Virginia Certified Title Examiner

The Virginia Certified Title Examiner (VCTE) Certification course is a comprehensive treatment of title examination in Virginia. Covering a broad base of state and federal statutes and case law related to title examination, processes, and basic underwriting, the course prepares a new examiner for training in the field, and it ensures that existing examiners have a solid understanding of title examination. This course is appropriate for title examiners, attorneys, paralegals, and title settlement agents.

The VCTE Course was established in August 2012, to create a foundation and structured education on basic title examination principles, practices, and standards in Virginia. Building upon that original vision, the VCTE course was revised in 2022 to closely follow the content presented in A Virginia Title Examiners’ Manual, which has served the title and conveyancing profession since 1942. The latest edition of the Manual is offered at a 20% discount for those who purchase the course.  The course is presented by the Manual’s current editor, Kevin T. Pogoda, Esq.

The VCTE course has been approved for 16 credit hours of CE, 16 credit hours of CLE, and is also approved for credit toward the American Land Title Association’s (ALTA) National Title Professional (NTP) designation

The Virginia Land Title Association recognizes the land title professionals who have demonstrated their knowledge, experience, and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property.

View the full list of VLTA members who have successfully obtained the Virginia Certified Title Examiner Certification here.

An updated list will be published in January, April, July and October of every year.

To view additional information that is not provided through this list, please use the member directory.

About Certification Continuing Education (CCE)

The purpose of Certification Continuing Education (CCE) is to ensure that certification holders represent the most up-to-date experts in their chosen professional field. VLTA will continue to offer current and relevant education to assist certification holders in meeting this requirement. All CCE courses are vetted by VLTA’s education committee for their relevance, quality, and rigor. VCTE Continuing Education courses are mid- and advanced-level courses designed to offer depth and insight into common problems faced by examiners; reduce claims; and provide resources for examiners to resolve issues. 

Continuing Education Requirements

Eight (8) hours of VCTE continuing education will be required each compliance period.  If you hold both VCTE and VCTSA certifications or a VCTE certification and a license, you will still need eight (8) hours of industry related certification continuing education.  If you hold both the VCTE and VCTSA certifications, a class that offers industry related certification continuing education will count for both certifications. 

Rollover credits from a previous compliance period are not allowed.

VLTA encourages all VCTE holders to complete at least two of their credit hours in ethics or law & regs courses. 

There are multiple ways that candidates can receive their CCE:
  • Annual Convention hosted in October of each year
  • Online courses available through the Virginia Land Title Institute
  • Live VLTA Regional Events
  • Industry related certification continuing education through  outside provider courses
January 2024 begins a new biennium compliance period ending on December 31, 2025. 
All candidates who receive their VCTE certification prior to January 2025 must 
complete 8-hours of certification continuing education (CCE) before the compliance period ends on December 31, 2025.

VLTA profiles will include certification information.
  You should review your profile to make sure this information is correct.

VLTA will no longer be maintaining VCTE and VCTSA transcripts.  You will be providing documentation of your certification continuing education credits.  The recertification program is on VLTI, VLTA’s online learning management platform. If you hold a title insurance license, a copy of your Sircon CE transcript will suffice.  If you do not hold a title insurance license, copies of class certificates for course competitions can be submitted.  For courses taken though VLTI, you can print a copy of your certificate list.  If you seek credit outside of VLTA, you will be responsible for keeping up with your certificates. You will be asked to upload one PDF file for documentation. Once you meet your recertification requirements you will be able to submit your information, we encourage you not to wait until December 2023 to do this.