Picket Fences School of Real Estate



Jack and Carol Oliver obtained permission to teach the 90-hour, in class, pre-license course in 1995, and soon after opened the Picket Fences School of Real Estate, which is sanctioned by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.

A few years later, the Olivers prepared the course to be offered and completed via correspondence. That course was well received across the entire state, and beyond. While offering the pre-licensing course, Jack and Carol learned that there was no course offered to prepare candidates for the Broker’s exam. After many months of unsuccessful conversations with the Real Estate Commission’s personnel, they gave up on the creating such a course.  Jack then changed his tactics and suggested that the Education Director assist in creating a Brokers’ course. The Director quizzed Jack on what he thought should be covered, adding topics he wanted taught as well, and then authorized Jack to put together a draft copy of his curriculum for final review and approval.

Jack and Carol completed the Broker’s course project in 2000 and were approved for its implementation. During 2001 they received approval to offer it via correspondence. Like the pre-licensing course, the Broker’s course was well received around the state; aided by it, many agents were able to successfully pass the Broker’s exam.


In 2019, after realizing today's hectic lifestyles don't always allow for in-person classes, we partnered with The CE Shop, the leader in online real estate education, to provide our students with the highest quality Pre-Licensing and Continuing Education courses, as well as many other tools to start or build your real estate career. All courses are West Virginia state-approved, on-demand, courses which allow you to study at your own pace in the comfort of your own home, or anywhere else you have internet access.  Offerings include both 90-hour pre-licensing and continution education courses. 


For nearly three decades, Picket Fences Realty School of Real Estate has offered five-star pre-licensing and continued education courses, both in class and now online at your own pace. Hundreds of Realtors have obtained their licenses and kept them updated with our courses.  We continue to work closely with the West Virginia Real Estate Commission to offer courses we're proud of. Military discounts available.

For more information regarding our online Pre-Licensing and Continuing Education courses
visit our Online Education page.

In-person, classroom courses are offered twice a year, in February and September. 
For more information call (304) 367-0543.



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