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The CE Shop Reviews

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4.05/5

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What do you like about The CE Shop?
The content is valuable, the flexibility in allowing you to complete the courses when you want is good, and the price is reasonable.

What are some things to improve upon?
They can improve so many things. For one, the website is not that user friendly. It constantly logs you out. There are too many advertisements that pop up. It's not completely intuitive.
Most importantly, I'm frustrated by the fact that the company is on CST, while I am on Arizona time. I waited until the last minute to complete my renewal education, which is my fault, but I allowed myself the correct amount of days to take 2-3 classes a day before my license expiration date. One night, I completed two exams after 11pm, but before midnight Arizona time. I expected them to count for that day (4/28), but instead, I noticed on my certificates that the dates stated 4/29. I had been planning on taking three additional classes the next day (4/29), but because those two classes already showed as 4/29, I was unable to. This messed up my whole schedule on completing all classes by 4/30, since you are not allowed to take more than three classes per day. When I emailed them to ask them to help, their response was cold and unhelpful. Technically, I completed all my renewal classes on time, adhering to the maximum of 10 course hours per day (or three classes). But because of the time difference, it showed my last class as completed on 5/1 (even though I completed it on 4/30 AZ time). I was unable to renew on time and was charged a $65 late fee. I feel like the CE Shop should make it extremely clear that time zones matter, and that they are in the CS time zone.
There are many other things wrong with the flow of the site, as well, but they're too time-consuming to type out.

Anything else you'd like to share with other agents?
Try not to wait until the last minute like I did, and if you do, know that the CE Shop may be in a different time zone.

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The fact that I was able to finish the course at my own timing was the best. Make sure not to rush through the material and really absorb everything you can. My biggest challenge was at the end of chapter quizzes, on more than one occasion, it glitched on me, and I would have to contact tech support every time. I was also under the impression there were going to be videos instead of reading the entire time. I didn't like that so much reading was involved, and I hope they include videos or readalongs.

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It was very convenient with my schedule at the time. I actually wouldn't recommend CE Shop for pre-licensing because it just takes way too long to complete. It had good information too, but I think they should definitely make it a lot shorter because there was way too much material. I did end up switching to another school and completed it a lot faster.

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I thought it was extremely easy to use, and I liked the user interface. I thought the curriculum was actually entertaining and moderately difficult. You have to pay attention to details. It isn't like where you could skip pages to go straight to the quizzes. You will have to learn the material. I would say for you to take as many notes as you can, pace yourself and download all the materials they provide to you. It is effective and super affordable.

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I thought the test prep was really good. I felt like it portrayed the actual exams as best as they could without violating the state restrictions. I had failed my first time thinking I was prepared, but for the second time, I was able to see the questions I got wrong and study those sections. I did pass my second time around, thanks to the test prep. I highly recommend it.

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The flexibility of being able to do everything online while working a full-time job was super convenient. Make sure you have the time to commit, sit down, and retain the material because it can get tedious with all the information there is. You will need self-discipline to study online; in my case, I was comfortable learning in that style. Be prepared for a lot of reading.

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It was easy to access from my phone, computer, and I was even able to listen to it in the car. If you read all the material and watch all the videos, you should be fine. Sometimes it was a bit redundant reading everything because it takes longer. At the same time, if you skim through the information, you will not retain anything correctly. One thing that can make it a smoother process is to provide audio for the reading sections.

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I think this is a good company on Real Estate course selection, ease of sign up and fair pricing.
However, I have had difficulty with them specifically in Customer service and then elevating it to the CFO.
I signed up for 3-4 courses and paid in 2018, then had an unbearable 45 weeks of unexpected business travel that year and was unable to complete my courses.
I was then offered repurchasing the same courses for 50% off, which I did, further extending until July 2020.
Covid hits March 2020, I now have two senior family members in hospice and was unable to complete my same renewed courses by the July 2020 deadline.
In August 2020, I respectively asked for an exception and to just extend my expiration by +10 days so I can focus and complete and was immediately denied. Not only did they say “no”, they totally denied even after me explaining my timing difficulties due to family and the pandemic.
In this time of Covid, EVERY company is changing and bending their rules to accommodate customers.
Not like I am asking for something for nothing, I paid for these courses 1-1/2 times and they are sticking to their guns on their expiration policy.
In reading their BBB Complaints, they say, “The CE Shop provides a free 30-day course extension as a courtesy to the student.” This was not offered to me no discussed with me. So this is/was a phony claim to their prior customer as well,
Yes, there published dates were correct
Yes, they did a good job in communicating back and forth when I asked for an extension. However, good companies would say “yes”, this company is really good at saying “no”.
I do not trust this company as a result as they should be there to help customers, not defend their iron clad policy in the time of a national emergency pandemic.
Evidently dozens of others have the same bad customer service experiences on their BBB complaint page.
I will not go out of business over a lost sunk cost of $150 but I certainly will not use them in the future or recommend them to any real estate professional. Shop elsewhere and “Buyer beware” of The CE Shop Inc.
Sincerely,
Brad W.
Marshfield Hills, MA

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I'm at the last part of the CE Shop course and just have the final test to take. I like it so far. Whenever I had questions or needed help there was always someone to chat with really quickly and they always answer my questions. They give you all the tools you need throughout the course and pass the test.

