Real Estate Academy

Real Estate Academy

Real estate is a field well-suited for enterprising individuals at any career-stage, with agents enjoying a flexible schedule and potentially significant earnings. Charleston has recently been ranked among Trulia’s “Hot Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2016:” what better time and place to embark on a journey toward an agent’s license?

The College of Charleston School of Professional Studies can be the first step on that journey, providing coursework required by the South Carolina Real Estate Commission.

The Real Estate Academy courses are competitively priced, and available in both daytime and evening formats. As an additional benefit, students can take comfort in attending a trusted and well-respected academic institution.

Our 60-hour Salesperson Pre-Licensing course is designed to thoroughly prepare prospective agents for the state exam, providing high-quality instruction from certified instructors. Upon passing the exam, prospective agents may enroll in 30-hour Advanced Principles course, required for full licensure.

In June 2017, the Real Estate Academy began offering Professional Development courses. For more information, please see our Schedule.

Coming Soon: Broker A Exam Prep.


Courses are held at the College of Charleston North Campus: a brand-new building housing approximately 50,000 square feet of classroom and study space, and equipped with state-of-the-art technology. For student convenience, the North Campus facility also features ample free parking in a safe and well-lit lot, and a library with access to printers and copiers.

The CofC North Campus facility is located in North Charleston, at the intersection of Paramount Drive and Dorchester Road, and is easily accessed from I-526.

Courses are offered on a regular basis, typically with at least one session of each section per month.



Ray James is a licensed Broker-in-Charge in both South Carolina and Michigan, with more than three decades of commercial, residential and property management experience. James holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University, a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Grand Valley State University, and was the recipient of a Fellowship in Political Leadership at Michigan State University. In addition to his experience in the field, James has also spent 15 years teaching in a classroom setting.

Bill Byrd holds extensive experience in the real estate field; over the course of a 30+ year career, he has founded two real estate companies, worked as a custom home building and land developer, and has sold over 1000 homes. Byrd currently manages a real estate team, and is an active realtor and builder. He has a passion for teaching, and enjoys sharing his insights with those interested in building a successful career in real estate.