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Quality Education at an Affordable Price

Alpha students only pay for what they need when they need it, at nearly less than 1/2 the competitors' cost- Don't be fooled by "free CE" that you pay for up front.

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Don't fall for real estate school gimmicks- charging almost double for pre-license to offer you "free" post-license or free CE; that CE isn't free; you are paying for years of CE upfront by paying double for your pre-license. Don't fall for the bait and switch and deceptive advertising of our competitors.  With Alpha you only pay for what you need when you need it and save hundreds of dollars over our competition!

Once you become a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, the only means to call yourself a "REALTOR®" and benefit from our multimillion-dollar brand, you also become a member of the local association. In the Hampton Roads area that is HRRA. HRRA offers its members massive amounts of career training courses, classes and seminars, for free, via our various councils and committees. 


In addition, what the other real estate schools cannot offer you is the trademarked NAR designations. While these specific courses are not free,  the typical agent, as opposed to his/her counterpart without a designation,  realizes a 30% jump in income.

When you use Alpha for your education, you are learning from  highly successful practicing REALTORS® and brokers in your market.


Alpha-HRRA  Online CE & Pre-License


HRRA's Alpha College of Real Estate is a member benefit offering monthly business success training and live CE for licensure. Check our calendar often for live CE courses. HRRA is expanding its online CE. Visit to view our online options.

Looking for more? HRRA has a partnership with the CE Shop which offers extensive online options at special discounts for HRRA members. Visit


Due to COVID-19 Alpha may change a live course to virtual at any point prior to or within the course.

Principles Of Real Estate

The 60-hour Principles of Real Estate course is designed to prepare the student to pass the Virginia State Examination for licensure as a real estate salesperson. The course includes basic laws governing the ownership and transfer of real estate, the terminology associated with the real estate industry, terms of sales contracts and other documents used to transact real estate business. In addition, students will learn the Virginia regulations that control the real estate industry, how mortgages work, and the advantages and disadvantages of certain types of financing. Instruction in fair housing and other federal and state laws that guarantee equal rights and protect consumers will help the student in the practice of real estate.

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TUITION: $350           TEXTBOOK: $85 (+ Tax)

Included in your tuition: Flexible schedule- Testing tips- Generous repeat policy- Practice exams

SELF STUDY (Correspondence not Online)- Click Here

COST: $279 Including Course Material


ONLINE COURSES- Pre-License $245! Click Here

The most affordable and high-quality Pre-License Principles & Practices of Real Estate available on the web! HRRA also offers the proctored final exam, check the course calendar for dates. We event give you an opportunity to retake the exam at a reduced price. Once you have completed your coursework read the following next steps section.

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The Virginia Real Estate Board requires that you complete the 60-hour Principles of Real Estate course with a passing grade.


You must be 18 years of age to be eligible for a license.


Apply to take the national and state portions of the exam. Download the Candidate Information Bulletin from the Board's vendor, PSI Exams (, to learn how to register

Select GOVERNMENT/STATE LICENSING AGENCIES, choose VIRGINIA as the jurisdiction, then VA REAL ESTATE for account, and finally click on VA SALESPERSON or VA BROKER for classification

Get your fingerprints taken, if  you live in Virginia, you must have your fingerprints taken at a PSI testing location in Virginia.  Even if you live outside of Virginia, you are highly encouraged to get your fingerprints taken at a Virginia PSI testing location because it will speed up the mandatory background check process. If you do not live in Virginia, and are unable to get your fingerprints taken at a Virginia PSI testing location, please contact the Real Estate Board office

Finally, Complete the application DPOR : Real Estate (



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Brokers must complete 24 hours of Continuing Education to renew their licenses. Of these 24 hours, renewing brokers must take:

  • Six (6) hours in Broker Management;

  • Two (2) hours in Broker Supervision;

  • Three (3) hours in Ethics & Standards of Conduct;

  • Two (2) hours in Fair Housing;

  • One (1) hour in Legal Updates and Emerging Trends;

  • One (1) hour in Real Estate Agency; and

  • One (1) hour in Real Estate Contracts.

