Alabama Real Estate School Catalog

Mission: The mission of Alabama Real Estate Institute is to provide highest quality classroom and distance education courses to Real Estate licensees in support of federal and state-mandated education programs for licensure and ongoing professional competency.

Alabama Real Estate Institute teaches online distance education courses, and campus. Online students may register and complete the course on any computer that meets the technical requirements covered in this catalog. Students may have access to the course at any time and may work at their own pace.

Ownership: Alabama Real Estate Institute sells Real Estate, Appraisal and Home Inspection courses for delivery on computer. It is owned by (James Anderson)., a corporation domiciled in (Alabama).

Alabama Real Estate Institute Staff:

James Anderson /Owner/administrator
Professional Assistants
Various Specialized Instructors
Motivational Speakers

School Hours of Operation/Calendar: Alabama Real Estate Institute students may access their courses via the Internet immediately upon enrollment. Courses are accessible to you at any time within the enrollment period. Upon enrolling in the course, you will have 180 days to complete the course with the option to purchase up to 3-60 day extensions but must complete the course within one calendar year of enrollment. As our courses are taught via distance education, students do not have the calendar constraints common to in-class courses such as program start/end dates and beginning/end dates for terms. The administrative staff hours of operation are: M-F 9:00a.m. – 4:00a.m. (CST). The technical support hours of operation are: M-Th: 9:00 AM EST to 9:00 PM EST, Friday: 9:00 AM EST – 6:00 PM EST, Saturday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST (on call), and Sunday: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST. Email support is available during normal business hours. Alabama Real Estate Institute staff office is closed in recognition for the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. On occasions, the office may close early due to inclement weather or on the day prior to a holiday. No recruiting for employment opportunities for any real estate brokerage firm is allowed on the school premises.

Enrollment Policies: Students may enroll in an Alabama Real Estate Institute course at any time by going to or by calling our enrollment office at 251-979-2530. Since you choose to register for a course at a time that fits your schedule, there are no late enrollment requirements. Alabama Real Estate Institute’ enrollment policy allows students 180 days to complete the course and applicable exam with the option to purchase additional time Alabama Real Estate Institute does not accept credit for previous training.

Attendance Policy and Requirements to Graduate: In order to get credit for this course, you must complete 100% of the course (a 100% attendance rate.) Under no circumstances will you receive any credit for courses in which 100% of the lessons were completed and the final exam was passed. As it is taken on the internet, there are no absences, tardiness, or early departure policies. Alabama Real Estate Institute does not have a leave of absence policy or probationary period.

Overview of our Programs: Alabama Real Estate Institute offers the following courses:

  • Sales Prelicense – 60 hours (fully meets the educational requirements for Licensure of Salespersons) –requires proctored exam.
  • Broker Prelicense – 60 hours meets the educational requirements for Licensure of Brokers) – requires proctored exam.
  • Alabama Reciprocal Salesperson — 6 hours (fully meets the educational requirements for a reciprocal license) – requires proctored exam.
  • Alabama Reciprocal Broker — 6 hours (fully meets the educational requirements for a reciprocal license) – requires proctored exam.
  • Alabama Post License – 30 hour Post License requires proctored exam. Requires proctored exam.
  • Alabama License Renewal Package for Brokers – 15 hours
  • Alabama License Renewal Package for Salespersons – 15 hours
  • Business Management in a Real Estate Office – 6 hours
  • Commercial Finance and Investment Analysis – 6 hours
  • Green Home Constructions – 6 hours
  • Income Capitalization Overview – 6 hours
  • Pricing Property to Sell – 6 hours
  • Alabama ADA and Fair Housing- 3 hours
  • Alabama Risk Management Avoiding Violations – 3 hours
  • Alabama Risk Management for Salespersons – 3 hours
  • Alabama Risk Management for Brokers – 3 hours
  • Federal Law and Commercial Real Estate – 3 hours
  • Principles of Commercial Real Estate – 3 hours
  • Real Estate Math – 3 hours
  • Using the Internet in Your Real Estate Practice – 3 hours
  • Consensual Dual Agency – 3 hours
  • Green Home Features – 3 hours
  • Tax Free Exchanges – 3 hours

Entrance Requirements: Our entrance requirements reflect the Alabama Real Estate Commission’s minimum requirements for licensure of Salespersons and Brokers. All students must be at least 18 years of age and have either a high school diploma or its equivalent in order to receive credit for this course. You may go to the Alabama Real Estate Commission’s website to review all requirements for licensure.

Grading System/Minimum Grade Requirement: The course that Alabama Real Estate Institute offers is created by CompuTaught. Below is an explanation of how the CompuTaught Learning System works and how it monitors your progress. The course requires active participation in each lesson and you must answer lesson questions correctly twice (100%) in order to proceed to the next lesson. There is no “make-up” work policy because all course work must be completed before taking the final exam.    For prelicense and post license courses, there is a final exam requirement after all lessons are completed. You must pass the exam with a 75% in order to receive credit for the course.

If you do not pass the final exam, you will be allowed an exam retake. If you do not pass the retake exam, you will not receive credit for the course. However, you will have the opportunity to purchase a retake of the course at a discounted price. If you do fail the course exam and purchase a retake, you will be required to start the course over and progress through each lesson again before you are allowed to take the final exam. Alabama Real Estate Institute will maintain your school records including your exam scores for five years at the minimum.

Signed Course Certification Statement The Alabama Real Estate Commission requires that you certify that you have personally completed each module of a distance learning course and any written exercise or assessment required for completion of the course. You must provide a signed Course and Assignment Certification Statement to the school before scheduling any course examination and before the school may certify your completion in any course. The school will not process your course completion without your submitting a signed certification form. This form is available online and you will electronically submit this to your school when you have completed all required modules of the course. This from will appear on your course homepage once you have completed the course lessons.