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Customer service was extraordinary. I passed the licensing test my first go around, so it was extremely useful. The courses are not hard, but you do have to take it seriously to retain the information to pass. A problem I did have was that towards the end, when I tried finishing some last-minute testing, there was a change in the proctoring company they worked with, which resulted in a later test date and repurchasing the course.

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I passed my exams the first time, so I would certainly recommend it. It was harder than the actual state and national exam, which is good because it made the exams easy. The only difference between the two was the wording, but it got the job done.

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I definitely like the interface of it all. It was easy to use, and all the resources were super useful. I'd highly suggest taking advantage of all the resources they provide and going through the quizzes and tests multiple times. The only thing I didn't appreciate was the difference in the course material and the licensing test. The questions from the course materials weren't nearly similar to the national and state exams, which made it quite difficult to get through.

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Please stop! Calling!

I have used CE Shop twice previously. While I found their content predictable as a kind word, it got the job done. Easy to use, decent cost, nothing much to discuss here. This year, I have to renew, and I am woefully behind on free courses, and I WOULD HAVE used them. Except for they started about three months ago calling. Ok, thanks for the heads up, I am going to use you, have a nice day. Call after call after call. I finally blocked the number. Guess what, they used a different number. So guess what I am using a different provider.

Folks, clue in: the dial until they buy or die method is done. Customers have options and they will choose other options when you are annoying. You earned your one start review here not only for the calling but for the predictable and boring content. The funny thing is, if they read this, they will say okay, that one got away, but the odds are in our favor. And unfortunately, they are right, just not in my case. Buh Bye.

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I liked that everything was clear and that it was very well direct on each subject. I think that it was useful and worth the investment. The only thing I'd say they need to include in the curriculum is videos. I think that it will make the material more entertaining instead of having to read all the material. Overall, I liked it, and it prepared me well for the state and national exams.

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I liked that it was at my own pace and I found it easy to use. I thought the curriculum was fine, not too easy and not too hard. I did find it a bit frustrating because there were parts where we couldn't just skim through, we had to go through everything and read it. Make sure to pace yourself and take notes religiously, because it will help in the end. I thought overall it was good, it prepared me well, and I passed my exams on the first try.

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I liked that it was very easy to access, and it was extremely user friendly. I liked that they provided me with online tests and quizzes, that helped me retain a lot of the material. The course itself was a bit challenging due to my different fields of study, but I was able to learn the material and pass the exams. I would advise you to work to retain all the material, even if it means working at your own pace and taking longer to finish the course.

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I thought it was convenient. If you are financially tight, I'd say this is a very good option for you. The information was quite tedious only because there were many spelling mistakes throughout the material, and some of the information was inaccurate. I thought the curriculum was also a bit dry. I think if they were to add more visual aspects, it would be a bit more entertaining. Overall I thought it was OK, and it somewhat prepared me for the exams.

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I ran into a few technical issues that were frustrating when I was trying to get through the material, but overall, I enjoyed the course. The information was well presented, and most importantly, the test prep got me ready for the test.

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I genuinely liked everything about it. I was simple to use, and I felt like it gave everything I needed to know. I passed my exams in 45 minutes and passed on my first try. The whole curriculum was very easy to follow and engaging. There was no point where I lost interest. The only issue I had about the program was during the proctoring, it was very tedious, and at one point, they even had me put my cat outside. Apart from that, I thought it was a great program. I highly recommend it.

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Overall, the experience is good. But a criticism that I have for it - There needs to be more real time support. Somebody I could ideally live chat with, but at least answer questions. If I'm not understanding something and have to wait for feedback 12-24hours late, it doesn't really help. Specifically this is for questions about the course content. There is support, but it's more of technical support. If I could give myself advice earlier on when I started the course, I'd say to make sure you're reviewing the content. There's a lot of content, and not all of it you're gonna need for the test, so it's very important to study the highlighted content. That's the stuff that really matters.

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When I compared it vs the in-person class, CE Shop was WAY less expensive. You also get flash cards and course outlines in addition to the course itself. The course is actually pretty funny.

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It is good. CE Shop is very user friendly, convenient, & pricing is affordable. The only improvement it needs is adjustments with the misspelling, punctuation, & repetitive content. Some advice would be to be ready for the number of hours that need to be put in, also really try to focus & retain all the information.

