Frequently Asked Questions
- How many types of real estate licenses are
there in Texas?
- Texas recognizes only two types of real estate
licenses: the salesperson license and broker license. The
salesperson license is the "entry-level" license. The sales person
is sponsored by and works for a broker. The broker may work for
other brokers or work independently. In order to become a broker, an
applicant must have held an active salesperson license for four years
and must successfully complete all the educational and examination
requirements necessary for the broker license.
- Will I need a sponsoring broker in order to
take the Salesperson examination?
- An applicant may take the salesperson examination
without having a sponsoring broker. However, upon passing the
examination the licensee will receive an inactive license. A
licensee holding an inactive salesperson license will not be
permitted to buy, sell or rent real estate for a brokerage firm.
Once the salesperson designates a sponsoring broker, the license
will be converted to an active license.
- Will Collin College help me locate a sponsoring broker?
- Collin College encourages its students to interview
various real estate brokers and brokerage firms in an effort to find
the perfect match. However, the college does not place students nor
does the college make employment recommendations.
- In what order should I take the four basic
courses required for the salesperson license examination?
- The six courses required for the salesperson
license may be taken in any sequence with no pre-requisites to any
course. Principles of Real Estate I is a good beginning if
scheduling permits, but it is not mandatory to start with that
- Will it take me an entire semester to complete
a single course at Collin College?
- No, Collin College offers all real estate courses on an
accelerated basis. Most courses are offered within "mini-mesters"
where students meet twice a week, in the morning or in the evening,
for five weeks. Each class session lasts approximately four hours.
Some courses are even offered on weekends over three consecutive
weeks. Please consult the official class schedule for times, dates
and locations, or visit
- Collin College offers its real estate courses for
credit and through continuing education. Is there a difference?
- Enrollment is concurrent within the same class,
meaning that students may either enroll through the Continuing
Education Department or via the college credit registration process.
Continuing Education students are held to the same achievement, exam
and attendance standards as the credit students, and they are bound
by the same syllabus. At the completion of the course, continuing
education students receive a Pass/No Pass designation while credit
students receive a letter grade. Either program will satisfy the
state educational requirements for licensing. However, courses taken
for continuing education will not be accepted toward Collin College's
certificate program and degree plan, nor are they transferable.
- After I get my license, I only want to work
with commercial real estate. May I take only those courses that are
solely related to commercial sales?
- The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC), which
oversees the licensing of real estate professional in Texas, does
not recognize areas of specialty with the context of a salesperson
license. As a result, all basic course work is designed without
distinction to residential or commercial transactions. However, once
an applicant receives a salesperson license, the licensee may choose
to affiliate himself/herself with a commercial brokerage firm, for
example, or join trade organizations that are devoted to a real
- Does Collin College administer the salesperson or
- No. the test is administered through a testing
firm chosen by the TREC. After a student's application has been
accepted by TREC, the applicant will be notified as to how and where
to sign up for the examination.
- How do I get started?
- To enroll as a credit student at Collin College, please
refer to the class schedule, visit the web site at
http://www.collin.edu/ or visit
one of our campuses. To enroll as a continuing education student,
please call 972.985.3711.