How to Get a Texas Real Estate License Online

Getting a Texas Real Estate License online

You can do just about everything from your phone, tablet, or computer. Why not get your real estate license the same way? Getting your Texas real estate license online is fast, easy, and reputable in the “real world” of real estate. 

Real Estate License Requirements

TREC upholds the same requirements for every student, so students taking online courses will have to meet the same requirements as every other student. 

All applicants must: 

  1. Be of age (18 years old) 

  2. Hold U.S. citizenship or be a lawfully admitted alien

  3. Show TREC they are honest, trustworthy, and that they have integrity (What does that mean? Read more about TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity.) 

Each applicant will also need to:  

  1. Complete a TREC-approved real estate education course (online or other)

  2. File an application 

  3. Submit fingerprints and do a background check 

  4. Take the licensing exam

  5. Find a sponsoring broker  

Real Estate Course Providers

To get your real estate license online, you’ll need to find a TREC-approved online course.  Read more about Texas’ required real estate licensing courses. You can find a list of TREC-approved education providers here.

Each education provider’s curriculum must meet the same requirements and add up to 180 classroom hours. Those 180 hours are distributed as follows over the following courses and topics: 

Online Course Advantages 

Now you know you can get your real estate license online, but should you? 


You can take an online course from anywhere: your home office, your kitchen, your couch, your favorite coffee shop. This makes it easy to fit the licensing curriculum into your lifestyle. 

You also don’t have to worry about getting to a physical classroom, parking, getting stuck in traffic, or missing class while on vacation. 

Your Pace

Some weeks are more hectic than others. Online courses allow you to progress at a pace that works for you. 

Value of Time  

You can take some online courses, like Aceable’s licensing course, from anywhere — your phone, laptop, desktop, or tablet. This means you can always make the most of your time and get in a few extra minutes of studying while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store or at the doctor’s office. 

Online Course Disadvantages

Online courses do come with their disadvantages. 


Online courses can be completed at your own pace. This can be a good thing but it can also lead to course incompletion. There are less accountability and a less rigid schedule. 

Setting up a learning plan and schedule before you start the course can help. Pick one day each week to work on your course, even if it’s just for five minutes. Read more about how to schedule and get your license in five weeks or less. 


In the past, employers sometimes viewed online courses as lower-quality or “less than,” but that has changed in recent years. A study done by Northeastern University showed that employers viewed online education as equal to, if not better than, in-person courses in terms of quality. It also found that online education students performed better, on average than students who took the same course in a classroom setting. 


Many people are afraid they’ll be alone during their licensing journey if they choose an online course. That’s simply not true. For example, Aceable has a dedicated customer service team on call seven days a week. You can also send questions, concerns, and feedback to our in-house instructor, Matt. He’ll get back to you ASAP. 

We also have a help center, career center, FAQ page, and blog to help answer some of the big questions you might have as you progress through the course. 

Sarah Jeter

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