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The 168-hour program structure is determined and regulated by DPOS and the Colorado Real Estate Commission. The sequence of courses and other activities below is carefully designed to make the most of your education, and your time.
Please review the information below, or click to return to the main licensing page for other course options: Colorado Real Estate License Course Options >
This course covers national (or general) real estate knowledge that applies in every state. (48 hours)
Learn about Colorado real estate license law, statutes, and each of the Colorado contracts and related forms in detail. (48 hours)
Apply now for the background checks required prior to taking the licensing exam. VanEd provides the all the instructions and information needed.
Learn how to close a real estate transaction including the closing process, accounting for funds, and all the documents prepared by the broker. (24 hours)
Learn the record keeping procedures required to maintain and account for funds belonging to others. (8 hours)
Explore real world problems addressed by the Colorado Real Estate Commission including audits, complaints, and legal cases. (8 hours)
Guidance for new brokers including setting personal goals, a business plan, standards of practice, and getting started on marketing. (32 hours)
VanEd's two Exam Preparation courses are the final step in your education. Passing both exam prep courses is required before you are ready to take the state licensing exam.
Provides topic review and extensive practice with exams that closely match the general knowledge portion of the licensing exam.
Provides topic review and extensive practice with exams that closely match the state specific portion of the licensing exam.
Schedule your exam date for about a week after completing the 2nd exam prep course. This will keep information fresh and allow time to study. VanEd provides all the certificates and instructions you need to apply for the exam.
Use your results in both exam prep courses to guide your review.
Congratulations! You passed your Colorado licensing exam and are off to begin an exciting new career!
On the evening of your exam we will send you a brief online survey about your exam experience. Please help us improve by completing this survey.
You must have an Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance policy before obtaining an active license.
Learn More: Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance >
Instructions, resources and other help are online with the Colorado Real Estate Commission.
Learn More: License Application & Instructions >
Receiving Your REC-33 Certificate
In order for you to receive your REC-33 Certificate of Completion of educational requirements you must successfully pass (75% or greater) the final exams for each course and the final summary exams for each exam prep module. You can take all exams on the internet, and the exams are instantly graded.
The REC-33 and Certificate of Eligibility will be made available to you when the two exam prep finals have been successfully passed and we are notified of date you have reserved to take the Colorado exam.
The following materials are provided by VanEd:
Optional Printed Course Binder
A printed version of the study guide is available at an additional charge. The hard copy printed binder is identical to the online course content, but in a convenient printed format for offline reading and future reference.
Exams are taken online and may be taken multiple times. All practice / unit exams must be passed before accessing the final exam in that same course. A greater number of multiple-choice test questions are created to help you feel comfortable with the testing methodology. If you do not receive a passing score, you can only attempt the same course final exam twice in one day, in order to give you more time for review. Once the final exam is passed, there are no restrictions on retaking the same final exam.
Two Exam Prep finals must also be passed: one covering the first course, Law & Practice, which tests what you must know to pass the general portion of the Colorado broker exam; and one covering the material tested on the state specific portion (Colorado Contracts, Real Estate Closings, and Trust Accounts and Record Keeping).
Exams may be repeated without limitation; however, we strongly recommend thoroughly reviewing the material again any time an exam is not passed before attempting the same exam again.
VanEd Licensing Catalog
Please CLICK HERE to open the Colorado real estate pre-licensing catalog.