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College of Marin Career Education | Real Estate Education Program

Career Options

  • Sales Agent
  • Broker
  • Appraiser

Career Profile

Real Estate Sales Agents rent, buy, or sell property for clients.

To this end, they study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts.

Real Estate Brokers operate a real estate office, or work for commercial real estate firm, overseeing real estate transactions.

Other duties usually include selling real estate or renting properties and arranging loans.

Real Estate professionals:

  • Must be state licensed.
  • May work for real estate firms, banks, mortgage, title companies, or insurance companies.

Plan your Education

View the classes you need to take to complete your certificate or degree in Real Estate at College of Marin.

Commercial real estate professional

Available Certificates and Degrees

Certificate of Achievement, Real Estate – 18 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 2 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: $1,504 in tuition and fees plus $1,000 in books and supplies.

Skills Certificates:

  • Real Estate Appraisal – 9 units
  • Real Estate Escrow – 9 units
  • Real Estate Finance – 9 units
  • Real Estate Law – 9 units
  • Real Estate Property Management – 9 units

Associate Degree in Real Estate – 28 units + general education

Why College of Marin?

  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents.
    • Starting here is a terrific and inexpensive way to start your career in real estate.
    • Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
  • Get California Licensed: After successfully completing three college-level real estate classes and meeting other requirements by the the state, you will be ready to take the state’s licensing exam and begin a career as a California Real Estate Salesperson. For more information see
  • Location & Scheduling Convenience: COM has two campuses in Kentfield and Novato. Evening, weekend, and online classes are available for a wide range of scheduling needs.
  • Small Class Size: Most business classes have 20-30 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.


Questions? Contact Counseling:

  • (415) 485-9432
  • (415) 485-9430

Business Dept. – Real Estate

Main Number – (415) 457-8811 x7610

Real Estate Faculty

  • Robert Borgognoni
  • Jamelia Brown-Carson
  • Corina Rollins

Gainful Employment
For more information about College of Marin graduation and completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed our programs, and other important gainful employment information, please visit

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to earn a certificate in real estate?

You can typically complete the classes for the Certificate of Achievement in 2-3 semesters.

Skills certificates take 1-2 semesters.

To start practicing real estate, you must also pass an examination given by the State of California, Department of Real Estate. For more information, see



Are there any pre-requisites?

No, there are no requirements or prerequisites to start. However, good working English is essential.

How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)

See College of Marin Enrollment Services or Apply Online

  • Contact a Counselor today at
    • (415) 485-9432