Watson School of Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions

Sales Associate Questions

What is the difference between a Sales Associate license and a Broker License?

A Sales Associate License is the initial license needed to start working in the real estate field.

A Broker’s License is only accessible once you have been an active Sales Associate for at least 24 months within the last five year period. When you have a Broker’s License you can run your own brokerage you must have a Broker’s license.

What is to process to make my license active?

To make your Sales Associate License active, you must have your license held under a Brokerage.

Do I have to work for Watson if I enroll in your school?

No, you are not obligated nor guaranteed a job with Watson Realty Corp. if you enroll in our school.

What if I have a criminal background?

The Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) will determine whether your background will prevent you from licensure. When you submit your state application through www.myfloridalicense.com, you will need to submit any documents pertaining to your record. DBPR will then either approve you or deny your application. For students with a criminal background, we recommend that they wait for DBPR approval prior to enrolling in our school.

What are the requirements to enroll in your school?

You must meet the following qualifications

  1. Must be 18 years of age
  2. Must have a high school diploma/GED or equivalent
  3. Must have a Social Security Number

What if I do not pass the End of Course Exam on my first attempt?

Students that are unsuccessful on their first End of Course Exam attempt will need to wait 30 days before they are eligible to retest. A student is permitted 2 attempts to rest within a one year period. If a student is unsuccessful on their second attempt, the student will need to retake the entire course again before being eligible to retest again.

Can I sit in your classes to review for my state exam?

When our pre-licensing students enroll in our school, they have a one year period to retake or audit any of our classes. Please contact the office at (844) 448-7495 to coordinate retaking and auditing.

How long do I have to take my state exam?

Your course completion certificate is valid for two years from the final exam date. Your state application is also good for two years. Whichever is completed first will be when your two year period begins.

How many attempts do I have on the state test?

When your application is approved, you will receive an email that states how many attempts you have on the state test. Usually, this number is in the millions and you can simply retest as soon as there is another opening and you pay the testing center fee again.

How much does it cost to get a sales associate license?

To get a license, there are four fees involved:

  1. School Tuition (Watson Tuition) $325
  2. Fingerprinting (Using the classroom vendor) $58
  3. State Application $83.75
  4. State Testing Center Fee $36.75

Total: $503.50

What are the post-licensing requirements for a Sales Associate?

When you receive your Sales License, you will be given an expiration date. Prior to that first expiration date, you will need to complete a 45 hour post-licensing course. We offer this course in person and online.

What if I miss class?

Pre-Licensing students are permitted to miss up to 8 hours of class time. If a student misses more than 8 hours, they must make up the hours and specific missed units within 30 days of their courses final exam date. To coordinate making up missed hours, please contact the office at (844) 448-7495. If a student does not make up their missed hours within 30 days, the student will need to retake the course at no additional cost.

Broker’s Questions

How do I get a Broker’s License?

Once you have held an active Sale Associate license for at 24 months within a 5 year period, you may apply to get your Broker license. To get your Broker’s License, it is exactly the same process as receiving your initial sales associate license, except instead of a 63 hour education course, it will be a 72 hour broker course.

After your first renewal period, every two years after that you will need to complete a 14 Hour Continuing Education Course. We offer this course online and via correspondence.

What are the post licensing requirements for a Broker?

When you receive your Broker’s License, you will be given an expiration date. Prior to that first expiration date, you will need to complete a 60 hour post-licensing course. We offer this course online.

After your first renewal period, every two years after that you will need to complete a 14 Hour Continuing Education Course. We offer this course online and via correspondence.

General Questions

What is your refund policy?

A request for a refund must be made no later than 24 hours after the start date of class. Refunds will be returned within 7-10* business days of receipt, and the credit will be applied to your original payment method. A credit will appear on your next statement, depending on the issuing bank and billing cycle. All cancellations will be accepted via phone, fax or e-mail, and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. Students who do not show up for their registered class will forfeit any refund.

Watson School of Real Estate reserves the right to cancel classes. If your payment method was a combination of a credit card, check, and cash, your refund will be issued to you in the form of a check within 7 – 10 business days from the cancellation date for the total amount paid for the course. However, students that wish to transfer their registration will have a class credit with the Watson School of Real Estate for one year from the date payment was made. For any courses that includes course materials (textbook, cd’s etc.), all materials must be returned in brand- new and saleable condition (no writing, highlighting, or any other damage). Materials that are not returned in brand new condition will have the cost of the materials deducted from any refund.

What is the difference between your classroom and online courses?

The classroom course is led by a licensed Real Estate instructor who is available to answer any questions you have regarding the material. Final exams are taken on a scheduled date with your instructor and your class. Tuition for the classroom course includes your course textbook.

The online course is designed to be taken at your own pace. You have one year to complete the online course. Once you have completed all 19 units of material, you may take your final exam at any point online. A licensed instructor is available during our office hours to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your course and its material. The contact information for this instructor is located inside your student portal. The online course does not include a textbook in the price. However, textbooks can be purchased separately through the bookstore.

What do I need to bring to class?

We recommend that students bring materials to take notes with such as pens, pencils, and highlighters. Textbooks will be provided on the first day of class.