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The Williamsburg Real Estate School is the education division of the Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS® (WAAR). The program strives to meet and equip today’s REALTORS® with the tools they need to succeed in a challenging and competitive market place.


The purpose of the Williamsburg Real Estate School is:

  • To provide the real estate industry with qualified, well-informed licensees, while providing the public with qualified practitioners.
  • To encourage learning through well-structured classes, quality instruction and diverse programs.  Course material remains current and pertinent to issues that affect the real estate industry.
  • Assures students that the institution operates on a sound financial basis
  • Has approved programs of study
  • Has qualified instructors


WRES is a Professional Real Estate Institute licensed by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, to teach real estate courses and to satisfy state licensing requirements.  The school operates according to Part VI (Schools) of the Real Estate Board Regulations to remain in accordance with the regulations of the Virginia State License Law.

As defined by the U.S. Department of Education accreditation, the school:

  • Assures students that the institution operates on a sound financial basis
  • Has approved programs of study
  • Has qualified instructors

School Location: 5000 New Point Rd., Ste 1101, Williamsburg VA 23185

School Policies

Registration Payment Policy: Registration fees must be paid in full prior to admittance to an Association function.  We accept the following forms of payment: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Check or Cash. 

Cancellations /Refund Policy:  Registration fees will be fully refunded if cancellation is received at least three (3) business days prior to the class.  No refunds will be given for cancellation made within the (3) business days prior to the class.

“No Shows” will be required to pay the full registration fee.  No credit(s) will be extended for substitute class registrations. New Member Orientation “no shows” will be charged a $35 no-show fee.  CoreLogic Matrix Computer Training Class “no shows” will be charged the class fee to attend a future class.

Anyone needing to cancel a registration for a class that is being offered free of charge must notify the Association in writing no later than three (3) business days prior to the start of class or the registrant will be billed a $20 No-Show fee.

Those needing to cancel due to sickness, injury or extreme emergency will receive a refund.  NOTE: Course dates are subject to change. Be sure to call WAAR (757-253-0028) for verification of dates and times. See Program Registration Form for more information.

Inclement Weather:  A message pertaining to the status of a class will be posted on the Association’s main telephone number (757-253-0028) no later than 7:00 a.m. the day of the class.  If there is a message indicating that your class has been cancelled, please contact the Association on the following business day for information on the rescheduled date of the class or to receive a refund. 

Continuing Education/Post Licensure Education: A variety of classes are offered qualifying for both mandatory ce, real estate related and/or Post License Education credit hours.  Please refer to the class information and the types of credit being offered.  Please bring your real estate license number with you. NOTE:  If you have concurrent licenses, all license numbers must be reported separately.

The Paperwork  You must sign in at the designated location prior to the start of the class.  Additionally, you must complete and turn in the student reporting form at the end of the class.  Association staff or a proctor will be present to hand out and collect the forms.  A student reporting form must be completed in full (including your real estate license number(s)) and returned to the Association staff or proctor on the day of class in order to receive credits.   The salesperson turning in a credit reporting form after the day of the class will be charged a $10 fee for credit submission to DPOR.

Attendance Requirement  Anyone who is more than ten (10) minutes late, or who is out of class for more than ten (10) minutes once class has begun, will be disqualified for Continuing Education, Post Licensure and/or Broker Management education credit.  No exceptions.

Reporting to the Virginia Real Estate Board  Upon receipt of a fully completed student     reporting form, CE/PL/Broker credit information will be reported to the Virginia Real Estate Board (DPOR) within five (5) business days after the class.

Cell phones, notebooks, etc.   As a courtesy to the instructor(s) and fellow students, cell phones, computers, notebooks, and all other technological products must be switched to the silent, vibrate or off mode during class. If you feel you must take a call while attending a class, discretely leave the classroom and limit the duration of your call.

Disabilities:  Please notify us in advance if you have a disability that requires special services

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For more information about the school or courses, please call the Association Office (757) 253-0028 or email info@waarealtor.com

Online/Hybrid Education

We occassionally offer hybrid classes where some students attend class in-person, while others join the class virtually from home. Educators teach remote and in-person students at the same time using Zoom. Hybrid classes include asynchronous learning elements, like online exercises and pre-recorded video instruction, to support face-to-face classroom sessions. Our hybrid courses combine the best aspects of in-person and online learning while making education more attainable for many students.

