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Welcome to the Career Institute

Thank you for your interest in the Career Institute.
We are proud to be a leader in Tennessee Real Estate Education. We were the first school to offer TREC Pre-Licensing courses by correspondence.

The Career Institute, TREC School #1293 authorized by the Tennessee Real Estate Commission as a provider of PRE-LICENSING and CONTINUING EDUCATION for the real estate profession in Tennessee. The Career Institute has been recognized by real estate professionals as an excellent and convenient provider of of TREC continuing education, and now we have taken the lead in providing convenient pre-licensing courses for both affiliate broker and broker.

The objective of the Career Institute is to provide an affordable solution to certification needs. Each passing day brings more recognition of the importance of education in the real estate industry. We at the Career Institute believe brokers and their affiliates should not pay excessively for pre-licensing requirements, continuing education and technical training.

Career Institute courses are prepared by leaders in their respective fields, and presented by lead instructor Jim Gibbs who is a retired Tennessee principal broker, a Realtor for nearly 40 years and a certified paralegal with 45 years of teaching experience which includes college level instruction.

The Career Institute was the first and for awhile, the only school authorized to provide pre-licensing real estate education by correspondence in the State of Tennessee. The Career Institute is also an authorized provider of a full range of Tennessee Real Estate Commission required continuing education. Several neighboring states including Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky  and Arkansas will offer credit for TREC approved courses if you are licensed in both their state and Tennessee. Please ask your real estate commission in other states regarding out of state real estate continuing education approval.

The Career Institute also offers assistance and coaching for our students. We offer transcript verification to employers upon their request verifying that our students have, in fact, completed the coursework and earned certification. Additionally, students and alumni receive access to valuable online student resources.

Inquiries and program suggestions are welcome, and may be made to Jim Gibbs, Director of the Institute  who may be reached by phone, weekdays from 10am to 5pm, Central Standard Time, at (615) 904-4750 or email at:

College Credits: The Career Institute is not recognized by any particular college but students have reported college credit awarded by some institutions based upon Career Institute transcripts. If college credit is your desire and you want to transfer the credits to your local college, please determine if our transcripts will be acceptable and transferable to the college of your choice prior to signing up for our program.