I am a Canadian Citizen holding a US Green Card. I have two Diplomas from Canada – one Legal Assistant Diploma and one Medical Assistant Diploma. I do not have copies of my high school transcripts, and my high school is no longer open. I am 50 years old and want to take a property management course in South Carolina. Would my two Diplomas be considered “equivalent” to a high school diploma to take the PM course?
Good news – it looks like not having your transcripts or other documents from high school shouldn’t be an obstacle for getting your real estate license in South Carolina. We checked with the South Carolina Department of Real Estate, and the Communications Director and Ombudsman, Lesia Shannon Kudelka, dug into the requirements for us.
While it is the responsibility of all applicants to answer questions concerning their own education truthfully on the application, you don’t actually have to submit a high school diploma or transcripts of any kind with the application.
According to Kudelka, another question on the application directs applicants to “attach real estate school certificates or transcripts by which you qualify for examination.”
You do have to provide proof of the real-estate-specific pre-license courses (see S.C. Code 40-57-100 and following). But the law provides an alternative means for satisfying the pre-licensing education requirement: You can submit evidence that you completed a bachelors’ degree with a major in real estate from an accredited college or university, or completed a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws degree (see S.C. Code 40-57-100(A)(1)(2) and (3).
Note that to qualify for a property management license in South Carolina, Paragraph 3 specifically requires “completion of thirty hours of classroom instruction in property management principles and practices or evidence submitted to the department of a Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Laws degree, or a baccalaureate degree with a major in real estate from an accredited college or university. Paragraph A requires that you have had to complete these requirements within the past five years.
So the high school portion of the application shouldn’t be much of a hurdle, but you must still complete the other industry-specific educational requirements within the stated time frames to receive your license.
Writing about personal finance and investments since 1999, Jason Van Steenwyk started as a reporter with Mutual Funds Magazine and served as editor of Investors’ Digest. He now publishes feature articles in many publications including Annuity Selling Guide, Bankrate.com, and more.