South Carolina Salesperson Pre-Licensing

How to Become a South Carolina Real Estate Agent

6 Steps Toward Getting Your South Carolina 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 South Carolina real estate.




Successfully complete 90 hours of approved South Carolina pre-licensing education.

You can view the details of our South Carolina courses along with our packages here.

Why Should You Choose The CE Shop for Your South Carolina Pre-Licensing Classes?

LEAP is an advanced web-based platform designed specifically for real estate professionals. Each course combines up-to-date real estate education with the flexibility and convenience of online learning. Courses are taught using real-world scenarios and practical examples to prepare you for a promising career while providing the knowledge you need to pass your SC real estate licensing exam.

The two required courses must be taken in a specific order. The first is the 60-hour Unit I course, which must be completed before you can take the licensing exam. The second course is the 30-hour Unit II course, which must be taken after the first course. The Unit II course can be taken after the licensing exam but must be taken prior to applying for licensure.



Successfully complete the final exam for each course with an approved proctor.

For each course, you must complete all the course materials, meet the minimum time requirement, and pass the practice exam. Each course also contains a final exam, and a minimum score of 70% is required to pass the final exam and can be taken as many times as needed to pass.

You must take each final in the presence of a proctor, and you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a proctor in advance. The test must be taken in the presence of an approved proctor. Learn more about scheduling your exam here.



Complete a criminal background check.

The Commission requires that all real estate license candidates complete a criminal background check. Please click here to obtain your SC Real Estate Commission criminal background check prior to submitting your application for eligibility to take the licensing examination.



Choose a sponsoring broker to support you through the process.

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

  • 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?

Per the South Carolina Real Estate Commission's licensing requirements, the applicant must be sponsored by a broker-in-charge and complete the 30-hour Unit II course before applying for licensure within one year of passing the licensing examination.



Apply with the Commission and take the salesperson licensing exam with PSI.

Apply with the Commission to take the salesperson licensing exam. The Exam Application for Real Estate, supporting documentation, and a $35.00 fee must be submitted in order to receive an examination eligibility letter.

Register to take the exam with PSI Exams Online. Once your exam application is approved by the Commission, you will receive an examination eligibility letter allowing you to register with PSI to take the salesperson exam.

The Commission has contracted with PSI to administer and facilitate the licensing exam. Please see the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin (the updated version is dated 1/1/2017) for more information. There is a $25 examination fee for the salesperson pre-licensing exam. After passing the examination, applicants must submit a license fee of $50, score report, and license application provided by PSI. Prior to licensure, an applicant is required to complete the 30-hour Unit II Advanced Real Estate Principles Course.



Apply for your license.

You must apply here for your license with the Commission within one year of taking the exam. The license will be mailed to your broker-in-charge.

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