5 Best Online Real Estate Schools in Florida for 2024 (Updated!)

Zev Freidus, Licensed Florida Agent2/8/2024

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Need to get your real estate license in Florida? I’ve spent over 150 hours evaluating the 11 most popular courses approved by the Florida Real Estate Commission. I’ve checked out each and every course, and there are clear winners and losers – so be sure to read my guide thoroughly!

5 Best Real Estate Schools in Florida

What did I evaluate?
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I looked at the 5 most important factors for each course, including course value, ease of use, unique features, student satisfaction, and pass rates.

I also took into account thousands of online reviews from other agents who have attended the courses. Each course is different, so I’ve included video walkthroughs so you can really understand what you’re getting. My video reviews include my opinions too (I promise, they’re short and sweet).

How’d I do it? I “secret-shopped” each and every course in Florida. I got access to the courses, I contacted their support team as if I were an active student, and I took a look at the content. These Florida real estate schools may appear to be really similar when you’re first taking a look, but trust me – as probably the ONLY person who has actually evaluated all these Florida courses – they are very, very different!

A bit about Pass Rates:

You’ll see me refer to Pass Rates in my article – these are estimated using a variety of sources – pass rates directly from the providers, estimations from other states where providers operate in multiple states, and user-reported qualitative information.

SchoolEstimated Pass Rate
AceableAgent
95%
Gold Coast School of Real Estate
88%
Prolicense Florida
79%
The CE Shop
77%
RealEstateU
55%
Colibri Real Estate
58%

Alright, let’s get to it…After spending hundreds of hours evaluating each course and taking into account all these factors, I have narrowed down the list to the 5 best online real estate schools in Florida. Here they are!

Best Online Real Estate School in Florida: AceableAgent

Top Features

: Engaging content, super high pass rates, best-in-class test prep

Aceable’s course is by far my favorite in Florida. If you don’t want to sit through a bunch of boring content, this is the course for you. Because of their high real estate exam pass rates, it’s the course that gives you the best chance of passing the real estate test.

And as far as price goes, it’s not the most expensive or the cheapest, but because of the high quality and pass rates, I’ve rated it the best value real estate school in Florida. There is a sale going on right now, which helps.

Unlike other courses, the cheapest package actually will get the job done – though I’d recommend the “Deluxe” package because of how prepared it’ll make you feel walking into the test.

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Convenience: 4.7 out 5. I was impressed with how engaging the course was. The multimedia learning experience with videos, interactive games, infographics, and knowledge checks kept me interested throughout the entire 63 hours. It broke up the monotony of traditional reading and made the material easier to absorb. Especially if you compare with other top Florida schools like Prolicense or Gold Coast – Aceable is by far the winner, and none of the others even come close. Also the mobile app was a game-changer. I was able to study on-the-go and it made a huge difference in how efficient I was with my time.

Pass Rate: 5 out 5. Aceable boasts a 95% pass rate amongst Florida students, which is pretty incredible. Many other schools are in the ~70% range. Aceable’s pass rate is higher than other top Florida schools. This is one of the most important metrics to look at – you want to pick a school that gives you a good chance of passing.

Course Duration: 4.5 out of 5. Although the Florida real estate course only takes 63 hours to complete, some people like more time in case they get busy. Aceable’s policy is less generous than other schools like Gold Coast or Colibri Real Estate. If you don’t finish in 12 months, you can pay $49 to extend your access for another 6 months. But honestly, I wouldn’t worry about it too much – most people finish in 4-6 weeks, but you can do it as fast as 2 weeks if you’re really trying.

Support:4.8 out of 5. Aceable’s customer support team is top-notch. Whenever I had a question or needed assistance, they were prompt in responding and always helpful. I like that they have chat support – it can make things a lot faster if you just have a quick question and don’t want to wait on the phone. They’re all based in the US, so you don’t have to worry about language barriers. One problem that I did come across, is that their technical support team is not very active or responsive during weekend hours, so that is something to consider if you plan to crank out your coursework on Saturdays or Sundays.

Refund Policy: 4.7 out of 5. I didn’t need to get a refund, but this is something everyone always asks about so I’ve reviewed it here. Aceable offers a generous 30-day refund policy, as long as you haven’t finished the course yet. This is pretty standard, and other schools like The CE Shop and Gold Coast offer similar.  Aceable does go above and beyond with their Ace or “Don’t Pay” Guarantee. It gave me peace of mind knowing that if I took the course but didn’t pass the exam, I wouldn’t have to pay for the course again. Other providers charge an additional $49+ for this feature.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I highly recommend Aceable’s Florida pre-licensing course. For new agents, I’d suggest taking a look at the Deluxe package. The extra perks like the 75 videos & audio lessons and PrepAgent Deluxe Exam Prep make it a good value. You don’t want to have the take the Florida real estate exam twice, so you might as well go in with the best option in the market to really prepare you, if your budget allows it.

