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How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Hawaii

Follow these steps and you're on your way to satisfying Hawaii licensing requirements.

How To Get Your Hawaii Real Estate License in 7 Steps

Becoming licensed may seem like a daunting undertaking at first, but we’ve demystified the process for you. Follow these simple steps to get started today!



Complete 60 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education.

To prepare you to take the exam and to satisfy the Pre-Licensing education requirement, The CE Shop offers the coursework through its advanced online learning platform, designed specifically for aspiring and existing real estate professionals.

Our courses have the ease and convenience of an online education, so you can schedule your learning around existing obligations. Our courses offer real-world scenarios and examples that are relevant to the real estate industry, preparing you to pass your state licensing exam and enter the world as a real estate professional in Hawaii.




Complete the course final exam.

Upon completion of all the course material, we’ll provide you with a practice exam that prepares you for the course final exam. The final exam is comprised of 130 questions and requires a minimum passing score of 70%. This course does not need to be taken in the presence of a proctor.



Complete an FBI Criminal Background Check.

More information regarding the FBI Criminal Background Check can be found here.




Pass the HI Real Estate Sales Associate Examination.

The Sales Associate Exam is comprised of two sections: General and State. The “General” section is comprised of 80 questions and the time allowed to take it is 150 minutes. The “State” section has 50 questions and the time allowed to take this section is 90 minutes. There is an examination fee, unless you are taking just one of the two sections. PSI provides a Candidate Information Bulletin which provides all the specifics about this exam, where to take it, and other important details about the exam.




Attain Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance.

E&O Insurance is mandated for all real estate licensees to cover all real estate brokerage activities. Learn more about the details here.




Choose a sponsoring broker.

As you go through the licensing process and become a new agent, you’ll need to be sponsored by a licensed Hawaii real estate broker. Picking the right broker to work with you is a key success factor to building your new career. Here are some questions to consider when looking for a sponsoring broker:

  1. What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
  2. What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
  3. Are they technologically advanced and up to date with the latest systems?
  4. How do they support their agents with education and training?
  5. What kind of commission structure do they offer?
  6. Do they offer benefits?
  7. Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
  8. Is there room to grow with the brokerage?



Apply for licensure within two years of passing the exam.

After you’ve passed both sections of the Hawaii Real Estate Salesperson Examination, you must apply for your license within two years. Additional information regarding the application can be found here.




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