Real Estate Professionals: Thinking of Continuing Your Education? Here’s What You Should Know

As a Real Estate Professional, you know how important it is to stay up-to-date and expand your knowledge. In this guide, we’ll take a look at some excellent choices for continuing your education –from continuing education (CE) and pre-licensing courses to complementary courses.

Regardless of how long you’ve been a real estate agent, there is always room to grow. Continuing your education can help keep you current and up-to-date on the many things that are constantly changing in the world of real estate. 

This is especially the case if you operate across state lines, where varying rules and regulations require you to be especially diligent in your efforts to stay current.

Additionally, some states have requirements on pre-licensing, education that’s required to obtain a real estate license and work in the real estate industry. Certain states also require real estate agents to undergo a specific amount of ongoing training each year in order to maintain their license. This is known as CE, or continuing education.

See continuing education (CE) requirements by state.

Staying up-to-date might seem like a hassle, but it’s worth doing, even if you’re in a state that has relaxed licensing requirements. Staying current can give you the tools that you need to market yourself generate more leads, and close more sales. Additionally, it can help you to speak with confidence to your clients, sharing your knowledge with them and helping to establish your reputation as an expert in your field. As a bonus, you’ll also be able to display your newly obtained credentials on your LinkedIn profile, helping to add instant credibility to your professional page.

From pre-licensing to continuing education (CE) to additional complementary courses that you can take, education doesn’t need to be terribly time-consuming. Many courses can be done in a few weeks or less. In some cases, a few extra hours are all you really need.

If you are looking to continue your education, then this guide’s for you. Read on for a brief overview of educational resources available to you.

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration - Real Estate
  1. Complementary Education 
  1. Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and Pre-Licensing Providers for 2021
  1. Real Estate Conferences

A Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate

While you don’t need a bachelor’s degree in order to get started as a real estate agent, it can be a great way to start your career. Online courses are available from universities like Liberty, which offers a Business Administration – Real Estate Course.

Other online bachelor’s in real estate programs include:

University of West Georgia - Carrollton, GA

Clarion University of Pennsylvania - Clarion, PA

University of Memphis - Memphis, TN

Complementary Education 

Being a real estate agent is more than just selling homes. While that certainly is a big part of your job, there are other aspects of the job that require more training. If you are looking for courses that will complement your career in real estate, then here are a few you might consider. 


High-quality, captivating images can help make your listings stand out. Learn how to make use of the lighting you have to work with, shoot challenging locations, and make places look their best.

(Source: Udemy)

There are a number of great photography courses available online, including courses on lighting and equipment. Check out some of these options on Udemy.  

Digital Marketing 

In today’s day and age, being able to market yourself successfully is key to finding new leads. For any Realtor today, a marketing degree could be a great addition to your education. 

(Source: Mashable)

Don’t have time to complete an MBA? No worries. There are plenty of course certifications offered by companies like LinkedIn, HubSpot, and SEMrush that can help you to brush up your knowledge on digital marketing tactics that can help you to draw more leads in.

Eco-Friendly Housing

Interest in healthy and eco-friendly homes is growing among homebuyers, making this an especially relevant field of study for any real estate agent. According to a 2019 study by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 68% of home buyers want environmentally friendly homes. Additionally, 70% of real estate brokers believe that describing a home’s green features helped sell a house. 

(Source: Rise)

Brush up on your knowledge of environmentally friendly housing by becoming a Rise Sustainable Real Estate Professional. We pack a great deal of information into an easy-to-digest format – and most of these courses are just three hours long. Get started today.

Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and Pre-Licensing Providers for 2021

McKissock Learning

Considered one of the best platforms of continuing education (CE) for real estate agents, McKissock Learning offers a variety of courses that meet the requirements of every state. Choose from a range of subjects and meet your ongoing education requirements while mastering subjects that interest you. 

Kaplan Real Estate Education

Kaplan Real Estate Education is an excellent choice for those who’d like to further their real estate career. Kaplan offers a self-paced approach to continued education and their courses include free demos, along with online and in-person studies.  

360 Training (Pre-Licensing)

360 Training offers full pre-licensing course for affordable prices. The only downside is that pre-licensing courses are only available in ten states. 

The CE Shop

The CE Shop is your one-stop-shop for your continuing education needs. Their site features a range of courses, as well as state-specific courses and electives that follow industry trends and issues.


For those who are looking for variety in their online course formats, Mbition offers a range of great options. This includes traditional courses along with videos and gamification.

Real Estate Conferences

And you thought conferences were just for networking! Real estate conferences can also be a great chance to gain tremendously valuable insight into trends and developments in real estate, along with the chance to learn new tools and strategies that other agents are using to find more leads and close more sales. Here are a few conferences that you’ll want to add to your calendar.

Join the REALTORS® conference and expo and take part in some educational sessions, designed to give you key insights for your career as well as connect with other professional Realtors who can help you establish a valuable network. 

Real Estate Connect is run by Inman and is held twice a year in New York and San Francisco. With over 250 speakers and sessions, there is information for everyone. Join gain education, information, and inspiration as you gain insight from top experts in the business.  

At the iOi Summit, PropTech leaders are at the forefront of the industry, sharing leading-edge information, insights, and products. Technologists and investors connect to fund new ideas and propel the ever-changing real estate industry into the future.

Check out this comprehensive list by Inman for a look at every upcoming conference this year. There are a number of things happening every month, both in-person and virtual events.

As you can see, there are plenty of options for real estate agents who are looking to continue their education or expand their knowledge in a specific area. With the above resources, you’re certain to find something that matches your budget, timeframe, and exact requirements –and discover new, exciting insights and strategies that can help you to further your career and stay ahead in the demanding and competitive field of real estate.

For Real Estate Professionals, ongoing education can help to keep you at the forefront of home trends and changing homebuyer demands and interests. Keep yourself up-to-date by choosing from one of the above options, or get started with a course on sustainable housing to learn more about features that today’s homebuyer is interested in.