Fred Preator

Fred Preator

We at RealtyU® are proud to announce this year’s featured educator – Fred Preator of ProEd in Sioux Falls, South Dakota! This recognition is offered in the light of the strong commitment and solid effort put forth by Fred and all RealtyU® Educators on behalf of their students and the RealtyU® Network. With ease, he can teach and explain various subjects regarding real estate business to anyone.


Fred Preator has taken an indirect road to real estate education. Having switched majors a half a dozen times and enjoyed numerous extracurricular activities during his college years, Fred finally graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with a well-rounded education and a degree in political science/history. Only after graduation did he realize that political science is a major, not a job. Left with the choice of either being an unemployed political scientist or going back to school for a useful degree, Fred decided to go to law school at the University of Wyoming.


After a few years of practice in Wyoming, Fred moved to Sioux Falls and started his own law practice, Preator Law Office, P.C. In an effort to feed his entrepreneurial spirit and drive business to his law practice, Fred purchased Pro-Ed (, which, by his words, turned out to be one of the best moves he made in his career. Pro-Ed opened its doors in 1981 and remains the premier real estate school in South Dakota. Pro-Ed offers pre-license and continuing education for brokers, appraisers, property managers and home inspectors.


Fred’s latest challenge has been the acquisition of Barney Fletcher RealtyU® (, the largest proprietary school in Georgia. Barney Fletcher RealtyU®, through its seven locations throughout Georgia, offers a full range of pre-licensing and continuing education courses for the real estate, appraisal and home inspection industries. Both Barney Fletcher RealtyU® and Pro-Ed are affiliates of RealtyU®.


Fred has a passion for motivating others to lead with integrity and is currently developing leadership, strategic planning and other business-related courses with the Harbor Group ( for the real estate industry. This courses will be designed for both beginners and professionals in real estate industry. It will ease the beginners into the business, and the professionals will have a lot of options for advancing their skills in specific fields.


In his spare time, Fred also runs his other ventures, a mortgage company, and a brokerage/development company. Fred also loves to spend his free time with his wife and two daughters.


With his vast knowledge of the industry, Fred turned out to be one of the greatest educators. Because of his immense experience and deep understanding of business, we are proud that he belongs to our group of featured educators.

Our Designations and Certifications

Our Designations and Certifications

To become more successful in your area of business, we suggest that you earn some additional real estate certifications and designations. It will demonstrate to people in your industry and the public that you are committed to your development as a professional and to customer service. You will benefit in your field from additional training and up-to-date information.

If you need to decide which designation program is for you, we advise you to analyze your target market closely, because the program you choose should coincide the market that you target. We added a broad variety of beneficial programs below, but bare in mind; this is not a definitive list. It only includes some of the best and most popular real estate certifications and designations.

CIPSCertified International Property Specialist

CIPS is an international course. The chosen students can earn this designation after finishing the learning course that is focused on certain aspects that include transactions which are transnational. It also includes knowledge of currencies, exchange rates, conditions of the market, investments, taxes, and many more.

Performance Management Network

PMN designation is built for professionals in this industry to get skills that will help them in keeping their business on top of the market. You will acquire the knowledge that will give you tools and means of the real market world. On this course, the topics are about negotiation, business systems, planning, networking, and management of your performance.

Certified Property Manager

Whit CPM course you will be getting designation that will confirm you have real estate skills in management, considering all of the areas of expertise from industrial, trough commercial, to residential. These kind of professionals are managing commercial and office buildings and centers, apartments, and know insurance and tax regulations and laws.

Accredited Buyer Representative

With ABR designation, you will have the expertise to represent real estate clients. With ABR designation, you will have the expertise to represent real estate clients. This certificate is given to the ones who finish an extensive course in client management. They also need to represent buyers in practice where they will close some real estate deals.

Seniors Real Estate Specialist

SRES designation can give you the understanding, and knowledge in the field considering real estate customers and clients that are over 55 years old. It will help you in developing resources and skills you will need for his kind of market.

Looking for something else?

Other courses, designations and certifications you may look into, are: Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CBR); Certified Residential Specialist (CRS); Counselor of Real Estate (CRE); Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI); Accredited Residential Manager (ARM); Certified Relocation Professional (CRP); Resort & Second-Home Markets Certification (RSPS).