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The first question most people ask about a job is, "What does it pay?" In real estate, the answer most often is, "Whatever you want to earn." But don't be fooled; you won't dictate employment terms. Instead, you'll be worth what you do.

Real estate can be an extremely lucrative field for those who are willing to take the time to learn how to succeed. According to the NAR Members Profile, sales agents who have been in the field for six to ten years average about $48,000 annually. Obviously, many agents make far more and the top producers can earn as much as a million dollars a year.

To earn more money, you must gain more knowledge, acquire new skills, work smarter, be more creative, or manage your time better to achieve greater results. Yes, it takes some effort (what terrific career doesn't?), but the financial rewards can be substantial.

Tri-County offers a variety of real estate training opportunities.

In partnership with the Western Upstate Academy of Real Estate, Tri-County Technical College is offering the following real estate courses:


Unit 1: Real Estate: First Year Sales Pre-License

This 60-hour course is the first step for those who want to list, sell, purchase, exchange, lease, or dispose of real estate for others in the state of South Carolina. Topics to be discussed are real estate sales, real property law, agency, federal/state laws and regulations, pricing of real property, contracts, finance and mathematics. In order to take this course and to qualify for licensure, the South Carolina Real Estate Commission (SCREC) requires you to be at least 18 years of age, have a criminal background check, be a high school graduate or a recipient of a certificate of equivalency (GED), have proof of completion of the 60-hour pre-licensing class and receive a passing score on the state exam.

Upon passing the class you will receive a certificate of completion and will be ready to apply to take the state exam with the SCREC. Within two weeks you will receive a packet from the SCREC containing the information to contact the company that administers the state exam.

Before you apply for a salesperson’s license you will also need to complete an additional Unit II: Advanced Principles in Real Estate course (30 hours). Upon passing the state exam you will have one year to find a real estate broker to supervise you (you’ll be affiliated with their company). Once you find a brokerage to sponsor you, send in your application and when your broker receives your license, you are ready to start selling real estate in SC.

Book(s) are included with course registration fee. NOTE: Calculator will be needed and should be available for use.

NOTE:  Once you pass the course and receive your certificate, the certificate is good for five years.  Once you apply to take the state exam you have one year.  If the year has gone by and the certificate is still good you just need to reapply to take the state exam.

Unit 2: Advanced Principles in Real Estate (AP)

This 30-hour course consists of five six-hour courses that are designed to be interactive and presented via multi-media. Successful completion of this class meets the requirements developed by the South Carolina Real Estate Commission and will get you on your way to success in your chosen profession of real estate. This course consists of:   

AP1 (A) – Agency and Property Disclosure

AP2 (B) – Contracts

AP3 (C) – Ethics in Real Estate

AP4 (D) – Real World Fair Housing

AP5 (E) – Measuring and Valuation

Book(s) are included with course registration fee.

NOTE: Calculator will be needed and should be available for use.

For more information, call (864) 646-1700 or toll free 866-269-5677, Ext 1700 
(within the 864 area code) or e-mail