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How To Get Your Massachusetts Real Estate License

5 Steps Toward Getting Your Massachusetts Salesperson License

Getting your Massachusetts real estate license might seem daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process.

To learn about the five steps you’ll need to complete before starting your career in Massachusetts real estate. To learn about how much it costs to get your real estate license, visit our MA Pre-Licensing pricing page.

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To start:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must have a social security number.

Quick Facts:

  • What is the average MA real estate agent salary? According to, the average full time Massachusetts real estate agent salary is $89,443 per year.
  • How long does it take to get a real estate agent license in Massachusetts? Future agents who spend about 20 hours per week on coursework can be licensed in as little as 3-4 weeks.
  • You can use the Massachusetts Real Estate Agent License Lookup Tool to verify an agent's license status.

  1. Complete 40 hours of approved Massachusetts Pre-Licensing education.

    Complete 40 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education, as required by the Massachusetts Real Estate Board. The CE Shop is an approved education provider in the state of Massachusetts. Learn more about your package options here.

  2. Pass the course final exam.

    After you complete all the course materials and meet the minimum time requirement, there is a course final exam consisting of 100 questions. A minimum score of 75% is required to pass this exam.

  3. Gain approval from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons.

    Before you can take the real estate licensing exam, you must first obtain three candidate endorsements from individuals unrelated to you. These individuals do not have to be Massachusetts residents.

    You will then mail your application to the PSI office to get pre-approved to take the licensing exam.

  4. Pass the Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson Examination.

    Next, you will take the Massachusetts salesperson licensing exam, which is administered by PSI. The National portion of the exam consists of 80 questions to be answered within 150 minutes. The State portion consists of 40 questions to be answered within 90 minutes. For more information, see the Massachusetts Candidate Information Bulletin.

    Do you need help passing your Massachusetts real estate exam? The CE Shop also offers comprehensive Exam Prep tailored to Massachusetts. If you have any additional questions, visit our Massachusetts real estate exam frequently asked questions page.

  5. Choose a sponsoring broker.

    As you go through the process of earning your license, you’ll need to be sponsored by a Massachusetts real estate broker. Choosing the right broker to work with you is a key success factor for building your new career. Here are a few 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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