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Education Requirements for Real Estate Professionals in North Carolina

From time to time people ask me about the quality of education that real estate professionals in the State of North Carolina receive. As a professional educator for almost a decade prior to my career in the business world, I feel qualified to speak about this. I can say that the coursework just to become a provisional broker and the requirements that follow that to be a professional broker are challenging and thorough.

North Carolina issues only one type of real estate license - a broker license. The Broker Prelicensing Course involves a minimum of 75 classroom hours, so you can see what I mean when I say this is not only thorough but challenging! . There are three 30 classroom hour Postlicensing Courses that make up the 90-hour postlicensing education requirement.  In addition, real estate professionals in the State of North Carolina  must complete eight (8) classroom hours per year of continuing education (CE) in order to renew your license on active status.

  • Four (4) of the required CE credit hours must be obtained by completing the Real Estate Update course prescribed by the Commission. The subject matter of this course will be changed by the Commission from year to year.
  • The remaining four (4) CE credit hours may be obtained by taking an elective course(s) approved by the Commission. Elective courses may address a wide variety of real estate topics.

As a Broker-in-Charge at our offices in Asheville, North Carolina, I  must complete a four classroom hour Broker-in-Charge Annual Review Course each full license period after being so designated.

For further information: North Carolina Real Estate Commission 



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Colorado is much the same, we are Brokers. I think we do a little more 'seat' time closer to 130 hours prior to taking the state exam. I did mine while working two jobs. Not sure how I got it all done and slept as well. It was a challenge that I enjoyed. Turns out that I learned that I liked school more as an adult than I did as a kid.
Posted by Dena Stevens Coriz, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) almost 12 years ago
In Hawaii we have a few more hours for the pre-licensing of brokers.  The continuing ed is the same for brokers and salesman here. I think a special brokers continuing ed would be a good idea if the course had a high quality.  My experience is that continuing education is not very production unless you are taking a CRS class or something similar to meet the requirement.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago


I did mine while working tow jobs, too! Luckily our instructor was GREAT. Our manual is the size of a large phone book, and I don't know how I would have made it through without the amazing instructor we had.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago


I think part of the continuing education piece has to do with interest, as you suggest! Your CRS designation  awarded to experienced REALTORS® who complete advanced training in listing and selling, and meet rigorous production requirements has to be something you are proud of!

I have worked on, or am in the process of working on several designations.

I loved the ePROclasses and am proud of my ePRO designation

                                                My  ECO certification is hugely important to me.

 Here's one that is totally intriguing to me!

And one that is reputed to be extrmely difficult. CCIMs are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, valuation and investment analysis.

Here's a list of all the designations. Love to hear what attracts y'all.


Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

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