What Courses are Required for a Michigan Real Estate License?

Michigan resident - check. Eighteen years or older - check. A person of good moral character - check, check.

Congratulations! You meet the minimum requirements for earning a real estate license in Michigan. But don’t send in your real estate license application just yet. There are a few more requirements that have to be met first.

All salesperson applicants must receive basic real estate pre-license training. The education requirement helps ensure hopeful real estate agents are prepared to take the Michigan real estate exam and start representing clients.

Let’s take a look at what you’ll learn from our real estate license classes and training.

The Michigan Real Estate License Course Curriculum

Everyone who applies for a real estate license in Michigan must complete pre-licensing education before they can take the licensing exam. This includes people who already have a real estate license in another state.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) requires that all applicants take a 40-hour Michigan real estate pre-licensing course from an approved educator.

That’s right — just one course is required. But that one course covers several important topics, including four hours on civil rights law and equal opportunity in housing. The remaining 36 hours include a variety of topics that will be tested on the state licensing exam such as financing, state regulation, and property ownership.

While every state-approved education provider will craft their own curriculum according to the same state-mandated requirements, their approaches will differ significantly in style and substance.

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The Aceable Michigan Real Estate License Course

Aceable is a top-rated, state-approved education provider in Michigan. Here’s a peek at what you can expect to find inside our Michigan Real Estate License course.

Civil Rights Law - 4 Hours

Aceable fulfills the state-mandated course requirement for coverage of civil rights law by splitting the time equally between a close examination of applicable federal and state laws. This is accomplished in a pair of 2-hour levels.

Your 2-hour level on federal laws includes such topics as:

  • Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1964
  • Executive Order 11063 of 1962
  • Fair Housing Act of 1968
  • Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974
  • Community Reinvestment Act of 1977
  • Federal disability law
  • Illegal practices of redlining, steering, blockbusting, etc.

Your 2-hour level on Michigan laws includes topics such as

  • Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
  • Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act
  • Landlord-Tenant Relationships Act
  • Truth in Renting Act
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Filing a Fair Housing complaint

Additional Required Real Estate Topics - 36 Hours

The remaining 36 hours of the Michigan Real Estate Course are covered in 16 levels of varying lengths, depending on the subject matter covered.

Here’s just a sampling of the level titles and subjects you will find in the Aceable Michigan Real Estate Course:

  • Real Estate Foundations and Property Ownership
  • Principles of Real Estate Finance
  • General Principles of Agency
  • Property Condition and Disclosures
  • Purchase Contracts
  • Closing and Escrow

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Why Choose Aceable for Your Michigan Real Estate Course?

As already stated, most approved education providers will cover the same or similar topics in their Michigan Real Estate Course. So, the real questions you should ask yourself are, “Why Aceable?” “What’s different about their course?”


Well, first off, the Aceable Michigan Real Estate Course is an online, go-at-your-own-pace course that can be accessed on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. It’s the ultimate convenience for students who are trying to get this education requirement done while juggling the demands of their already very busy lives — including, perhaps, their current day jobs.

That’s why Aceable made it possible to start, stop, and save your progress at any point in the course. Change devices, and you’ll still be able to pick up on one device right where you left off on the other.

There’s even an in-course audio option available!


You can trust Aceable to teach you what you need to know in order to pass the Michigan state licensing test. Our course has been endorsed by the #1 Keller Williams associate in North America. We have a Michigan exam pass rate of 80%, and for those with lingering doubts, there’s the Aceable “Pass the test or get your money back” guarantee.


Aceable gets it. Some of the topics the state of Michigan wants us to cover can be a little… well… dry.

But while some education providers will take their dusty, old textbooks with their black & white diagrams and convert them to PDFs or other digital formats and call it an “online” course, Aceable’s courses are truly created with the online student in mind.

You can expect to find:

  • Colorful infographics that summarize important topics
  • Videos that simplify complicated topics
  • Interactivities that keep you focused and challenged as you go
  • And much, much more

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Test Prep Options

While we think our teaching approach excels at making the course material memorable, we understand that students want assurance that they are ready for the test to come. That’s why Aceable’s online Michigan Real Estate Course includes test prep at no additional charge — something you won’t find with many other online real estate schools.

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