Which Florida Real Estate Schools Are Accredited?

The short answer is none of them.  In Florida, real estate schools are licensed, not accredited.  What’s the difference?

Licensure is about having the legal right to operate a school.  Demetree School of Real Estate is licensed.  If you have any questions about whether or not a school is licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, or DBPR, click here to verify it.

In Florida, real estate schools are licensed not accredited.  If a Florida school is telling you they are accredited, that means that they teach in dozens of states.  Also, you might want to ask them, “Accredited by whom?”  If the answer is the DBPR, FREC, or State of Florida, they are licensed, not accredited.

Accreditation is an indication that you meet the requirements of the accrediting body.  For example, I earned a music degree from the University of Alabama, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.  There are music schools in this country that are not accredited that offer music degrees.  Those students could rightfully claim that they have a bachelor of music degree from East Cupcake University.  There are probably music schools that are accredited by different bodies, maybe the Association of Good Schools.  So yes, they are accredited, but not by the body that matters in that field.

There used to be a real estate school in Florida that credited its own accrediting body.  I forget the name of the accrediting agency, but I’ll call it the Real Estate School Accrediting Body (RESAB for short).  So this school claimed to be the only school in Florida that was accredited by RESAB.  But they owned the accreditation organization.  They were literally the only school in the world accredited by RESAB.  (This school and the accrediting body no longer exist.)

Years ago, ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials) was pushing the Florida Real Estate Commission to require ARELLO accreditation.  Florida has more real estate licensees than any other state.  ARELLO saw money.  The Florida Real Estate Commission discussed it.  School owners and education directors from all over the state discussed it over the course of multiple FREC meetings.  I was there.  Ultimately, the Florida Real Estate Commission decided it would cause more harm to the public than good.  They decided it was a money grab by the accrediting body and that being licensed by the DBPR and FREC was sufficient.

Ultimately, when people ask if the school is accredited, what they really want to know is “Is this school legitimate?  Will my class at Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando count for credit?”  The answer to that is Yes.  If you want to verify the licensure status of Demetree School or any other school, check at the DBPR website.

Please note that neither Karen Climer nor Ron Climer have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools in Orlando.  Ron Climer, my father, sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014.  It has been sold a few times since then and is now owned by Colibri.  I own Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.