If you're considering starting a real estate career in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, or any other city in the state, you'll need to earn a Pennsylvania real estate license. To earn your real estate license in Pennsylvania, you must be at least 18 years old, complete 75 hours of approved education, complete a background check, and pass the state and national real estate licensing exams. While the process to become a real estate agent is similar in most states, each state has unique steps that must be adhered to. The six steps to becoming a Pennsylvania real estate agent are as follows:
Step 1: Be at Least 18 Years of Age
In addition to being at least 18 years of age, you must also be a US citizen or permanent resident alien and show proof of high school graduation or equivalent.
Step 2: Complete Your Required Education and Exam Prep
You must successfully complete 75 hours of approved real estate education. Complete the 75-hour requirement online with our approved education.
- 75-Hour Licensing with Master Exam Prep Package
- 30-Hour Real Estate Fundamentals
- 45-Hour Real Estate Practices
Step 3: Complete a Background Check
You must obtain a Pennsylvania report of your criminal history. Pennsylvania background checks may be obtained on the PATCH website or from the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository: 1800 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758; phone (888-783-7972).
Step 4: Take the Pennsylvania and National Licensing Exam
Apply for the exam on the PALS website. Successfully pass both the Pennsylvania and National portions of the PSI Salesperson Real Estate Exam. Come fully prepared on exam day with Kaplan's exam prep QBank.
Step 5: Find a Sponsoring Broker
In order to practice real estate, you need the sponsorship of a licensed real estate broker. There are many different brokers out there, so find the best fit for you.
Step 6: Apply for Your Pennsylvania State License
Complete, sign, and submit the licensing application provided by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission along with the required fee of $107. More information can be found on the PALS website.