Hawaii Salesperson Pre-Licensing How to Become a HI Real Estate Agent

5 Steps Toward Getting Your Hawaii 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 seven steps you’ll need to take before starting your career in Hawaii real estate.




To start,

  • You must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or an alien authorized to work in the United States.
  • You must be at least 18 years old by the examination date.
  • You must have a reputation for or a record of competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity, and fair dealing.

  1. Complete 60 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education.

    Successfully complete an approved 60 clock hour Pre-Licensing salesperson course.

    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.

    For graduates of an accredited law school, those that have received a degree from a university with a major course of study in real estate, former licensees, or those with a current license in another jurisdiction seeking licensure in Hawaii, please see the Hawaii Real Estate Branch website for detailed education and examination requirements for each candidate’s situation.

  2. Pass the course final exam.

    After you complete all the course materials and meet the minimum seat time requirement, there is a course final exam. This exam consists of 130 questions and the minimum passing score is 70%. Course completions are valid for two years from the date of issuance.

  3. Pass the Hawaii licensing exam.

    Next you will take and pass the Hawaii Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Exam, which is administered by PSI. The National portion of this exam consists of 80 questions and a 150-minute time allowance, and the State portion consists of 50 questions and a 90-minute time allowance. For more information, see the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin.

  4. Complete and submit your licensing application.

    Your test center personnel will give you the instructions and application form, along with the score report and any other documentation as required per the instructions. You must file an application within two years of passing the licensing examination. The completed application, fees, and required documents should be sent by mail or hand delivered.

  5. Choose a sponsoring broker.

    To be licensed on active status, you must be employed or associated with a current and active Hawaii real estate brokerage firm or sole proprietor. Picking the right broker to work with is a key factor towards success as you build your new career. Here are some questions to consider when looking for a sponsoring 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?


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