Virginia Certified Title Examiner

The Virginia Certified Title Examiner course is designed to offer a credible minimum standard of professionalism to the practice of title examination/abstraction. Covering a broad base of Virginia laws and statutes related to title examination, processes, and basic underwriting, the course prepares a new examiner for training in the field and ensures that existing examiners have a comprehensive understanding of basic title examination. New title examiners are advised to seek additional hands-on training from an experienced examiner before conducting title examination in Virginia.

This course entails 16 hours of online course work followed by a final exam integrated into the online platform. VLTA lists all certified examiners as preferred providers on its website, and strongly encourages all agents and underwriters to use only VCTEs.  Students benefit from a comprehensive and detailed look at title examination across eight 2-hour online sessions. Students are also required to pass an online examination to qualify for certification as a VCTE.

The VCTE course has been approved for 16 credit hours of CE/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 Credential here. This list is updated quarterly. 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.

Continuing Education Requirements
The number of continuing education hours depends on which credentials and licenses the applicant holds.  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. 
  • Virginia Certified Title Examiners are required to complete 16-hours of continuing education each biennium.
  • Candidates who also hold the Virginia Certified Title Settlement Agent (VCTSA) Credential are required to complete only 8-hours of VCTE continuing education each biennium.
  • Candidates who are a Virginia Title Insurance Agent are required to complete 8-hours of VCTE continuing education in addition to licensure requirements each biennium.
VLTA encourages all VCTE holders to complete at least two of their credit hours in ethics courses. 

There are multiple ways that candidates can receive their CCE:  
January 2020 begins a new biennium compliance period ending on December 31, 2021. 
All candidates who receive their VCTE credential prior to June 2021 must 
complete 16-hours of certification continuing education (CCE) before the compliance period ends on December 31, 2021.
If you have completed another VLTA Certification program or hold an active Title Insurance License, your CCE requirements is reduced to 8-hours for the VCTE program.  

Login Assistance
Login credentials are included in the VCTE letter that accompanied your certificate. If you have not received your credentials, please email the Program Manager, Suzanne Campbell at for assistance. Your login credentials for your transcript are different than your VLTA login credentials but can be reset at your convenience. 


Information For Outside Providers

VLTA encourages affiliated organizations to submit course offerings for approval as Certification Continuing Education (CCE) courses for the Virginia Certified Title Examiners (VCTE). Providers must submit a completed Outside Provider Course Approval form to be considered. Forms must be submitted a minimum of 15 days in advance of the live course. VLTA will provide credit for live in-person events, online/published courses, and on-demand courses.

Individuals may request approval from an outside provider who has not already been approved from VLTA. Individuals wishing to seek approval must submit the Individual Outside Provider Course Approval form a minimum of 15 days in advance of the live course.