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Pre-Licensing Courses



In Association with Chamberlin Real Estate School (DRE Sponsor No.S0082)

Sperling Real Estate has partnered with the Chamberlin Real Estate School to offer a unique “home-study” program, which includes a reading assignment (online or textbook), chapter homework assignments, on-line final examinations. This combination of reading, on-line assignments, and state exam prep has proven to be a superior method of preparing to pass the state salesperson examination.


Online Courses

Reading, quizzes & final exam online

$350 Instant Access



Our new online courses are delivered
entirely over the Internet through an
engaging and interactive format.



Traditional Textbooks

Quizzes & Final Exam Online

$350+ $14 Shipping



Our traditional correspondence courses use
physical textbooks with online chapter quizzes
and final examinations.



Our Pre-License Package Includes

  • All Three Qualifying Courses (Principles, Practice, plus Legal Aspects)
  • On-line interactive database of practice questions
  • Live 2-Day weekend crash course
  • Personal instructor support


Pre-License Requirements

An applicant for the real estate salesperson examination must show proof of three courses prior to the state exam. Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and one other course from the following list will be required.

  • Legal Aspects of Real Estate (recommended)
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Real Estate Economics or general Accounting
  • Real Estate Property Management
  • Real Estate Office Administration
  • Mortgage Loan Brokerage and Lending


Who Must Obtain a Real Estate License?

A real estate license is required of individuals who are to be employed as salespersons under the control and supervision of a licensed broker. A license may be obtained by a person who does not immediately intend to be employed by a broker. However, in this instance, no real estate activity may be performed. The license authorizes real estate activity only if the salesperson is in the employ of a licensed broker. It does not authorize the salesperson to act as an independent agent.


Minimum Requirements to Apply for License

Age: 18 years of age or older.

Residence: Residency in the state is not a requirement to become licensed.

Honesty: Conviction of a crime which is either a felony or involves moral turpitude may result in the denial of a license. The failure to reveal a criminal conviction on an original license application may also result in the denial of a license.

Education: Evidence of successful completion of the three qualifying courses is required.

Experience: None required.

Legal Presence in United States: None required. Applicants are only required to provide a social security number or an individual taxpayer identification number for licensure.

License Fee

There is a $60 examination fee and $245 license fee paid directly to DRE. Total: $305.


One set of classifiable electronic fingerprints and a fingerprint processing fee are required from every license applicant. Original license applicants who reside in California will pay a $49 fingerprint processing fee directly to the live scan fingerprint service provider.


Step-by-Step Process to Complete the Chamberlin Program

STEP 1: Complete Qualifying Courses

All three pre-license courses are required by the California Department of Real Estate before you can apply for the state exam. They are designed to give you a basic understanding of the necessary subjects and a foundation of real estate terminology.

STEP 2: Apply for State Exam

Once you have successfully completed all three required courses, it is time to apply for the state exam by mailing the Combined Salesperson Examination Application (RE 435A )and Finger Print Live Scan Service Request (RE 237) to DRE along with proof of completion of the required courses and the $305 total (License fee: $245 + Exam fee: $60).

STEP 3: Work on the Practice Tests

If you enroll in our complete pre-license package, you will receive both written and online practice tests for the state exam. This is the most important phase of your studying. Now that you have a foundation of knowledge from the pre-license courses, you will now study the subject matter in more detail by looking at sample state exam questions. Your goal is to take and retake these sample exams until you are scoring 90% or better (on each practice test) before taking the actual state examination. Concentrate on learning the subjects rather than memorizing the questions.


The California Department of Real Estate allows a course to be completed in a minimum time of 2 ½ weeks PER COURSE (18 calendar days) per course from the date you receive your material. The maximum time is one year from the date of enrollment. Completion means passing each course final examination.

Once you have successfully completed all three course final exams, we will send you an official Course Completion Certificate. From the day you mail your application to the DRE, it usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to get a state exam test date.

Timeline for Overall Licensing Process

1. Complete qualifying courses: 7 ½weeks minimum (2 ½ weeks per course)

2. Mail examination application to DRE and wait for processing: 4-6 weeks

3. Schedule state test date through eLicensing and PASS state exam

4. Receive license immediately upon passing if you submitted the combined application.

Total: Approximately 12-14 weeks. This is only an estimate and represents the fastest possible time frame. Of course you may progress at your own pace.


State Exam Prep

Online State Exam Practice Questions – $40



Have Questions?

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