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  • More students pass the real estate exam than anywhere else
  • Mobile app for studying
  • REALLY good test prep
  • Straightforward and entertaining course materials
  • Have to pay to extend course access
  • Some bugs on the mobile app

Best In-Person Real Estate School: Gold Coast School of Real Estate

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Top Features

: Knowledgeable instructors, high student reviews, top notch networking & employment assistance

Gold Coast’s classes are different than many of the other options available in Florida. If you are looking for an in-person class with experienced instructors, this is the course for you. Because of their employment assistance and networking opportunities, it’s the course that gives you the best chance of success after you pass the exam.

As far as price is concerned, it’s on the higher end of the spectrum, but because of the unique livestream capabilities and scheduling options, I’ve rated it the best in-person course in Florida.

Unlike other in-person courses, there are also no hidden fees, giving you the confidence to pass without the stress of expiration dates.

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Convenience: 4.5 out 5. I was impressed with how many formats students can choose from. You can choose to go in-person, jump on a livestream for each class, or complete the course in an online format. The courses are also available in several different languages, which makes Gold Coast a great choice for many students.

Each course also comes with an exclusive textbook that has been developed by industry experts with over 50 years of knowledge and experience. There were great real-world examples that I could reference whenever I had a question.

This is the biggest differentiator: Gold Coast’s instructors rock!  They helped to keep me interested and engaged throughout the entire 63 hour course. It was easy to find a scheduling option that worked with my hectic schedule.

Gold Coast allowed me to switch my hours up (even day to day) which made a huge difference in how efficient I could be with my time.

Pass Rate: 4 out 5. While Gold Coast doesn’t have the highest pass rates, their Florida real estate courses have helped more than 1 million students get their real estate license. They are able to accommodate different learning styles and direct 1-on-1 access, which helps keep their pass rate higher than other offline schools.

Course Duration: 4.4 out of 5. While the Florida real estate course is fairly short already (only 63 hours), some people want to power through it. However, Gold Coast makes that a little more difficult than other courses because you have to rely on instructor availability.

While other schools like Aceable or even Colibri Real Estate allow you to knock out 4-5 hours of coursework in a single session, you are at the mercy of others with Gold Coast. That being said, you do have access to the course for up to two years if you get busy or fall behind. Because I didn’t have to cram or worry about expiration dates, I felt that I would have plenty of time to study and prepare for the exam with this format.

Support:4.8 out of 5. Gold Coast’s customer support team is definitely one of the best in the business. Whenever I had a question they were quick to respond and were always very helpful. I like that they have live chat support – it made it a lot faster to get assistance, and they were also able to pull up my record to find out where I was in the course to help make it more personalized.

Each physical school is based in Florida (not overseas), so the support team is very familiar with the state’s licensing requirements which made it super easy to get a checklist of what I needed for the exam. Many team members are bilingual (English and Spanish), so you don’t have to worry about language barriers.

Refund Policy: 4.4 out of 5. I didn’t need to get a refund, but this is something everyone always asks about so I’ve included it in the review. Gold Coast offers different policies for each of their course formats. If you go in-person (most popular option), no refunds are given after the first class (first 4 hours).

In order to get a refund prior to finishing the first session, you must return all course materials in brand-new condition. This is a much stricter policy than online schools like The CE Shop and Aceable which offer a full refund in the first 30 days as long as the course is not complete. If you choose to go with the Gold Coast online format, no refunds or credits will be given. The return policy (or lack thereof) is something to keep in mind because the price point is much higher than other Florida real estate schools.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I highly recommend Gold Coast’s Florida pre-licensing course if you are looking for an in-person option. For new agents, I’d suggest taking a look at the hybrid package. This gives you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the perks of a live instructor in a classroom setting, but can also livestream the course if you can’t make it to the campus every time. There are 8 different campus locations to choose from, so it was easy to find one that is near me.

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  • Choice of online or on-campus classes
  • Live chat available for support
  • High-quality supplemental resources
  • More expensive than other courses
  • No mobile app
  • Only offered in Florida

Easiest Online Real Estate School: Prolicense Florida

Top Features

: 24/7 instructor support, students can take the course for a test drive before purchasing

Prolicense’s course is the best bang for your buck in Florida. If you don’t want to pay premium prices and feel comfortable navigating through the material at your own pace, this is the course for you. Because of their unique a la carte options, it’s the course that gives you the best chance of passing the exam while juggling a busy schedule.