In order for Alabama Real Estate Institute to certify that you have completed a course, you must:

  1. complete all instructional lessons in the course by answering each question correctly at least twice;
  2. complete any online or paper homework or exercise required by the course;
  3. Submit signed and dated Course and Assignment Certification Statement {A “Student Affidavit” link will appear on your course home page upon completion of the course. Click on that link and initial and hit submit}; and
  4. pass any required course final examination at an approved school location.

Course Completion Records: Alabama Real Estate Institute will submit your successful completion of a course to the Commission (for postlicense and continuing education courses) or to AMP (for all prelicense courses) through secure internet transmission programs. If you require a paper certificate from the school for another state’s requirements or for some other purpose, you must contact a school administrator after completing the course.

The CompuTaught Learning System: The CompuTaught Learning System represents an entirely new approach to instruction administered using a computer. The primary feature that distinguishes this system from more traditional computer-based instruction (CBI) is that the system is designed around proven instructional strategies, rather than around the capabilities of the computer.


How Our Course Monitors and Evaluates Your Progress and Provides Feedback:

CompuTaught courses utilize the personal computer to perform the functions traditionally performed by the teacher. Using CompuTaught courseware, the computer becomes essentially a one-on-one tutor. It presents the material to be learned, provides adequate explanation to insure that you understand what is being presented, and requires that you demonstrate your understanding through active participation in the learning process.


More importantly, it acts as a constant monitor of what you know and don’t know and uses that information to dynamically adjust the presentation to meet your needs as you learn. The result of this process is that the courseware provides a fully self-contained instructional program that can adjust to your specific needs which may vary widely both in the amount of knowledge you bring into the learning session as well as your learning ability (i.e., how quickly you learn. In addition, no other resources (such as books or teachers) are normally needed to accomplish the educational objectives of a particular course.


There are a number of specific features of the CompuTaught learning system which contribute both to its uniqueness and to its effectiveness in teaching. The two primary characteristics are teaching to mastery and fluency and the dynamic control of the learning process.


Teaching to Mastery and Fluency

Mastery means that you will be required to learn the material on a particular topic to a specific criterion level. In practice, what this means is that the material is not just presented to you in the hope that you have learned it. Instead, you will be required to actively respond and demonstrate that you have learned the material presented before being allowed to proceed to new material.


Fluency means that you have learned the material well enough that your answers to questions, or other appropriate actions, are provided quickly, indicating greater “fluency” with the material.


What does all this mean to you? It’s simple. You’ll be ask every question repeatedly until you answer it correctly twice (mastery) and within a specific period time (fluency). So, read the questions and the answers before you select an answer. It doesn’t pay to GUESS!


The Dynamic Control of the Learning Process

The CompuTaught learning system has the ability to control the learning process dynamically, thereby tailoring the instruction to your individual needs to insure mastery and fluency on a very detailed level. As a basis for tailoring the instruction, the computer monitors how you respond to each question it presents, whether the answer was right or wrong, how long it took you to answer, and how many times it has been answered correctly. It then adjusts the presentation of material based on your responses, varying the order of material and the amount and content of remediation provided.


How to best take a CompuTaught course

Spending too much time in any one session will burn you out. Remember, our program actually challenges you to LEARN the material not just skim over text. So, we recommend you split up your effort into 30-40 minute sessions. You can do more than one session per day (recommended) but, try to do something everyday. The consistency of effort (particularly for any prelicense courses) is what will produce the best learning for you.

As you work on the course, your time in each lesson is recorded as well as how many questions are presented and how many attempts were required to answer the question correctly. So, the learning system serves as a record of attendance and academic achievement.

Refund Policy: You have the right to cancel your registration for any reason up to seven (7) calendar days from the date of purchase. Requests for cancellation of a registration must be made by contacting Alabama Real Estate Institute by phone, FAX, or e- mail. The request must be received by Alabama Real Estate Institute before midnight of the seventh calendar day from the date of purchase.
A cancellation fee will be charged to the student to cancel a registration. The amount of the cancellation fee is 15% of the total purchase amount. If the course includes one or more textbooks, the books must be returned at the student’s expense. The request for cancellation will not be processed until the book(s) are returned to the school in reusable condition.


Student Services, Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities: Upon successful completion of the Prelicense course, each student will receive an official completion certificate. To request additional copies of a completion certificate, please contact Alabama Real Estate Institute. There are no fees for additional copies. Student transcripts will be provided upon written request.


Technical Support:

You can contact Tech Support at 800-743-8703 or email them at Their hours of operations are Monday through Thursday: 9:00 AM EST to 9:00 PM EST, Friday: 9:00 AM EST – 6:00 PM EST, Saturday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST (on call), and Sunday: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST. Email support is available during normal business hours. Emails received after normal business hours will be answered the following business day. Before you call, please be prepared to explain your problem in detail and have access to your computer. In order to effectively troubleshoot your issue, our technicians begin the call by asking you a series of questions regarding your operating environment. We will need to know what type of computer you are using, the operating system you are using, the version number of any associated software. Your calls may be documented or monitored to help us maintain quality of service standards.


System Requirements: In order to take this distance education course, your computer must meet the following system requirements:

  • IBM PC Compatible Computer (minimum 350 MHz processor with 64 MB RAM)
  • SVGA (800×600) video card, driver, and monitor
  • Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000*/XP*
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or greater (free download available with course)
  • Internet connection (minimum 56Kbps required, although we highly recommend a high speed connection such as DSL, cable or TI)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5 or greater (free download available with course) (CompuTaught courses do not support any “Beta” versions of Internet Explorer)
  • Printer (for course documentation and Student Affidavit)
  • Flash Player plug-in (free download available with course)



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