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Who is David Collins?

David Collins is considered one of the most dynamic and knowledgeable speakers on the subject of real estate in Florida. He has been a real estate broker and real estate school instructor since 1980. In 1997, Florida Governor Lawton Chiles appointed David to the Florida Real Estate Commission Education and Research Foundation for which he served four years and was Chairman in his final year of service. He is a member of the Florida Association of REALTORS Instructor Academy and the Real Estate Educators Association.

David owns and operates Real Estate CareerQuest and Florida Real Estate Trainers, licensed real estate schools. In addition, he is the author of Florida Real Estate Guide, a pre-license text book for sales associates and Florida Real Estate Broker, a pre-license text book for brokers. Both texts have been approved by the Florida Real Estate Commission for licensing requirements. In addition, David has written numerous other real estate books and articles that are available on-line as well. David has practiced real estate since 1978 and brings hands-on experience that others can only imagine. He has worked in residential and commercial-investment sales as well as participated in the development of subdivisions, shopping centers and medical communities.

David has the experience and knowledge necessary to impart the proper knowledge that gets RESULTS.

Local Association CE Coop Program

Real Estate Education Cooperative

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Share Live Streaming Interactive CE courses and share the cost. Designed for Associations throughout Florida.

Pick the courses your Association wants to attend. Click here to see courses available. You will be given a link and security login code for a Zoom webinar.

The instructor is David Collins. Instructional cost per hours will be as follows:

2 to 5 participating associations in a course

6 to 10 participating associations in a course

11 or more participating association in a course




(Based on volumes of students managed by David Collins Schools and reported to DBPR)

If there are 10 Associations participating each will pay $25/per hour.

David Collins Schools will report all students to DBPR as well as send course reports to students. Associations will receive a roster for their records.

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Contact David Collins at: or 1.800.200.1030

Specialty Continuing Education Courses

The following courses have been approved by the Florida Real Estate Commission and are currently being offered to Realtor Associations and Brokerage firms throughout Florida.

Investment Strategies in a Distressed Real Estate Market: 4 hour or 7 hour CE credits NEW!

Buying investment real estate is THE secrete to Wealth-building. This is a comprehensive workshop on real estate investment analysis. It's back to the basics" when it comes to buying income producing properties in a distressed market. Topics include:

  • How to select the right property
  • Locating Distressed Properties
  • How to determine Real Value of an investment
  • Evaluating borrowing alternatives

Contract Mediation: 4 hour CE credits NEW!

Students will be given the tools to understand and work through situations that require mediation. This includes mediation between Buyers and Sellers as well as dispute resolution among brokerages. Students will have indepth study of:

  • Contract Mediation Requirements
  • Procuring Cause Criteria
  • Requirements of Arbitration
  • The Mediation Process
  • 4 Case Studies on Mediation

Negotiating Great Contracts: 4-hour CE credit NEW!

This course is designed to train associates in the Art of Negotiating.

  • Skills Required in Negotiating
  • How to Close
  • Summary to Successful Selling (I SELL)
  • Writing the Contract

Prospecting: Guide to Lead Generation: 3-hour CE credit NEW!

This course will assist licensees in developing prospecting techniques and steps needed to insure they are the procuring cause in the transaction.

  • Prospecting and Lead Generation
  • Prospect Conversion
  • Understanding Procuring Cause
  • Steps needed to insure procuring cause position

Florida Administrative Assistant: 11 hours CE credit NEW!

Learn all the important techniques in becoming a successful Personal assistant in real estate. Topic include:

  • Product Knowledge
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Effective Office Management
  • Working with Buyers
  • Working with Sellers
  • Assistant's Role in Closings

Continuing Education: 14 hour CE credits NEW!

  • Core Law (3-hrs)
  • Prospecting and Lead Generation
  • Skills in Negotiating
  • Contract Management

Lead the Field in Real Estate: 4 and 7 hour CE credits

This nuts and bolts workshop on the business of real estate is a "must do" for all new associates and a great refresher for those veterans that would like to sharpen their skills. Topics include:

  • Goal Setting and Business Planning
  • Hiring and managing Personal Assistants
  • Listing Inventory Management
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Managing Contracts to Closing

Ethics and Moral Turpitude: 3 hour CE credits

This course is designed to satisfy the National Association of REALTORS requirement for Ethics (2.5). In addition, this class reviews how crime and moral turpitude is dealt with by the FREC.

Prospect to Contract: 8 hour CE credit

In order to be successful in real estate agents must know how to prospect, negotiate and close transactions. The in an in-depth study that can have tremendous results. Topics include:

  • Prospecting
  • Prospect Conversion
  • Negotiating
  • Writing Great Contracts

Core Law: 3 hour CE credits

The Florida Real Estate Commission requires a study in core law as part of the continuing education required for renewal. This course is designed to update agents on current FREC rules and any important up-dates.