As far as price goes, it’s one of the cheapest courses out there. And because of their free trial offer and 30-day money back guarantee, I’ve rated it the most affordable Florida real estate course. There are also two very reasonable packages to choose from, which helps.

Unlike other courses, the cheapest package still gets the job done – though I still recommend prospective Florida agents take the “Premium” package because of how prepared it’ll make you feel walking into the real estate exam.

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Convenience: 4.4 out 5. I was impressed with how easy the course was to navigate and how logically the content flowed (vs other providers who feel like they’re just checking the boxes of Florida state requirements)

The layout was broken out into smaller sections and modules, which made it really easy for me to keep up with the course content.

Unlike other online Florida real estate schools, you can skip ahead or go back.  When studying for the exam, you’ll find it helpful when trying to study up on real estate concepts you needed more information on.

The exam prep was also well worth it, especially if you compare it to other top Florida schools like The CE Shop or Gold Coast. The “Premium” package comes with Prolicense’s test prep, but you can also add it on separately if you decide to go with the cheapest option to start with.

The “state exam simulator” was a game-changer for me (hint hint – very similar to the actual licensing exam), and the exam flashcards are so popular, many students come from other schools looking for the a la carte option before signing up for the state exam.

Pass Rate: 4.7 out 5. Prolicense has a pretty high pass rate among Florida students. While it’s not the highest pass rate in the state – it’s certainly higher than other online real estate schools. The courses are run by two industry-leading real estate pros who are available to answer any and all of your questions. This is one of the biggest perks of Prolicense – because you can access them at any time when you are studying for the exam.

Course Duration: 4.6 out of 5. If you need to get your Florida real estate license quickly, then Prolicense is the course for you. They specialize in expediting the process for you. They make it easy to finish the course in 3 weeks, which is shorter than the average of 4-6 weeks at other schools like Gold Coast or Aceable.

If for some reason you aren’t able to finish in the 6 months of unlimited access, you can pay $42 to extend your access for another 30 days. You can also get a 90-day extension for $79, or re-enroll and restart the course for $111, which is still a significant discount.

Support: 4.8 out of 5. Prolicense’s customer support team is hands down one of the best out there. They have live support 24/7 are very quick to respond and resolve issues. Whenever I had a question, they would get back to me within minutes with a clear answer.

I had a question about the real estate exam simulator, and quickly heard from not only the support team, but also the instructor of the course. This quick turnaround time and 1 on 1 attention is a game changer if you happen to run into problems.

Refund Policy: 4.9 out of 5. I didn’t need to get a refund, but this is something many people are curious about, so I’ve reviewed the policy here. Prolicense offers a generous 30-day money back guarantee, as long as you haven’t finished the course yet. You can enroll and fully navigate the course without restrictions for up to 30 days.

This is pretty standard, and other schools like The CE Shop and Colibri Real Estate offer similar.  However, Prolicense does go above and beyond with their free trial offer. It gave me peace of mind knowing that I could test drive the course to make sure I liked the format and content before committing.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I really liked Prolicense’s Florida pre-licensing course, especially if you’re low on funds and need to get your license ASAP.

For incoming agents who can afford it, I’d suggest taking a look at the Premium package. The extra perks like the state exam simulator, exam prep flashcards, and e-book make it a good value. If you have a tight budget though, the cheapest package is “good enough”. If you change your mind and want to pay for the exam prep separately at the end, that is always an option.

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  • Very affordable
  • Practice exams mirror actual exam
  • Free trial available
  • Online-only format

Most Affordable Real Estate School (Free with Tuition Reimbursement): Tuition Reimbursement

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Top Features

: Easy way to get your real estate school for FREE and know you have a brokerage you can join that’s dedicated to helping new agents build their real estate career.

We’ve built the most affordable way for you to get your Real Estate License. All you have to do is attend at least 1 interview with one of our recruiters (+ provide feedback) after passing the state exam & before joining another brokerage, and we’ll reimburse you for the entire cost of The CE Shop course that you purchase from us.

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That’s right – we’ll reimburse you whether you choose to join our team or not (but we hope you do!).  About 50% of our tuition reimbursement graduates choose to work for our team after interviewing with us.  The other 50% of our tuition reimbursement students that choose to join another brokerage still get their course costs fully reimbursed.

