It's not a function of whether it can be done faster on-line. Current Arizona regulations don't allow licensing classes to be taken on-line. Renewal hours, yes. Licensing, no.
I took my pre-licensing classes at PIRE. I'm currently taking Broker's licensing classes at AZ School of Real Estate and Business. I find the instructors (for the most part) are better (or at least more engaging) at AZREB, as well as the facilities.
Lora - keep in mind that the classroom hours are only part of the battle. You also have to take an additional contracts course, pass the school tests, and then the state and national tests. Getting scheduled to take the state and national exams can sometimes take weeks. If you're in a real hurry, consider using the testing center in Casa Grande -- you can usually get in much faster there. You can also try walking into the Phoenix testing centers and see if they have a cancellation and will fit you in, but that's a hit-and-miss proposition.
Since you're in Phoenix, taking the licensing classes on-line as Carrie mentioned isn't an option. In Arizona, you can take license *renewal* classes on-line, but the State Department of Real Estate has NOT approved on-line licensing classes.
You have to physically attend the classes. Most schools offer a nine day "crash" course. Try the AZ School of Real Estate and Business. http://www.asreb.com / 480-946-5388. Completing the courses in 9 days will be torture, but you'll get it over with...
I would recommend attending the Realty Estate Learning Center school located in Mesa, at Dobson and Guadalupe roads. My husband just recently finished his 90 hours of classes there, and commented to me over, and over on the quality of information learned there. Some of the classes there are taught by the woman that owns the school there. She is a very seasoned realtor, and a very respectable person as well, according to my husband. The schedule is extremely flexible, morning or evening, you choose your own schedule. Hope that this helps.
Nina. Phone: 602-410-4352
On a side note, I believe this is a great time to get your license... What I mean is that if you do the right activities in this challenging market and become successful now, you will more than likely always be successful. Do not use the current market as an excuse for not doing well. Go in with the correct mindet that you will do whatever necessary to make it and you will.
The 10x9 route is almost certainly going to be the fastest way. 10 days of 9 hour classes and you're done, and at times it can be done in 2 weeks. It took me 3 weeks, as they weren't offering the crash schedule right when I started. Both of those schools offer that schedule, but may not offer to start it every Monday.
I'm not sure if it can be done faster online or not. My guess is that the state law of limiting you to 9 hours of instruction per day has to be enforced online in some way or another. And honestly, I think having a live instructor, as boring as it can be at times, is well worth the extra "effort" of being in a real class
Seriously, many schools offer different types of scheduling. I'm sure their schedules may be found on line. I 've seen the option of every weekend, or every day.