Contract to Closing: 3 hour CE credits

This is a comprehensive workshop on to review of the general provisions of contracts. Topics include:

  • Contract Management including how to prevent contracts from becoming voidable
  • A review of the CRSP-12 Contract & FAR/BAR-10
  • A review of Procuring Cause and NAR's requirements in dealing with the issue

Florida Realtors Courses

The following GRI, CE Express, and Certification Courses have been approved through Florida Realtors.


  • Florida Military Specialist


  • Contact to Contract
  • Investment
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Brokerage Management
  • Law
  • Taxes

CE Express

  • Completing an Effective Sales & Purchase Contract
  • Real Estate Investments Made Easy
  • Essentials of Single and Multi-family Investing

Florida Real Estate Assistant Certification

Florida Real Estate Assistant is now offered online for both unlicensed individuals wishing to become a Personal Assistant in real estate and Licensed individuals that want to get skill training in the management of a real estate office. Upon successful completion of the course, students can receive a Diploma that will certify their competency as a Real Estate Administrative Assistant.

Cost is $49.


The bookstore has available for purchase pre-license and post-license textbooks as well as a variety of specialty books for improving your career.

David Collins Schedule

Date Course City/Association
2022-08-19PAR/14hr CEPensacola
2022-08-20ECAR/Sell Your Way to the TopZoom
2022-08-31ECAR/14hrs CE Day 1S. Walton
2022-09-01ECAR/14hr CE Day 2S. Walton
2022-09-07Investment Strategies 2hr CE Co-op PARZoom
2022-09-10ECAR/FMR 9am to 1pm Co-opZoom
2022-09-12ECAR/Core Law 9am to noonFt. Walton Beach
2022-09-14PAR/Commercial Contracts 8:30am to 10:30amPensacola
2022-09-19PAR/Contract Review 8:30am to 10:30amPensacola
2022-09-2214hrs CE Day 1 (co-op) PAR & ECARZoom
2022-09-2314hr CE Day 2 (co-op)Zoom
2022-10-05Commercial Contracts 2hr CE Co-op PAR and ECARZoom
2022-10-14NABOR/Role of the Buyer's Agent 10am to noonNavarre
2022-10-16NABOR/Lead Generation 1pm to 3pmNavarre
2022-10-20PAR/FMS 9am to 1pmPensacola
2022-11-02Business Plan/Setting Goals 2hr CE Co-op PARZoom
2023-01-04Negotiating the Home Inspection Clause 2hr CE (Co-op program)Zoom
2023-01-14Selling Your Way to the Top in Real Estate 4hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-02-01Contract Comparison 2hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-02-11Listing to Sell: Pricing Properties in a Hyper-inflated Market 4hrs (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-02-21Core Law 3hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-03-01Contract Addendums 2hr CE (Co-op ProgramZoom
2023-03-11Prospecting 3hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-03-21Ethics 3hr CE (Co-op ProgramZoom
2023-04-05Commercial Contracts 2hr CE (Co-op ProgramZoom
2023-04-15Residential Investment Analysis 4hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-04-18Contract Review 2hr CE (Co-op ProgramZoom
2023-05-03Listing Contracts: Broker Employment 2hr CE (Co-op Program)zoom
2023-05-13Leading the Field in Real Estate 4hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-05-25Residential Investment Analysis 2hr CE (Co-op ProgamZoom
2023-06-07General Contract Review 2hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-06-17Prospecting 3hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-07-15Selling Your Way to the Top in Real Estate 4hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-07-18Assisting Seller's with FMV 2hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-08-02Contract Comparison 2hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-08-12Prospecting 3hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-08-22Core Law 3hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-09-06Contract Addendums 2hr CE Co-op ECAR and PARZoom
2023-09-09Contract Review 4hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-09-19Ethics 3hr CE (Co-op ProgramZoom
2023-10-04General Contract Review 2hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-10-14Listing to Sell: Pricing Properties in a Hyper-inflated Market 4hrs (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-10-24Hiring a Personal Assistant 2hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom
2023-11-01Commercial Contracts 2hr CE (Co-op ProgramZoom
2023-11-11Contract Review 4hr CE (Co-op Program)Zoom

