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California Real Estate Principles

This online California real estate prelicense course fulfills 45 hours of California Real Estate Principles education required to obtain a real estate salesperson license.


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Price: $69.00 (USD)
Purpose: [Salesperson] [Broker] Required salesperson course, broker elective course in California.
Features: online text, proactive instructor, printable certificate, PDF eBook
Hours: 45 Hours
Category: Real Estate > License Training > California > Pre-License
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[Salesperson] [Broker] Required salesperson course, broker elective course in California.

CalBRE Sponsor Number: S0363

View Course Syllabus

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 California Real Estate Principles education requirement necessary for obtaining a real estate salesperson license.

Students are advised to visit the California Bureau of Real Estate's website at http://www.bre.ca.gov for real estate 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 which must be submitted to and approved by the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE).

The Course

As a part of the California real estate license requirements, the completion of the study and mastery of the following eighteen topics is required.

  1. The Characteristics of Real Property
  2. Estates in Real Property and Forms of Ownership
  3. Transfer of Title to Real Property
  4. Encumbrances
  5. Government Rights and Limitations on Private Land Ownership
  6. Contracts
  7. Specific Real Estate Contracts
  8. Real Estate Agency Law
  9. Real Estate Finance
  10. The Residential Lending Process
  11. Real Estate Appraisal
  12. Fair Housing
  13. Escrow and Closing
  14. Federal and State Income Taxes
  15. Property Management and Landlord Tenant Law
  16. California Real Estate License Law
  17. Real Estate Residential Construction and Design
  18. Real Estate Arithmetic

At the end of each chapter, a short review exercises will test your comprehension of the presented material. At the end of the course there is a final online examination of multiple choice questions. Successful passage of the final examination requires a score of 75% or better.

Course instructors

Upon registering for the pre-license course you will be assigned a primary instructor. This instructor will assist you with regard to any questions regarding course content or course navigation.

Equipment required

The OnlineEd course is presented via the internet. The only thing you need to complete the course is a web browser and an internet connection

All of the course material may be read online. However, it is recommended that you print the course material and then file it in a three-ring binder. This will allow for use of the course material for future reference material and, in many cases, 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 being used
  • Two reams of printer paper
  • One 3 1/2 inch 3-ring binder notebook
  • Seven chapter divider tabs

Faculty contact and student support

You will be assigned a course instructor at the time of course enrollment. You are encouraged to contact your instructor whenever you feel contact will be helpful. You may contact your instructor by telephone, email, or US mail.

Completion and assignment timelines

This Pre-License Course may be completed at your own pace. The course is designed to take a minimum of 45 hours to complete. The time will be spent reading the course text materials, studying the text materials to ensure concept understanding, completion of the course exercise sets, and review of support material and successful passage of the course final examination. Depending on your education and prior experience, you may complete the course in less or more than the time allocated. 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. You are solely responsible for your own course progress.

You will have 365 days from the time of initial course registration to complete the course material, chapter review exercises, and pass the course final examination. At the end of 365 days, you will be denied further access to the course materials and required to re-register and pay for any modules not completed, if you desire to proceed with the course.

Withdrawal and Refund Information

The following is the cancellation and refund policy:

  1. 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.
  2. If cancellation occurs after five business days, the following schedules of maximum charges may be assessed by OnlineEd:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  3. No refund will be given after forty-five days from initial course registration for any reason.
  4. No refunds will be given for books, promotional items, or shipping and/or handling costs associated therewith.
  5. 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.

Course prerequisites

There are no prerequisites required. However, you are advised to contact the California Bureau of Real Estate to determine whether you will be eligible to sit for the California Real Estate Salesperson examination. There are age and other requirements that must be met.

OnlineEd is a course provider and makes no determination as to your ability to obtain a CA real estate license. The licensing process is between you and the California Bureau of Real Estate.

ATTENTION: The California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) regulates the pace at which students may take pre-license courses as follows:

  • No course may be finished in less than 2-1/2 weeks.
  • Two courses may not be finished in less than 5 weeks.
  • Three courses may not be finished in less than 7-1/2 weeks.

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