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General Information


Jim Forde
Approved Real Estate Academy
4040 Barranca Pkwy., Ste. 150
Irvine, CA 92604
Phone: 714-875-0979


Approved Real Estate Academy
PO Box 4163
Tustin, CA 92781

DRE Sponsor No. S0587 Important Instructions: Please Read Carefully Before You Proceed

You must complete and submit the following student agreement form before you pay and proceed with your course(s).  You will see this form again when you sign up for the courses.

I, [theStudentName], under penalty of perjury, do hereby affirm and agree that I am a registered student of and that I will personally complete each reading assignment, quiz and the final examination of the course(s). I understand that my failure to comply with this agreement will result in revocation of completion certificate, and that such violation will be reported to my local real estate industry regulatory authorities.

Furthermore, I understand that the contents of the course(s) may not be copied, reproduced, resold or used by any other person. Unauthorized copying of this course is prohibited by U.S. copyright laws which provide substantial penalties for copyright infringement.

By submitting this form I agree to comply with the terms, conditions and copyright restrictions as stated herein.

Pre-License General Information Page

Approved Real Estate Academy
Care of Jim Forde, Director
PO Box 4163
Tustin, CA 92781
Class room address:
4040 Barranca Pkwy., Ste 150
Irvine, CA 92604
Jim Forde 714-875-0979

DRE Sponsor No. S0587
Important Instructions: Please Read Carefully Before You Proceed

If you understand the information stated herein, please select the “Accept Button” at the bottom of this page to continue your order. Thank you!

Your course(s) are comprised of one or more of the following course titles. Course Descriptions follow. You will make any remaining course selections on a subsequent screen.

Course Title


Hours (Category)




Final Exam



Time Allowed


Real Estate Principles

45 (Pre-license Education)


100 M/C

2.5 HRS

Real Estate Practice

45 (Pre-license Education)


100 M/C

2.5 HRS

Real Estate Finance

45 (Pre-license Education)


100 M/C

2.5 HRS

Method of Delivery and Method of Course Presentation

With physical textbook (quizzes and final exam online)

*The Real Estate Academy courses are approved by the Department of Real Estate  (DRE) as home study/correspondence courses – not live courses. Includes the benefits of “non-mandatory” group coaching sessions to informally review previously submitted homework assignments and to answer general questions related to course content. DRE Sponsor ID S0587.

Course Fees:

On line with study group     $396.00
On line only                            $296.00
Includes shipping, handling fees and taxes.

Course Structure

The course design is dictated by the Department of Real Estate (DRE) and requires you to demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in one chapter of the course before progressing to the next. This means:

1. The online chapter quizzes are mandatory.
2. You must advance through the online chapter quizzes in a linear fashion and you cannot advance to the next chapter quiz until the previous chapter’s reading assignment and chapter quiz has been completed.
3. You cannot access the course final examination and complete the course until all chapter quizzes have been completed and the minimum time* has elapsed. When you complete the last chapter quiz you receive a link to the Final Examination.


The DRE allows each course to be completed in a MINIMUM time of 2.5 weeks (18 calendar days) from the date you receive the course material. The MAXIMUM time we allow for completion of the course is 1 year from the date of enrollment.

The 2.5 week rule dictates how quickly you can take the final exam and complete each course. For example, the absolute fastest you can complete two courses is 5 weeks. REMEMBER, the rule is: 2.5 weeks (18 calendar days) from the date you receive the book for each course. If you still have questions about how fast you can complete your course(s), please call the school for clarification.

Extension Policy

Should you not be able to complete this course within one (1) year of the date of enrollment, (for any reason, no exceptions).  You will have to take your course again.  REMEMBER, if the textbook edition has changed, you will be required to purchase the current textbook to extend the course.  As textbook cost can change, please call for current prices.

Final Examination And Passing The Course

In order for you to pass this course, you will be required to take and pass an online final examination (100 multiple-choice, 2.5 hours, 60% or better to pass, open book).

What Happens If You Fail A Final Exam?

If you do not pass the final exam on the first try, DRE allows you one re-take. You must wait 2½ weeks (18 calendar days) before you can re-take the exam. Be aware that the questions on the re-take exam will be completely different from the questions on the original final exam.  If you fail the re-examination you must re-do the entire course and wait 18 calendar days before being allowed to take the final exam again.

Course Completion

Completion of a course includes taking and passing the course final examination. The final examination must be taken no later than the last day of the course enrollment period.

