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What is the first step toward your career in selling real estate?

For a student who is prepared for and committed to doing the work, our 18-credit-hour Real Estate Licensing Certificate is a fast way to prepare to obtain a Texas license to become a Real Estate agent. When you obtain that license, you can apply to start a career as a professional advisor to potential buyers making one of the largest financial decisions of their lives. As an agent for your clients, you must be very well-prepared to guide people away from the various pitfalls that can occur. Please take every part of this education seriously.

To help students prepare for a career in Real Estate, we have a Real Estate Club. Its purpose is to further the Austin Community College student body’s knowledge about real estate as an industry and as a career. We are committed to providing our members with as much information and knowledge about the real estate industry as we can with the resources that we have access to.

What is the second step toward this career?

Real Estate Agents must work under the supervision of a Real Estate Broker.  The brokers who are hiring agents will be looking for applicants who are well-educated and very thorough and careful in their work.  Every professional interaction you have will have some impact on your own professional reputation and the reputation of your Real Estate Broker.

What is the next step?

Thoroughly review the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) qualifications and requirements to Become a Real Estate Sales Agent.
Note – As part of the application process (“Submit Your Qualifying Education” step), you must request ACC to send your official transcript to TREC.

In preparation for the Texas Real Estate Licensing Exam, we offer to our Real Estate students a free Exam Prep Workshop at the end of each semester.

With a solid foundation of:

  • good understanding of the five mandatory courses to take the licensing exam
  • excellent background knowledge of Finance, Marketing or additional Real Estate courses
  • structured exam preparation such as our Exam Prep Workshop

the passing rates for ACC students’ first attempt of the Texas Real Estate Licensing Exam are higher than other providers of Real Estate education in Texas.

 

 

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Real Estate Licensing Certificate

Comprised of two components: 1. Five mandatory courses that are required for the Texas Real Estate Licensing Exam and 2. Two restricted electives to provide you with additional useful expertise in areas such as Finance, Marketing, Real Estate.

 

1. Texas Real Estate Licensing Exam

A minimum of 180 classroom hours of Real Estate instruction, comprising of five mandatory courses, is required for the Texas Real Estate Licensing Exam. To earn credit, you must attend 90% of the class hours and pass the required exams.

The following table shows the five mandatory courses and their tuitions and fees, which do NOT include the costs of books. Students must purchase books for these courses separately. For more information on tuitions and fees, please visit the Tuition Table.

 
Course In-District Texas Student Out-of-District Texas Student
     
RELE 1406 – Principles of Real Estate
(Combined of RELE 1201 – Principles of Real Estate and RELE 1238 – Principles of Real Estate II)
$340 $1,144
RELE 2201 – Law of Agency $170 $522
RELE 1211 – Law of Contracts $170 $522
RELE 1200 – Real Estate Contract Forms and Addenda (TREC Promulgated Contracts) $170 $522
RELE 1219 – Real Estate Finance $170 $522
     
Total $1020 $3232

 

These five mandatory courses will give students the knowledge to pass the TREC exam.
Note – In preparation for the Texas Real Estate Licensing Exam, we offer to our Real Estate students a free Exam Prep Workshop at the end of each semester.

For complete information on qualifications and requirements, refer to TREC’s Become a Real Estate Sales Agent.

As a Real Estate Sales Agent, you must renew your license every two years.

 

2. Restricted Electives

Select two restricted electives from the following list to provide you with additional useful expertise.

  • Finance courses – BUSA 1313, BUSG 1303, BUSG 1304, BUSG 1341, RELE 1324
  • Marketing courses – BMGT 1347, BUSI 1311, COMM 2327, MRKG 1301, MRKG 1302, MRKG 1311, MRKG 1313, MRKG 1391, MRKG 2312, MRKG 2333, MRKG 2348, MRKG 2349, MRKG 2371, MRKG 2375, MRKG 2388
  • Real Estate courses – RELE 1303, RELE 1307, RELE 1309, RELE 1311, RELE 1315, RELE 1319, RELE 1321, RELE 1325, RELE 1327, RELE 1333, RELE 1391, RELE 2301, RELE 2331, RELE 2367

 

Real Estate Brokerage Licensing Degree

Students must complete 270 classroom hours of qualifying real estate courses, including the following mandatory courses:

RELE 2331 – Real Estate Brokerage must be completed NOT more than two years before the application date.