David Collins Webinar Schedule

Date Time (ETZ) Course Link
2022-09-079am to 11am Central TimeResidential Investment Strategies 2hrs CE (co-op)
2022-09-109am to 1pm centralFMS Co-op
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2022-09-199am to noonEthics 3hr
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2022-09-228am to 4pm Central Time14hrs CE Day 1 (co-op)
2022-09-238am to 4pm Central Time14hr CE Day 2 (co-op)
2022-09-279am to 12pm centralCore Law
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2022-10-059am to 11am Central TimeCommercial Contracts 2hrs CE (co-op)
2022-11-029am to 11am Central TimeGoal Setting with a Plan 2023 (Co-op Program)
2023-01-049am to 11amNegotiating the Home Inspection Clause 2hr CE (Co-op program)
2023-01-149am to 1pm centralSelling Your Way to the Top in Real Estate 4hr CE (Co-op Program)
2023-01-245pm to 7pmRole of the Buyer's Agent 2hr CE (Co-op Program)
2023-02-019am to 11amContract Comparison 2hr CE (Co-op Program)
2023-02-119am to 1pm centralListing to Sell: Pricing Properties in a Hyper-inflated Market 4hrs (Co-op Program)
2023-03-019am to 11amContract Addendums 2hr CE (Co-op Program
2023-03-119am to 12pm centralProspecting 3hr CE (Co-op Program)
2023-03-279am to 4:30pm14hr CE Day 1 (Co-op Program)
2023-03-289am to 4:30pm14hr CE Day 2 (co-op)
2023-04-059am to 11amCommercial Contracts 2hr CE (Co-op Program
2023-04-159am to 1pm centralInvestment Strategies 4hr CE (co-op program)
2023-04-185pm to 7pmRole of the Buyer's Agent 2hr CE (Co-op Program
2023-05-039am to 11amListing Agreements 2hr CE (Co-op)
2023-05-139am to 1pm centralLeading the Field in Real Estate 4hr CE (Co-op Program)
2023-05-235pm to 7pmAssisting Sellers with FMV 2hr CE (Co-op Program)
2023-06-079am to 11amContract Review 2hr CE (Co-op Program
2023-06-179am to 1pm centralListing to Sell 4hrs CE (Co-op Program)
2023-07-129am to 11amNegotiating the Home Inspection Clause 2hr CE (Co-op program)
2023-07-159am to 1pm centralSelling Your Way to the Top in Real Estate 4hr CE (Co-op Program)
2023-07-185pm to 7pmRole of the Buyer's Agent 2hr CE (Co-op Program)
2023-08-029am to 12pm centralContract Comparison 2hr CE (Co-op Program)
2023-08-129am to 12pm Central TimeProspecting 3hrs CE (co-op)
2023-08-225pm to 7pm Central TimeResidential Investment Strategies 2hrs CE (Co-op Program)
2023-09-069am to 11am Central TimeContract Addendums 2hrs CE (co-op)
2023-09-169am to 1pm Central TimeNegotiating Great Contracts 4hrs CE (co-op)
2023-09-259am to 4:30pm14hrs CE Day 1 (co-op)
2023-09-269am to 4:30pm14hr CE Day 2 (co-op)
2023-10-049am to 11am Central TimeContract Review 2hrs CE (Co-op Program)
2023-10-245pm to 7pm Central TimeHiring a Personal Assistant 2hrs CE (co-op)
2023-11-019am to 11am Central TimeCommercial Contracts 2hrs CE (co-op)
2023-11-189am to 1pm Central TimeInvestment Analysis 4hr CE (Co-op Program)
2023-11-215pm to 7pm Central TimeGoal Setting with a Plan 2024 2hr CE (Co-op Program)

What do Students Say?

"I had attempted this course before with another online provider. Yours is leagues better."

Kristin Chittick

"By the way, and for whatever it's worth, I think your book is extremely well-written and helpful."


"While many other real estate training sites offer training materials for the entire Sales Associate and/or Brokers Exam, I just needed to learn about Florida laws and practices. David Collins School had just the guide that I needed to laser focus my studies. In less than 30 days I had successfully passed the Florida Mutual Recognition Exam."


"I wanted to let you know that your professionalism & knowledge has played an crucial part in my recent passing the FL RE Sales Associate Exam…your materials especially- including the One Day Cram for the Final Exam was spot on! I aced it within 2 hours…thank you so much. I look forward to taking your Post Licensure courses & CE classes as well."

Mary Heafner Suthers

"Shortly after I took your last One Day Cram I took the state exam and passed on my first try! I would like to thank you for your amazing instruction that assisted in my passing. I have referred a few people to your school because I believe you are the best!"

Heidi Gibson

"Just wanted to thank you for your invaluable help and instructions in taking the FL Broker's Exam. I came from California and had been a licensed Real Estate agent in CA, but have not practiced RE in Florida at all as an agent. I decided to go for the broker's exam anyway and made it on the 1st try!!! Thanks to you and your great books, 1-day exam review class, and exam review materials. Thank you too for taking your time to personally instruct me one-on-one after the class last December 1, 2012 in Pensacola. I really appreciate it."