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Test prep from CE Shop was OK. I thought that it was way too simplified and was missing a lot of useful information. I think they also should've included more formulas for practice and had their questions rewritten to get across the overall concept of things. I'd really suggest getting outside material for the state and national exam because this test prep didn't really help prepare.

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It was good. I liked that I was able to pass the exams on my first try. I think the material was very accurate, relevant and it had good structure. Something that would've helped a lot was if they were willing to provide a good summary review for the state and national exam, that way if we had to reference back it would easy access for us users. Once thing that frustrated me a bit about the program, was that we had to get 100% for every quiz and activities, which was a bit annoying because we were not able to move on until the 100% was achieved. Other than that I thought the price was reasonable and it was a good program.

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I liked it, especially the formatting and multiple choice. For anybody thinking of doing this course, make sure you're consistent and make time on your schedule to work on your courses. The price was affordable, and it was entertaining enough to stay engaged. I do recommend it.

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I liked it a lot, but I wish there were more study materials provided, I think it would be bery beneficial when it came to the exams. Every interaction with the staff was very nice, and they even let me extend my courses without an any additional fees. All in all, I thought this program was very effective. I would suggest to make sure you purchase an alternative study guide, I used Champions study guide and it was really good.

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Good option for my future and I believe it will bring me a return on my investment in the long run.

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I enjoyed the CE Shop. It was very informative. Be prepared for a lot of online reading. They do give good, detailed instructions. I'm still waiting to sit for the actual exam, and as soon as I successfully complete it, I'll be looking for a brokerage.

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They were great, and it was really convenient for my schedule and very informative. The only issues I had was with the proctoring, and I do believe they should improve and make it easier for prospective agents. It was really good, and I do recommend it.

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I like it. I have been using it for years. I like the ease of it, and that I could use it on my phone or laptop even when traveling. I always use their discounts and deals, they do help a lot, especially when I am doing my continuing education hours. The only thing I think needs an adjustment is the clarity of keeping track of the continuing education hours. It was really hard for me to keep track, and I would like if they could assist with that. Some advice for future agents is to use the discounts and download all the PDFs for future reference.

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It was great. I loved the fact that it was online. The only issue that was challenging was having to score a 100 for the exams throughout the course, but then again, I guess it's beneficial when it comes to retaining the information. I'd suggest although it might become difficult, stick with it, focus and try to complete it by a specific date. I recommend it. I passed the exams on my first try, so it's definitely effective.

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CE Shop was easy to do and convenient. It does have a lot of information, so you'll need to take your time, focus, and do what you need to do. Technical support was great, there was one time that I had a problem, and when I reached out, they fixed the issues within an hour. They were great, and pricing was very affordable. I have been recommending it to other potential real estate agents.

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It's very flexible. You can be on it as much as you want, as long as you want, and whenever you want, which is great. If you do decide to go with CE Shop or other online schools, I'd suggest you work on the courses at a specific time and date. That way, you finish quickly before the courses expire. In other words, try to get it done a fast as possible. I did think the curriculum was good, but I think more video interaction would be better for future agents. It's the most affordable online program, and I highly recommend it

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I really liked the CE shop! It was online, which was very convenient, and it was very intuitive! It is very informative & entertaining. Technical support is also helpful. I did run into a few questions and technical issues, but they would respond right away & get those issues taken care of. The pricing is great. Because of this class, I was able to pass my exams on the first try.

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I liked it. It was an easy platform and really did prepare me for the state exam. I think they should include an option to have it read aloud, that would be great. I recommend it, but wait until they have a sale.

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First off, I love the flexibility it provided me as far as managing my time. It was also very convenient because I can go online whenever i wanted to knock out coursework. Loved learning new things every day. Highly recommend the CE shop if you're going to do real estate school online. Great path to a potential career.

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I thought it was very meticulous and in depth. The CE shop really drills down on everything, so even though I've been in the industry for five years, I still learned a lot. It was very time consuming. There is support available to students, but I never had to use it. I recommend CE Shop for anybody who's considering online real estate courses.

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The learning modules and tests were particularly helpful in ensuring I learned and retained the material for the test. They didn't put too much pressure on you either, which was nice. I passed my real estate exam on the first try.

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I like the way they present and test the material. There are frequent tests that ensure I'm retaining the information as I go. Online classes can be boring but I thought it was okay.

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I really like the CE Shop - I've used it for the past several license renewals. Compared to the other courses out there, the CE Shop's coursework and support just seems better. The support was good when I ran into a technical error.

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I don't recommend the CE Shop - there were mistakes and typos throughout the course, not what I'd expect from a professional company. I'm just hoping that I don't have to take it over again.