Why are we the only real estate company that reimburses your course costs even if you don’t join our brokerage?  There are a few key reasons that we’ve decided to set our program this way:

  1.   Our 50% join rate is way higher than the industry average for recruiting, and we really want agents to be excited when they join us, which only works if they love what we have to offer.  Most brokerages only want experienced agents, but we specialize in helping new agents build their real estate careers from the ground up.  We have hundreds of agent training courses that range from helping you build out your social media presence to learning the ins and outs of commercial real estate; we have mentors dedicated to new agents to help them through their first sales; we even have a dedicated coach to help with mindset and motivation; and more.  So we don’t need to force new agents to join our team to save a few bucks.
  2.   If you choose to join another team, we also hope you change your mind someday and come back to join us.  Many agents reach out to us months or years after trying another brokerage first, and this gives us a chance to keep the door open for the 50% of new agents who don’t join us immediately.  If we can’t be the right brokerage for you right now, then we still hope to be the right brokerage for you some day in the future.
  3.   Too many real estate organizations fail to live up to their promises.  We’re not perfect, but we really try to follow-through on every promise we make, including our tuition reimbursement promise.

At the end of the day, we’re betting on you becoming a great agent, and if we can make obtaining your real estate license more affordable, then hopefully you’ll return the favor and join us after graduation or come back to us any time you’re ready for a new brokerage.  It’s that simple, and we’re happy to invest in you.

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How does the reimbursement work?

Email us (support@agentadvice.com) once you receive confirmation from the state that you’ve passed the state exam, and one of our recruiters will reach out to you to get to know you and share any and every thing you’ll want to know to decide if our brokerage is the right fit for you.

We’ll schedule the interview at a time that works for you.  All you have to do is attend the interview and provide a little feedback to our support team, and our support team will reimburse your credit card for the amount that you’ve paid us within 2 business days.  All in, it’s about an hour commitment between the interview and feedback.  No other strings attached.

Tip:  If you’ve already started a different course at your own expense, or prefer to pick your own school at your own expense, we’d still love to interview you.  Just reach back out when you’re licensed, and we can connect you with our hiring team, however, we’re unable to reimburse your course costs at this time unless you purchase the course directly from us. 

AgentAdvice.com is not the provider of any courses, and all state certifications, ongoing support questions, etc. will be provided by and fulfilled directly through the school. 

Think you have what it takes to be a successful real estate agent?

jim gray headshot“When I interview people who have just passed their real estate course, I’m looking for agents that meet a couple of characteristics. If you have these characteristics, it will determine who is successful and who is not in real estate.

It’s not an easy industry. If it was easy, we’d all be rich. First, I’m looking for agents that have a vision for what they want to be, people who want more than what they have. Now, I’m not talking about money, motivated people necessarily. If money motivates you that’s fine, but in most cases, money’s not the motivator.

I am looking for agents that are in touch with their motivations to grow. Is it having a house for your family? Is it providing an education for your children? Is it providing security for your future retirement? It doesn’t matter, I’m looking for agents that have a vision, and are passionate about taking care of present and future concerns, whatever they are. So that’s number one: ambition.

Financial,Concept.,Make,Money,On,The,Internet.,Businesswoman,Works,AtNumber two is looking for people that have a little bit of courage. This business requires courage. In my experience, having now been in conversations with well over a thousand agents over the last 18 months, and recruited more than a hundred, there’s one characteristic successful agents have. They don’t shrink from a challenge. They don’t, they still take action even if they don’t know all of the answers to all of the questions. They know that if they get faced with a question that they don’t really answer to, they know they can find the answer.

I’m looking for people that are ambitious, are courageous, and then finally are ready to grow. I want to help give people the opportunity to be the best version of themselves.

Usually, it’s not easy, and many times there are tears, and sweat, and frustration involved, but you go through that because you are so ambitious and in love with the future you’re trying to create. That passion for your future, it gives you courage to press through the hard times. So if you’re ambitious, courageous, and you’re ready to grow, and you think being in a conversation with a guy like me might be helpful to your future then let’s get you the tuition reimbursement you deserve!”

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Agent Advice Success Stories: 

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terricaTerrica C.
New Keller Williams Agent & Tuition Reimbursement Recipient

“I always wanted to become a real estate agent, and finally decided to take the next step. Getting started with my course was easy. Agent Advice just sent me a link, and I did the whole thing online. I finished the class, now I just need to get scheduled for the state test. I would definitely recommend Agent Advice to anyone looking to get their license, especially if they’re wanting to do it for free.”

