How to Get Your License

The Bureau of Real Estate requires that you take three (3) three-semester unit college-level courses. Those courses are Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice and the third course is your choice from a list of required electives. Congratulations, you are in the right place! America West School of Real Estate offers these courses.

Step 1: Enroll and Begin Your Courses

Online Real Estate Principles Course
The online Principles course consists of 15 mini-quiz assignments and one open book final exam. In addition to the book, you will receive access to the 15 mini-quiz assignments, laid out chapter by chapter and are multiple choice. The 15 mini quiz assignments are completed by one (1) chapter mini-quiz every 24 hours. You must wait a minimum of 24 hours before you can move onto the next mini-quiz. Once you have covered the course material and completed the 15 mini-quiz assignments you will have access to four sample tests to help you study for the final Principles exam. The open book final exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. This is a timed exam. You must complete it in no more than 3 ½ hours. You must score a 60% or better to pass. It can be completed in as little as 18 days (minimum) or you may take up to a year, from registration date.

Final Exam Criteria
Consists of 100 multiple choice questions and students have 3 ½ hours to complete. Should a student fail their first attempt, they must wait 18 days before they can make another attempt to pass. You must receive a 60% or higher to pass.

CalBRE Disclaimer Statement
This course is approved for pre-license education credit by the California Bureau of Real Estate. However, this approval does not constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions which are expressed by the course sponsor, instructors, authors, or lecturers.

Live Instruction Principles Course
This course will explain the basic terminology of real estate. Real Estate Principles lays the foundation of all real estate subjects and is the main course required to be eligible for a State Exam testing date. While the principles language can at first seem complicated, as you progress though the classes you will find that the text makes it easier to understand. We meet Mon-Wed from 6pm-10:15p for a total of over 45 hours of the required time. There are a total of 11 classes which you can complete in as little as 3 1/2 weeks. Each class covers 1-2 chapters of the book and taught by topic. We suggest to read the assigned chapters prior to attending class. You may start at any time!

Enrolling for the live instruction classes must be done in person at the office only. For more information on our live instruction course, please contact us at (661) 334-4000 or tishana@americawestschool.com.

Course Dates & Location
Classes are Monday – Wednesday from 6pm-10:15pm.
Classes are held at the office, located at: 9100 Ming Ave., Suite #107, Bakersfield, CA 93311

Live Instruction Course Fees: $195
Online Course Fees: $95
(includes text book)

Textbook Used
Title: California Real Estate Principles
Authors: McKenzie, Brady & Estes
Copyright Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 524 (including glossary and index)
Edition: 10.1

Live Course Identification Statement
Participants shall present one of the following forms of identification below immediately before admittance to a live presentation of an offering:
A. A current California driver’s license.
B. A current identification card described in Section 13000 of the California Vehicle Code
C. Any identification of the participant issued by a governmental agency or a recognized real estate related trade organization within the immediately preceding five years which bears a photograph, signature and identification number of the participant.

Final Exam Criteria
Consists of 100 multiple choice questions and students have 3 ½ hours to complete. We offer 2 different final exams. Should a student fail their first attempt, they will receive the secondary exam on their next appointment. You must receive a 60% or higher to pass.

CalBRE Disclaimer Statement
This course is approved for pre-license education credit by the California Bureau of Real Estate. However, this approval does not constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions which are expressed by the course sponsor, instructors, authors, or lecturers.

Real Estate Practice
Once you pass the Principles exam, you will move on to the next course, Real Estate Practice. Real Estate Practice is mandatory. This course is self-paced. Study the book and mini-quiz packet material. You may take the final exam online on the listed date or any time after. The open book final exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. This is a timed exam. You must complete it in no more than 3 ½ hours. You must score a 60% or better to pass.

Course Fee: $95
 
Elective
Next, you will move on to your elective course, which you have a choice between Real Estate Appraisal, or Legal Aspects of Real Estate. These work exactly like the Practice course, self-paced home study and one timed final exam, consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions. Again, you must complete it in no more than 3 ½ hours and score a 60% or better to pass.

