California Real Estate Salesperson Pre-Licensing School


Are you ready for a career that allows you to set your own schedule, be your own boss, and bring joy and significance to the clients you work with?


CHAMBERLIN Estate School to offer you a home-study program that will prepare you for the California real estate licensing exam.

This California Bureau of Real Estate approved program includes a reading assignment (online or textbook), chapter homework assignments, and on-line final examinations. This combination of reading on-line assignments, and LIVE 2-day weekend crash course has proven to be a superior method of preparing to pass the state salesperson examination.







Online Courses
Reading, quizzes & final exam online

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


Traditional Textbook Course
Quizzes & final exam online

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 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  
  • Real Estate Property Management
  • Real Estate Office Administration
  • Mortgage Loan Brokering 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 CalBRE.  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 1: Complete Qualifying Courses

All three pre-license courses are required by the California Bureau 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 Fingerprint Live Scan Service Request (RE 237) to CalBRE 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.

STEP 4: Attend Our Weekend Crash Course

This Live 2-Day Weekend Crash Course is specifically designed to help you pass the state examination.  It is to be taken the weekend before your state exam test date.  If you enrolled in our complete pre-license package, you have prepaid for the weekend crash course.  Call us to talk about scheduling the crash course before you send your application to the California Bureau of Real Estate.


The California Bureau 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 CalBRE, it usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to get a state exam test date.


Timeline for Overall Licensing Process

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

2.  Mail examination application to CalBRE 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.


Pre-License Package


Live Class pleas Package  contact Alex Jon at  (408) 529-2309  


Continuing Education


First Time Renewal (End of 1st 4 years) - $49 online; $59 w/books + $13 shipping

Second or Subsequent Renewal - $49 online; $59 w/books + $13 shipping