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Looking to get your Real Estate License in North Carolina?

Pre-Licensing is the first step to getting your real estate license.
BCAR is hosting a Pre-Licensing course April 1 - May 14.


April 1, 2024 - May 14, 2024

Pre Licensing: Getting a Real Estate License

To earn a NC real estate license, you must complete the 75 hour Pre Licensing class and pass the Pre Licensing test with a grade of 80% or higher. After completing the Pre Licensing course and passing the test, students will submit a License Application to the NC Real Estate Commission to be eligible to take the License Exam. Once you pass the License Exam, you will receive a NC Provisional Brokers license.

Course Information

The cost of this course is $385

A Student Manual (in PDF form) is included with the course.

Students must attend 80% of all scheduled instructional hours to successfully complete the course.


Class Location: Online via Zoom

Test Day: Online via LearnTestPass software


We know this is a big step and we’re here to guide you through it. Email katie@bcarnc.com if you have any questions.

Course Schedule

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 1:00

  • April 1
  • April 2
  • April 3
  • April 8
  • April 9
  • April 10
  • April 15
  • April 16
  • April 17
  • April 22
  • April 23
  • April 24
  • April 29
  • April 20
  • May 1
  • May 6
  • May 7
  • May 8
  • May 13
  • May 14
  • May 21 - TEST DAY

Meet Instructor Melea Lemon, M.Ed, DREI, GSI, CDEI

Melea’s most recent accomplishment has been receiving the 2023 North Carolina Real Estate Educator of the Year award. She has been licensed in North Carolina since 1986 and worked with her Realtor® mother, Billie Lemon, for decades. Melea has been teaching licensing courses for almost 10 years and during that time earned several real estate instructor designations including Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI), Gold Standard Instructor (GSI) and Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI).

Melea is a NC Real Estate Commission approved instructor.

“I love teaching all the licensing courses but my favorite is broker prelicensing. We have such a good time learning together and folks make life-long friends in class. I look forward to meeting all of you! Please reach out if you have any questions.”


Meet Education Provider Katie McRainey

Katie joined the BCAR team in 2019 after graduating from East Carolina University. She manages Pre-Licensing, Post-Licensing, Continuing Education, and all other courses for the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®.

Katie is an approved Education Provider for the NC Real Estate Commission.

"Getting a real estate license can be confusing. A bonus of taking your classes with BCAR is that I am here to guide you through the entire process. I can help you find a schedule and teacher that is right for you".

How to Earn a NC License 


Step 1. Pass the 75 hour NC Pre Licensing course. 

Step 2. Apply for a license (includes a criminal record check and fees)

Step 3. Schedule and take the License Exam with NC Real Estate Commission.

If you fail the exam, you can re-take the exam in 10 days.

Step 4. After passing the Exam, the Commission will need 45 days to review your character.

Step 5. Congratulations. You have earned a NC Provisional Brokers License

You now have 180 days to start Post Licensing. 


Upgrading from Provisional Broker to Broker

A Provisional Broker is an entry-level NC broker. They can preform all of the same activities of a broker, but they must be supervised by a Broker in Charge. They cannot operate independently. A Broker is the most common license type. Follow these steps to become a Broker...

Step 1. Provisional Broker must complete all 3 Post Licensing courses within 2 years. 

These 3 courses are referred to as 301, 302, and 303. 

Step 2. Pass the final exam. 

Step 3. Congratulations. You are now a NC Broker, the most common license type. 

As a broker, you are able to engage in brokerage if you work for a licensed real estate brokerage firm or a Broker in Charge. 


Becoming a Broker in Charge

This is the highest level license. You must be a Broker for at least 2 years (within the previous 5 years) before you can become a Broker in Charge. Every real estate firm in NC must have a designated Broker in Charge. They are responsible for the Brokers under them. 

Step 1. Apply for BIC Eligibility on NC Real Estate Commission's website (form 2.25) and wait for their approval. 

Step 2. Complete the 12 hour Broker in Charge Eligibility course no earlier than 1 year prior to and no later than 120 days after application for the status. 

This is a self-paced, online course.