Real Estate Pre-licensure Certificate

Real Estate Pre-licensure Certificate (CTX53U)

Ohio University offers affordable real estate courses that help prepare students for careers in property management, appraising, home inspection and commercial real estate. Successful completion of five courses in the Real Estate Pre-licensure Certificate, including required hours, fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the Ohio State Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Exam (visit the Ohio Department of Commerce site for more details).

OHIO's real estate classes, taught by experienced professionals, provide practical skills that will prepare you to enter and excel in the real estate profession. Real estate courses can also complement a traditional undergraduate degree program in fields such as business or interior architecture.

In addition to the core real estate courses, students select a course from several options in the certificate that are of benefit to real estate careers and those students who intend to become a real estate broker in Ohio. The selected additional course will expand student knowledge in the areas of sales, persuasive communications, economics, corporate finance or workplace collaboration.

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Courses in the certificate offer students the opportunity not only to prepare for the Ohio Real Estate Salesperson's License exam but also to supplement an existing major with the tools necessary to be successful in the world of real estate.

  • Real Estate Principles and Practice (REAL 1010)
    Course includes land and its description, rights and interests in real estate, contract law and real estate contracts, title transfer, deeds, leases, financing and mortgages, taxes, home ownership, urban planning, brokerage operations, appraisal and value, applied real estate math and Ohio requirements for real estate licenses.
  • Real Estate Law (REAL 1030)
    Includes all legal areas of common concern to the typical real estate professional. Among topics covered are law of agency as applied to real estate brokers and sales personnel, law of fixtures, estates, conveyancing of real estate, mortgages and liens, license laws of Ohio and zoning.
  • Real Estate Appraising (REAL 2010)
    An overview of the field of real estate appraisal in Ohio introduces the function of the appraisal profession, licensing requirements in Ohio, the process of real estate appraisal and primary methods used to appraise real estate.
  • Real Estate Finance (REAL 2040)
    Introducing the essential elements of real estate finance, course includes the current real estate market, types and sources of real estate loans, how to obtain a real estate loan, the foreclosure process in Ohio, the role and function of the secondary market, government involvement in real estate finance, construction and development lending and commercial real estate loans.

The Real Estate Pre-Licensure Certificate requires the completion of all four REAL courses and the selection of an additional course. Students can choose the additional course from topics such as economics, workplace collaboration, communications and persuasion, sales and corporate finance. Visit the University catalog page for more details on the Real Estate Pre-Licensure Certificate.


Check the course offerings to see what courses are offered during the upcoming term(s), as well as days, times and textbook information. Enter "Real Estate" in the subject line on the search page to see available real estate courses.

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To take real estate courses as noncredit, register and submit payment online. The cost of each noncredit course is $175 (not including the textbooks). Fees are payable online using any major credit card.

For Credit

Already an OHIO student? To register, use My OHIO Student Center. For more information, visit the Registrar’s website, or contact Registrar Services, first floor, Chubb Hall, or your regional campus student services office.

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The noncredit cost for OHIO’s real estate courses is $175 per course. The textbook cost is not included.

Ohio University students taking real estate courses for credit will pay tuition at the rates outlined on the Bursar’s website.

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