Do I Need a Degree To Get a Real Estate License in California?

While it doesn’t hurt to have a college diploma, you don’t need one to get a real estate license in California.
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California real estate agents handle the purchase of expensive properties and have to be on point with their business practices. But do they need to have a college degree?

Do I Need A College Degree To Get a Real Estate License in California?
  • While it doesn’t hurt to have a college diploma, you don’t need one to get a real estate license in California.

The Basic Requirements

The basic requirements for getting your California real estate license are pretty, well, basic:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a resident of California (out-of-town agents can apply but must complete the Consent to Service of Process form)
  • Proven to be honest and truthful on the application

You may have noticed that you don’t even need a high school diploma to qualify for a real estate license in California. But don’t apply just yet. You have to complete three college-level courses first.

You Don’t Have to Attend College to Take Real Estate Courses

The California Department of Real Estate (DRE) requires that all real estate license applicants take three college-level courses, but you don’t actually have to enroll at a university.

The DRE can grant private real estate schools the authority to administer the courses as well. They may also allow private schools to offer correspondence courses that can be taken remotely. And AceableAgent is one of those schools! With our app, you can complete courses on your phone from anywhere.

Having a Law Degree Helps You Bypass the Required Education

Basically everyone (even agents from out-of-town) needs to take the three 45-hour real estate courses before they can apply for a license. But there are two exceptions to the education rule:

  • Anyone who has completed the eight broker college-level courses can apply for a salesperson or broker license.

  • Anyone who has earned a law degree or apprenticed under a practicing attorney and is a member of the California State Bar is exempt from taking the required courses. If you’re an attorney all you have to do is provide proof that you can practice law in California on the application and you’re good to go.