Most people considering getting into real estate are planning a second career or a career change. This means that they are working during the week and may not have the ability to attend classes. Online classes provide the flexibility needed to fit coursework into their schedules. Online courses need to be as thorough as a traditional classroom experience. Those offered by the following institutions are highly regarded.

Barney Fletcher Schools

Barney Fletcher Schools has offered real estate certification classes since 1970. The largest real estate educator in Georgia, Barney Fletcher Schools offers a full range of Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC) approved pre-license and post-license courses for salespeople, brokers and appraisers. This is the only real estate school in Georgia certified by the Council on Certification and Accreditation, which reviews the quality and curriculum of training and education programs of different industries nationally. Barney Fletcher graduates have access to many special programs and courses through their affiliates, such as RealtyU and iSucceed.

Georgia MLS Training Institute

Top agents across the state of Georgia are graduates of the Georgia MLS Training Institute. This school's GREC-approved courses are taught and developed by seasoned professionals who remain active in their fields. Course materials contain both academic and real-life information, providing a solid foundation for a real estate practitioner. The Georgia MLS Training Institute offers pre-license and post-license courses as well as continuing education courses online for salespeople, brokers and appraisers. Affiliated with the Georgia Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the largest real estate listing service in the Southeast, the Georgia MLS Training Institute has taught real estate classes since 1970.

Georgia Institute of Real Estate

Started in 1959, the Georgia Institute of Real Estate (GIRE) has been a part of the Atlanta Board of Realtors since 1980. Its well-regarded pre-licensing and post-licensing programs and continuing education courses for both salespeople and brokers are GREC approved. Graduates of GIRE's online courses have a high passing rate on the GREC salesperson license exam. Over 93 percent passed on their first try in 2006. Graduates can access special job postings, discounts and information belonging to Atlanta Board of Realtors members.