Check the HRRA Calendar for Broker Management Courses.

4 hours of Broker Management- Pitfalls of Property Management and Code of Ethics are offered monthly; Fair Housing is offered quarterly.

Opening a brokerage in Southeastern Virginia?

The benefits of REALTOR® membership are extensive and Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association offers even more. Our broker benefits include;

  • Local advocacy to ensure business success

  • Advocacy to bring business and jobs into our area

  • A broker update newsletter with current news you need to know to stay profitable

  • Monthly broker meetings for deep dives into the issues that affect you

  • Training in fair housing and anti-trust issues to keep your agents in compliance

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Ready to become a broker?

Take the Fast Track to getting your broker license! Each of the broker licensing courses may be taken via self-study (correspondence), and the final exam may be scheduled on one of our proctored exam dates listed on our course calendar. Please contact Alpha for information and to register.

Visit the course calendar to learn when broker licensing is offered live!

Fast Track course descriptions:


Many fine management theorists have studied how business enterprises operate, how managers function and how people become effective leaders. This course strives to apply their theories to the operation of a real estate brokerage company.



In the ever-changing market of real estate, the knowledge of finance is crucial for a successful real estate career. This course will cover various loans, investments, the technological environment and other aspects of real estate finance.


Many aspects of the real estate business are closely associated with the law. Legal knowledge is especially important to people who sell real estate. This course provides a solid foundation of real estate law and a useful review of key terms.


A professional appraiser must keep pace with the demands of the marketplace. The skill and judgment required to make a reliable appraiser must begin with a thorough knowledge of appraisal principles.

There are no refunds for Broker 100% Correspondence and Fast Track Classroom students. However, a student may extend his or her course completion period for 30 days for $25 per course or for 60 days for $50 per course.

Alpha College of Real Estate reserves the right to cancel a course with a full refund to all paying participants. Classes may be postponed or cancelled if a minimum number of students have not pre-registered.

Broker Licensing


Applicants for a real estate broker’s license must meet the below requirements in addition to meeting the salesperson licensing requirements. An applicant must:

  • Have been actively engaged as a real estate salesperson for 36 of the 48 months immediately preceding the day of license application.

  • Have successfully completed 180 hours of classroom study approved by the VREB in various approved subjects. Courses may be taken even though the 36 month requirement is not yet met. ALPHA College of Real Estate offers broker’s licensing courses throughout the year.

  • Pass the Broker’s examination with a 75% on EACH section (National and Virginia portions).

If you are currently licensed in another jurisdiction, visit the VREB website and see section 18 VAC 135-20-60 Qualifications for Licensure by reciprocity.


Pre-License Instructors


Dr. Lisa Moore


Jim Williams

Broker, CE, Post License Instructors


William Brown

Broker Courses

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Becky Claggett

Orientation- NAR Designations

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Dr. Dawn Kennedy


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Brett Thompson, JD


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Tim Vohar

NAR Designations


Cliff Wells

Broker Courses


Doug Wolfe

Orientation -NAR Designations

FREE Career Seminars for Your Specialty Held Monthly

When it comes to professional development, there is so much beyond continuing education (CE). When you become a HRRA REALTOR®, you have access to an amazing amount of free specialized training. HRRA councils represent all industry specialties and provide training on a regular basis. The HRRA councils are comprised of the following specialties: Affiliates (those ancillary companies that support the real estate industry), Appraisers, Commercial, New Homes (construction), Owner-Managers, Property Management & Leasing, and Resale. Visit the HRRA website to learn what training is being offered in your specialty today!

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At Alpha we deliver only the best for our members and non-members alike. Our school has a vetting process for new instructors and for new courses that is much stricter than governmental standards. If you are interested in becoming an Alpha instructor fill out our online application.

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