FAQs

SPECIAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Keeping you safe during COVID-19

In order to provide a safe learning environment for our students, staff, and instructors, we require that masks be worn, and social distancing be observed in our in-person class locations. Masks are required to be worn when entering/leaving the classroom and in other areas of the building. At the sole discretion of the student, he/she may remove their mask during instruction.

See our full COVID-19 Notice for live classes.

How do class exams work?

In-person courses will have a paper-and-pencil exam in the classroom on the last day of class. Zoom courses will have a proctored online exam through ProctorFree.  Self-paced online courses will have a proctored exam online at the end of the course. 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

I want to get my Real Estate license. Where do I start?

 

The Prelicensing course is the first step to becoming a real estate agent.  After passing the course your next step will be to apply for the licensing exam through the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. 

How do I register?

Registration is online through our website, TheAdvantageSchool.com. Enrollment for classes is open from the time the course is posted on our website until 24 hours prior to the start of the first meeting of the class OR when the class reaches enrollment capacity.

 

What types of courses do you offer?

Prelicensing classes are offered in person in the classroom, live online through Zoom, and in self-paced online format.

Postlicensing classes are offered in person in the classroom, live online through Zoom, and in self-paced online format.

CE classes are offered in person in the classroom, live online through Zoom, and as self-paced online classes (electives only -- Updates may not be taken in self-paced format per NCREC).

What happens if the school cancels a live course?

 

Advantage School of Real Estate reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a course as needed. Should the course be canceled, postponed for more than two weeks, or should meeting days/times be changed, the student will be entitled to a full refund of tuition or transfer to a comparable class, at the student’s request.

Can I transfer to a different live class after I register?

Students wishing to transfer to another course after registration will be allowed a one-time transfer at no charge.  Subsequent transfers, and all transfers after the beginning of class, will incur a $15 transfer fee.  Please see specific provisions for each course type. Transfers are not available for self-paced courses.

How do I get my textbook?

If you are close to the Triad area of NC, you can purchase your book on our website and come by our offices on designated book pick-up days to collect your textbook.

If you are not within easy driving distance of any of our locations, you can purchase a paper or digital copy of the book from the publisher’s website (for Prelicensing) or from the Real Estate Commission’s website (for Postlicensing).  We can also ship your book to you for an additional cost. Please allow enough shipping time for your book to arrive before your class starts.

Please note: the Prelicensing textbook is included in the cost of the live class. Prelicensing students will be refunded $25 (our cost for the book) if you already have the most recent edition of the textbook, or if you purchase the print or digital edition direct from the publisher.

All required materials for self-paced classes are delivered digitally as part of the course purchase.

 

PRELICENSING INFORMATION

 

 

How long is the Prelicensing course?

The Prelicensing course is a minimum of 75 hours. Advantage School of Real Estate has a variety of scheduling options to meet most people’s needs.  Information regarding class schedules and registration is available on our website.

How much does the Prelicensing course cost?

In-person and synchronous (Zoom) Prelicensing courses at The Advantage School are $475.00, which includes the required textbook.  Pricing for self-paced courses starts at $370.00 and can be customized to include a variety of options.

Can I transfer to a different class after I register?

Students wishing to transfer from one live class (in-person or livestream) to another after registration will be allowed a one-time transfer at no charge.  Subsequent transfers, and all transfers after the beginning of class, will incur a $15 transfer fee.  Transfers after the second class meeting will require special approval from the Director, and will only be considered in severe extenuating circumstances on a case by case basis. Transfers are not available for self-paced courses.

What happens if I have to cancel my registration?

A student who cancels their registration more than 24 hours in advance of the class will be refunded all monies minus the registration fee ($55.00), which will be retained by The Advantage School. A student who cancels or withdraws less than 24 hours before the start of class but prior to the second scheduled class will be refunded all monies minus the registration fee of $55.00 plus a late cancellation fee of $45.00 ($100.00 total). After attending the second class, no refund will be made; however, the student may enroll in one future course for $200.00 as long as the student enrolls for a course which commences within 6 months from the scheduled completion date of the original course for which he/she was enrolled. Otherwise, the full tuition price of $475 will apply (less book discount if applicable).

The Advantage School offers a full refund for any reason within 14 days of purchase for any student enrolled in a self-paced online course. Printed materials ordered through our online portal will be subject to the publisher’s return/refund policy.

What is the attendance requirement?

