Real estate salesperson licensee candidates in California are required to take a minimum of 135 hours of license training:
- California Real Estate Principles (45 hours, required topic)
- California Real Estate Practice (45 hours, required topic)
- One 45-hour Real Estate Elective topic
This online prelicense course fulfills the 45-hour Real Estate Practice education requirement necessary for obtaining a real estate salesperson license in California.
Students are advised to visit the California Bureau of Real Estate's website at http://www.bre.ca.gov for license application requirements.
How to obtain a real estate license in California
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 that must be submitted to and approved by the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE).
Each student will be assigned a course instructor at the time of course registration. The student is encouraged to contact the instructor whenever the student feels that contact with the instructor will be helpful. The student may contact their instructor by e-mail, telephone, or mail after enrollment.
Student Material / Equipment Required
The OnlineEd course is presented via the internet. In order to be able to access the course and in order to complete the course, the student will need a computer with internet access and a web browser. All major operating systems and web browsers are supported.
All of the course material may be read online. However, it is recommended that the student print the course material and put the material in binder notebooks. This will allow for use of the course material for future reference material and in many cases, will make review of the material prior to taking the state examination much easier. In order to print the materials the student should have:
- A printer compatible with the computer
- Printer paper
- Binder notebook
- 15 Chapter Tabs
How to Complete the Course
This pre-license course requires the completion of the study and mastery of fifteen topics. These fifteen topics are organized as follows:
- Your Career in Real Estate
- Fair Housing
- Trust Funds
- Licensee Disclosure Issues
- Business Development
- Working with Sellers
- Working with Buyers
- The Real Estate Sale Agreement
- The Closing Process, Escrow and Title Insurance
- Real Estate Financing
- An Overview of Property Management
At the end of each chapter there is a review exercise. The chapter review exercise must be done online and is automatically graded. The score on this review exercise is reported to the student's instructor for progress monitoring. The review exercise after each chapter is presented in a multiple choice format. The correct answers to this exercise will only be given to the student after the student has successfully passed the review exercise. Before a student may proceed to the next chapter, the student must receive a chapter review score of 70% or better. The student will also be encouraged to request help from their instructor regarding specific test material.
The student must follow the above described procedures for each of the fifteen course chapters.
A final examination is required for successful course completion. The final exam will not will not be made available to the student until a minimum of 18 DAYS after initial registration. Any time after 18 days after initial registration and only after the student has completed the coursework for all fifteen chapters will the student be given access to the final examination. This examination must be taken online. Upon entering the final examination web site area, the student will be asked to verify their identity prior to taking any final examination. If the system verifies the information given by the student, the student will be given access to the final examination questions.
The final exam is not downloadable or printable. It is composed of 100 questions in a multiple choice format selected at random from a bank of final examination questions. The final exam may be taken "open book". If taken "open book" the student may only refer to the material provided as a part of this course. The final exam must be completed within 150 minutes. At the end of 150 minutes, the final exam will time out and the student will be graded on the number of questions answered. All unanswered questions will be considered as wrong answers. A score of 75% or better is required for passage.
The OnlineEd system will instantaneously grade the test and return to the student the test score. If the student passed the final examination, then an e-mail notification that the student has passed the final examination will be forwarded to the student. An original course completion certificate will be mailed to the student within 15 days. If the student did not pass the final examination, the student will be required to retake the examination. The retake final exam will be composed of 100 questions selected at random from a bank of final examination questions.
OnlineEd File Cabinet
The OnlineEd file cabinet contains resource information organized as follows:
- California Civil Code
- California Administrative Rules
- Forms and Documents
- Glossary of Terms
- Articles and Support Reference Material
Throughout the course modules, the student will be asked to view/visit the OnlineEd file cabinet support materials. These support materials will give the student an opportunity to amplify the material presented in the course text material.
Completion and Assignment Timelines
This California Pre-License Course may be completed by the student at the student's own pace. The course is designed to take the student a minimum of 45 hours to complete. The time will be spent on reading the course text materials, studying the text materials to ensure concept understanding, completion of the course exercise sets, review of support material, and successful passage of the module final examination. Some students, depending on their education and prior experience, may complete the course in less than the time allocated. Other students may complete the materials in more time than is required. Successful completion of the course is competency based and not based upon actual hours spent on the module. There is no required progress with respect to proceeding with the course materials that is required of any student. Each student is solely responsible for their course progress. However, the student should note that a minimum of 18 days is required from the time of initial registration until the first date the final examination may be taken.
The student has 365 days from the time of initial course registration to complete the course material and pass the final examination. At the end of the 365-day period, the student will be denied further access to the course materials. The student will be required to re-register and pay for any modules not completed if the student desires to proceed with the course.
Withdrawal and Refund Information
The following is the cancellation and refund policy:
- You may cancel enrollment by giving e-mail notice to mail@OnlineEd.com within five business days after the date of enrollment. If cancellation occurs during that five day period, all money paid to OnlineEd by the student shall be refunded.
- If cancellation occurs after five business days, the following schedules of maximum charges may be assessed by OnlineEd:
- If termination occurs in the period between the delivery of lesson materials and receipt by the school of the first completed lesson materials, OnlineEd may charge an amount equal to 15 percent of the total tuition cost, or $50, whichever is less. This sum shall represent OnlineEd's stated course enrollment fee.
- If termination occurs after receipt by OnlineEd of the first completed chapter review exercise and up to 50 percent of the completed lesson assignments, the student shall be entitled to a pro rata refund of the total tuition cost of the distance learning portion of the program. This refund calculation shall be based upon dividing the total number of chapters the student has completed by the total number of course chapters not completed by the student. OnlineEd may also retain the established enrollment fee.
- If termination occurs after receipt by OnlineEd of 50 percent or more of the completed lesson assignments OnlineEd may retain 100 percent of the total tuition costs plus the established registration fee.
- No refund will be given after forty-five days from initial course registration for any reason.
- No refunds will be given for books, promotional items, or shipping and/or handling costs associated therewith.
- If your course or any portion thereof was paid for by a third party, then the third party will need to make the refund request and will receive any qualifying refund.
There are no prerequisites required prior to taking the California Real Estate Practice course. However, the student is advised to contact the California Bureau of Real Estate's Licensing Division to determine whether the student will be eligible to sit for the California Real Estate Exam. There are age and other requirements that must be met.