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Real Estate Classes & License Preparation for Ohio

Lakeland real estate students are eligible to take the real estate agent license exam with the completion of just four pre-licensure courses. Students may complete all four courses during one semester, or schedule classes over a longer period of time.

Flexible class schedules include convenient eight-week semester sessions and five-week summer sessions. Experienced experts in the field teach our real estate students. Lakeland Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Real Estate Courses to Prepare You for the Ohio Real Estate Exam

View our full real estate course descriptions.

REST 1100 Real Estate Principles and Practices teaches you the fundamentals of real estate principals and concepts in Ohio.

REST 1200 Real Estate Finance focuses on the importance of real estate finance concepts and practices in Ohio.

REST 1300 Real Estate Law will give you a firm graps of real estate law concepts and practices in Ohio.

REST 1400 Real Estate Appraisal provides you with an understanding of appraisal concepts, practices and methodologies in Ohio.

Lakeland's Real Estate Certificates

We offer two different certificates in our real estate license program. Below we will detail each certificate.

Ohio Real Estate Salesperson Certificate

Real estate salespersons help clients buy, sell and rent properties.

Courses within the certificate are required by the Ohio Department of Commerce - Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing to be taken before sitting for the real estate salespersons examination. Students earning this certificate will have completed the education requirements necessary to sit for the Ohio Real Estate Salesperson Exam.

View Real Esate Salesperson curriculum.

Ohio Real Estate Broker Certificate

This certificate is designed for students who already have the equivalent of two years of post-secondary education or the equivalent of 60 semester hours, who meet the experience requirements of the Ohio Division of Real Estate, but lack course work in financial management, human resources, applied business economics, and business law.

View Real Estate Broker curricullum.

How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Ohio

Real estate salespersons must be honest, truthful and maintain a good reputation. Our program will also help you to find an Ohio real estate broker to sponsor you, which is also a requirement for employment. You must also be at leat 18 years of age.

It's required to have a clean record and you cannot have been convicted of a felony or crime or moral turpitude, adjudged by a court to have violated any civil rights laws regarding real estate within the past two years or violated any rules of the Ohio Division of Real Estate. If these requirements have not been met, you will have the opportunity to appeal to the Ohio Division of Real Estate Superintendent and give satisfactory evidence that you will not violate such laws or rules again.

Find more information on Ohio requirements.

Education Requirements for Real Estate Agents

First, earn Lakeland's Real Estate Salesperson Certificate. You'll then be eligible to apply for licensure.

Please note: Any person who has not been licensed as a real estate salesperson or broker within a four-year period immediately preceding his/her current application for the salesperson's exam must have completed the above classroom instruction within a 10-year period immediately preceding the current salesperson application.

The above courses must be taken at an institution of higher education, such as Lakeland Community College, which is defined as a school which actually awards a degree in at least a two-year program (i.e. an associate degree). Lakeland Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Comission.

How do I get my Real Estate License in Ohio?

After completion of pre-licensure education and other requirements, you must submit an application to the Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing BEFORE scheduling an examination. Application forms may be obtained online at

Salesperson License Examination Application

Where can I learn more about preparing for and taking the real estate salesperson exam?

More information is available online at

Before paying for examination registration, it is recommended that candidates review and understand the contents of the Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing Real Estate Salesperson and Broker Candidate Information Bulletin. This document contains information on registration and scheduling procedures, examination sites, tips for preparing for the examination, examination study materials, sample questions, and more.

How Much does a Real Estate Agent make?

For up-to-date information on average salaries and job outlook, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

How Long does it take to Complete Real Estate Coursework?

Lakeland students may complete all four courses during one semester, or schedule classes over a longer period of time. Flexible class schedules include convenient eight week semester sessions and five-week summer sessions.

How do I Become a Residential Real Estate Appraiser?

Education and experience requirements to become an appraiser in Ohio are determined by the Ohio Dept. of Commerce Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing. While Lakeland does not offer any appraisal courses beyond REST 1400 – Real Estate Appraisal, we can help meet the college-level education requirements required.

For more information on requirements to become an appraiser, visit



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