Who Must Obtain a Real Estate License
  Minimum Requirements
  License Fees
  Course Package Details
  How Courses Work
  State Exam Preparation Courses
  Course Descriptions




Getting Licensed:

Who must obtain a Real Estate Salesperson License?
This license is required for any person to perform any act in real estate for compensation or in expectation of compensation. This license is required for individuals employed by real estate brokers as salespersons under the direct control and supervision that broker. A license may be obtained by a person who does not immediately intend to be employed by a broker; however, no real estate activity may be performed until that person is employed by a licensed real estate broker. This license authorizes real estate activity only if the salesperson is in the employ of a licensed real estate broker. It does not authorize the salesperson to act as an independent agent.


How do I become a salesperson?


Age: No restrictions. However, to apply for the salesperson license a person must be 18 years of age.

Honesty: License applicants must be honest and truthful. Conviction of a crime, that is either a felony or involves moral turpitude, may result in the denial of a license. The failure to disclose any felony may also result in the denial of a license..

Education: As of October 1, 207, original salesperson examination applicants will be required to complete 3 courses before applying for the State Exam: Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice and one additional elective course. Each course must be three semester units, (or quarter unit equivalent) college-level, with a passing grade. While RE Principles and RE Practice are mandatory, the student may select the elective course of their choice from the following list of courses:

Legal Aspects of Real Estate The courses in bold type are offered by Clare Institute, both as Online and Home Study courses.
Real Estate Appraisal
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Economics
Property Management
General Accounting
Business Law
Real Estate Office Administration
Computer Applications in RE
Common Interest Developments

Quite often we find that people have a course from a past college degree that will satisfy the elective course requirement. The most common courses people seem to already have, normally from their lower division college credits, are General Accounting, Micro or Macroeconomics, and Business Law. As long as you can furnish official proof of completion, it does not matter how long ago these courses were taken. If you have questions, please feel free to call our office.

Experience: None required.

You must also pass the real estate salesperson examination held by
the Department of Real Estate with a passing score of 70% or better.


What are the license fees?

For the DRE's Current Fee Schedule - Click here


What may I do with a salesperson license?

The following are examples of careers that require a salesperson license. Remember you must be employed by a broker to work in these fields.

  • Residential Sales
  • Commercial Sales
  • Property Management
  • Mortgage loan brokerage



All of the courses offered at Clare Institute meet the education requirements for the CA Department of Real Estate. Our pre-license package features Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and one other course from a designated list. We offer online courses with online chapter quizzes and online final examinations. In addition, you will have the benefit of sample questions, similar to those you will encounter on the state exam, that are drawn from a database and distributed throughout the course.

We offer Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, Real Estate Finance, Legal Aspects of Real Estate, Real Estate Appraisal, Office Administration, Property Management, and Real Estate Economics as online courses, fully self-contained with all reading material online. 

Online Course with all Textbook/Reading, Quizzes & Final Exams Online

Our new online courses are delivered entirely over the Internet through an engaging and interactive format. All reading, quizzes & the final exam are done online. These new online courses use the same high-quality content you would expect from a college level textbook, without having to carry it around. It is all online at your fingertips! 


Features of our Online Course:

  • Start immediately upon enrollment
  • Keeps track of your progress
  • Brings you back to where you left off
  • Final examination online
  • Finish in only 2 1/2 weeks per course
  • Glossary of real estate terms in text and audio
  • Links to real estate-related web sites
  • Instant graded responses
  • Personal instructor support
  • Toll free technical support



Online Pre-License Course Packages

 One Single Online Course with all Textbook Reading/Material Online - $89*
  • Real Estate Principles Online (purchase) $89
  • Real Estate Practice Online (purchase) $89
  • Real Estate Finance Online (purchase) $89
  • Legal Aspects of Real Estate Online (purchase) $89
  • Real Estate Appraisal Online (purchase) $89
  • Real Estate Economics (purchase) $89
  • Real Estate Office Administration Online (purchase) $89
  • Property Management Online (purchase) $89
  • Escrows Online (purchase) $89
2 Online Courses with all Textbook Reading/Material Online - $154*
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3 Online Courses with all Textbook Reading/Material OL - $219*
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*While physical textbooks are not necessary for any of our online courses, they may be ordered as an off-line study option for an additional $30 each, per course, plus shipping.

You may also contact Clare Institute to enroll @ 619-794-0055




Our State Exam Prep Course (also known as the "Crash Course") is strictly optional, but highly recommended! Pass the State Exam the first time you take it!

  • State Exam Preparation - Click here for description

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