Section 5-26-8

Testing of loan originators.

(1) In general. In order to meet the written test requirement referred to in Section 5-26-6(5), an individual shall pass, in accordance with the standards established under this subsection, a qualified written test developed by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry and administered by a test provider approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry based upon reasonable standards.

(2) Qualified test. A written test shall not be treated as a qualified written test for purposes of subsection (1) unless the test adequately measures the applicant's knowledge and comprehension in appropriate subject areas, including:

(a) Ethics;

(b) Federal law and regulation pertaining to mortgage origination;

(c) State law and regulation pertaining to mortgage origination;

(d) Federal and state law and regulation, including instruction on fraud, consumer protection, the nontraditional mortgage marketplace, and fair lending issues.

(3) Testing location. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a test provider approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry from providing a test at the location of the employer of the applicant or the location of any subsidiary or affiliate of the employer of the applicant, or the location of any entity with which the applicant holds an exclusive arrangement to conduct the business of a mortgage loan originator.

(4) Minimum competence:

(a) PASSING SCORE. An individual shall not be considered to have passed a qualified written test unless the individual achieves a test score of not less than 75 percent correct answers to questions.

(b) INITIAL RETESTS. An individual may retake a test three consecutive times with each consecutive taking occurring at least 30 days after the preceding test.

(c) SUBSEQUENT RETESTS. After failing three consecutive tests, an individual shall wait at least six months before taking the test again.

(d) RETEST AFTER LAPSE OF LICENSE. A licensed mortgage loan originator who fails to maintain a valid license for a period of five years or longer shall retake the test, not taking into account any time during which such individual is a registered mortgage loan originator.

(Act 2009-627, p. 1907, §8.)