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Real Estate Certification Exam Prep

Make Your Next Move toward Real Estate Certification

Our real estate program is a New York state-approved salesperson's 77-hour licensing course. If you like working independently and with other people, are confident, assertive, ambitious and not swayed by rejection, then you can go far in this field.


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What You'll Study in Our Real Estate Qualifying Course

In this course you'll learn about the law of agency, ownerships and interests, contracts, deeds, liens, taxes and assessments. You'll also study transfer of title and closing, construction, finance, valuation, Human Rights & Fair Housing, and much more. In addition to passing the course final exam, passing a separate NYS exam is required for licensure. REGISTER FOR REAL ESTATE COURSES

How You'll Study

You'll be taking "live" group classes via Zoom. You may also be using remote environments like Blackboard and email for asynchronous components. You'll need a computer or tablet with reliable wifi connection.

Please note: you will be expected to regularly check your email for instructions on how to join the “live” classes. If the start date is approaching and you haven't seen an email from us, please check your spam folder.

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Laurie Tirums' real estate instructor invited industry professionals to be guest speakers in their class. She is now a licensed real estate agent. Tirums says, "I still use this invaluable resource network today!"


Common Questions About Real Estate Certification

Although it's not necessary to have a high school diploma or equivalent to register for this program, it is recommended that you do complete a high school course of study prior to enrolling, as it's likely to be required by potential employers. Learn about high school equivalency at DCC.

No prior experience is required to register for this class, and there are no pre-admission or testing requirements. But some prior knowledge of retail and or sales is helpful.

You can register online or contact the Office of Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

No. However, funding might be available through Dutchess One-Stop or ACCES-VR. If you choose to self-pay, our payment plan can break down the total cost of the tuition into smaller payments.

You must attend 90% of the 77 class hours or you will not be able to take the College's final exam for the course.

Take this NYS approved 77-hour course. Pass the final exam with at least a 70%. Pass the state exam ($15 fee.) Acquire a sponsoring broker. Then apply for a license ($50 for two years.)

Generally you should expect a minimum of 3 hours for each class to read the chapter, answer the questions at the end of the chapter, define vocabulary words and create questions based on the chapter.

After you are licensed, you must take 22.5 hours of continuing education every two years to renew your license. When you associate yourself with a sponsoring broker, they should provide on the job training.

Most real estate offices are looking for new real estate agents. You can start your search for an appropriate sponsoring broker at any time. Though you can't sell or list until you have a license, there are offices that may welcome you to shadow and agent, attend office meetings, or simply observe daily office functions.

To pass the course, you must pass the final exam — which consists of 100 multiple choice questions — with a minimum of 70%. You must also pass a similar state exam, which may be taken at any time during or after the course, at designated testing sites in Newburgh, Albany or New York City.

Membership in a multiple listing service is $500. You will need to purchase business cards. If you work in a Realtor's office, you would join the National Association of Realtors which is approximately $500 per year. And, since it may take several months before your first closing, you will need funds to support yourself — you will likely be an independent contractor.


Contact Us

Office of Workforce Development & Continuing Education

222/223 Bowne Hall
Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: (845) 431-8900

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601