 

rachelRachel K.
New Real Estate Agent & Tuition Reimbursement Recipient

“I was moving from Tennessee to Florida, so I was considering a career change. I always thought real estate might be something I’d be good at, so I connected with someone at Agent Advice and decided to take the course. It was easy to follow and understand, and the course I chose kept me interested. It didn’t take long for me to finish the class and I passed my state exam on the first try! I then reached out again to Agent Advice and set up an interview with a tuition reimbursement sponsor, and got my money back that same day. All in all, it was really simple and easy.”

 

marcusMarcus W.
New Real Estate Agent & Tuition Reimbursement Recipient

“The entire process was seamless, and the communication from the very beginning was great. When I first came across Agent Advice I had lots of questions, but I was able to get in touch with someone right away who helped explain the process from start to finish. Once I completed the course and set up an interview with a brokerage, they stopped the payments immediately. I also enjoyed the subscription payment option that Agent Advice has. It gave me the flexibility and motivated me to finish the course quickly. I’m still deciding on which brokerage is the right fit for me, but I enjoyed getting to interview with someone so that I could ask questions about what the day-to-day would look like at that company.”

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Best Refund Policy: The CE Shop

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Top Features

: Self-scheduling flexibility, high exam pass rate

The CE Shop’s course has the best refund policy in Florida. If you’re going back and forth on which course to choose, this is the course for you. Because of their five-day free trial and return policy, it’s the course that gives you the best chance of getting your money back if you don’t finish.

As far as price is concerned, The CE Shop is pretty middle of the road – it’s not the cheapest or the most expensive. But because of the flexibility and high pass rates, it definitely makes my list as one of the best Florida courses.

Plus, this is one of the courses available for our Tuition Reimbursement program, which is a big help. All you have to do is attend at least 1 interview with one of our recruiters (+ provide feedback) after passing the state exam & before joining another brokerage, and we’ll reimburse you for the entire cost of The CE Shop course that you purchase from us.

Just like Aceable, the cheapest package can get the job done – though I’d recommend the “Value” or “Premium” package because of the Pass Guarantee perks and the post-licensing access it comes with. It was a little bit more money upfront, but it gave me peace of mind knowing I could get my money back if I didn’t pass.

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Convenience: 4.5 out 5. The most impressive thing about The CE Shop for me is its user interface. They have a custom-designed online learning platform that is easy to access on a tablet or phone. This allowed me to access the course material on the go, which made a huge difference in how efficient I was with my time.

The dashboard was also very helpful to see how far along I was in the course, and I was able to look back at old sections as a refresher when I started studying. While there were some videos and a bunch of quizzes throughout, I didn’t always enjoy how text heavy the content was.

That said, certain sections were harder to absorb and did seem to drag on because they required a lot of traditional reading. A more interactive format like Aceable or Gold Coast probably would have been able to hold my interest throughout the entire 63 hours.

Pass Rate: 5 out 5. The CE Shop has an 88% pass rate amongst Florida students, which is significantly higher than the average rate. Many other schools are in the ~70% range. The CE Shop’s pass rates are some of the nation’s best. First-time students pass the national portion of the exam 70% of the time, and overall state exam pass rate is 90%. This is one of the most important metrics to look at, and you’ll thank yourself later as you get ready to take the test.

Course Duration: 4.7 out of 5. Although the Florida real estate course is relatively short (63 hours), some people like more time to finish it if they get busy. This is important to note because The CE Shop does have a course expiration policy of 6 months in Florida.

The CE Shop’s policy is more generous than other schools like Gold Coast or Colibri Real Estate, as they do offer a one-month extension at no charge that can be applied right after your six-month term. However, if you need more time after that it does get pricey. But honestly, I wouldn’t worry about it too much – most people finish in 4-6 weeks, but you can do it as fast as 2 weeks if you’re really trying.

Support: 4.4 out of 5. The CE Shop’s customer support team has its ups and downs. Whenever I had a question or needed assistance with a technical issue, there were a number of ways to get in touch with a real person. They are available 7 days a week and do respond quickly via phone, email, or live chat.

Using the live chat feature, the tech team was able to grant my extension request free of charge within a matter of minutes. That being said, there is no direct instructor access. If you come across a problem with the course material, the support team promises an answer within two days. That process could use some improvement, as two days can be a long time to wait if you are stuck.

Refund Policy: 4.7 out of 5. I didn’t need to get a refund, but this is something many students are curious about. The CE Shop offers a generous 30-day refund policy, as long as you haven’t finished more than 50% of the course. This is pretty standard, and other schools like Aceable and Prolicense offer similar. The CE Shop also goes above and beyond with their new 5-day free trial offer where you can sign up, try out the course and cancel with no penalty if it’s not for you. It gave me peace of mind knowing that I could take a few days to find out if I liked the format before having to fully commit.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I highly recommend The CE Shop’s Florida pre-licensing course. For new agents, I’d suggest taking a look at the Premium package. The extra perks like the Exam Prep Edge and the included 45-hour Post-licensing course make it a good value. You don’t want to have to worry about signing up and paying for more online courses after passing the real estate exam. For me, I find it easier to pay for both upfront so it’s a stress-free process throughout.

