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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I start a career in real estate? How can First Team help me do that?

A. First Team launches more new careers than any other company! Our program consists of licensing school, and personal guidance throughout the entire licensing process. 

Q. What kind of classes do you offer?

A. To get your California real estate license, you need to complete 3 classes – Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and Legal Aspects of Real Estate. We offer all these classes at 7 locations as well as a comprehensive online program. The classes are flexible, so you can start at anytime and are designed to be flexible with your schedule.

Q. How much does everything cost?

A. First Team licensing program is accredited by the Bureau of Real Estate. We provide live and online programs. The cost of First Team’s LIVE licensing school is $389, which includes all 3 classes, books & materials, and unlimited access to our 2-day real estate state exam prep which has a 91% pass rate of the state exam. We also offer a comprehensive online program is for $389.

Q. When and where are the LIVE classes offered?

A. We currently have 7 locations for licensing school:

Mondays & Wednesdays 6PM – 10PM — Huntington Beach, Fullerton, and Newport Beach
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6PM – 10PM — Mission Viejo, Seal Beach and Anaheim Hills
Saturday & Sunday 9AM – 5PM — Irvine

Q. I want to get this done quickly. How fast can I complete licensing school?

A. The fastest you can complete our program is in 8 weeks.

Q. What happens when I’m done with licensing school?

A. After completing licensing school, you will be ready to begin the state application process. We offer free appointments at our Irvine office. During this time, we will send your application certified mail and register you for the Real Estate State Exam Prep. We will also show you how to register for your state exam date as quickly as possible.

Q. How much does the Dept. of Real Estate (BRE) charge for the state exam and license?

A. The total cost for the exam and license is $305. The state charges $60 for the exam and $245 for the license.

Q. How and Where Is the State Exam Scheduled?

A. Examination scheduling is based on the volume of applications received by the BRE. Examination availability is subject to the seating capacity of the facility and the demand for that site. Once an application has been submitted it can take 8-10 weeks for the application to be processed and a test date scheduled. Please visit for more information.

Q. Am I able to work with First Team as an agent once I get my license?

A. Yes! First Team offers exclusive Power Curve training and mentorship programs. After you have completed licensing school, you will be given an opportunity to meet with our Career Strategist. They will review the local office training programs and set up appointments to meet with the office managers. Once you decide on the office you would like to join, you may begin attending meetings and trainings. After you pass the state exam and receive your license number, you will be registered for Power Curve training and begin your new career!

Q. Does California recognize real estate licenses from other states?

A. No. In order to conduct real esaate activities in California, you must have a California real estate license. Source BRE.CA.GOV

Q. How long is a real estate license good for?

A. It is valid for four years, after which it must be renewed.

Q. I was previously licensed but my license has expired? What are my next steps?

A. If you have an expired license, please contact one of our career counselors at 877-292-4126, because every situation is unique and can have different renewal requirements.

Q. Is real estate the right career for me?

A. Real Estate sales can be a very rewarding career, and right now is a great time to begin because the market is the best it has been in years. Read our blog to learn more about real estate as a career or take our assessment and find out how you compare to our top producing agents.

Q. Is your school approved/accredited by the BRE?

A. Yes, our educational material is provided by First Team University (Sponsor ID: S0593)

Q. What are the state requirements to get a Real Estate License?


  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Provide proof of legal presence-possess the right to work in the United States
  • Applicants must be honest and truthful
  • Successfully complete 3 required classes. (view required classes)
  • Applications eligibility form (click here)
  • Avoid potential denial of your license application (click here)

Q. What is the state exam like?

A. Salesperson Exam: 3 hours 15-minutes. 150 multiple choice questions
The examinations are given in a multiple-choice format. Answers are selected from four choices
To pass the examination, you must correctly answer at least: 70% of the questions
Examinations are conducted in Fresno, La Palma, Oakland, Sacramento and San Diego. All exams are currently offered in an electronic format

Q. How do I prepare for the state exam?

A. First Team recommends that you attend out LIVE 2-day Real Estate State Exam Prep twice before taking the state exam. Students that go through our licensing school program and attend the real estate state exam prep twice have a 91% state exam pass rate on their first time. (click here to learn about our real estate state exam prep)

Q. I have taken real estate classes before, do I have to take all 3 again?

A. Each situation is unique. To better assist you please give us a call at 877-292-4126 and speak to one of our career counselors.

