California Real Estate License Pre-License and CE FAQs
Q: What courses do I need to take to obtain a California sales license?
A: You need to take 3 college-level courses in order to qualify and apply to take the Real Estate Sales Exam with the California Bureau of Real Estate:
Real Estate Principles
Real Estate Practice
One additional course from the following courses (Relstone offers the courses in bold):
• Real Estate Appraisal
• Property Management
• Real Estate Finance
• Real Estate Economics
• Legal Aspects of Real Estate
• Business Law
• Real Estate Office Administration
• General Accounting
• Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
• Computer Applications in Real Estate
• Common Interest Developments
Q: How long is my California real estate sales license good for?
A: By completing Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice and 1 other pre-license course and then passing the California Real Estate Salesperson exam, a 4 year permanent license will be issued.
Q; What courses do I need to take to obtain a California broker's license?
A: To become a broker, you must complete:
o 2 years of full-time employment as a licensed real estate salesperson (within the last five years)
o 4 years of college
o 8 statutory college level courses required for the broker exam, including Real Estate Practice and Real Estate Principles.
Q: How long do I have to complete my courses after I have ordered?
A: If you have purchased 1 to 3 broker courses to obtain your broker's license, you have 6 months to complete your final exams. Please note that you must allow 18 days per course from the date of order to complete the final exam and obtain a certificate for the course (per the California Bureau of Real Estate).
If you have purchased more than 4 broker courses, you have exactly 1 year from the order date to complete all of the final exams.
Q: How long are the final exams for the courses I have ordered?
A: The final exams for the pre-license courses (sales or broker) are 100 questions long and you are given a time period of 150 minutes per exam. There are no quizzes or essays required.
You can take the exams online or on paper.
Q: After I print out/receive my transcipts, how do I apply for a California real estate sales/broker's license?
A: Once you have the transcript(s) for the course(s) you have completed, you can schedule your state exam online at the Bureau of Real Estate website, www.dre.ca.gov, or you can also print out the forms at the same website and send them in along with the appropriate examination fees.
CONTINUING EDUCATION TO RENEW A CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE LICENSE
Q: What courses do I need to renew my California sales or broker license?
A: You will need 45 hours of continuing education which consists of:
15 hours: Ethics, Agency, Trust Funds Handling, Fair Housing and Risk Management (Relstone offers this package of courses for California Real Estate CE.)
30 hours of consumer protection: Relstone offers coursework in “Selling Business Opportunities in California” which meet this requirement.
Q: How long do I have to complete my California Real Estate CE courses after ordering:
A: For any renewal courses including 15 hours C.E. or 45 Hours C.E., you have 6 months from the order date to complete the final exams. You may complete each course and exam as quickly as within 24 hours (one course per 24-hour period, per the California Bureau of Real Estate).
Q: After I print out/receive my transcripts, how do I renew my California real estate sales/broker's license?
A: Once you receive the transcripts for the courses you have completed, you can go online to the Bureau of Real Estate website, www.dre.ca.gov, to renew online. Renewal fees may be paid online with a credit card. If you prefer to mail in your renewal, you may print out the renewal forms from the same website and mail it in.
Q: When will I know if I have passed my exams?
A: If you are completing the exams online, your exams will be graded immediately after you complete each exam. You will be able to see if you passed and the percentage score.
If you are completing the paper exams, your monitor must mail in the completed exams into our office. Once we receive them, it will take approximately 24 hours to grade and send out trancripts when you have passed the exams.