Alabama Salesperson Pre-Licensing

How to Become an Alabama Real Estate Agent

6 Steps Toward Getting Your Alabama Salesperson License

Getting licensed for your new career might seem a bit daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process. Read on to learn the six steps you’ll need to take before starting your career in Alabama real estate.



  1. Complete 60 hours of Pre-Licensing education.

    First-time licensee candidates in Alabama are required to take 60 hours of Pre-Licensing education and be at least 19 years old.

    The CE Shop offers this mandatory course through its advanced web-based platform, where the best of the classroom is combined with the flexibility and convenience of online learning. We prepare you for your licensing exam while providing you with the knowledge you need to begin a promising career in real estate.

  2. Complete the course final exam with a proctor.

    After you complete all the course materials, meet the minimum time requirement, and pass the practice exam, there is a final exam. The minimum passing score is 75%.

    You must take each final in the presence of a proctor. You’ll need to schedule an appointment with a proctor in advance. Find out more about our online proctoring here.

  3. Schedule, take, and pass your licensing exam with PSI (formerly AMP).

    The Alabama Real Estate Commission contracts with PSI, (formerly AMP), to facilitate and administer the salesperson licensing exam. For more information, please see the Alabama Candidate Handbook.

  4. Choose a qualifying broker to support you through the process.

    To start a career in real estate in Alabama, you must have a broker who will sponsor you through the licensing process and provide you with a launchpad for your new career. This broker will be a career and education mentor providing you with an inside view into the day-to-day operations of a real estate agent.

    It’s important to find a good fit when picking a broker to work with and it’s a key factor in becoming a successful AL real estate agent. The following questions will help you find the right broker:

    • What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
    • What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
    • Are they technologically advanced and up-to-date with the latest systems?
    • How do they support their agents with education and training?
    • What kind of commission structure do they offer?
    • Do they offer benefits?
    • Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
    • Is there room to grow with the brokerage?
  5. Complete application and fingerprint background check.

    Full information on the application process and background check can be found here.

    Per the Alabama Real Estate Commission, the completed applications, all additional materials and fees MUST be complete and submitted to the Alabama Real Estate Commission within 90 days of your examination date. The 90-day timeframe is measured from examination date to postmark for those applications mailed to the Commission. Failure to meet this deadline will mean your exam score is null and void.

  6. Receive licensing approval and get issued a license for Alabama.

    Once the application is approved, your Alabama real estate salesperson license will be issued to your qualifying broker. With your new license, a great mentor, and the Alabama real estate knowledge gained from The CE Shop, you are ready for a new career as a real estate agent.

    To keep your license active and be eligible for renewal, take advantage of The CE Shop to complete your required real estate Post-Licensing and Continuing Education courses, too.