) Venue of education. Pre-licensing education may be offered either in a classroom, online, or by any other means approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry.
(5) Reciprocity of education. The pre-licensing education requirements approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry in subsections (1)(a), (b), and (c) for any state shall be accepted as credit towards completion of pre-licensing education requirements in Alabama.