The following course topics will also qualify for the elective course requirement:

*Real Estate Appraisal
*Legal Aspects of Real Estate
**Real Estate Economics
**Real Estate Finance
**Escrows
**Property Management
**Real Estate Office Administration
**Mortgage Loan Brokering & Lending
**Business Law
**General Accounting

*These courses are included in our Pre-Licensing Packages
**Although these are approved DRE courses, we do not offer them here at the America West School of Real Estate.

Course Fee: $95

1-Year Enrollment Period / Reenrollment
Your enrollment includes 1 year of access to the course reading materials, quizzes, exams and the America West School or Real Estate services. If you do not pass your exams within the 1-year enrollment period, you must re-enroll in order to take the exams. The re-enrollment fee is $125 for live instruction, $50 for online study, and for all 3 courses $195 for live package, $120 for online package, and includes another full year of enrollment in the 45-hour course. Re-enrollment resets the minimum study time, quizzes and any unfinished exams. Re-enroll by 1) calling (661) 334-4000 or 2) coming into the office. Reenrollment does not include new set of books.

Online Evaluation Statement
A course and instructor evaluation is available on the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) website at www.calbre.ca.gov.  Access this form by typing in “RE 318A” in the search box located in the upper right corner of the home page.

Refund/Cancellation Policy
A student has 5 days from registration date to cancel and return books and materials in working order to receive a full refund. Otherwise, a student has up to 30 days from registration date to cancel and request a refund, however, after the 6day of registration, the refunded money will be less $50. All cancellations and refund request must be made in writing and all materials must be returned before refund will be made. Refunded fees will be made in the same manner purchase was received (i.e. paid with credit card, same credit card will be credited amount). Cancellations submitted 31 days after registration are not entitled to a refund. For more information on our refund and cancellation policies, please see our prices and enrollment tab on the left.

Step 2: Apply for the State Exam

You will apply for your state exam by mail, using the salesperson examination application (form RE 400A) online at www.calbre.ca.gov. The fee for the State exam is $60. Once you have applied for your State exam date, you will have approximately 6 to 8 weeks before you take your exam. During this time you can take advantage of our online Computer Cram Course.

Step 3: Study and Prepare

Our Computer Cram Course is a study aid to assist you in preparing for the state exam. This course does not certify you to take your state exam but it is an excellent way to make sure you are prepared for the test.This study course consists of over 2600 sample questions that are similar to the ones you will find on the state exam. After you have gone through these exams, new exams will be compiled specifically for you, consisting of the questions you missed the first time around. This procedure insures that you will not be wasting time studying material you already know, instead, you can focus on your weaknesses. You can purchase when you are ready to study for your exam or include the program in your package purchase. Separately, the program is only $75 and expires after 10 weeks. Should you need more time, you can extend your cram session for 30 days for an additional $20 (cash or check only). Refunds are not issued for the Computer Cram Course as the program is not an approved state course and is used for study purposes only.

Step 4: Apply for your Real Estate License

After you have taken and passed the state exam, the Bureau of Real Estate will send you a license application packet. To get your license you must return this packet to the CalBRE, which includes the following items:

License application
LiveScan Service Request/fingerprint form (RE 237)
Copies of all three course completion certificates
Fee of $245 payable to the Department of Real Estate (in check or credit card – form RE 909 – only)

It will take about four to six weeks to receive your license from the CalBRE once you have returned this license application.

NOTE: You can expidite the process by submitting the combo application, where you apply for the State Exam and License at the same time. Use form RE435. Should you decide to use this application, the fee will be $305 and you must submit the fingerprint LiveScan form along with the application and copies of certificates.

All CalBRE forms may be found here: http://calbre.ca.gov/Forms/Examinations.html

Age:
You must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.

Experience:
No prior experience is required.

Criminal Record:
You may be denied a Real Estate License if you have been convicted of a felony or of a crime that involves dishonesty. You may contact the Bureau of Real Estate and state your case to see if you are eligible for a license.

Back Spousal/Child Support:
You will be denied a Real Estate License if you are in a back spousal/child support situation. You will need to get this matter corrected before you can apply for a license.

Remember: Anyone may obtain a salesperson’s license, but in order to conduct licensed real estate activity, you must place your license with a licensed real estate broker. For more information regarding job placement, contact Tishana Debenham at (661) 334-4000 or tishana@amerciawestschool.com
 

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