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Course NameandCost

Online Salesperson pre-licensing

$325-$425 (click below for current pricing)

Online Broker pre-licensing

$525 (click below for current pricing)

Online Post-license

$199 (click below for current pricing)

Continuing education

$20 (click below for current pricing)

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About The CE Shop

The CE Shop Inc. is a well-known online real estate school, with courses in all states and the District of Columbia.   Pre-license courses specifically are available in about 30 different states. Started in 2005 by Michael McAllister, The CE Shop is  100% online.

The CE Shop leverages interactivity to make their courses more effective & what they claim to be the industry’s most innovative.  Learners are promised “an innovative and results-driven experience.” Although we haven’t seen this certified by a third party, they report having an average pass rate of 90%. 

The CE Shop is a top contender for the best online real estate school. They have made lessons interactive and inquiry-based. You can self-pace and finish fast. It’s also a plus to have the option of trying out the courses for five days before fully committing. 

 

CE Shop Courses


learn-3653430_1920Pre-licensing course:

For students looking to become a real estate agent.

Exam Prep Edge:

State exams floor many students on their first try. It’s essential to prepare well. This study tool first judges your competency. Then, it helps you go over vital topics.

Post-licensing programs and CE courses:

In most states, real estate agents renew their licenses every few years. Some states also require a “post-licensing” course within the first two years of being an agent.

License upgrade courses:

Currently offered in eight states. Sales associates can upgrade to broker licenses. Requirements vary by state – but in general, agents must have worked for at least two years full-time as sales associates to be eligible to upgrade their license.

Designations:

The CE School doesn’t offer designations and certifications directly on its platform but has partnerships with other education providers for the ABR ®, e-PRO ®, and more certifications.

Customized packages for agents with multiple licenses:

The team at CE Shop can create custom renewal packages for agents with licenses in multiple states.

 

Learning experience at The CE Shop


online-4727942_1920One thing you consistently hear about real estate courses is that they are boring.  Specifically for online courses, you’re not surrounded by your peers, so no chance for camaraderie. The professor will not be interacting with you on a one-to-one basis. The CE Shop has made their courses more interesting in several ways. 

One way the CE Shop adds interactivity is through matching games, where you match definitions to their terms.  There are a good mix of content types. For instance, videos are used to explain complicated mathematical concepts.

Other highlights of the learning experience include: 

  • Courses are available on all platforms (desktop, mobile, or tablet). For instance, you can start covering a topic on your mobile and easily pick it up on your PC.
  • A dynamic table of contents displays topics you have covered and pending coursework. 
  • The “progress section” displays the percentage of the course you have completed. 
  • The “Time in Course” tool shows the time spent learning against the recommended time. 
  • Practice exams at the end of the course.  

 

CE Shop Pricing


How much will you be spending at CE Shop? It depends on the course and the state.  As you’re comparing options, make sure you pick a course that has a prep-course included as part of the package.  Pass rates on the state exam are significantly higher for those who take a prep course – it’s just common sense.

 

Why Choose CE Shop?


 Good customer support: You’ll access support 7 days a week. Support hours on weekdays are from 7 am to 9 pm and 9 am to 6 pm on weekends.

High pass rates: Passing tests is a key objective of taking any course. The 90% pass rate is broken down further on their stats page (74% pass on the first attempt, 13% on the second attempt, and 3% on their third stab).

keyboard-597007_1920Free trial for five days: The CE Shop believes in students seeing what they are getting. You order the course by adding your payment details, but you can cancel before the trial period ends.

Discounts: Military members and their dependents qualify for up to 40%-off on CE Shop courses. The CE Shop tends to offer year-round promotions, so customers get many opportunities to pay less than the full price.

 

Downsides of the CE shop


One of the major downsides of the CE shop is the lack of multiple modes of delivery. Other competitors have blended classrooms and live video streaming.

Online reviews also highlight some challenges students have experienced. Most are user-specific though, and might never apply to you. For instance, one student complained about having to wait for the instructor to be online so as to complete the Massachusetts pre-licensing course. In some reviews, learners complained about the proctor system.  Other users are not impressed with the CE Shop’s refund policies.

The CE Shop FAQs

The CE Shop is ARELLO Certified. They also work with individual state regulatory commissions to make sure they’re allowed to provide real estate education in each state in which they operate.

It really depends on the state, and how many course hours are required in that state.  

In 29 states & the District of Columbia: 

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. California
  5. Colorado 
  6. Delaware
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Florida
  9. Georgia
  10. Hawaii
  11. Illinois
  12. Indiana
  13. Kansas
  14. Kentucky
  15. Louisiana
  16. Maryland
  17. Massachusetts
  18. Michigan
  19. Minnesota
  20. Missouri
  21. New York
  22. Ohio
  23. Oregon
  24. Pennsylvania
  25. South Carolina 
  26. Tennessee
  27. Texas
  28. Utah
  29. Virginia
  30. Washington

The CE Shop Video Review

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