Top 5 Online Real Estate Schools in Tennessee

When you begin your journey to become a real estate agent, there are many decisions you will have to make. The first one is to decide where you want to go to get your real estate license, which is officially called the Affiliate Broker license. The Tennessee Real Estate Commission (TREC) is the regulatory agency for Tennessee that determines what you need to do to get licensed.

TREC requires that you complete two real estate courses called the Affiliate Broker Pre-license course (60 hours) and the New Affiliates course (30 hours). This adds up to 90 total hours of coursework. After you finish these courses, the next step is to pass a real estate exam at a testing center that consists of 240 questions broken up between national and state portions. You will be given up to 4 hours to answer all of the questions.

If you are new to the real estate industry, these requirements may seem intimidating. That’s why it’s important to find a credible real estate school that will give you the best chance to pass everything on your first attempt. The good news is there are a lot of options out there. There are schools where you can go to study in a traditional classroom setting, and there are online schools where you can study from home and at your own pace.

Is it better to take courses online or in a classroom?

If you have never taken an online course before, you may have an automatic knee-jerk reaction to choose a program in a classroom. You may think that online courses are boring and takes too much self-discipline to finish. However, looking at the exam pass rates from the top online schools versus the top classroom programs tell a different story.

 National Portion Pass RateState Portion Pass RateOverall Pass Rate
Online Courses59%83%70%

The data clearly shows a higher pass rate in every category by enrolling in an online program versus studying in a classroom, which means you have a better chance of passing the real estate exam with online courses.

Nevertheless, although exam pass rates are very important, it is also important to research into each school a little further to see what else they have to offer. After all, every school has their own strengths and weaknesses. This would be a more fair and well-rounded review.

After going through all of the real estate schools approved by the Tennessee Real Estate Commission, here are the 5 best online and classroom programs that will help you successfully get licensed. 

Online Courses

The CE Shop is a 100% online-only program. While they don’t provide any hardcopy books or physical study materials, they have the highest exam pass rate in the industry for Tennessee. 

The secret to how they achieved so much success lies in the way they designed their courses. They developed their courses so that you really learn the material by attacking the content at multiple angles. Although it is primarily like reading a book online, they incorporate lots of activities such as fill-in-the-blank, matching, and multiple-choice quizzes. They combine that with robust support, offering phone, chat, and email support 7 days a week. 

The CE Shop boasts a 97% student satisfaction rate and considering they have the highest pass rate, I can see why. Combined with their frequent promotions on their website, it’s hard to find a better bargain.

Online Courses

Mbition has been the long-time leader in providing high quality online courses. With decades of real estate experience under their belt, their instructors are knowledgeable and will help you with your “mbition” to launch a successful real estate career. In fact, they guarantee it or your money back.

Mbition has a package that will cater to anyone’s needs. If you just need the required pre-license courses, you can go with their Silver package. If you want to get some additional exam prep to help you with the real estate exam, you can select the Gold package. If you don’t want to leave anything to chance and want the most comprehensive program with all the bells and whistles (including hardcopy textbooks), you will find that in their top package called the Platinum Solution.

Online Courses

Although Real Estate Express doesn’t have the highest overall exam pass rate, there are so many other things that the school offers that bring significant value. The pre-licensing courses are setup in a standard online format where you basically just read it online and answer multiple-choice questions along the way.

What really impressed me was all the other stuff you get with their top package called Ultimate Learning. You get over 1,000 practice test questions for the both the national and state portions of the exam. The Live Q&A allows you to talk to certified real estate instructors via video webinars. If you have a hard time studying on the computer, you will get hardcopy books in the mail that are identical to the online books. After you get licensed, Real Estate Express gives you additional training courses to help you hit the ground running. The 90-day Boot Camp is a video course by world-renown real estate coach Sherri Johnson that will show you how to close your first deal in 90 days. You will also get ongoing access to hundreds of video tutorials, discussion forums, and job aids with their Professional Development Membership. Real Estate Express is the top pick because they don’t just help you get licensed, they are the total package to help you launch a successful career.


TREES has been around for over 40 years. They have helped over 100,000 people become licensed and genuinely seem to care about helping their students achieve their career goals.  They are best known for their classrooms, which can be completed Monday through Friday in a couple of weeks or there is also a 5-week option during nights and weekends.

Here are their 5 locations:

5705 Marlin Rd
5900 Bldg., Ste 1300
Chattanooga, Tn. 37411

Twelve Oaks Building 1
5401 Kingston Pike, Suite 220
Knoxville, Tn. 37919

Nashville – Elm Hill
Atrium Way, Landers Plaza,
2451 Atrium Way, Suite 120
Nashville, Tn. 37214

Georgetown Park, Suite 501
1602 West Northfield Blvd.
Murfreesboro, Tn. 37129

Great Smoky Association of Realtors
109 Glennhill Lane
Sevierville, Tn. 37862


TRECS has dominated classroom learning in Knoxville. Having been founded in 1977, they have built a strong track record of helping people pass the exams. They only have the one location in Knoxville and their class schedules only run Monday through Friday, so it may not work with your schedule if you have other commitments.


Continual Learning Institute has been one of the leading education providers in Tennessee. They only have one location in Nashville. However, they offer multiple classes during the week, nights and weekends to fit your schedule.

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