So you’re thinking about obtaining your real estate license but you don’t know where to start. Here is a handy checklist to get you moving in the right direction.
1. Qualifying Age – Let’s start with an easy one. Candidates for a real estate salesperson license must be at least 18 years of age.
2. Obtain the Required Education – A candidate must successfully complete two, 30-hour courses which enables them to sit for the state examination. These courses are offered through the Real Estate Education Center and are available as instructor led classes or online. To register for classes, call (866) 244-6866 or log on here.
Course #1: Real Estate Fundamentals – The course is designed to acquaint the student with the language, principles and laws that govern the business of real estate. Emphasis is on the underlying concepts of land, property, rights in realty and the means, methods and laws that govern the conveyance of these rights.
Course #2: Real Estate Practice – This course is designed to acquaint the student in the basic techniques, procedures, regulations and ethics involved in a real estate transaction, along with a working knowledge of the forms and documents used including the related mathematics. Emphasis is on the role of a real estate agent in the field of residential brokerage.
(NOTE – These two required courses may be taken in any order.)
Anticipate receiving transcripts for completed courses approximately 7-10 days after completion of the courses.
3. Schedule the Salesperson’s Exam – Log on to the PSI website here after receiving the Eligibility Notice and schedule an appointment to take the Salesperson’s Exam. The closest examination site to the Harrisburg and Chambersburg schools of the Real Estate Education Center is located in Harrisburg. The address is 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 243, Harrisburg, PA 17110
4. Register for the Salesperson’s Exam – Fill out the registration form on pages 14-15 of the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin and mail it to PSI Licensure: Certification, Attn: Examination Registration PA RE, 3210 E. Tropicanna, Las Vegas, NV 89121
Accompanying the registration form must be a candidate’s original transcripts from the two classes plus a registration fee of $54. After mailing the registration form to PSI, a candidate should expect to receive an Eligibility Notice via e-mail within 10 days.
5. Taking the Salesperson’s Exam – On the day of the examination, plan on arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled exam appointment time. A candidate must provide two (2) forms of identification at the test site. One must be a valid form of government issued identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport, military ID), which bears the signature and photograph of the candidate. The second ID must have a candidate’s signature and preprinted legal name. Candidates may bring a non-programmable calculator to the exam or utilize an onscreen computer calculator at the test site. Cell phones, large purses, and books/notes are strictly prohibited in the exam room so candidates should leave these items in their vehicle during the test. In addition, no smoking, eating, or drinking is allowed in the examination area. Taking the PSI examination by computer is simple. You do not need any computer experience or typing skills. You will use fewer keys than you use on a touch-tone telephone.
All questions on the state exam are multiple choice. The exam itself is divided into two sections which are independent of each other. The state portion lasts one hour and consists of 30 questions and the national portion lasts two hours contains 80 questions. Each section must be passed with a minimum score of 75% . Upon passing all required portions of the examination, the testing site will print a passing score report for your records. If a candidate does not pass one or both portions of the exam, it may be retaken as long as an additional registration fee is paid.
6. Applying for Salesperson’s License – The following items need to be submitted to the Department of State as part of the application in order to receive a salesperson’s license:
• Fully completed application. Click Here to download a copy.
• A $107 check or money order made out to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This fee covers a $72 licensure fee, $25 application fee, and a $10 Recovery Fund fee.
• Criminal background check completed by the State Police where the applicant resides and dated within 90 days of the date application of application. If you reside in Pennsylvania, background checks may be obtained online at: https://epatch.state.pa.us. If applicant has a negative record, refer to the application for further instructions.
• Official transcripts evidencing that applicant completed 60 hours (4 credits) of basic real estate courses. These classes must be completed within 10 years of the passing date of both portions of the examination.
• Exam notices from the testing service evidencing a passing score on both portions of the real estate salesperson examination within 3 years of the date of application. Applicants who have held a current license from another state within the last 5 years must provide proof of passing the state portion of the examination. They are not required to retake the national portion of the examination.
Application packets that are sent to the Department of State or applied for online will take approximately 10 business days to process. To check the status of an application or to apply online visit, click here.
Candidates may hand deliver application packet in person to the Department of State and receive a temporary Certificate of Licensure that will allow them to practice real estate immediately. There is an additional fee of $15 for this service. The Department of State is located at One Penn Center, 2601 N. Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Keep in mind, YOU MAY NOT PRACTICE REAL ESTATE UNTIL THE STATE REAL ESTATE COMMISSION ISSUES A LICENSE.