NIC real estate program offers prep for still active local market; Room still available in NIC program

Working in the field of real estate is appealing to many people—people who are self-motivated, who crave the opportunity to work independently knowing that hard work could yield great rewards, including no limits as to what can be earned financially.
A fast-paced training program offered through North Idaho College’s Workforce Training Center and the booming real estate market combine to make the field even more attractive to prospective real estate professionals.
Last year more than 670 people completed NIC’s real estate program, which is offered in two 45-hour modules that combine to meet the 90-hour requirement for salesperson licensing. The modules are offered in six all-day sessions at the NIC Workforce Training Center in Post Falls. Those who complete both modules will have met the minimum competency required to practice in the field and are eligible to take the state licensing exam in both Idaho and Washington.
“The NIC Workforce Training Center has been the regional leader in real estate education for more than 16 years and continues to provide the highest quality preparation for agents working with brokers throughout the area,” said Workforce Training Director Robert Ketchum.
NIC’s program remains the most comprehensive training source available, according to Bill Hatch who heads NIC’s real estate program.
“NIC’s program is an impartial venue for training, unobstructed by biases of independent brokerages,” Hatch said. “The program yields an independent pool of real estate recruits that get snatched up quickly by local real estate brokers and go straight to work.” 
Hatch, who holds a doctorate and has more than 32 years of experience as a real estate broker, said the industry has become more professional and computer-oriented over the years as tools such as the Internet and e-mail became more prevalent. The field has also become more legally complex, forcing the need for the proper training in real estate law and ethics that is part of NIC’s training program.
NIC’s real estate program also includes a variety of courses offered as continuing education credits. Idaho requires 20 hours and Washington requires 30 hours of continuing education credits every two years in order to maintain a real estate license. A core continuing education course is offered in addition to a variety of electives such as Understanding and Applying Idaho Agency Law and Title Insurance: Issues for Real Estate Agents. Each course is $39.
Although it is slowing slightly from last year’s boom, Hatch said the local real estate market is still very active.
“The market is more in balance now,” Hatch said. “Interest rates are still low and there is still plenty of property available. It continues to be a good time to be in real estate.”
Cost to enroll in NIC’s real estate program is $265 per module. Room is still available in each of two real estate series offered this fall, one beginning in September and one in November. The first module of each series this fall is available for college credit. Contact NIC Business, Professional Programs and Trades and Industry Division Chair Judy Parker at (208) 769-7784 for more information on the credit option.
To enroll, contact the Workforce Training Center at (208) 769-3444. 

Quick Facts
Courses offered in six sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center in Post Falls
Module I
Sept. 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15
Nov. 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17
Module II
Oct. 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20
Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 4, 5, 7, 8
Cost per module: $265
Information or to enroll: NIC Workforce Training Center at (208) 769-3444 or


For More Information
NIC Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Workforce Training Director Robert Ketchum, (208) 769-3221, or NIC Real Estate Program Instructor Bill Hatch, (360) 981-4346, NIC Business, Professional Programs and Trades and Industry Division Chair Judy Parker at (208) 769-7784

Posted: Friday, Aug. 11, 2006

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