Arizona Real Estate School, A Comprehensive Guide

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Last Update: December 11th, 2023

What Arizona real estate school is like

Welcome to the American Realty Academy guide to Arizona Real Estate School! Whether you’re considering a career in real estate or simply looking to expand your knowledge of the industry, understanding what Arizona Real Estate School is all about is essential. In this post, we’ll explore the ins and outs of Arizona real estate education and which types of courses apply to you!

The Arizona Salesperson Course

The Arizona Real Estate Salesperson Course is a comprehensive program that enables individuals to obtain their real estate license in Arizona. This is the most common thought of course when someone referenceing “Arizona real estate school”.  The course requirements are designed to provide aspiring agents with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct real estate transactions in Arizona. With a duration of 90 hours, a wide range of topics, including real estate principles, contracts, financing, and ethics will be covered. Whether you prefer a flexible online format or in-person classes, the state allows for either format, to accommodate individual learning styles. While most schools offer online online real estate school these days, some do still conduct live/in person calsses.

Upon completion of the 90 hours, students are required to pass 2 final exams. One administered by the school and another by the state. Ensuring that students are well-prepared to represent buyers and sellers in Arizona real estate transactions.

What is Arizona real estate school like?

Arizona real estate school is often misunderstood as solely focusing on teaching sales techniques for properties. However, this is not the case. While real estate courses do cover rules and regulations related to transactions, they do not extensively cover specific sales and marketing strategies. The reason for this is that the Arizona Department of Real Estate requires us to cover 90 hours of material with specific topics, none of which involve teaching sales skills. Including sales techniques in the curriculum wouldn’t be feasible, and let’s be honest, would you really want to study something that won’t be on the final exam?

What Arizona real estate school is like

What’s taught in the online Arizona Salesperson course?

  • Real Estate Statutes
  • Commissioner’s Rules
  • Agency Relationships & Managerial Duties
  • Contract Law
  • Property Interests, Estates, & Tenancies
  • Government Rights in Real Property
  • Income Tax Aspects
  • AZ Water Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Descriptions
  • Land Development
  • Encumbrances
  • Acquisitions/Transfer of Title
  • Fair Housing & ADA
  • Leases & Leasehold Estates
  • AZ Residential Landlord Tenant Act
  • Property Management
  • Property Insurance & Warranties
  • Appraisals
  • Primary & Secondary Markets/Financing Concepts
  • Residential & Commercial Financing
  • Financing Documents
  • Deed of Trust Foreclosure
  • Disclosure & Consumer Protection
  • Math Calculations
  • Cooperative Nature of Real Estate

In addition to the the Arizona real estate salesperson course, The Arizona Department Of Real Estate (ADRE) requires new agents to complete a 6 hour Contract Writing Course. Also knows as the Introduction to Contract Writing or CWC. More on that next.

Introduction To Contract Writing (CWC)

In order to get your real estate license in Arizona, future agents must also complete the Introduction to Contract Writing Course (also known as the Contract Writing Course or CWC). A 6-hour course that covers 3 hours of Contract Law and 3 hours of Real Estate Legal Issues. By taking this course, agents will learn the necessary skills to draft contracts for real property purchases and become knowledgeable in listing and lease agreements. Additionally, completing this course can count towards an agent’s Continuing Education credits when renewing for the first time. While an exam is administered during the course, there is no additional testing requirement like the Salesperson course. Meaning you don’t have to travel to a testing center to complete it.

Completion of the 90 hour pre-license course, along with the 6 hour Contract Writing Course, will complete the Arizona real estate school training requirements towards attaining your Arizona Real Estate Salesperson License. You may Learn more about How To Become A Real Estate Agent In Arizona or view our online Arizona salesperson courses.

Continuing Education

Arizona mandates that active real estate agents complete Continuing Education every 24 months. For instance, if you were licensed on August 5th, 2023, your renewal deadline would be August 31st, 2025. The specific courses you need to take depend on your license level (Salesperson or Broker) and whether you have taken a Contract Writing Course in the past 24 months or not. Here are courses needed to renew (3 hours each), they must be taken through a licensed Arizona real estate school.

Salesperson: Agency Law , Contract Law, Commissioner’s Standards, Disclosure, Fair Housing, Real Estate Legal Issues, 2 x General Electives*

Broker:Agency Law, Contract Law, Disclosure, Fair Housing, Real Estate Legal Issues, 2 x General Electives*, 9 Hr BMC/Broker Management Clinic (broken into 3 parts)

*Per ADRE, elective (general) courses are, “Such as other courses in any of the above Mandatory Categories that are not identical to courses that will be used to fulfill the Mandatory Categories or courses in the General Real Estate Category or any combination.”

If you have taken the CWC recently (1st time renewing most likely), you may use that certificate as 6.0 hours of CE (3.0 Hrs of Contract Law & 3.0 Hrs of Real Estate Legal Issues).

It is highly recommended to spread out your CE classes over the 24-month period. This approach avoids rushing through all the courses at the last minute and, more importantly, promotes ongoing learning and proficiency in real estate. CE is not just a box to check, but rather a way to ensure that Arizona agents deliver the highest quality service to their clients in the state!

Arizona Real Estate Broker’s Course

A broker in Arizona real estate may work independently or supervise agents. To obtain a broker’s license, it is necessary to have at least 3 years of actual active experience in Arizona real estate as a salesperson. The Arizona real estate broker course is a comprehensive program that spans 90 hours just like the salesperson course. However, there is a greater focus on management of a brokerage and legalities. The course can be conveniently completed online or in person, allowing individuals to choose the learning format that best suits their needs.

Real Estate School FAQs

Real estate pre-license vs. salesperson course, what's the difference?

They are the same thing. The interchangeable terms are used to describe the initial course that all must take in order to become an Arizona real estate agent.

Does Arizona require 90 or 96 hours to get a real estate license?

96 hours, consisting of a 90-hour salespersons course and a 6-hour contract writing course (CWC). You will find many references to “90 hours” as that is the core course requirement. However, technically the 6-hour CWC is required on top of that.

Real estate salesperson vs broker in Arizona, what's the difference?

A salesperson works under a broker. While brokers may conduct real estate transactions themselves, they also supervise salespersons (agents). 3 years of experience as a salesperson is required to become a real estate broker in Arizona.

Do Arizona real estate brokers need to take another course?

Yes, Arizona real estate broker applicants must complete a broker specific 90-hour course. This course mimics much of the 90-hour salespersons course. However, it is more in depth and has a greater focus on management of agents, business, and legal issues. Additionally, brokers must complete a 9-hour Broker Management Clinic (BMC).

Please Note: ADRE does from time to time change regulations and requirements and this content may not be current or entirely accurate.

You may view a complete and current list of requirements on the Arizona Department of Real Estate’s website.

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