Online Course Catalog

Online Course Overview

Homestudy courses from the Iowa Association of REALTORS® offer you the convenience of completing your education requirements at your own pace, at your home or office.

No classroom time required!

Important Information About Online Courses

  • If you are renewing a license, you may take a maximum of 24 hours of homestudy/online courses. See license renewal requirements for more information.
  • If you are looking for the online pre-license course, please click here.

Rules and Regulations for Online Courses

  1. You must score 90% or better on the final exam.
  2. You must complete each homestudy course, including any retakes of the final exam, within 6 months of purchasing the course.
  3. You must submit a Student Affidavit for each homestudy course you complete. We cannot issue a certificate until the Student Affidavit has been submitted to us.
  4. We are automatically notified when you complete a homestudy course, and will issue a certificate via email within 6 business days of course completion.
  5. A maximum of 24 hours may be taken by home study/online courses.
  6. All homestudy sales are final; no refunds or exchanges are available.

Mandatory Renewal Online Courses

Ethics - Acting with Integrity (Online) – Cost: $40.00

4 hours Real Estate Mandatory and/or Elective CE (LectLearn course)

This course introduces the latest research in business ethics and includes images, charts, and graphs to help you master the concepts, plus video role-plays and chapter-summaries to keep you engaged. Additionally, this class satisfies the NAR quadrennial ethics requirement.

Law Update (Online) – Cost: $50.00

8 hours Real Estate Mandatory and/or Elective CE (LectLearn course)

This 8-hour online course covers key Iowa laws relevant to the practice of real estate:  license, fraud, and misrepresentation, agency, licensee responsibilities, disclosures, fair housing laws, and more.

Elective Renewal Online Courses

Septic Systems and Time of Transfer Inspections (Online) - Cost: $20.00

2 hours Real Estate Elective CE (LectLearn course)

Beginning in 2009, Iowa law required that every building served by a septic system have that septic system inspected prior to a deed transfer. This course will explain the inspection requirements and procedures and outline some of the issues you may have to deal with during the inspection process. The course begins by describing the types of legal septic systems and how they operate and are maintained. The objective of the inspection program is to ensure that every home has adequate wastewater treatment.

Foreclosure in Iowa:  How to Help Owners and Buyers While Building Your Business (Online) - Cost: $20.00

2 hours Real Estate Elective CE (LectLearn course)

Unfortunately, today, foreclosure has become a reality for all too many American homeowners.  For REALTORS®, this reality translates into a new way of doing business. This course is designed to help you, the REALTOR®, understand the foreclosure process while building strong partnerships with homeowners either buying or selling a home.  In addition to providing definitions, timelines, solutions, and listing opportunities, this course also includes additional resources to expand your current knowledge of foreclosure.

Do the Math: Trust Accounting (Online) - Cost: $30.00

3 hours Real Estate Elective CE (LectLearn course)

In this course you will learn the basic rules regarding a trust account. You will review the rules for establishing and maintaining the account as well as when and how deposits and payments are to be made. Included in the course are a few typical trust account transactions which you will be required to post to the general ledger and the appropriate sub-ledgers. To complete the course you will be required to successfully balance the sub-ledgers to the general ledger.

Section 1031 Exchanges (Online) - Cost: $30.00

3 hours Real Estate Elective CE (LectLearn course)

This course will cover basic and intermediate exchange principles including how to determine if an exchange is appropriate, what properties qualify for exchange treatment, how and when to use a qualified intermediary company to structure the transaction, documentation requirements, important rules and restrictions, reverse exchanges and complex exchange issues.

Delivering Incredible Customer Service (Online) - Cost: $30.00

3 hours Real Estate Elective CE (LectLearn course)

This course is designed to help participants develop an understanding of customer service as a strategic business advantage.

Fair Housing (Online) - Cost:  $50.00

6 hours Real Estate Elective CE (REcampus course)

Recent fair housing legislation has been aimed at dramatically strengthening the enforcement mechanisms and remedies enacted in 1968. Agents today must be careful to deliver "equal professional service" to avoid legal trouble. This course helps students provide the consistency, objectivity, and documentation of service that the law requires.

Foreclosures, Short Sales, REOs and Auctions (Online) – Cost: $50.00

6 hours Real Estate Elective CE (REcampus course)

With the number of homes going into foreclosure and short sales today reaching unprecedented highs, it is increasingly important for licensees to stay current on these topics so as to remain competitive and successful in the market. This continuing education title discusses four hot topics in today’s market: Foreclosures, Short Sales, REOs, and Auctions.

Introduction to Commercial Real Estate Sales (Online) – Cost: $50

6 hours Real Estate Elective CE (REcampus course)

This elective provides a comprehensive introduction to the potentially lucrative field of commercial real estate. Discussion includes the categories of commercial property, financial elements involved in real estate investments, and developing a marketing plan.

The Truth About Mold (Online) - Cost: $50

6 hours Real Estate Elective CE (REcampus course)

Mold is a controversial topic that is quickly becoming a serious liability risk for real estate agents and a threat to all in involved in real estate transactions---from home inspectors and the home insurance industry to buyers and sellers facing potential health risks and the inability to secure insurance. The Truth About Mold provides the answers students need to protect their physical and fiscal well-being and to separate myth from truth.

Mortgage Fraud & Predatory Lending (Online) – Cost: $70

8 hours Real Estate Elective CE (REcampus course)

This course addresses the hand-in-hand issues of predatory lending and mortgage fraud, and how they affect foreclosed and repossessed properties. Each chapter is devoted to a specific topic and includes a definition and discussion of the issue, relevant information, and the impact of the topic on real estate agents. Learning features such as case studies, key terms, and end-of-chapter multiple-choice questions with answer rationales help emphasize important concepts.

Scams, Scoundrels, and Real Estate Stings (Online) – Cost $50

6 hours Real Estate Elective CE (REcampus course)

An agent can become an invaluable resource to clients and the real estate industry by learning how to spot and report scams at the first sniff of trouble. This course takes students, one crime at a time, on the journey of sleuthing the facts, recognizing who is liable, assessing the consequences, and revealing the resources that will help students avoid the dark side of the industry today. Students will learn how one person’s scam is every agent’s burden to bear, and how agents can sting-proof their reputation while keeping clients out of harm’s way. From flopping to straw buyers to
Internet fraud, it’s all explored here.

Online Designation Courses

Visit the National Association of REALTORS® REALTOR® University for many online professional development opportunities including designation courses, informational webinars, and even courses approved for continuing education by the CE Shop  (These courses will NOT show up on your IAR CE record). 

For more information on designations and certifications, click here.