Q. What does it take to be a successful real estate agent?

A. There are a variety of factors that determine success for real estate agents. Read some of our blogs about successful agents and their tips for new agents.

Q. Is it a good time to start in real estate?

A. The housing market is a cyclical market but here at First Team we are a counter cyclical company. We anticipate market changes and are able to succeed through innovative solutions and problem solving while positioning our sales team to take advantage of opportunities in the market. There is never a bad time to get into real estate.

Q. Does First Team provide training?

A. Not only is First Team the #1 real estate broker in Southern California 11 years in a row, voted Best Real Estate Company for the 3rd year in a row by the Orange County Register we also have one of the best new agent training programs in the industry. First Team was founded with the idea that training and coaching are key to an agent’s success. We offer world-class live and online training and hands-on coaching at all levels of your career so you can thrive in any market.

Q. Will I have a mentor?

A. Our commitment to you is to help grow your business systematically and measurably while helping improve your quality of life by coaching you to work smarter not harder. Our offices have non-competing Branch Managers to coach and help you build your business.

Q. What is the cost of starting a career in real estate?


  • Estate classes- First Team offers the required classes, Call 877-292-4126 for current pricing
  • State Exam- $60 (paid to the state of CA/BRE)
  • License Fee- $245 (paid to the state of CA/BRE)
  • Live Scan Fingerprinting Service- ~$60 (varies by location)
  • Association of Realtors and local MLS- ~$300-850
  • Pro-rated depending on time of year you join and your local board
  • Payable in 4 payments
  • Additional fees once you hang your license with a broker
  • Errors and Omission Insurance
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Office space/desk/phone/materials/mis
  • Legal
  • Leads
  • Franchise fees
  • Training/workshops/etc.
  • These fees vary by broker. Call a First Team career counselor at 877-292-4126 to schedule a consultation and learn about our reduced first year new agent fees and training program

Q. Who are the instructors?

A. All of our Instructors have years and years of experience. Let our student’s know that they are being taught by the best in the industry. The goal is to pass the state exam and our Instructor’s are teaching towards that goal.

Real Estate State Exam Prep – Mike Busse
Mike has been licensed since 1976 and currently holds a Broker’s License. That’s over 38 years of experience. He has been teaching in some capacity since 1979. He has worked for several brokers joining First Team in 2010. He has been an agent, Office Manager and is currently a Business Development Coach. He is very engaged with the student’s and enjoys instructing.

Real Estate State Exam Prep – David Mier
David is a licensed Broker since 1976. He is the Business Development Manager at our Yorba Linda sales office. He has been an agent and Office Manager. He has been on the Board of Directors at HB/FV Board of Realtors. He has coached and trained agents for over 25 years.

Anaheim Hills, Irvine and Real Estate State Exam Prep – Kathey Busse
Kathey has been licensed and is currently a broker since 1976. Kathey joined First Team in 2010. She has worked for several brokers. She’s a wealth of knowledge with all of her experience in the field. She has been teaching for over 25 years. She is an active agent with First Team.

Newport Beach – David Holt
David is a Broker Associate working from our Newport Beach office. He has been licensed for over 10 years. He has been training since 2009. He has worked for several other brokers and able to educate our students with all of First Team Tools and the advantages of working for FT.

Mission Viejo, Irvine, Real Estate State Exam Prep and Wed Night Tutorial – Jonathan Hubbell
Jonathan is a Broker and retired Attorney. He is our Lead Instructor. He designed the curriculum for all of our courses. He is very involved with the students. He contacts students after the Real Estate State Exam Prep to get the latest information and questions of what students are seeing on the state exam. He has been licensed in real estate since 1991 and has worked as a RE Attorney since 1978. LOTS of experience.