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We break down how and what you need to do to get your real estate license and start your career.
October 26, 2018

How to Get Your Real Estate License

by The CE Shop Team

Investing in a Real Estate Career is Worth Your Time and Money

Becoming a real estate agent or broker can be a daunting task. So much so that it might be hard to even know where to begin. We’ve compiled the first basics steps you must take in order to begin your journey as an agent, along with how long it might take you to complete each step. It’s important to be well educated and completely understand what is required of you before jumping into an exciting new career in real estate. Read on to learn about the process.

Understanding the Qualifications

The qualifications for becoming a real estate agent are few and there is a low barrier to entry into this field. You must be 18 years or older with a high school diploma, and you must have your state-specific license, which you acquire by taking and passing a licensing exam.

Established brokers looking to hire junior agents will also look favorably on college degrees in finance, business administration, statistics, economics, or even law. But education isn’t the only deciding factor; social skills, good judgment, and enthusiasm are key among the traits that brokers look for in applicants.

Meeting the Requirements

You must complete a salesperson qualifying course through an approved education provider such as The CE Shop. While the requirements to get your license will vary by state, there are some basic similarities. To learn more about the requirements in your state, visit our comprehensive guide here.

Enrolling in a Pre-Licensing Education

Pre-licensing courses are an important step to prepare you for the licensing process. Often there is a specific number of times you can apply and take your licensing test, and if you don't pass, there are no more chances. Pre-licensing courses will also help you to truly realize and understand what you can bring to the table as a real estate agent.

Depending on where you’re located, these courses could be a large investment of time or could be completed over the space of a long weekend. The average time needed to be completed is around 60-70 hours of pre-licensing coursework. In Massachusetts, students must complete 24 hours but in Texas, students complete 180 hours of pre-licensing courses before taking the exam. Be sure to check with your state to learn your specific requirements.

Before enrolling in pre-licensing courses, it’s important to thoroughly understand your options as a new student. There are a lot of schools out there and a lot of factors to take in. Be sure to choose a school that offers you flexibility as many people learning to become real estate agents must work multiple jobs or balance responsibilities. Also, check that school’s exam pass rates.

Not many schools publish this and if they don’t, be wary. A poor pass rate means that particular education may be ineffective because it teaches material that doesn't align with your pre-licensing exam. Examine reviews and satisfaction ratings for each school that you’re considering. Hearing first-hand about others’ experiences may dramatically change your perspective. For instance, The CE Shop holds a national pass rate of 91% and a 96% satisfaction rate.

Acing the Final Exam

After completing all coursework, meeting the minimum pre-licensing time requirement, and passing the practice exams, you must pass the final course exam, often with a minimum passing score. Depending on the state, there may be a limited number of times you are allowed to take the test, which is why we administer practice exams to help you prepare.

Each state has a different process for your final exam but it typically consists of a national and state section that will need to be completed within a certain time frame (typically around two hours). Your exam may also need to be completed in the presence of a proctor or administered online. Click here to learn more about our comprehensive Exam Prep tailored to your state.

The Last Steps

After passing your licensing exam, you must choose a broker to support you through the process. It is very important to thoroughly research brokers before making your choice. This will be your first big step as an agent and they will be someone who must accurately represent you, and them. Learn about selecting the right broker for you here.

Once you have passed the state exam, you will need to fill out an application, and, once approved, you will be issued your license - congratulations!

All in all, the entire process of becoming a real estate agent from start to finish might take you a couple of months, depending on your state. For a career that offers so much flexibility and financial opportunity, the time invested is well worth it. Start your pre-licensing coursework now and become an agent before the end of the year!

Get Your Real Estate License with Our Industry-Leading Courses

Taking the first step towards becoming an agent can seem like a daunting task. Making a dramatic career change into the industry requires time, patience, and determination. Other responsibilities, like your current job or raising children, can be distracting energy drainers. We at The CE Shop understand these modern-day issues, which is why, when we designed our licensing courses for prospective agents, we created a curriculum that caters to your needs. Let’s discuss what exactly “Pre-Licensing Education” is, and explore how our licensing course will help you pass your exam with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

What is Pre-Licensing?

Pre-Licensing is the regulatory education required by each state’s real estate commission for getting your license and working in the real estate industry. To get your license, you first need to complete the required Pre-Licensing education for your state and then take your state’s licensing exam. Once you pass your exam, you will become a fully-licensed agent in your state.

Benefits of Our Courses

You may be asking, “So why The CE Shop?” Let’s dive in and explore the benefits and features that make The CE Shop’s online education the best in the market.

State-Approved Education

Our industry-leading courses combine the classroom environment and online learning with state-by-state regulatory requirements. We have gone through your state’s rigorous procedures to assure that you’re getting the most informative and up-to-date curriculum there is.

90% National Pass Rate

Our courses have a proven history of preparing students to pass their licensing exam on the first attempt. Don’t believe us? Check out the stats here.

Free 5-Day Trial

We want you to feel comfortable knowing that getting your real estate license is the right choice for you. That’s why we provide a 5-day, risk-free trial giving you unlimited access to all course content so you can experience our courses for yourself before committing. Pick Your State and Start Your Free Trial Today.

Features of Our Courses


All of our Pre-Licensing courses are optimized for your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a crowded bus in Peru at 3 AM, or on your couch during a lazy Sunday afternoon; our courses are conveniently available for you whenever you want to learn.

Simple Navigation

We designed our courses to be clear, concise, and easy to navigate. We want your educational experience to be a seamless progression from start to finish.

Engaging and Interactive

Our innovative courses are made exactly for your needs. By making our courses engaging and interactive, you’ll be able to retain the information for your exam.

Clear Course Progress

Our progress bars tell you how much time you’ve spent in your course, as well as the percentage of course content you’ve completed. Knowing how much is left of the course you need to complete gives you the power to schedule ahead and properly prepare for your upcoming exam.

Streamlined Design

Our interactive courses are built to make your learning experience as simple and straightforward as possible. We mean business when it comes to your education.

Check Out Our Courses for Yourself

We work hard to offer you the most innovative and convenient way to get your real estate license through our interactive course delivery system. See for yourself how simple and easy it is to use.

Real Estate Education Made for You

The CE Shop's real estate courses are proven to help you ace your exam and get you on your way to a successful career in real estate. We have Pre-LicensingPost-LicensingContinuing Education, and an Exam Prep program for all your education needs. Try our 5-day free trial and get started today!