An additional 630 classroom hours in related qualifying courses acceptable to the Commission or approved Continuing Education (CE) courses. A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university satisfies all of the related education requirements for a broker license. A copy of the college transcript awarding the degree must be submitted as evidence of completion of the degree.

Candidates for a broker license must also meet the following experience requirements:

  • Have at least four years of active experience as a licensed real estate sales agent or broker during the 60-month period preceding the filing of the application
  • Your experience must total 3600 points and be reported on the Qualifying Experience Report for a Broker License. You must also include a transaction identification list for each transaction claimed on the experience report.

For complete information on qualifications and requirements, refer to the TREC’s Become an Individual Real Estate Broker.

As a Real Estate Broker, you must renew your license every two years.

 

 

Texas has only two real estate licenses: a Broker license and a Sales license. If you hold either license you can perform all real estate activities for which a license is required. The difference between the two licenses is that a holder of a sales license can only perform real estate activities under the sponsorship (and supervision) of someone who holds a broker license.

In Texas, you must be at least 18 years of age, a Texas resident, demonstrate integrity, satisfy the educational requirements, and pass a state examination to receive a license, which is administered by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC).

Texas House Bill HB 1508 – For students in Real Estate courses who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency. Will Your Criminal Record or Disciplinary History Keep You from Getting Licensed?

Qualifying Education

Students must complete Qualifying Education for Real Estate Sales Agent or Individual Real Estate Broker, where the courses and institution are certified by TREC. Students are encouraged to consult with TREC for the lists of Approved Education Providers and Courses.

ACC Real Estate College Credit Program is certified to offer Qualifying Education and below are the certification letters for those credit courses:

RELE 1200 – Real Estate Contract Forms and Addenda (2-2-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 03/31/25

RELE 1201 – Principles of Real Estate (2-2-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 03/31/25

RELE 1211 – Law of Contracts (2-2-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 03/31/25

RELE 1215 – Property Management (2-2-0) and RELE 1315 – Property Management (3-3-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 11/30/23 – Meets Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) Requirements

RELE 1219 – Real Estate Finance (2-2-0) and RELE 1319 – Real Estate Finance (3-3-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 03/31/25

RELE 1225 – Real Estate Mathematics (2-2-0) and RELE 1325 – Real Estate Mathematics (3-3-0), Classroom, and Online, Expires 03/31/25

RELE 1238 – Principles of Real Estate II (2-2-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 03/31/25

RELE 1303 – Real Estate Appraisal (3-3-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 11/30/22 – Meets Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) Requirements

RELE 1307 – Real Estate Investment (3-3-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 11/30/22 – Meets Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) Requirements

RELE 1309 – Real Estate Law (3-3-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 11/30/22 – Meets Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) Requirements

RELE 1321 – Real Estate Marketing (3-3-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 03/31/25

RELE 1391 – Special Topics in Real Estate (3-3-0), Real Estate Agent Jumpstart, Classroom and Online, Expires 01/31/23 – Meets Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) Requirements

RELE 1406 – Real Estate Principles (4-4-0) – Combine of RELE 1201 – Principles of Real Estate (2-2-0), Classroom and Online, and RELE 1238 – Principles of Real Estate II (2-2-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 03/31/25

RELE 2201 – Law of Agency (2-2-0) and RELE 2301 – Law of Agency (3-3-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 03/31/25

RELE 2331 – Real Estate Brokerage (3-3-0), Classroom and Online, Expires 03/31/25

 

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