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  • Mobile friendly
  • Unlimited practice tests
  • Frequent discounts and promotions
  • Interface can be glitchy
  • Broad exam prep questions
  • Very text heavy content

Best Continuing Education in Florida: CE Shop

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Top Features

: Biggest continuing education provider in the nation

The CE Shop is hands down the easiest online provider to fulfill your continuing education requirements. The state of Florida requires all licensed agents to do 14 hours of continuing education every two years. Most agents are looking for a quick solution to knock these out, so CE Shop is your best bet.

The price point is slightly higher than other providers, but the convenience is what sets them apart. They also have several continuing education packages to choose from, so you can find the right mix of courses for you. For all of these reasons, The CE Shop is the best continuing education course in Florida.

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Convenience: 4.8 out 5. The CE Shop’s continuing education courses are all online. I also really appreciate the custom-designed online learning platform that is easy to access on a tablet or phone. This allowed me to access the course material on the go, which made a huge difference in how efficient I was with my time.

Reporting is also a major thing to consider when you’re trying to finish your continuing education. Many agents wait until the last minute, so you want to find a provider that will immediately report your completed hours to the Florida Real Estate Commission. The CE Shop has a policy that they will mark your hours as complete within 24 hours. You will also immediately receive a certificate upon completion, students can access an electronic copy of the certificate for a minimum of five years.

Pass Rate: 5 out 5. Passing a final exam is not required to receive continuing education credit in Florida, so The CE Shop system is set up so that final exams can be passed with a 0% passing score. You just need to complete the hours to receive your credit.

Course Duration: 4.7 out of 5. You must complete 14 hours every two years to keep your license active in the state of Florida. Course expiration dates vary by course but are generally one year after you purchase the package or course. Each individual course will have an expiration date listed in your CE Shop account.

Support: 4.5 out of 5. I used the live chat feature, and the technical team quickly answered my questions and resolved the issue within minutes. However, it’s worth noting that direct access to instructors is not available. In the event of encountering a problem with the course materials, the support team pledges to provide a response within two days. Waiting for two days can feel like quite a stretch if you find yourself stuck in the middle of a lesson.

Refund Policy: 4.1 out of 5. The CE Shop doesn’t offer refunds for continuing education courses. Luckily, the price point is pretty low, so you won’t be out a ton of money.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I highly recommend The CE Shop’s Florida continuing education courses. They are very quick and convenient, and provide a lot of flexibility. Agents are required to take 6 mandatory hours about real estate laws and ethics, mixed with 8 specialty or elective hours. That gives you the freedom to decide which courses are most important to you when picking your elective courses. You can choose courses about finding a niche, social media compliance, negotiations, fair housing, veteran housing, and financing.

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  • Don't need to pass an exam
  • Lots of elective courses available
  • Certificate provided immediately after completion
  • No refund policy
  • Interface can be glitchy

Best Test Prep in Florida: PrepAgent

Top Features

: Updated study material, engaging instructors

PrepAgent is designed to help future agents pass the real estate exam. They offer online group webinars, online training tools, e-books, and thousands of state-specific practice questions. 

We’ve looked at dozens of different test prep vendors, including the ones that “come with” the courses – and frankly, all fall short of PrepAgent.

They are constantly updating their content as the exams change. While the questions cannot be the exact same as the real estate exam, PrepAgent strives to keep their content as close to what the exam will provide as possible. The material in the practice exams is written to reflect what an agent would need to know to pass the actual exam. 

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Convenience: 4.8 out 5. PrepAgent offers multiple ways for the students to study. They can focus on their weaknesses with category-specific tests, or go straight for the master exam preparation. Interactive flashcards and study guides are available to quiz yourself with, as well as worksheets to help track and remember all the information that has been provided.

PrepAgent also offers explainer videos to help keep the learning process fun. If students opt for the premium package they have access to live online group webinars 7 times a week with a variety of topics that cover the real estate exam. There is a live chat as well as recorded webinars to watch in the future in case you miss one.

In addition to Florida real estate practice exams and up-to-date information on the actual exam, PrepAgent also offers one-on-one tutoring for those that feel extra individualized attention may help them to better prepare. The tutors help focus on the struggles students are having with absorbing the material and helping to implement tips and study tricks to prepare for the exam. Students can schedule multiple sessions if necessary. 

