Real Estate

Establish a strong foundation for a career in real estate. This program provides you with the knowledge and training to enter the industry and meets the educational requirements to obtain a California real estate salesperson license. Formats: Online | In Person

This program is perfect for...

  • Career changers interested in transitioning to the real estate industry who want to learn the profession from the ground up
  • Those seeking comprehensive, high-quality training that fully prepares you to earn a real estate salesperson license
  • Real estate professionals seeking formal training to advance their careers, fill a knowledge gap, or transition within the industry

What you can learn.

  • Essential real estate principles and skills needed to obtain a real estate license
  • Day-to-day sales and brokerage practices from selling to closing escrow
  • The legal aspects of real estate including California property law and its influence on the industry as a whole
  • The economic foundations of real estate value, location theory, and more

Build Your Real Estate Career


Jump-start your real estate career at UCLA Extension. Our certificate program’s comprehensive curriculum goes beyond that of other exam prep courses, giving you the skills to succeed in the industry. Taught by industry professionals who bring years of experience and insights to the classroom, this certificate lays a solid foundation for you to work in single-family residence (SFR) and commercial real estate (CRE) sales. 

This program meets the educational requirements to sit for the CA real estate salesperson license examination*. It also serves as the foundation for building your own customizable training. Add courses to meet educational requirements for the Real Estate Brokerage License or stack it with an advanced certificate in Real Estate Investment and Finance or Commercial Real Estate.

Format: Online or in person. Can be completed 100% online.

Duration: 6 months (full-time), 1 year (part-time) 

*UCLA Extension is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Courses in this certificate equal four or five quarter units (excluding Business Ethics). Students who complete the certificate meet the college-level coursework required by the State of California Department of Real Estate to sit for the salesperson license exam.


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
MGMT X 475.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 475.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 476.7
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 476.15
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Required Ethics Seminar
MGMT 891.02
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Optional Internship Course
MGMT X 476.35
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

We recommend starting with Real Estate Principles. Students must take all courses for a letter grade and pass with a program GPA of 2.50 or better.

The schedule of course offerings and instruction methods may vary. Please consult with a student advisor for more information. (310) 206-2714 or industrysegmentprograms@uclaextension.edu.


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Drop-In Advising Hour
This informal Zoom event is a platform for current and new program students to connect and ask questions to program staff. Drop in for 10 minutes or stay for the hour. Have questions about the certificate or program, bring them with you!

Each first and third Wednesdays of the month, 11am-12pm PT.

Email industrysegmentprograms@uclaextension.edu for the meeting link.

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

An internship in real estate can provide you with practical experience in a variety of real estate job functions. Certificate students must complete a substantial portion (generally 20 units) of the program curriculum, with a GPA of 3.0 or better, before enrolling in the internship.

Learn More

The UCLA Extension Real Estate Scholarship Fund was established in 2024 in partnership with Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation to provide financial assistance and greater access to education that students need while pursuing their careers in real estate.

This scholarship provides funding for an individual who has a passion for continuing education and professional development in real estate and who is working toward completion of one of the four real estate certificate programs. The scholarship is awarded bi-annually, each fall and spring quarter, and covers the cost of one course within the real estate certificate programs offered by UCLA Extension (value up to $900).

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