About Larson Educational Services

More than just credits: education you will enjoy!

Utilizing over 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, and online.

Our History

Family-owned and operated Larson Educational Services has had its doors open in Fort Myers since November 2008, but the beginnings of the business date back to the 1970s.

Rick Larson, Larson Educational Services co-founder, opened a real estate education company in 1979 in St. Paul, Minnesota, called PROSOURCE Educational Services. The business grew to include real estate, mortgage, appraisal, insurance, securities, contractor, home inspection and computer education.

In 2001, Rick, along with his partner, Joe Coyne, sold the business to Kaplan Professional Schools, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Washington Post.

He and his instructors have assisted more than 500,000 professionals to pass their exams and achieve their career goals in real estate, real estate appraisal, residential construction, insurance and mortgage loan origination.

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Rick Larson, early 1990s

The LarsonEd Story

Quickly rewind in your mind to fall of 2008. Do these phrases ring a bell - and probably conjure unpleasant memories as well – Mortgage Crisis, Credit Crisis, Bank Collapse, Government Bailout? This was the environment in which brothers, Brad and David Larson, founded a real estate education company, Larson Educational Services, in Southwest Florida.

Brad, then 28 (b. 1980), and David, then 25 (b. 1983), set out to bring youth, energy and cutting-edge technology into an industry known for being out-of-date, tired and in the midst of the largest market downturn the area had seen in decades.

Brad and David offered their first real estate pre-licensing course to 9 students in November 2008. Over their first 12 months in business, they issued 744 certificates in mandated real estate, community association management (CAM) and mortgage loan origination courses. Since opening, they have issued over 50,000 classroom and online certificates in Florida and across the country.

Amanda (Brad’s wife) manages the day-to-day operations of the school as the General Manager. Larson also employs several customer experience team members and Career Counselors who have been informally adopted and are honorary “Larsons.”

The close-knit and passionate Larson team is built on a foundation of excellence. It starts with excellent instructors, rated by students as tops in knowledge, energy and enthusiasm. The bright, clean classrooms feature high definition visuals and comfortable chairs. Course materials are custom-designed and rated best in the business for accuracy, clarity and effectiveness. The customer service experience is personal, intimate and phone calls are answered by a real person.

It all adds up to youthful energy and old-school personalized business excellence recognized by students and the industry at large.

Brad and Dave Larson

Brad and David Larson, 2008

The Larson Difference

The LarsonEd Team

Brittany Alvarenga

Brittany Alvarenga

When did you join the LarsonEd team? May 2019

Where did you grow up? Tunnel Hill, GA

What are your hobbies and activities you enjoy? I love to craft and spend time playing soccer with my kids.

What is your favorite place in the world and why? I love Rock City in Lookout Mountain, Georgia it’s a beautiful place not only for the gorgeous views it has to offer of the mountains, but it also has a Fairyland Cavern that is full of Old School fairytale creatures and their tales illuminated by black lights.

Caroline Boland

Caroline Boland

When did you join the LarsonEd team? My journey with LarsonEd began as a curious attendee of Career Night back in the red hot real estate market of 2010 (NOT!) I’ve never left – I enrolled as a Sales Associate licensee, continued with my Brokers license, and joined the instructor team in 2012. LarsonEd has been the constant factor in an exciting and evolving real estate career. I joined the team full-time in August 2019.

Where did you grow up? Northwest Indiana, outside of Chicago

What are your hobbies and activities you enjoy? I enjoy classes – where I am the student! Cooking, crafts, lecture series – you name it!

What is one thing that most people would be surprised to learn about you?  Long ago, in the days of vinyl, I was a wedding DJ for 10 years!

Scott Chilcott

Scott Chilcott

When did you join the LarsonEd team? April 2016

Where did you grow up? I was born in Erie, PA but spent most of my adult life in beautiful Pittsburgh.  

What are your hobbies and activities you enjoy? I enjoy working with my orchid collection and watching them thrive.  

What is one thing that most people would be surprised to learn about you?  When I was 40 I moved to Costa Rica and was the founder of an eco-tour company called Macaw Tours and spent five incredible years as a rainforest tour guide hiking in the jungle with my international guests discovering monkeys, parrots, toucans orchids and active volcanoes.  The taxi drivers in San Jose taught me how to cuss in Spanish.

Amanda Larson

Amanda Larson

When did you join the LarsonEd team? January 2012

Where did you grow up? Mankato, MN

What are your hobbies and activities you enjoy? Spending time with my hubby and puppies, working out, and making sour dough baked goods

What is your best or most memorable experience at Larson Educational Services? Oh gosh!  So many!  I absolutely love when students call to let us know they passed the state exam and the team cheers for them!  That is what I wake up for every morning!

Brad Larson

Brad Larson

When did you join the LarsonEd team? Since day #1, in February 2008.