License Requirements

Virginia State Licensing Requirements for Agents and Brokers

A. Interested in a career in real estate?

In order to become licensed in Virginia as a real estate salesperson by the Real Estate Board, applicants must:

  •   complete 60 class/clock hours of a Board-approved Principles of Real Estate Pre-License Courses 
  •   pass the state and national portions of the examination
  •   be at least 18 years old

Applicants must apply for the license within one year of passing the examination, or re-examination will be required.

B. For licensing through reciprocity, please see pages 6-7 of the

DPOR  Real Estate Regulations …..   

 C. In order to become licensed as a real estate broker by the Real Estate Board, you must:

  • complete 180 class/clock hours of Board-approved Pre-license courses, and
  • pass the state and national portions of the broker examination, and
  • submit verification of experience (actively engaged as a salesperson for 36 of the 48 months preceding application).

Equivalent courses to Board-approved courses offered by an accredited university, college, community college, or other school or education institution may be accepted for broker pre-license education. Each course must be at least 45 class/clock hours or 3 semester hours. Proof of course completion, including a monitored, final written examination, is required for course approval.

You must complete a Real Estate Brokerage course. In addition to a Real Estate Brokerage course, you must complete either: A) the three Broker-Specific Courses of Real Estate Appraisal, Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Law; or B) two of the Broker Specific Courses and one of the following Broker-Related Courses:

  • Real Estate Abstracting
  • Real Estate Contract Law
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Real Estate Feasibility Analysis
  • Real Estate Investments
  • Real Estate Math
  • Real Estate Property Management
  • Real Estate Property Law
  • CCIM (all parts)
  • CRB (all parts)
  • GRI (all parts)
  • SIR/SIOR (all parts)
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Mortgage Lending
  • Land Planning and Use
  • Urban DevelopmentNOTE: Courses taken to meet continuing education requirements are not acceptable for pre-license credit in Virginia.ANY PRINCIPLES OF REAL ESTATE COURSE TAKEN FOR LICENSURE AS A SALESPERSON IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AS A BROKER PRE-LICENSE EDUCATION COURSE. Original or certified copies of transcripts are required to verify broker pre-license courses. Chart of Broker Pre-License Education Credit (PDF)for reciprocal applicants from other states.


    Applicants must obtain approval from the Board prior to taking the exam.

    Exam Vendor PSI (800) 733-9267
    Frequency and Dates of Exam Daily Contact PSI (800) 733-9267
    Deadline for Application No application deadline. Allow two weeks for processing of exam application.
    Exam Fees (paid directly to PSI) $60
    Exam Locations Charlottesville Falls Church Richmond Roanoke Tyson’s Corner Virginia Beach Johnson City, TN Salisbury, MD
    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration? Only applicants approved by the Board should contact PSI at (800) 733-9267 or http://www.psiexams.com.
    Other Questions? To obtain an application package or to check on the status of your application, contact the Board office at (804) 367-8526.

Continuing Education

To maintain their real estate licenses in the state(s) where they operate, agents and brokers need to participate in defined amounts of continuing education (CE) each year or recurring time period. These requirements are set forth in state laws and are administered by state real estate commissions. The specific requirements, time frames, and due dates vary considerably across states—as do the requirements for obtaining a license, called pre-licensing, and supplemental one-time novice training, called post-licensing.
Hover over a state below to get a summary of CE requirements for that state, and be sure to contact the state’s real estate commission if you need more details. Please note that pre- and post-licensing requirements are not addressed.


The Williamsburg Real Estate School (WRES) offers a variety of NAR designation and certification courses throughout the year to include:  ABR, SRES, GRI, Military Relocation Specialist Certification and Broker Licensing.  Other designations and certification courses may be offered depending upon interest.

NAR and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide range of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses. 


Cancellation and Class Attendance Policy

A full refund will be given if cancelling at least 3 business days prior to the class start (unless otherwise specified: i.e. designations and certifications). You must arrive prior to the class start time, and attend while class is in session. Those who fail to arrive on time or attend will forfeit the class fee and will not receive DPOR credit. Transferring of funds from one class to another is not allowed. No exceptions will be made regarding this policy.