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Online Education

VAR offers state-approved online continuing education opportunities through several quality providers.


Alpha College of Real Estate
The CE Shop
NAR Realtor University
RPR: Realtors® Property Resource Online Training
NAR Quadrennial Ethics Training
Appraisal Education (McKissock)
Quality Service Certification (QSC)

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Alpha College of Real Estate is the pre-eminent source of real estate education courses in Hampton Roads.

Alpha College provides quality instruction to those seeking real estate licensing, self-improvement, and professional enhancement. We pride ourselves on providing quality instructors and developing curriculum which directly applies to your Real Estate success.

Click here to access the VAR member portal for Alpha College of Real Estate.

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The CE Shop is an accredited source for state approved and ARELLO certified Online Real Estate Continuing Education.

Daily real estate professionals trust the CE Shop to make their online education experience EASY!

Our process of delivering continuing education online is completely automated, issuing a printable certificate of completion and timely reporting to your licensing authority.

Click here to access the VAR member portal for The CE Shop including commercial and residential.

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The mission of REALTOR® University is to foster life-long student learning through high-quality entrepreneurial and career-oriented programs in real estate. The University delivers its programs through a global online campus to meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population.

At REALTOR® University, we provide the highest quality education available to real estate professionals. Supported by an extensive library, research center and network of associates, a REALTOR® University education will equip you with leading-edge knowledge of real estate, and the skills you’ll need to apply it. Distinguish yourself from peers and competitors with an education from REALTOR® University. You can enhance your career by earning a designation through courses offered by our School of Professional Development and Continuing Education or learn about our plans for a Master of Real Estate degree.

Click here to access the NAR REALTOR® University site.

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Realtors Property Resource® (RPR) is NAR's exclusive online real estate database and provides REALTORS® with information on every parcel of property in the United States as well as a robust portfolio of market trend data, advanced analytical reports, and detailed maps.

In this course, you will learn how automated valuation models (AVMs) may influence consumers' online real estate research efforts. You will also learn how REALTORS® can leverage the full analytical power of the RPR in their listing presentations and buyer counseling sessions. Specific scripts and step-by-step instructions on how to run the seller's report, property report, and market activity report are included.

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Between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016, every Realtor® is required to complete 2 1/2 hours of Code of Ethics training. NAR offers a free course to satisfy this requirement.  NAR also offers a course that will give you Virginia Ethics Continuing Education Credit.  For details, click here.

A course you may have taken for ethics continuing education may have already satisfied this requirement. You need to check with the course provider to see if the course also qualified for NAR quadrennial ethics and turn in your certificate to your local association. 

Click here to access the NAR online course options. Click here for a brief FAQ on the quadrennial ethics requirement.

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McKissock is an established provider of online appraisal continuing education. 

Click here to access the McKissock Appraisal CE website.

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Quality Service Certification, Inc., (QSC) is recognized as the real estate industry’s premier advocate of consumer-oriented quality service, conducting training and certification programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. QSC already provides thousands of real estate professionals with a proven customer satisfaction program. QSC conducts quality service training throughout North America leading to the QSC designation. Additionally, through its affiliation with Leading Research Corporation, QSC measures customer satisfaction by surveying home sellers and buyers following closing. An overall satisfaction score for each QSC sales professional is posted on the QSC consumer website

Is this certification approved for CE credit?

Yes. Both the classroom and online courses are approved for 4 hours CE and PL credit.

How do I become certified?

There are three pathways to certification:

  • Attendance at a live program sponsored by a local Association or brokerage. 
  • Participation in a two-part tele-class. Contact QSC (888) 547-4772 or e-mail for more information.
  • Completion of the online program. Click here for more program information, or to take the online program.

Click here to learn more about the QSC program.

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