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Iowa State Real Estate Licensing and CE Requirements

Iowa Real Estate Commission

200 E. Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515.725.9022
Email: RealEstatecommission@iowa.gov
Website: plb.iowa.gov/board/real-estate-sales-brokers

Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Requirements

A. Be 18 years of age
B. Complete the 60-hour prelicense course

a. In addition to the 60 hours, all persons applying for a license must show evidence that they have completed the following three courses:

i. 12 hours—Buying Practices
ii. 12 hours—Listing Practices
iii. 12 hours—Developing Professionalism and Ethical Practices

C. Schedule the Iowa Salesperson Licensing Exam with PSI, and pass both state and national portions of the exam
D. Undergo a background check, which is only valid for 120 days
E. Be sponsored by a broker before applying for the license
F. Obtain errors and omissions insurance
G. Complete and submit the Iowa Real Estate Commission Application for individual licensure and be sponsored by a broker

Real Estate Broker Licensing Requirements

A. Must have 24 months of active salesperson experience and complete 72 hours of broker prelicense education within 24 months preceding the passing of examinations
B. Pass the state and national portions of the examination
C. Undergo a background check, which is only valid for 120 days
D. Provide verification of current errors and omissions insurance
E. Include current salesperson wall license with application
F. Brokers who have never renewed as a salesperson must provide documentation of attendance of the following three courses:

a. 12 hours—Buying Practices
b. 12 hours—Listing Practices
c. 12 hours—Developing Professionalism and Ethical Practices

Real Estate Salesperson Post-Licensing Requirements

A. All salespersons originally licensed prior to Jan 1, 2009, who are renewing for the first time, must complete the following 36 hours of education:

a. 12 hours—Buying Practices
b. 12 hours—Listing Practices
c. 12 hours—Developing Professionalism and Ethical Practices

Real Estate Salesperson Continuing Education Requirements

A. Complete the required 36 hours of CE during every three-year renewal cycle
B. Must be completed by December 31 of the expiration year
C. The 36 hours must include four hours of mandated ethics and eight hours of legal update
D. Only 24 hours can be completed via distance education

Real Estate Broker Continuing Education Requirements

A. Complete the required 36 hours of CE during every three-year renewal cycle
B. Must be completed by December 31 of the expiration year
C. The 36 hours must include four hours of mandated ethics and eight hours of legal update
D. Only 24 hours can be completed via distance education

Real Estate Exam Information in Iowa

A. The licensing exam cost is $95.00 and includes the national and state questions
B. To register, schedule an appointment, or read the Candidate Information Bulletin, visit: https://candidate.psiexams.com/catalog/fti_agency_license_details.jsp?fromwhere=findtest&testid=608