Frequently Asked Questions

Getting a Real Estate License

I want to get a real estate license? Where do I start?

To qualify for a Georgia Salesperson real estate license, you first must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old;
  2. Be a resident of Georgia, unless you want a non-resident license;
  3. Be a high school graduate or hold a certification of equivalency;
  4. Obtain a criminal history report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation;
  5. Provide a signed and sworn affidavit verifying your lawful presence in the U.S. and provide a secure and verifiable ID such as a driver’s license, passport, or military ID;
  6. Successfully complete an approved 75-hour Salesperson Prelicense course, either a classroom or online format;
  7. Pass the state real estate exam.

Which format, the classroom or the online course, is better?

Both programs are effective and provide a solid foundation for passing the state exam. Some of the issues to evaluate are your learning style, whether or not your schedule allows you to attend a classroom course, if you are motivated and disciplined enough to do an online 75-hour course, and the importance to you of interaction with an instructor. An Educational Consultant is available to answer content questions for online students, however, you are expected to work primarily independently.

If you decide to take the course online, we strongly recommend that you also plan to attend the GIRE monthly weekend Cram Course. This will provide you interaction with an instructor and other individuals going through the same program, as well as provide additional preparation for the school and state exams.

What is the Cram Course?

Cram Course is an optional monthly weekend (Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm) comprehensive review to prepare you to take the school and state exams. It is not a substitute for the 75-hour Prelicense course and has no educational credit, but it is definitely an excellent, challenging 2 days of quizzes and review of the course materials. The cost is $65.

Aren't all real estate schools the same?

Even though there are a number of real estate schools approved by the Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC) to offer prelicense courses, they are NOT all the same. Some are for-profit and some, like The Georgia Institute of Real Estate (GIRE), are not-for-profit. GIRE, which has the distinction of being the oldest provider of real estate education in Georgia, was purchased in 1979 by the Atlanta REALTORS® Association (ARA) and the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® (CBR) with the mission to further quality education within the industry. All courses are taught by experienced, knowledgeable, dynamic Instructors. Additionally, GIRE's on-going schedule of prelicense classroom courses and the online course available through the website,, provide potential agents with many options of starting dates and times.

Whatever school you choose, it is important that you inquire about the instructors, the school's passing rate on the state exam, and the number of available courses.

If you choose to attend the Georgia Institute classroom course, which costs $449, and are referred by a member company of either ARA or CBR, you are eligible for a $50 tuition discount.

How do I register for the Salesperson Prelicense course?

For the classroom course, you can register on-line at However, if you have a $50 discount coupon, you must e-mail, fax, mail, telephone or come to the school to register. We prefer that you get your textbook and begin reading before classes begin. If you want the book shipped to you, you should include an extra $12 in the payment. Books are shipped UPS and a street address is required. UPS will not ship to a post office box.

I want to be in commercial real estate. Is there a separate commercial Salesperson Prelicense course?

No, the 75-hour course curriculum and exam are the same for everyone. If you are interested in commercial real estate, you will want to enroll in a commercially-oriented Postlicense course in your first year of being licensed.