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California Real Estate State Licensing and CE Requirements

Salesperson PreLicensing

Salesperson Pre Licensing Education Requirements:

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Non California residents please read: http://www.bre.ca.gov/Examinees/OutOfState.html
  3. Successfully complete 135 hours of education to include:
    1. Real Estate Principles- 45 hours (required)
    2. Real Estate Practice- 45 hours (required)
    3. Real Estate Appraisal
    4. Property Management
    5. Real Estate Finance
    6. Real Estate Economics
    7. Legal Aspects of Real Estate
    8. Real Estate Office Administration
    9. General Accounting
    10. Business Law
    11. Escrows
    12. Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
    13. Computer Applications in Real Estate
    14. Common Interest Developments
    15. ***Kaplan offers Legal Aspect of Real Estate in the packages***
  4. Pass the State Licensing Exam (can only be provided by the State)
  5. Upon passing exam, applicants will receive an application for Licensure. Please make sure to submit application with all necessary items at the same time for timely processing; i.e.
    1. Fingerprints
    2. Background Check
    3. Submit all fees
  6. Review the Current Application Processing Timeframes page to have a clear understanding of time frame.

Statutory Course Important Note: Per California Department of Real Estate guidelines, Statutory Courses require a wait 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.

Broker PreLicensing 

Requirements to Obtain a Broker License:

  1. Be 18 years or older
  2. 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: http://www.bre.ca.gov/Examinees/BrokerExperience.html
  3. Successfully have completed the following 5 courses:
    1. Real Estate Practice
    2. Legal Aspects of Real Estate
    3. Real Estate Finance
    4. Real Estate Appraisal
    5. Real Estate Economics or Accounting**
  4. Successfully have completed 3 of the following courses:
    1. Real Estate Principles
    2. Business Law
    3. Property Management
    4. Escrow
    5. Real Estate Office Administration
    6. Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
    7. Advanced Legal Aspects of Real Estate
    8. Advanced Real Estate Finance
    9. Advanced Real Estate Appraisal
    10. Computer Applications in Real Estate
    11. Common Interest Developments
    12. **If both Real Estate Economics and Accounting are taken, only two courses from the above group are required.
  5. Take and pass the Broker Examination
  6. Complete Employment Verification forms to verify experience
  7. Submit completed application
  8. Pay applicable fee

 

Salesperson First Renewal

Salesperson First Renewal Education Requirements:

  1. Renewal periods are every 4 years
  2. Must complete 45 hours of Continuing Education to consist of:
    1. Five separate three-hour courses in the following subjects:
      1. Ethics
      2. Agency
      3. Trust Fund Handling Fair Housing
        1. Risk Management
      4. A Minimum of 18 hours of consumer protection courses
      5. The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of CE may be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses
    2. Complete application and pay applicable fee
    3. See application here: http://www.dre.ca.gov/files/pdf/forms/re209.pdf
    4. 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 First Renewal

Broker First Renewal Education Requirements:

  1. Renewal periods are every 4 years
  2. 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:
    1. Six 3 hour courses in the following subjects:
      1. Ethics
      2. Agency
      3. Trust Fund Handling
      4. Fair Housing
      5. Risk Management
      6. Management and Supervision
    2. 18 hours of Consumer Protection courses
    3. The remaining hours required may be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses.
  3. Complete application and pay applicable fee
  4. See application here: http://www.dre.ca.gov/files/pdf/forms/re208.pdf
  5. 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

Salesperson Subsequent (2nd) Renewal Education Requirements:

  1. Renewal periods are every 4 years
  2. 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:
    1. One 8-hour survey course covering the six mandatory subjects (Ethics, Agency, Fair Housing, Trust Fund Handling, Risk Management and Management and Supervision)
    2. Licensees are able to take each subject separately if so desired.
    3. A minimum of 18 clock  hours of Consumer Protection
    4. The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of education may be related to either consumer services or consumer protection courses.
  3. Complete application and pay applicable fee
  4. 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

Broker Subsequent (2nd) Renewal Education Requirements:

  1. Renewal periods are every 4 years
  2. 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:
    1. One 8-hour survey course covering the six mandatory subjects (Ethics, Agency, Fair Housing, Trust Fund Handling, Risk Management and Management and Supervision)
    2. Licensees are able to take each subject separately if so desired.
    3. A minimum of 18 clock  hours of Consumer Protection
    4. The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of education may be related to either consumer services or consumer protection courses.
  3. Complete application and pay applicable fee
  4. 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.

 

Exam Provider Information

  1. Examinations are held by the DRE.
  2. Review this website below:
    1. http://www.dre.ca.gov/examinees/HowWhereScheduled.html to find locations, exam times and dates.
  3. To apply for the SALESPERSON Exam:
    1. Complete Salesperson Examination Application
    2. Include any required fee, cash is not accepted.
    3. Obtain transcripts showing successful completion of the required education.
    4. Mail the completed application, appropriate fee and course transcripts in, or apply online.
    5. Wait six weeks or check current processing timeframes
      1. Once qualified, an Examination Schedule Notice will be sent to you.
    6. 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 in which to complete the qualifications and take the examination.
    7. See process in detail here: http://www.dre.ca.gov/examinees/applysalesperson.html
  4. To apply for the BROKERS Exam:
    1. Complete Broker Examination Application
    2. Include any required fee, cash is not accepted.
    3. Obtain transcripts showing successful completion of the required education.
    4. Mail the completed application, appropriate fee, and course transcripts in, or apply online.
    5. Wait six weeks or check current processing times
      1. Once qualified, an Examination Schedule Notice will be sent to you.
    6. 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 in which to complete the qualifications and take the examination.
    7. See process in detail here: http://www.dre.ca.gov/examinees/applysalesperson.html