Refund Policy: 4.1 out of 5. With PrepAgent, you really can’t fail. If you aren’t satisfied with PrepAgent, their packages are covered with a 100% money-back guarantee. This sets them apart from some of their competitors, who have much more restrictive refund policies.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I highly recommend PrepAgents’s Florida test prep. A feature often appreciated by busy students is the ability to listen to the information in their car. Many applauded the instructors for their relatable way of teaching and how easy they made it to retain the information taught. Overall students seem very pleased with PrepAgent and their teaching methods, with many having stated they were able to pass the real estate exam on the first try using all the tools offered.

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  • Audio recording available
  • Can get 1:1 tutoring
  • Several packages to choose from
  • Exam prep only available for a limited time
  • Online only

Honorable Mentions

We had a high bar in picking the best of the best real estate schools in Florida. These schools didn’t make the cut (frankly, they’re not as great as our top picks – but were also considered).

RealEstateU

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Top Features

: Self-paced, affordable courses

RealEstateU is the cheapest course available in Florida, and it shows. While you can rest assured you won’t be paying premium prices, you also won’t get a very interactive learning experience. You pretty much get what you paying for, which is why RealEstateU didn’t make our list of the best real estate schools in Florida.

But if you are very budget conscious and don’t have a lot of money to spend, the course will get the job done. RealEstateU also makes it really easy to study at your own pace, and you’ll be able to access the course on the go.

Unlike other courses, there is only one package available. It’s also important to note that the price does not include a text book. I found myself trying to look up certain lessons that would then refer me to a certain page of the textbook that wasn’t included. If you want to purchase a book it’s an additional $25, which defeats the purpose of selecting the most affordable course.

With that said, this is one of the courses available for our Tuition Reimbursement program, which is a big help. All you have to do is attend at least 1 interview scheduled by an AgentAdvice recruiter after passing the state exam & before joining another brokerage, and we’ll reimburse you for the entire cost of the course that you purchase from us.

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Convenience: 4.3 out 5. Courses are entirely online and can be taken at any time from your computer, smartphone, or tablet. I did find this convenient because I could log on and complete parts of the course while I was on the go. While RealEstateU does provide a multimedia learning experience in certain states, I found the Florida course was pretty reading intensive. It had a few videos mixed in with some infographics, but for the most part it was large sections of text followed by a real estate glossary. After going through the course, I was able to log on and try the practice test, which I did pass on the first try. One of the most helpful parts of RealEstateU is their step-by-step checklist on how to get a real estate license as you navigate through the course. It did keep me motivated as it showed a progress bar so that I could track where I was at in the licensing process.

Pass Rate: 4.2 out 5. RealEstateU has a lower pass rate than the other schools on this list amongst Florida students. While REU’s 55% pass rate is lower than Aceable’s or The CE Shop’s, it’s still higher than many other online real estate schools. The state average is ~39% which is one of the lowest pass rates in the country. That’s why many students opt to buy test prep for an additional cost before taking the exam. It’s well worth it if it gives you the confidence  you need to pass the test on your first try.

Course Duration: 4.1 out of 5. Many people ask about the extension policy, as they often get busy and need more time to finish the course. RealEstateU has a pretty strict policy – if you don’t finish in 12 months then you have to buy the course in it’s entirety again. This may seem harsh, but it’s often cheaper than the extension fees you’ll pay with other providers. The downside of this policy is that you’ll lose your place and have to start again.

Support: 3.9 out of 5. RealEstateU’s customer support team is severely lacking. They don’t have phone support or a live chat option. If you run into an issue, you’ll have to fill out a contact form on their website. I noticed a glitch in the system and went to fill out a contact form, but I didn’t hear back for several minutes. I ended up just having to log out and access the course at a later date when the issue had been resolved.

Refund Policy: 4.6 out of 5. I didn’t need to get a refund, but this is something many people are curious about, so I’ve reviewed the policy here. It’s important to note that RealEstateU doesn’t offer free trials or money-back guarantees, but it does offer a 30-day refund policy for classes that are under 50% completed. Keep in mind that $20 may be deducted from your refund depending on the class you are enrolled in. This is pretty standard, and other schools like The CE Shop and Colibri Real Estate offer similar.

Overall Value: Overall, I wouldn’t recommend RealEstateU’s Florida pre-licensing course, but it does get the job done if you’re looking for a cheap price. For new agents, I’d suggest taking a look at Prolicense’s basic package instead. It’s about the same cost as RealEstateU, but has some added perks like the state simulator and free trial option that make it a better value.

