Frequently Asked Questions

License Types: Salesperson and Broker

 

Agents in California are broken down into two categories: brokers and salespersons.  Most new real estate agents become a real estate salesperson and are required to place their real estate license under a real estate broker.  Real estate brokers oversee and are liable for all of the salespersons transactions.  Many decide to remain as salespersons during their entire real estate career; others may down the road decide to obtain their real estate broker’s license in order to become more independent and possibly start their own real estate brokerage company and hire real estate salespersons under them. 

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Licensee Activites

 

Many real estate property purchases and sales in California involve real estate agents who help facilitate the purchases and sales of real properties and are licensed by the California Department of Real Estate.  For detailed information, see our Licensing Information page.

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According to the California Department of Real Estate (DRE), here are the requirements to obtaining a California Real Estate Salesperson License

 

To obtain a real estate salesperson license, you must first qualify for and pass a written examination. Those who pass the examination are provided a license application which must be submitted to and approved by the DRE. 

 

Age: You must be 18 years of age or older to be issued a license.

Residence: If you are not a California resident, see Out-of-State Applicants.

Honesty: Applicants must be honest and truthful. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license. Failure to disclose any criminal violation or disciplinary action in an applicant's entire history may also result in the denial of a license. 

Education:  You must complete a minimum of three (3) statutorily required college-level courses. 

Required:

  • Real Estate Principles
  • Real Estate Practice

Elective:

Pick one (1) of the following courses.  However, some previously completed three semester unit, four quarter unit, or higher college classes may count toward your elective course (e.g., Accounting, Business Law, or Economics).

  • Property Management
  • Escrow
  • Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
  • Legal Aspects of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Business Law

If you would like more information, please contact a representative or the California Department of Real Estate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accredited provides the educational requirements

and state exam preparation for Salesperson!  

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According to the California Department of Real Estate (DRE), here are the requirements to obtaining a California Real Estate Broker License

 

To obtain a real estate broker license, you must first qualify for and pass a written examination. Those who pass the examination are provided a license application which must be submitted to and approved by the DRE. 

 

Age: You must be 18 years of age or older to be issued a license.

Residence: If you are not a California resident, see Out-of-State Applicants.

Honesty: Applicants must be honest and truthful. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license. Failure to disclose any criminal violation or disciplinary action in an applicant's entire history may also result in the denial of a license. 

Experience: A minimum of two years full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years (or equivalent) or a four year college degree with a major or minor in Real Estate. 

Education:  You must complete a minimum of eight (8) statutorily required college-level courses. 

Required:

  • Real Estate Practice
  • Legal Aspects of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Real Estate Economics

Elective:

Pick three (3) from the following. However, some previously completed three semester unit, four quarter unit, or higher college classes may count toward elective courses (e.g., Accounting, Business Law, or Economics).

  • Real Estate Principles
  • Property Management
  • Escrow
  • Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
  • Business Law

 

If you would like more information, please contact the California Department of Real Estate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accredited provides the educational requirements

and state exam preparation for Broker!  

Click an option below for more information!

On-Site Instruction

Home Study Instruction

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Continuing Education Requirements

 

Per the California Department of Real Estate (DRE), all real estate brokers and salespersons must complete 45 clock hours of continuing education.   Click here to order.

How to Obtain Your Information as a PDF

 

On the menu bar, scroll over "Downloads" and then click on the applicable document.  Otherwise, select the appropriate download below.  

 
 

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How to Contact Accredited Real Estate Schools, Inc.

 

In-Person: 5006 Sunrise Blvd #101, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 during open business hours

M-Th: 9:30AM – 6PM

F: 9:30AM – 2PM

Sat & Sun: Closed

Phone: (916) 966-9300

Email: ncinfo@accreditedschools.com

Fax: (916) 966-9305

 

How to Order with Accredited Real Estate Schools, Inc.

 

Online:  www.accreditedschools.com

In-Person or Mail: 5006 Sunrise Blvd #101, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 during open business hours

M-Th: 9:30AM – 6PM

F: 9:30AM – 2PM

Sat & Sun: Closed

Phone: (916) 966-9300

Fax: (916) 966-9305

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Course Completion Time Limits

 

  • Continuing Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Statutory Courses

    • Per home study statutory course = Minimum 18 days, Maximum 1 year 

 

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Certificate of Completion

 

Course completion certificates will be emailed, hand-delivered, faxed, or mailed to students within five business days. Under normal circumstances, a certificate of completion is usually delivered within one business day.  However, please allow up to five business days for a certificate to be delivered.   

