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Salesperson Licensing Requirements by Exam

Salespersons 3 YEARS = $125

  • Must be 18 years of age at the time of application - no residency or citizenship requirement.
  • Undergo a criminal history and background investigation.  Note: This process alone can take up to a minimum of 4 weeks, and quite possibly more.  The backgrounds are valid for 210 calendar days and a completed application must be received within that time frame.
  • Take the following education:

  •      1. Complete a 60-hour pre-license course from an approved provider.

         2. Complete the following three courses from an approved provider.

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

Note: The above mentioned education may be taken in any order.  All four  classes must be less than one year old at the time a completed application is received at the Commission office.

  • After completing the 60-hour pre-license course successfully pass the state and national portions of the examination.  Each portion of the exam is valid until the last working day of the sixth month following the pass date.  Example: An exam passed on any date in May of 2014 would be valid until November 26, 2014.  Applications must be received in the Commission office while both portions of the exam are valid.
  • Obtain errors and omissions insurance
  • Submit a completed application.  (An application will be given to you from the testing service along with your pass notices.)  At this time you must be sponsored by broker. 
  • You cannot apply for an inactive license.

Persons with an active license in another state may apply by reciprocity or Rule 5.3 as applicable.


The exams are given by appointment only.   To schedule, contact Psychological Services, Inc. (PSI) by calling 1-800-733-9267 or by Website. Exam fees for all exams are $100.00.

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