Students must attend at least 80% of the class in order to be eligible to take the final exam.  A student who does not meet the attendance requirement may enroll in one future course for $200.00 as long as the student enrolls for a course which commences within 6 months from the scheduled completion date of the original course for which he/she was enrolled. Otherwise, the full tuition price of $475 (less book discount if applicable) will apply.

POSTLICENSING INFORMATION

What is the Postlicensing program, and why do I have to take it?

The three Postlicensing classes revisit topics covered in Prelicensing, but in more depth and detail.  The Real Estate Commission requires every new licensee to complete all three Postlicensing courses within 18 months of becoming licensed, in order to remove the Provisional status and keep the license active.

The 90-classroom-hour Post-Licensing education program consists of three 30-classroom-hour courses prescribed by the Commission, which may be taken in any order.  When a provisional broker has timely completed all three (3) courses, the provisional status of the broker’s license will be automatically terminated by the Commission.

 

How long are the Postlicensing courses?

Each of the three courses is 30 classroom hours. Check the Postlicensing section of our website for scheduling options.

How much do the Postlicensing courses cost?

Each 30-hour in-person or livestream course is $225.  Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Self-paced courses are $195.00 per 30-hour course. 

One textbook is required for all three courses, and is not included. The textbook, North Carolina Real Estate Manual, can be purchased from Advantage School of Real Estate for $55 through our website.  It is also available as a physical book or digital download from the NCREC on their website.

Postlicensing students must also have immediate access to the current NC License Law & Commission Rules booklet, which can be purchased online from The Advantage School or the NCREC for $4.00.

Books purchased through The Advantage School may be picked up at our Stratford Road location or from your instructor (in-person classes only). If you are taking a Zoom class and are not in the Triad area we can ship your book to you for an additional charge.

Can I transfer to a different class after I register?

Students wishing to transfer from one live class (in-person or livestream) to another after registration will be allowed a one-time transfer at no charge.  Subsequent transfers, and all transfers after the beginning of class, will incur a $15 transfer fee.  Transfers after the first class meeting will require special approval from the director, and will only be considered in severe extenuating circumstances on a case by case basis. Transfers are not available for self-paced courses.

What happens if I have to cancel my registration?

A student who withdraws from a course prior to attending the second scheduled class will receive a full refund. After attending the second class, no refund will be made; however, the student may enroll in one future course for $100.00 as long as the student enrolls for a course which commences within 6 months from the scheduled completion date of the original course for which he/she was enrolled. Otherwise, the full tuition price of $225 will apply.

The Advantage School offers a full refund for any reason within 14 days of purchase for any student enrolled in a self-paced online course. Printed materials ordered through our online portal will be subject to the publisher’s return/refund policy.

What is the attendance requirement?

Students must attend at least 90% of each class in order to be eligible to take the final exam.  A student who does not meet the attendance requirement may enroll in one future course for $100.00 as long as the student enrolls for a course which commences within 6 months from the scheduled completion date of the original course for which he/she was enrolled. Otherwise, the full tuition price of $225 will apply.

CONTINUING EDUCATION INFORMATION

When do I have to start taking Continuing Education?

All licensees must complete 8 hours of Continuing Education every year following their first license renewal. 

How much CE do I have to take each year?

Each licensee must take the 4-hour Update course plus a 4-hour Elective.  If you are a BIC or BIC-Eligible, you must take the BIC Update; otherwise, you would take the General Update (GenUp). Any Commission-approved 4-hour Elective course may be used for the Elective credit.

When can I take Continuing Education?

CE courses, both Updates and Electives, are available from July 1 to June 10 every year.  Per NCREC, no CE classes may be offered during the period beginning June 11 and ending June 30.

What options do you offer for CE classes?

We offer the Update courses (GenUp and BIC Up) both in a classroom setting and livestreamed on Zoom.  We offer various interesting elective courses in the classroom, on Zoom, and as self-paced online classes.

Can I transfer to a different class after I register?

Students wishing to transfer to another live (in-person or livestream) course after registration will be allowed a one-time transfer at no charge.  Subsequent transfers will incur a $15 transfer fee. Transfers are not available for self-paced courses.

What happens if I have to cancel my registration?

A student who withdraws from a course prior to attending the class will receive a full refund.  After the class date, no refund will be made; however, the student may enroll in one future course during the same licensing year free of charge by notifying the school.

The Advantage School offers a full refund for any reason within 14 days of purchase for any student enrolled in a self-paced online course. Printed materials ordered through our online portal will be subject to the publisher’s return/refund policy.

What is the attendance requirement?

Students must attend at least 90% of each class in order to receive credit. For this reason no student will be admitted more than 20 minutes late.