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California State Real Estate Licensing and CE Requirements

California Department of Real Estate

Phone Number: 1.877.373.4543
Various locations, see all: www.bre.ca.gov/Contact.html
Website: www.bre.ca.gov

Real Estate Salesperson Prelicensing Education Requirements

A. Be at least 18 years old
B. Non-California residents, please read: www.bre.ca.gov/Examinees/OutOfState.html
C. Successfully complete 135 hours of education to include:

a. Real Estate Principles—45 hours (required)
b. Real Estate Practice—45 hours (required)
c. Real Estate Appraisal
d. Property Management
e. Real Estate Finance
f. Real Estate Economics
g. Legal Aspects of Real Estate
h. Real Estate Office Administration
i. General Accounting
j. Business Law
k. Escrows
l. Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
m. Computer Applications in Real Estate
n. Common Interest Developments
o. Important note: Kaplan offers Legal Aspect of Real Estate in the packages

D. Pass the state licensing exam (can only be provided by the State)
E. Upon passing the exam, applicants will receive an application for licensure. Please make sure to submit applications with all necessary items at the same time for timely processing; i.e.

a. Fingerprints
b. Background check
c. Submission of all fees

F. Review the Current Application Processing Timeframes page to have a clear understanding of the time frame
G. Statutory Course Important Note: Per California Department of Real Estate guidelines, Statutory courses require a waiting period of 18 days before attempting a final exam. Additional exams will become available as the mandated 18-day wait period expires. You cannot apply one 18-day wait period to meet the wait time for all statutory courses. Our Learning Management System will track your wait period time

Real Estate Broker Prelicensing Education Requirements

A. Be 18 years or older
B. A minimum of two years full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years or the equivalent is required. For more information, please review this form: www.bre.ca.gov/Examinees/BrokerExperience.html
C. Successfully completed the following five courses:

a. Real Estate Practice
b. Legal Aspects of Real Estate
c. Real Estate Finance
d. Real Estate Appraisal
e. Real Estate Economics or Accounting*

D. Successfully completed three of the following courses:

a. Real Estate Principles
b. Business Law
c. Property Management
d. Escrow
e. Real Estate Office Administration
f. Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
g. Advanced Legal Aspects of Real Estate
h. Advanced Real Estate Finance
i. Advanced Real Estate Appraisal
j. Computer Applications in Real Estate
k. Common Interest Developments
l. *If both Real Estate Economics and Accounting are taken, only two courses from the above group are required

E. Take and pass the broker examination
F. Complete the Employment Verification forms to verify experience
G. Submit completed application
H. Pay applicable fee

Real Estate Salesperson First Renewal Education Requirements

A. Renewal periods are every four years
B. Must have completed 45 hours of continuing education to consist of:

a. Five separate, three-hour courses in the following subjects:

i. Ethics
ii. Agency
iii. Trust Fund Handling Fair Housing
iv. Risk Management

b. A minimum of 18 hours of consumer protection courses
c. The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of CE may be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses

C. Complete the application and pay the applicable fee
D. See application here: www.dre.ca.gov/files/pdf/forms/re209.pdf
E. Participants taking a correspondence offering or package of offerings shall be limited to completion of final examinations for a maximum of 15 credit hours during any one 24-hour period. A participant shall not be granted access to additional segments of the final examination for offering or a package of offerings that exceed 15 credit hours until the 24-hour period has elapsed

Real Estate Broker First Renewal Education Requirements

A. Renewal periods are every four years
B. Brokers renewing on or after 1/1/2016, or who are renewing on a late-basis on or after 1/1/2016, must complete 45 hours of education consisting of:

a. Six three-hour courses in the following subjects:

i. Ethics
ii. Agency
iii. Trust Fund Handling
iv. Fair Housing
v. Risk Management
vi. Management and Supervision

b. 18 hours of consumer protection courses

c. The remaining hours required may be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses

C. Complete the application and pay the applicable fee
D. See application here: www.dre.ca.gov/files/pdf/forms/re208.pdf
E. Participants taking a correspondence offering or package of offerings shall be limited to completion of final examinations for a maximum of 15 credit hours during any one 24-hour period. A participant shall not be granted access to additional segments of the final examination for offering or a package of offerings that exceed 15 credit hours until the 24-hour period has elapsed

Salesperson Subsequent (2nd) Renewal Education Requirements

A. Renewal periods are every four years
B. All salespersons with an expiration date on or after 1/1/2016, or who are renewing on a late-basis on or after 1/1/2016, must complete 45 hours of continuing education to consist of:

a. One eight-hour survey course covering the six mandatory subjects (Ethics, Agency, Fair Housing, Trust Fund Handling, Risk Management, and Management and Supervision)
b. Licensees are able to take each subject separately if so desired
c. A minimum of 18 clock hours of consumer protection courses
d. The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of CE may be related to either consumer services or consumer protection courses

C. Complete the application and pay the applicable fee
D. Participants taking a correspondence offering or package of offerings shall be limited to completion of final examinations for a maximum of 15 credit hours during any one 24-hour period. A participant shall not be granted access to additional segments of the final examination for offering or a package of offerings that exceed 15 credit hours until the 24-hour period has elapsed

Broker Subsequent (2nd) Renewal Education Requirements

A. Renewal periods are every four years
B. All salespersons with an expiration date on or after 1/1/2016, or who are renewing on a late-basis on or after 1/1/2016, must complete 45 hours of continuing education to consist of:

a. One eight-hour survey course covering the six mandatory subjects (Ethics, Agency, Fair Housing, Trust Fund Handling, Risk Management, and Management and Supervision)
b. Licensees are able to take each subject separately if so desired
c. A minimum of 18 clock hours of consumer protection
d. The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of CE may be related to either consumer services or consumer protection courses

C. Complete the application and pay the applicable fee
D. Participants taking a correspondence offering or package of offerings shall be limited to completion of final examinations for a maximum of 15 credit hours during any one 24-hour period. A participant shall not be granted access to additional segments of the final examination for offering or a package of offerings that exceed 15 credit hours until the 24-hour period has elapsed 

Real Estate Exam Provider Information in California

A. Examinations are held by the DRE
B. Review this website, www.dre.ca.gov/examinees/HowWhereScheduled.html, to find locations, exam times, and dates
C. To apply for the salesperson exam:

a. Complete the salesperson examination application
b. Include any required fees; cash is not accepted
c. Obtain transcripts showing successful completion of the required education
d. Mail in the completed application, appropriate fees, and course transcripts, or apply online
e. Wait six weeks, or check current processing timeframes

i. Once qualified, an examination schedule notice will be sent to you

f. If you are not qualified at the time the application is submitted, applicants will be notified in writing, and applicants will have two years from the date of receipt of the application to complete the qualifications and take the examination
g. See the process in detail here: www.dre.ca.gov/examinees/applysalesperson.html

D. To apply for the brokers exam:

a. Complete the broker examination application
b. Include any required fees; cash is not accepted
c. Obtain transcripts showing successful completion of the required education
d. Mail in the completed application, appropriate fees, and course transcripts, or apply online
e. Wait six weeks, or check current processing times

i. Once qualified, an examination schedule notice will be sent to you

f. If you are not qualified at the time the application is submitted, applicants will be notified in writing, and applicants will have two years from the date of receipt of the application to complete the qualifications and take the examination
g. See the process in detail here: www.dre.ca.gov/examinees/applysalesperson.html