"To qualify for a real estate broker license you must complete a minimum of 168 hours of qualifying education. The qualifying education must be obtained through either a nationally accredited community college or university OR a school approved by the Colorado Department of Private and Occupational Schools (DPOS)." ~ Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)
Ah, school. I love it, just love learning new things. Yet, I'm happy to say that I've completed my schooling at Kaplan Real Estate and am prepping to take my exams.
There was a time I thought I'd be taking these courses at Arapahoe Community College (ACC), just a bit up the road from me. However, by the time I was ready to enroll they were no longer offering required coursework. It turned out to be a change that was to my financial and scheduling benefit, though, and I decided to take the coursework online via Kaplan. The cost for the entire 168-hour program at Kaplan was less than one 3-credit course at ACC, which, I suspect, might be one of the reasons why they no longer offer the real estate courses there. Others school in the area still do (see below) just not ACC.
Online courses are not for everyone, but I love the flexibility of being able to study when it fits my schedule. It took me longer than I would have liked time span-wise (just under a year) but in terms of focused studying time it was really only about 4 weeks. I also love being able to repeat a lecture as needed, and to rewind, replay, or stop/start as desired. Kaplan also provided human interaction via 2x weekly webinars that we students could attend or not based on our schedules.
Other options, vs. Kaplan specifically, for those interested in pursuing a license in Colorado are:
Another option would be to join a big-name broker's office first, then let them pay for the education. I elected to not do that as I did not want to feel beholden to that office for anything as I get my start. Plus, it will be this fall before I start interviewing brokers (spring/summer is booked!) and that would represent a rather large delay on their return on investment. I'm not in any hurry though, I'm at year five of a ten year plan and just where I want to be. :0)