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  • Cheap price
  • 30-day refund available
  • Self-paced course
  • You get what you pay for
  • Text heavy content
  • Few study materials
  • Little instructor support

Colibri Real Estate (formerly Real Estate Express)

Top Features

: Several packages to choose from, lots of practice exams

Colibri’s course is not one I’d recommend in Florida, but it does get the job done. Because of their six-month access policy and lack of physical materials, I’d say you’re better off choosing another provider.

And as far as price goes, it’s on the higher end of the spectrum without many added benefits. It is not known for being very interactive, so there are definitely better options (at a cheaper price) that will probably hold your interest more.

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Convenience: 4.3 out 5. Unlike other online courses, Colibri’s curriculum is text-based only. There are no videos or unique animations which you can find in other courses. For this reason, I found it very boring and hard to keep up with. However, there are a lot of people who prefer this old-fashioned approach. If you’re someone who learns best by reading, you’ll love Colibri’s text-based information.

Pass Rate: 4 out 5. Colibri’s pass rate amongst Florida students is pretty lackluster. While it’s not the lowest pass rate by any means, you can certainly find a course that will give you more confidence walking into the test. About 58% of Colibri students go on to pass the state exam, which is significantly higher than the 39% average. While Colibri does boast about their 30-day money back guarantee policy, they do not offer this advantage in Florida. 

Course Duration: 4.5 out of 5. Although the Florida real estate course only takes 63 hours to complete, some people like more time in case they get busy. Colibri’s policy is fairly generous compared to other schools like Gold Coast or Aceable. You can log in to extend your course access by selecting a 7, 30, or 60-day option (prices go up the longer you want to extend). You can also choose the “retake” option which will give you a $25 discount to start the course over.

Support: 4.2 out of 5. While Colibri is one of the most trusted online real estate education providers, their customer support team is nothing to ride home about. You often have to resort to filling out a contact box on their website spelling out the issues you are seeing to even get a response. While they did have a number listed for me to call, I did not hear back from them in a timely enough manner to get the issue resolved. If you run into a fairly common issue (entire system down) there is usually someone who is updating their social media pages with a timeline of when the system will be fixed. Overall, their customer support team pretty frustrating to deal with.

Refund Policy: 4.6 out of 5. I didn’t need to get a refund, but this is something everyone always asks about so I’ve reviewed it here. Colibri offers a 100% refund of the purchase price if you don’t like the course within one week. If you haven’t started the course, you can ask for a 100% refund for one month after the purchase. This is pretty standard, and other schools like The CE Shop and Gold Coast offer similar. However, it’s important to note that if you don’t ask for the refund in time, you will lose your money even if you haven’t started taking the course.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I can’t recommend Colibri’s Florida pre-licensing course. For new agents, I’d suggest taking a look at one of the The Colibri’s packages instead. The extra perks like the 75 videos & audio lessons and PrepAgent Deluxe Exam Prep make it a good value. You don’t want to have the take the Florida real estate exam twice, so you might as well go in with the best option in the market to really prepare you, if your budget allows it.

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  • Comes with money-back guarantee
  • Live Q&A chat available
  • Decent reviews
  • Text-based course (not interactive)
  • Only 6 months of access
  • No physical study materials

Our Methodology: 

I ranked and rated each school on 8 different factors to come up with the very best real estate schools in Florida. Our full guide on how we rank courses is available here, but the short version of factors considered are: 

  1. Course value
  2. How easy the courses were to navigate
  3. If there were any technical glitches
  4. Return policies
  5. Overall performance of each school as a whole
  6. Reviews directly from agents who’ve attended the school

There are dozens of options (some of them not so great!), so we’ve taken the work off your plate by narrowing down the list to only the ones that scored high enough. Whether you’re dedicating yourself full time to your new career, are looking to fly through the courses quickly to get them over with, or are busy and looking to work through them when you have downtime, here is a list of the best online real estate schools in Florida you should consider.

About the Author

Zev is a licensed Florida real estate agent, and the founder and the qualifying broker of ZFC Real Estate, a boutique commercial and residential brokerage located in Boca Raton, Florida. Prior to ZFC, in 2005 Zev founded BEX Realty and grew it to 250 agents and over $20 Million in annual GCI. In 2014 he sold the company to a private equity group. After the sale, he stayed with the company and helped them roll out nationwide. In 2021 Zev resigned from BEX Realty so that he could create ZFC Real Estate. Zev first obtained his license in 2001. Connect with me

Last Updated: 2/8/2024