Where did you grow up? Elk River, MN

What are your hobbies and activities you enjoy? Water skiing (when we visit Minnesota), downhill skiing (when we visit Montana), watching the Minnesota Twins, hiking, camping, cooking, making home brewed kombucha, travelling with my wife, Amanda, and our dogs. In the last couple of years I’ve gotten into wooden furniture making and wood carving. I’m not very good just yet, but I really enjoy it.

What is your best or most memorable experience at Larson Educational Services? It was Saturday, September 27, 2008 when Rick (aka Dad), Dave and I were all together working from our residential condo because our office location had not opened just yet. We had launched our website LarsonEd.com, exactly one month earlier, and we had yet to have anyone register for classes, which were starting in November.  At 10:26am, I received an email and to my surprise, it was a class registration and the first dollars we had earned as business owners. We wanted a way to celebrate the occasion when we realized that we had some left-over beer in a cooler from a game night we had the night before. There were exactly three Miller Lites remaining. We each took one, yelled “CHEERS!” and then proceeded to gulp down the room temperature beer. All three of us broke into tears of joy as this meant we were officially in business after almost 12 months of business planning and preparation. That was such an awesome feeling!

Dave Larson

David Larson

When did you join the LarsonEd team? Since day #1, in February 2008.

Where did you grow up? Elk River, MN

What are your hobbies and/or activities you enjoy? Golfing, watching the Minnesota Vikings, going to Spring Training baseball games, stretching, poker, and teaching students at LarsonEd.

What is one thing that most people would be surprised to learn about you?  I have a background in professional dance – Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet and Contemporary.  I spent 4 years in LA doing all sorts of different shows and events and was briefly a contestant on Season 2 of "So You Think You Can Dance."  I’ve also played in 3 different World Series of Poker events in Las Vegas, Nevada and 1 World Series of Poker Circuit event in Tampa, Florida.  I ended up ‘cashing’ in 2/4 of those tournaments, which is pretty neat as they have some of the best poker players in the world. I was also on the "Price Is Right" with Bob Barker in 2003. I won a treadmill, a riding lawn mower, a shower radio and a grandfather clock playing the 'Make Your Move' game. You can WATCH THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO for proof. 

Rick Larson headshot

Rick Larson

When did you join the LarsonEd team? Since day #1, in February 2008.

Where did you grow up? Elk River, MN

What are your hobbies and/or activities you enjoy? Reading, golfing, fishing, skiing, baseball, hiking, biking, coaching, writing.

What is your best or most memorable experience at Larson Educational Services? That time in our very early days when I had lost my voice and there was nobody else to teach Course I real estate license law. The show had to go on so I whispered the content to Dave who relayed my words to the class. Only time that happened in my 40+ years of speaking.

Haley Morad

Haley Morad

When did you join the LarsonEd team? May 2019

Where did you grow up? I grew up in a small town in Southern Ohio named Chillicothe.

What are your hobbies and activities you enjoy? I enjoy helping others and volunteering at various food and youth ministries.

What is your best or most memorable experience at Larson Educational Services? My favorite experience with Larson Educational Services is guiding students through the licensing process and knowing that I made an impact on their journey to a new career.

Derek Radel headshot

Derek Radel

When did you join the LarsonEd team? June 2021

Where did you grow up? Born and raised in Grove City, Ohio 

What are your hobbies and activities you enjoy? My hobbies are reading, golfing, and weight training. One of my all-time favorite books is Green Lights by Matthew McConaughey and it’s my dream to one day play at Pebble Beach.

What is your favorite place in the world and why? My favorite place in the world is the pond beside my childhood house. I’ve spent more hours fishing there with my dad than I’m comfortable admitting and it’s truly my happy place.

Carly Sarlo

Carly Sarlo

When did you join the LarsonEd team? May 2017

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Crystal River, FL.

What are your hobbies and activities you enjoy? My favorite hobbies are bike riding with the family at different places around town and also just keeping up with my toddler Brynlee. Seeing life through a kid’s point of view is pretty fun.

What is your favorite place in the world and why? Captiva Island, FL would have to be my favorite place. I got engaged and married there, we spend every Thanksgiving there, and really go any chance we can to get away. As soon as you make it over the Sanibel bridge it always feels like you’re leaving the real world behind you.

Shannon Wylam

Shannon Wylam

When did you join the LarsonEd team? January 2021

Where did you grow up? I grew up in NE Ohio, in a tiny town on a lake.

What are your hobbies and activities you enjoy? I love yoga, reading, gardening, cooking, and spending time with my family. Looking forward to traveling again!

What is your favorite place in the world and why? My favorite place is in nature, near water. I grew up on a lake, most recently lived on the shores of Lake Erie, and now next to the canals and Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of climate, water creates a calm and sense of peace for me.

Classroom Locations

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Fort Myers (Main Office & Classrooms)

Royal Palm Square
1400 Colonial Blvd Ste 44
Fort Myers FL 33907

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Naples (Classroom)

Marquesa Plaza
13040 Livingston Rd Ste 12
Naples FL 34105

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