Pennsylvania Real Estate License Requirements

The Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission oversees all real estate matters in the state of Pennsylvania. The types of real estate licenses the commission currently issues are salesperson and broker licenses.

The requirements to become a real estate agent [salesperson] or broker in Pennsylvania are as follows:

SALESPERSON LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:

To be eligible for a Pennsylvania salesperson license, applicant must be at least 18 years old and be a U.S. citizen or alien authorized to work in the United States.

Applicant must undergo a criminal background check.

No prior real estate experience is required to obtain a Pennsylvania salesperson license.

Applicant must complete four credits or 60 hours of real estate instruction, which includes 30 hours of Real Estate Fundamentals and 30 hours of Real Estate Practice.

Pennsylvania Real Estate License Requirements

Pennsylvania Real Estate License Requirements

After completing the prelicense education requirements, applicant must pass the state and national real estate salesperson exam within 10 years of completing the prelicense education requirements.

A Pennsylvania salesperson license application must be submitted within three years of passing the exam along with proof of sponsorship by a licensed broker in Pennsylvania.

Any licensee that holds a standard salesperson’s license issued between December 1, 2009 and November 30, 2011 must complete the required course(s) to renew his/her license by May 31, 2012. The required course is broken into three seven-hour modules: a general module, a commercial module, and a residential module. Licensees must take the general module as well as the one specialty module most applicable to their practice.

After the first renewal period, all salesperson licensees must complete 14 hours of approved continuing education courses during every two year renewal cycle.

Applicants who hold a current real estate license in a nonreciprocal state or have held a real estate license in a nonreciprocal state during the past 5 years are exempt from taking the national portion of the real estate exam.
Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree with a major in real estate or its equivalent from an accredited college, university, etc are exempt from the pre-license education requirements.
Applicants who hold a law degree from an accredited law school are exempt from the pre-license education requirements.

Pennsylvania has reciprocity agreements with the following states:
Arkansas
Georgia
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
New York
West Virginia

Fees to obtain a Pennsylvania salesperson license include:
Exam Fee: $54
Salesperson License Fee: $96


ASSOCIATE BROKER or BROKER LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:

To be eligible for a Pennsylvania associate broker or broker license, applicant must be at 21 years old and
be a U.S. citizen or alien authorized to work in the United States.

Applicant must undergo a criminal background check.

At least three years of experience as a licensed real estate salesperson is required to obtain a Pennsylvania associate broker or broker license.

Applicant must have a high school diploma or GED and complete 240 hours of real estate broker education courses.

After completing the prelicense education requirements, applicant must pass the state and national real estate broker exam within 10 years of completing the prelicense education requirements.

A Pennsylvania associate broker or broker license application must be submitted within three years of passing the exam.

All Pennsylvania associate broker or broker licensees must complete 14 hours of approved continuing education during every two year renewal cycle.

Applicants who hold a current real estate license in a nonreciprocal state or have held a real estate license in a nonreciprocal state during the past 5 years are exempt from taking the national portion of the real estate exam.
Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree with a major in real estate or its equivalent from an accredited college, university, etc are exempt from the pre-license education requirements.
Applicants who hold a law degree from an accredited law school are exempt from the pre-license education requirements.

Pennsylvania has reciprocity agreements with the following states:
Arkansas
Georgia
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
New York
West Virginia

Fees to obtain a Pennsylvania associate broker or broker license include:
Exam Fee: $54
Associate Broker License Fee: $96
Broker License Fee: $126


References:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Real Estate Salesperson, Builder/Owner Salesperson, Rental Listing Referral Agent, Cemetery Broker, and Broker Candidate Information Bulletin: February 1 2014: https://candidate.psiexams.com/bulletin/display_bulletin.jsp?ro=yes&actionname=83&bulletinid=85&bulletinurl=.pdf

Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_real_estate_commission/12523/licensure_information/572096


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