Are Classes Required for a California Real Estate License?

Are Classes Required for a California Real Estate License?

Published by Kartik Subramaniam

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Are Classes Required for a California Real Estate License?

There's a myth that anyone can take the California real estate licensing exam and obtain a real estate license without taking any formal education. While there's a grain of truth to this for members of the California bar, most aspiring real estate agents need to complete mandatory pre-licensing coursework before they can even sit for the exam. Let's clear up the confusion with accurate information and guidance.

Overview of California Real Estate Licensing Requirements

To become a licensed real estate agent in California, you must meet several key requirements set by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE). These include:

  • Age: Be at least 18 years old.
  • Honesty: Have an acceptable criminal record, as criminal convictions may lead to license denial.
  • Education: Complete 135 hours of approved pre-licensing education consisting of 45 hours of Real Estate Principles, 45 hours of Real Estate Practice and 45 hours of one elective course.

Mandatory Pre-Licensing Education

Pre-licensing education is crucial for several reasons:

  • Foundational Knowledge: It covers essential principles of real estate law, practice, finance, and ethics.
  • Exam Preparation: The courses directly prepare you for the content and format of the state exam.
  • Career Success: A solid educational foundation sets you up for a smoother transition into the real estate profession.

Student Testimonial:


Joe Buck:

"The courses at Adhi Real Estate School not only prepared me for the exam but also gave me the confidence to start my career. The Real Estate Practice course was particularly impactful,"

The Lawyer Exemption

Due to their extensive legal training, lawyers licensed to practice in California are exempt from the pre-licensing education requirement. However, they still must pass the state licensing exam. You can read more about this exemption here.

How to Enroll in Pre-Licensing Classes

If you're not a lawyer, your next step is enrolling in pre-licensing classes. Choose an accredited real estate school like ADHI Schools. We offer comprehensive courses to prepare you for the exam and career.


To succeed in your coursework:

  • Attend Classes Regularly: Active participation enhances learning.
  • Ask Questions: Don't hesitate to seek clarification.
  • Study Diligently: Review materials outside of class.
  • Utilize School Resources: We offer additional study guides and practice exams.

Understanding the pre-licensing requirements is essential for anyone pursuing a real estate career in California. While lawyers have a unique exemption, most aspiring agents must complete mandatory coursework. This investment in education is a stepping stone to a rewarding career.

Ready to start your real estate journey? Contact Adhi Real Estate School today to learn more about our pre-licensing courses and expert guidance. We're committed to your success and look forward to helping you achieve your career goals!

Kartik Subramaniam

Founder, Adhi Schools

Kartik Subramaniam is the Founder and CEO of ADHI Real Estate Schools, a leader in real estate education throughout California. Holding a degree from Cal Poly University, Subramaniam brings a wealth of experience in real estate sales, property management, and investment transactions. He is the author of nine books on real estate and countless real estate articles. With a track record of successfully completing hundreds of real estate transactions, he has equipped countless professionals to thrive in the industry.

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