Students can qualify to take the California Real Estate Salesperson exam after taking
only three courses offered by the Chaffey College Business Department. The Real Estate
A.S. degree is intended to prepare students to work in the real estate business. Real
estate brokers perform a variety of functions in the real estate business, including
aiding their clients in selling, purchasing, or renting a home or commercial property.
They may also
solicit borrowers or lenders, or negotiate real estate loans. Real Estate Salespersons work for businesses owned by licensed real estate brokers and perform many of the same acts as brokers, under the supervision of their employer. Other real estate occupations include the business of property management, appraisal, and real estate development. Real estate brokers are licensed by the State of California Department of Real Estate.
Brokers and real estate salespersons must take and pass an exam to qualify for a license. The Real Estate Salesperson Certificate program prepares students to take the Real Estate Salesperson exam. The Real Estate A.S. degree or the Real Estate Certificate prepare students for the California Real Estate Broker license exam.
A degree is not required for licensure. Brokers must also satisfy an experience requirement before they can receive their license. Courses provide a solid grounding in the business of real estate, including real estate principles, real estate practice, escrow, appraisal, accounting, legal aspects of real estate, and property management. Students are advised to meet with a counselor for more information on degree or certificate requirements, or university admission and transfer requirements. Students are also recommended to consult the California Department of Real Estate webpage for more information on California's real estate licensing requirements (http://www.dre.ca.gov).