Laura Tomacruise

"Thank you so very much and thank you for the BEST an most informative, well planned and easily understood seminar that I have ever attended."

Ann Moore

"I am happy to inform you that after taking your Hybrid style class I passed the real estate broker exam on my first attempt. A couple of years ago I took another instructor's class and was unsuccessful in passing the exam. I credit your teaching style and advice for my success. The positive attributes of your class over the one I took in the past are to numerous to list. It is clear that not only do you posses the knowledge to make you students successful but you enjoy passing knowledge on"

Durward Smith

"As a recent graduate of your FREC I real estate salesperson course, I wanted to thank you for your superb instruction of the class. The enthusiasm with which you taught the class was a breath of fresh air and truly motivated me to do my very best! Thank you for a job well done!"

Tina Sorrentino

"It is not enough to say that I found the course informative, challenging, and more than sufficient to serve its purpose. What I want to tell you is that in all of my years of course-taking, I have never had an instructor anywhere that could touch Mr. Collins. Not only does Mr. Collins have the amazing grasp of the subject matter, he is also blessed with the rare and gifted talent of ‘presentation." . . . "While many instructors have a world of subject knowledge, few have the ability to impart that knowledge to other."

"His unique delivery is so alive and focused that the students are drawn into a state of rapt attention for hours on end. They appear to hang on to each and every word. It's as if they see something that they know they have never seen before, and may never see again. It's as if they want to burn this man's image into their brain forever."

"Why? Perhaps it's because they are drawn into an old world of forgotten dreams-into a new word of inspiration with the thought that perhaps they really could be that person they always wanted so much to be."

Julie Melson

"I want to thank you for the motivating and captivating methods you used to educate this old student. I was able to start a new career in real estate in less than 30 days. Thank you David, I could not have done it without you."

Mark A. Hoeft

"You certainly have a special gift when it comes to teaching. The quality of your class far exceeds just the teaching of real estate. I guess there is something to be said for happiness. It shows that you enjoy what you do."

Becky Garea

"I want to thank you for the superb instruction you provided us during both the salesman and prep courses. You really know your stuff! I couldn't have asked for a more knowledgeable, articulate, and capable instructor."

Lt. Col. James A. Deason

"Thanks David, this license is the beginning of my ‘liberation in Florida'. Couldn't have done it if you had not been one hell of an instructor!"

Terri Stevens

"I just wanted to take a minute and say thanks for the great real estate salesperson and exam preparatory course that I recently had the pleasure to attend. You're presentation of the course and exam prep material displayed a thorough knowledge of the myriad elements in the real estate profession."

Gary M. Sims

"You have a very creative and effective teaching manner, and I am confident that because of your expertise, I will have a strong chance of joining the ranks of your profession."

James S. Olin

"Your thorough knowledge of the subject, enthusiasm and genuine concern for the student, make a course with you a great investment in ones future."

Jimmy Sharp

"Mr. Collins surely must be your very best instructor! He qualified in my book. He's a knowledgeable leader, he's personable and witty, he knows how to convey the material and raise ones level of interest and confidence, and he is very professional."

Joanne Faddis

"Because of you it was ‘a piece of cake'! Don't ever change. . .you are truly one in a million!"

Ella Hess

"Many times professionals in a given field cannot ‘talk the walk'. Your certainly know what it takes in real estate to be successful from the technical information side, and your excitement and love for the practical side of the business is evident through your enthusiastic teaching style."

John Griffing

"I have spent a major portion of my post-college career as a teacher and manager in the training of thousands of successful sales student and customers in the computer industry. Thus, I believe I am able to recognize and make valid comments about one's knowledge, organization, command of material, ability to sense those who require assistance to keep up, enthusiasm for the subject matter, adherence to schedule and the other qualities that identify a successful instructor. I have no reservation about saying that you have amply demonstrated those qualities …"

Ken Whittle

"…I cannot think of a more qualified or dedicated person as an instructor. In addition to his proven teaching ability, he possesses a great understanding of people. He focuses on aiding the education of individuals by being truly concerned that each person comprehends the concept at hand."

Carmela Bell

"Just a short note to say thanks. Teaching is an art—I know, my wife is one—and you have it perfected.

Bob Francis

"Thank you for your professionalism, the superior instructional materials, and the excellent manner of presentation."

Judith Fureigh

"You prepared us so well we have our own company."

Maurice and Kathy Gilbert

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Contact David Collins at: or 1.800.200.1030

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