Course Completion Certificate

If you are enrolled in more than one course, we will email one course completion certificate at the conclusion of your last course, showing all courses completed. If you would like individual completion certificates or otherwise need your completion certificates prior to finishing all the courses in the package, we would be happy to issue your certificates immediately upon request.

Correspondence Course Identification Statement

Participants shall present one of the following forms of identification immediately before the administration of the final examination:

A. A current California driver’s license.   If not a California resident the driver’s license from the
state that your reside.

B. A current identification card described in Section 13000 of the California Vehicle Code.

C. Any identification of the participant issued by a governmental agency or a recognized real estate trade organization within the immediately preceding five years which bears a photograph, signature and identification of the participant.

Identification for Final Exam

You must enter a current driver’s license number as a means of identification prior to accessing the final examination. By entering your driver’s license number you are affirming, under penalty of perjury, that you are the student registered for this course and that you personally will complete the final examination. Any violation of this section will result in revocation of the completion certificate for this course and will be reported to the California Department of Real Estate.

Refund Policy

If for any reason you decide to cancel your enrollment, we will issue a refund (less a $50 registration fee and shipping & handling) if cancellation occurs by midnight of the 7th business day after the date of enrollment. No refund will be issued after the above mentioned time period. If you paid by credit card, your account will be credited within 30 days. All textbooks, if ordered, must be returned to the school, in good and usable condition*, within 10 days of the date of cancellation. If you do not return the material supplied by the school within this 10-day period, the school may keep an amount out of what you paid that equals the price of the textbooks for the course. The school will refund any amount over that as provided above.

*Good and usable condition means that the textbook is unmarked and undamaged by shipping. It shall be the student’s responsibility to package and ship the course material in such a manner as to assure compliance.

Disclaimer Statement

Although every effort has been made to provide accurate and current information in this text, the ideas, suggestions, general principles and conclusions presented in this text are subject to local, state and federal laws and regulations, court cases and any revisions of same. The author and/or publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, tax, or other professional services. The reader is thus urged to consult with his/her employing broker and/or seek legal counsel regarding any points of law. This publication should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice.

DRE Disclaimer Statement

This course is approved for pre-license education credit by the Department of Real Estate (DRE). However, this approval does not constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions which are expressed by the course sponsor, instructor, authors or lecturers.

Online Evaluation Statement

A course and instructor evaluation is available on the Department of Real Estate (DRE) website at  Access this form by typing in “RE 318A” in the search box located in the upper right corner of the home page.

Course Provider Complaint Form

A course provider complaint form is a available on the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) website at  Access this form by typing in “RE 340” in the search box located in the upper right corner of the home  page.  An informational form regarding course provider complaints, “RE 340A” is also available.

Course Descriptions:

California Real Estate Principles by Stapleton & Williams Copyright 2017 Revised April 2018

This textbook is the most comprehensive introduction to the California real estate business. It will serve as an excellent introductory course for the new licensee. A highly readable portrait of the entire field, it covers every area of professional specialization, the intricacies of real property ownership and the fine points of the field.

California Real Estate Practice by Anderson, Otto & Pivar Copyright 2016 11th Edition revision June 2023

The Real Estate Practice Course has been updated per Senate Bill 1495 which is effective on January 1, 2024, and requires all Real Estate Practice offerings to include the subject matter must include a component of participatory interaction, whereby the student role plays as both the consumer and the real estate professional. The Real Estate Practice course is required for all individuals qualifying for either the broker or salesperson real estate examinations.


The Real Estate Practice Course has a component on implicit bias, including education regarding the impact of implicit bias, explicit bias, and systemic bias on consumers, the historical and social impacts of those biases, and actionable steps students can take to recognize and address their own implicit biases. The Real Estate Practice Course also has a component on federal and state fair housing laws as those laws apply to the practice of real estate. The fair housing component includes an interactive participatory component, during which the applicant shall role play as both a consumer and real estate professional. You must study the following material and watch the following videos.

Our latest edition of California Real Estate Practice offers practical how to information for the real estate salesperson and broker. Prospecting methods, sample “comp” presentations and the newest listing contracts and disclosure forms are only some of the features of this textbook.

California Real Estate Finance by Minnie Lush and David Sirota  Copyright 2016 Revised April 2018

California Real Estate Finance sets the standard for real estate finance education in California. Edition 9 provides you with the latest developments in California real estate finance law and practice.