Real Estate and Appraisal

Certificate Program    Approved for WIOA and VA funding.

Becoming a real estate salesperson, broker or appraiser

Buying and selling real estate is an exciting field to work in. Transactions are often complex and may require teaming up with a variety of professionals to handle the legal, home inspection and financial aspects of the deal.

If you are new to the business, you will need to begin as a real estate salesperson.  After a few years of experience in the field, some additional education and testing, you can move on to become a real estate broker, if that is your professional goal.  See the additional information section for specific requirements on each field.

We offer courses to prepare you to become a salesperson, broker and appraiser. 

  • Real Estate Principles and Practices
  • Basic Appraisal Principles
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures
  • Real Estate Continuing Education courses 

Real Estate Principles and Practices

This required course for real estate licensing provides clear explanations of modern real estate practices and a working knowledge of real estate in Connecticut. You will gain an extensive understanding of how the real estate marketplace works. Learn the special language of the real estate business, including operating procedures and important laws governing agency, title transfer,mortgages, agent conduct, and ethical practice.  Property owners, buyers, sellers, and anyone interested in pursuing real estate careers or operations will find this course beneficial and rewarding. 

Students must attend at least 60 hours and pass the course with a score of 70 or higher in order to sit for the state exam.  Please note that your certificate will be printed with your name as it appears on your registration form., and should match your license or state issued identification you use.  You may take the Real Estate Principles & Practices course prior to 18 years of age, however you must be at least 18 years old to receive a real estate license. A high school diploma or a GED is not required for someone to obtain a real estate salesperson license. The textbooks are included in the cost of the course and provided at the first class session. 

Basic Appraisal Principles

Required for those seeking an appraiser’s license, this course is recognized by the Real Estate Commission for those seeking a broker’s license. Students will discuss real property concepts and characteristics; legal consideration; leases; environmental, geographic and physical factors; economic principles; and market analysis. Students must attend at least 30 hours and receive a passing grade of 70 or higher to receive a course certificate. The textbooks are included in the cost of the course and provided at the first class session. This course is offered during the spring semester. 

Basic Appraisal Procedures

Through theory, case studies, and examples, the course offers practical application of appraisal procedures. This basic appraisal course is one of the prelicensing courses for appraisers and brokers, and provides an overview of real estate appraisal approaches to valuation procedures, value, property description, residential applications, commercial applications, improvement construction, home inspection, and appraisal math.  A calculator is recommended. Books are included in the cost of the course.  This course is offered during the fall semester.   

We also offer continuing education courses for relicensing for the current cycle.  

How to Become a Real Estate Salesperson

  1. Complete the required 60-hour Real Estate Principles and Practices course and pass with a grade of 70 or better. 
  2. Take the State of Connecticut licensing exam.  For information and instructions download the candidate bulletin
  3. Visit the PSI website.  Sign in or create an account and get approval to sit for the exam. 

How to Become a Real Estate Broker

  • 60 Classroom hours of Real Estate Principles and Practices
  • At least 2 years of licensure as a Real Estate Salesperson
  • 30 Classroom hours of Basic Appraisal Principles or Basic Appraisal Procedure
  • 30 Classroom hours of Related Subjects in Real Estate
  • For complete information, download the candidate information bulletin, click here 
  • Visit the PSI website.  Sign in or create an account and get approval to sit for the exam.

How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser

General appraisers must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. Education and experience must be completed prior to taking an appraisal exam.

We offer pre-licensing courses for appraisers.  To view our current lifelong learning catalog, click here.

For information on appraisal licensure, click here 

  1. For complete information, download the candidate information bulletin, click here
  2. To sign in or create and account at PSI, and get approval to sit for the exam, click here
  3.  http://www.appraisalfoundation.org/

Real Estate Sales:  The Connecticut Department of labor (CTDOL) reports the average annual income for a Real Estate Sales Agent is $51,864 and employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, but the number of annual openings will offer good or favorable job opportunities.

Real Estate Brokers:  The Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) reports  employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, and the number of annual openings will offer limited job opportunities.



How to Register

Waterbury Campus

Walk In:

NVCC, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Kinney Hall, Room K407
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:
Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Room K407
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708-3011

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8277.
MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-575-8029
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
MC/Visa/Discover only

Danbury Center

Walk In:

183 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810-7805
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:

Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC Danbury Center
183 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810-7805

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-798-9682.
MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-797-9361
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
MC/Visa/Discover only

Program Coordinator
Laurie L Hornbecker
203-575-8031 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: Founders
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
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