Real Estate Certificate

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This certificate program forms the core of the real estate education pathway by providing a strong broad background in real estate. As a stand-alone certificate this certificate program includes the required licensing classes, as well as a core curriculum required class, and a cutting-edge class on sustainable building. This certificate prepares students for work in residential and commercial sales positions. Courses in the program apply toward the Real Estate A.A.S. degree and other real estate certificates. The classes are approved as continuing education clock hours for real estate brokers, property managers and appraisers by the Washington Department of Licensing.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the Real Estate Certificate, students will be able to:

1. Communicate effectively in a real estate environment

2. Use technology to support real estate-related activities

3. Practice according to the ethical and legal standards of the real estate industry

4. Demonstrate readiness to take the Washington Real Estate Licensing Exam

5. Describe potential fraud situations and how participants in real estate transactions can avoid problems and help reduce the negative impacts of real estate fraud

6. Demonstrate comprehension of real estate law practices

7. Effectively communicate the distinctions between sustainable and traditional construction and development

8. Promote sales of properties through advertisements, open houses and participation in multiple listing services.


Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior coursework. Coursework earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Courses in this degree with prerequisites are marked with an asterisk (*). See the Prerequisites Notes section below for more information.

Real Estate Prerequisites: none

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer and advanced placement.


Program Requirements

Course Number

Certificate Requirements (20 credits)


course(RES 100)

Real Estate Fundamentals (DOL Pre-licensing educational requirement)


course(RES 101) or
course(BUS 169)

Technology for Real Estate Using Computers in Business I


course(RES 106)

Real Estate Fraud


course(RES 130) or
course(RES 217)

Green Real Estate
Real Estate Development & Sustainability


course(RES 140)*

Real Estate Sales & Practice (DOL Pre-licensing educational requirement)


course(RES 170)*

Real Estate Law (DOL continuing education clock hours)



Prerequisites Notes:

Courses with an asterisk (*) have a prerequisite.

  1. Prereq: RES 140: RES 100 or RES 210 (or concurrent enrollment), real estate experience, or by instructor permission.
  2. Prereq: RES 170: RES 100 (or concurrent enrollment), or real estate experience, or instructor permission.

Education Planning Note:  Not all classes are offered every quarter; some are only offered once a year or once every two years. Refer to the class schedule, the annual forecast, to the department and to an advisor for efficient education planning.

Total Credits -- Minimum

This program of study is outlined by quarter and is based on a full credit load and one scenario for part-time credit load. Courses should be taken in the indicated sequence in order to complete the certificate in the shortest amount of time possible. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal. Not all courses are offered every quarter; some are only offered once a year, and others only once every two years. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands may all affect the time it takes to finish this program. Also, in general, Summer Quarter is not considered one of the full-time quarters in the program.

Full Credit Load

1st quarter: RES 100, RES 101, RES 140 (Fall)

2nd quarter: RES 106, RES 130/217, RES 170 (Winter)

Part-time Credit Load

1st quarter: RES 100 (Fall)

4th quarter: RES 101 (Fall)

2nd quarter: RES 106, RES 130/217 (Winter)

5th quarter: RES 170 (Winter)

3rd quarter: RES 140 (Spring)

Sequence Type

What skills do I need to be successful in this field?

  • • Integrity — requires being honest and ethical
  • • Attention to Detail — requires meticulousness and thoroughness
  • • Stress Tolerance — requires the abilities to work calmly and effectively in high stress situations
  • • Dependability — requires being reliable, responsible, dependable and fulfilling obligations
  • • Interpersonal Communication Skills — this field is highly relationship-driven. To be successful, one must work well with the  general public.
  • • Computer Skills — basic to intermediary computer skills are a must as many job functions are completed in conjunction with banks and other agencies that conduct business digitally.

What are some potential job titles?

  • • Broker
  • • Broker Assistant
  • • Broker Associate
  • • Real Estate Associate
  • • Real Estate Broker
  • • Real Estate Sales Associate
  • • Realtor, Property Manager
  • • Community Association Manager
  • • Assistant Community Director

Wages, employment trends and pathways

Always contact the Advising Office first for questions and/or planning

NSC Advising
(206) 934-3658

Program Website

Real Estate Department
Program Contact: Mark Potter  (206) 934-3725