Who are we?

We are a dues-based membership organization focused on independent vehicle dealer education. We work hard to provide information on the latest industry news and trends, best practice tips, newly enacted federal and state legislation, and any upcoming laws that you should be aware of. When you join our association, you will have instant access to the full site including the WA State Auto Dealer Continuing Education course. And yes, we have been approved under RCW 46.70 to offer the continuing education.

Why choose Independent Dealers Education Association for your mandatory continuing education course?

Our online course is all about education. We developed a comprehensive curriculum targeting industry news, best practices, and new and upcoming legislation. We've also included reminders aiming at issues of non-compliance such as business operations and management, vehicle purchases and sales, and advertising guidelines - just to name a few. Also, we work with state agencies to ensure our education goes beyond the minimum compliance requirements set mandated by law. The online course is designed in an easy to understand, user-friendly format. Upon completion of our online course, you will have instant access to your completion certificate. Also, we will notify the Department of Licensing letting them know that you have completed your mandatory continuing education.

Who is required to complete the education?

All licensed independent motor vehicle dealers who sell used vehicles only. Motor vehicle dealers who sell new vehicles or new and used vehicles do not need to complete the continuing education.

"Don't I have to take a live class or seminar for part of the education credits?"

Not when you take our course! This is the most common question we get asked. We are aware that there are some misrepresentations surrounding how you must complete the education. Each association approved to offer the education provides a different format for how the course is delivered to you. Rest assured our course has been approved as a fully online course and can be taken at your convenience.

How does our 5 hour continuing education course compare to the other association offering the 5 hour credits?

Our online course will satisfy the full 5 hour credits needed to renew your Dealer's license. We like to say we are the 1st association to offer the 5 hour course fully online! We developed our course format with your busy schedule in mind. We know our Dealers are busy. Our course is fully online and can be completed around your schedule. You may log in and log out and resume later. The course does not need to be completed all at once. All work will be saved if you log out. Also, when you have successfully completed the course, you will be able to print out your completion certificate and we will notify the Department of Licensing.

How long is the course?

Washington State mandates 5 hours of continuing education to renew your Dealer's license. Our course is broken down into 4 separate sections and is designed as a 5 hour course. However each section is not timed so you can take as long as you need to in order to complete the course. Remember, you can log out of the course and resume at a later time without losing previous work.

Why does the other association charge so much for their membership and education compared to IDEA?

This is another question we get asked frequently and honestly, we wonder the same thing. Higher cost does not equal better service. Quality service and quality education really shouldn't cost a lot and with us it doesn't.

Do you have a question regarding a specific situation?

We are happy to help!  If you have questions that involve a specific situation and you are not quite sure what the answer is, give us a call at (509) 220-5530 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will be happy to answer any questions you have so that you can remain in compliance with state and federal regulations.

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