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What to do with your Certificate of Completion

 

  • Continuing Education

    • You will now need to fill out the Continuing Education Course Verification form for the Department of Real Estate or you may log on their website at www.dre.ca.gov and use eLicensing for expedited processing of your renewal.  For each course you will input: course title, course hours, certificate approval number, enrollment date, and completion date; you will find this information under the heading of “Certificate of Completion.”  If you are unable to process your renewal you may call the DRE at (877) 373-4542 or contact an associate.

  • Statutory Courses

    • Click the appropriate form below for detailed instructions as to "How to Apply."

 
 

Online Testing User ID & Password

 

Your User ID & Password will be found after enrollment depending on method of purchase as follows:

  • Online

    • After purchasing online, your User ID & Password will be emailed to you during open business hours.  It will also be located on your enrollment form that is mailed to you with your receipt and material.  

  • In-Person

    • Your User ID & Password is located on your enrollment form.

  • Over-the-Phone

    • Your User ID & Password will be emailed to you during open business hours.  It will also be located on your enrollment form that is either mailed to you or available for pick-up with your receipt and material.  

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Approximate Order Processing Timeframes

 

Approximate processing timeframes for orders are as follows:

          Order Placed                                                                           Order Processed

Monday-Thursday before 2pm                                                  Same day before 6pm

Monday-Thursday after 2pm                                                     Following day before 2pm

Friday before 12pm                                                                Same day before 2pm

Friday after 12pm, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays                   Following business day before 2pm

 

Please allow one to two (1-2) open business days for processing. However, your enrollment date will be the date of purchase.

Refund Policy

 

  • Home Study Courses (Continuing Education and Statutory)

    • Unconditional money-back guarantee on home study courses if returned unused within 7 days from enrollment date, less the $25 enrollment fee and any shipping charges if applicable.  

  • Exam Preparation Material (e.g., Practice Questions, Online Video, etc.)

    • Exam Preparation Material is NON-REFUNDABLE.  

  • Live Eight Night Exam Preparation Class and Live Tutorials of Home Study Courses

    • Unconditional money-back guarantee if returned at least three business days prior to day of class, less the $25 enrollment fee and any shipping charges if applicable.  There is a $25 transfer fee if student elects for another class date than what was originally selected.  

  • One Day Crash Course

    • Unconditional money-back guarantee if returned at least one business day before 2pm prior to day of class, less the $25 enrollment fee and any shipping charges if applicable.  There is a $25 transfer fee if student elects for another class date than what was originally selected.  

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Disabling Pop-Up Blockers

 

For Accredited Real Estate Schools, Inc. online testing, pop-up blockers MUST be disabled.  If problems occur in disabling pop-up blockers, here are some recommended steps.​

Google Chrome

  • When you press “Start Test/Quiz” on our testing site, click the pop-up alert icon in the address bar.

  • Click the link for the pop-up you’d like to see then select “always show pop-ups from [site].”OR

  • Click the Chrome menu in the top right hand corner of your browser. 

  • Go to “Settings” and click on “Show Advanced Settings”

  • Under the Privacy section, click on “Content Settings”

  • In the Pop-Up Section, select Allow All Sites to Show Pop-Ups.
     

Safari

  • Select “Safari” > “Preferences.”

  • Click on “Security” at the top of the window.

  • Uncheck the box next to “Block Pop-Up Windows”
     

Firefox

  • Select Tools

  • Choose Options

  • Select the Content tab

  • Uncheck the box next to “Block pop-up windows”
     

Microsoft Edge

  • Click on the More button ( . . . )

  • Clcik “Settings.”

  • Scroll down and click “View Advanced Settings.”

  • Click the slider under the heading that says “Block pop-ups”
     

Internet Explorer

  • Click on the settings/gear/cog button

  • Go to Internet Options

  • Click on Privacy

  • Uncheck Turn on Pop Up Blocker

  • OR
    Temporarily disable pop-up blockers by clicking and holding the control key on your keyboard while clicking on “Start Test.”

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