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Become a Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator
Trusted Mortgage Pre-Licensing Education

  • Master the Fundamentals: Our comprehensive NMLS-approved courses equip you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the mortgage industry.
  • Flexible Learning Options: Choose the learning format that fits your needs, including live classes or webinars, self-study, or online instructor-led programs
  • Confidently Pass Your Exam: A proven curriculum, expert instructors, and exam preparation will help get you ready for your MLO license exam.

Choose a 20-Hour Mortgage Pre-License Education Package:

Live Class
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  • 3 Days
  • Attend in Person
  • Real-Time Participation
  • Chicago Area Locations
  • Interact with Your Peers
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Live Webinar
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  • 3 Days
  • Live Broadcast
  • Real-Time Participation
  • Webcam Required
  • Just Like Class, but More Flexible
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Online Instructor-Led
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  • 12 days to Complete
  • Online College Course Format - Complete in 3 to 12 Days
  • Work on Your Preferred Times
  • Complete Required Assignments and Receive Instructor Feedback
  • Attend From Anywhere

* Plus Mandatory Regulatory Fee.

Real Estate Institute's Mortgage Pre-License Courses

Why Choose Us?

  • Engaging and comprehensive courses with start-to-finish support.
  • Over 30 years of experience providing high-quality professional education.
  • A dedicated student service team is ready to assist you in any way you may need.
  • Expert instructors are industry professionals with years of experience and passion.

Key Resources for Aspiring Mortgage Professionals

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How Do I Get Licensed as an MLO?

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Becoming an MLO: Steps to Kickstart Your Career

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Is Real Estate Institute an NMLS-approved provider?

Yes. The Real Estate Institute is an NMLS-approved course provider, #1400102. We offer NMLS-approved pre-license and continuing education programs, and we also provide a SAFE test preparation course to prepare loan originators for the mandatory national exam.

After becoming registered with the NMLS, what steps are required to become licensed in an individual state?

Each State's mortgage licensing law dictates requirements for individual state licensure. However, specific requirements exist for all states, and the licensing process will be standardized and facilitated through the NMLS.

Requirements include:

  • Pre-License Education
  • National Examination
  • Background Checks

Please check the NMLS website for updated information about individual state requirements.

How do I obtain an NMLS Individual ID?

You can find detailed instructions on the NMLS Website.

Does the 20-hour pre-license course help prepare me for the mandatory SAFE examination?

Our pre-license courses cover most topics listed on the NMLS test content outline for the National Component exam.

However, pre-license education is intended to provide originators with a knowledge base to work in the mortgage industry. The NMLS does not approve "test preparation" courses for pre-license education. We recommend that our students study for the SAFE exam using our Prep-to-Pass program after completing their pre-license education.

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