You did it! You passed the state exam and got your real estate license! Pat yourself on the back because you are among some incredible people. Did you wonder if you’d pass? Did you have to try several times? All that is behind you now and finally, you have your real estate license. Someone told you the truth, though, right? More education is needed! Why do we need post licensing?
Many real estate agents complain because they must get additional education after they get their real estate license. In Florida, the time within which to take the post licensing depends on the expiration date of the initial real estate license. In Alabama, agents have six months within which to take post licensing. I am forever being asked, “Why do we need post licensing?” So, this blog is to give you my take on why.
The pre Licensing real estate class, no matter how fast or how long you take it, is designed to do one thing, i.e., to get you to the point where you know enough law, brokerage and real estate math to pass a state licensing exam. I’ve heard people argue that taking a fast real estate course is bad because the students miss out on concepts. My argument to that is basic: Every school that teaches pre licensing teaches the same number of hours, whether hours accumulate over one week or over one month. In Florida, a real estate student is going to have a 63-Hr. course and in Alabama a real estate student is going to receive a 60-Hr. course. The TEAM Hughes Real Estate School’s premise is to give those hours in as short a time as possible; therefore, we offer fast track classes that appeal to the students who agree with our premise.
Once students have passed the pre license class, they are no more prepared to practice real estate than a baby is. Training is essential, and not all real estate companies offer training in distinct areas, so real estate commissions mandate additional education known as post licensing. It’s amazing how many agents taking post licensing have forgotten basic tenets of the profession! Why do we need post licensing? We need it to reinforce laws, principles and practices, and real estate math. The tools we give agents during post licensing are practical and can be used in their real estate career.
Why do we need post licensing? Do you even remember your pre licensing class? Post licensing cements what an agent needs to know to not only become successful, but to stay legal. Post Licensing is more “real world” than pre licensing, which is more theoretical. I am a proponent of mandating post licensing within the earliest stages of one’s real estate career – before an agent gets so busy that it is a burden to take the class.