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Alabama State Real Estate Licensing and CE Requirements

Alabama Real Estate Commission

1201 Carmichael Way
Montgomery, AL 36106
Phone: 334.242.5544
Fax: 334.270.9118
Email: arec@arec.alabama.gov
Website: www.arec.alabama.gov

Alabama Real Estate Salesperson Licensing

Requirements to Obtain a Salesperson License:

A. Be at least 19 years old
B. Be a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident
C. Show proof of bona fide residency in any state in the U.S.
D. Show proof of high school graduation or equivalent
E. Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude
F. Complete 60 hours of required education within one year of purchase. *Due to current pandemic, this rule is not being enforced at this time, no future deadline exists.
G. Take the Alabama and national licensing exam (for any questions go to www.psiexams.com)
H. Apply for the state license within 90 days of your exam date or the exam is null and void. Applications are located at www.arec.alabama.gov

Alabama Real Estate Broker Licensing

Requirements to Obtain a Broker’s License:

A. Be at least 19 years old
B. Be a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident
C. Show proof of bona fide residency in any state in the U.S.
D. Show proof of high school graduation or equivalent
E. Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude
F. Complete 60 hours of required education within one year of purchase. *Due to current pandemic, this rule is not being enforced at this time, no future deadline exists.
G. Take the Alabama Broker Exam
H. Must have held an active salesperson license in any state for at least 24 months of the 36 months immediately preceding the date of application
I. Complete, sign, and submit the broker licensing application provided by the Alabama Real Estate Commission along with the required fee

Real Estate Salesperson Post-Licensing

Education Requirements to Renew a Salesperson License the First Time:

A. Complete the 30-hour post-license course for salespersons within the first six months of licensure—for active licensees—and within one year for inactive licensees. *Due to current pandemic, no submission of license as Salesperson is required and they will not be forced to inactive status.
B. No post-license requirement for brokers

Real Estate Salesperson Continuing Education

A. Every two years a total of 15 clock hours of continuing education is required to renew an active license. These hours must be completed by August 31st of every even year. *Due to current pandemic, this deadline has been extended to December 31, 2020. The fifteen-hour continuing education course requirement is as follows:

a. Three clock hours in Risk Management—Level 1. In this level, brokers and salespersons shall take the Risk Management: Avoiding Violations course;
b. Three clock hours in Risk Management—Level 2. At this level, all brokers shall take the Risk Management for Brokers course. Salespersons shall take the Risk Management for Salesperson course, the Risk Management for Brokers course, or an industry-specific Risk Management course approved for Level 2, accredited by the Commission; and
c. Nine clock hours in Commission-approved courses

Real Estate Broker Continuing Education

A. Every two years a total of 15 clock hours of continuing education is required to renew an active license. These hours must be completed by August 31st of every even year. *Due to current pandemic, this deadline has been extended to December 31, 2020. The 15-hour continuing education course requirement is as follows:

a. Three clock hours in Risk Management—Level 1. At this level, brokers and salespersons shall take the Risk Management: Avoiding Violations course;
b. Three clock hours in Risk Management—Level 2. At this level, all brokers shall take the Risk management for Brokers course. Salespersons shall take the Risk Management for Salesperson course, the Risk Management for Brokers course, or an industry-specific Risk Management course approved for Level 2, accredited by the Commission; and
c. Nine clock hours in Commission-approved courses

Real Estate Exam Provider

A. PSI/AMP—see candidate bulletin and any other testing information here: www.goamp.com
B. Contact via phone at 800.345.6559

Due to the disruption in continuing education (CE) course offerings because of COVID-19, the deadline for completing the required CE to obtain or maintain an active real estate license for the upcoming license renewal period has been extended to December 31, 2020. This extended deadline applies to any CE credit courses taken by licensees as well as the method by which the courses are taken. It applies to both classroom and distance education courses. Failure of active licensees to complete the 15-hour CE requirement by December 31, 2020, will result in renewed licenses being placed on inactive status as of January 1, 2021.

UPDATE EFFECTIVE 6/8/20:

The Commission is aware that many people have had problems scheduling the license exam since the exam sites reopened on May 1. We have been sharing all known problems with PSI so proper changes can be made.

  • One specific problem is unanswered calls when exam candidates call 800-345-6559, which is the number PSI has always advertised and is included in the Candidate Handbook.
  • To assist with this problem, PSI is now offering another number for Alabama exam candidates to call when scheduling the license exam. This number is 888-818-5824.
  • This new number is currently identified on the homepage of the Commission’s website along with other important information associated with changes resulting from COVID-19.