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California Real Estate Continuing Education Guide

How to renew your California real estate license and choose the correct continuing education courses.

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How To Renew Your Real Estate License In California

California requires 45 hours of continuing education classes (CE) for all real estate licensees. The California Department of Real Estate (DRE) requires different topics based on your license status.

Courses can also be taken individually following the DRE's real estate education requirements, or as part of a convenient 45-hour package.

First-Time Renewal Requirements

If this is the first time you have ever renewed your real estate license, the DRE wants you to take 5 required fundamental courses, 18 hours of consumer protection courses, and the remainder on either consumer protection or consumer services courses.

Get the 45-Hour First-Time Renewal CE Package

Subsequent Renewal Requirements

Requirements for renewing for the second or subsequent time are similar to first-time renewals. However, you may choose to take an Eight Hour Survey course that covers the five basic subjects in one survey course instead of taking each one individually.

Get the 45-Hour Subsequent Renewal CE Package

Renew Your License Through the DRE

Each course you complete will provide a certificate of completion with a date and authentication number. After completing 45 hours of courses, you can renew your California real estate license by using the DRE's eLicensing system, or by mailing in your renewal application.

We strongly recommend that you use the online eLicensing system. Attempting to renew by mail is slow and error prone.

For more info on the process, forms, and fees involved, visit the Renewing Your License page at the California Department of Real Estate website.

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Tens of thousands of real estate agents choose OnlineEd for their real estate CE. We would love to earn your business, too.

  • Everything is online.
  • Work at your own pace.
  • No annoying in-page course timers.
  • Printable certificates.
  • Courses authored in-house.

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OnlineEd's California Real Estate Continuing Education Courses

The California real estate license renewal courses are available in downloadable PDF and ePub formats. Exams are delivered through your web browser. You will be able to access your account from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. The OnlineEd system is compatible with all major browsers and operating systems.

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All of our courses have been reviewed and approved by the California Department of Real Estate, DRE.

Reviewed, approved, authorized

Our California real estate license renewal program has been reviewed, approved, and authorized for real estate continuing education by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE). Our real estate continuing education courses are authored in-house by experienced real estate brokers and industry professionals.

Every California real estate continuing education course at OnlineEd is written by OnlineEd. Because of this, we save on overhead licensing costs. We can pass those savings on to you.

Print your own completion certificates after finishing each course.

Printable certificates

After you finish a course, you will be able to print your own course completion certificate that has everything needed to verify your completed continuing education with DRE. You can also verify completion online through the eLicensing site.

Work at your own pace.

No on-page timers

Having a mastery-based course mean no on-page timers. While the DRE still has limits on how fast courses can be taken, our California CE courses stand out from the competition:

  • No on-page course timers to wait through.
  • Downloadable content. Study offline on your own time.
  • Take your exams online and be instantly graded.
California license renewal courses available individually or in packages.

Bundled or separate

Get complete packages or specific courses as needed. With our California real estate continuing education courses, you can pick and choose what you need or grab everything in one convenient package.

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