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Licensure

Educational Requirements, Study Tools, Scheduling Your Exam, Applying for Your License, Continuing Education


Education

The process of joining the Moments RE team as a Real Estate salesperson begins with education. The Pennsylvania Department of State requires agents to complete the Real Estate Fundamentals (30 hours) and Real Estate Practice (45 hours) courses (75 hours total).

 You can use whatever education provider you want, provided they are approved by the PA Real Estate Commission. The one that most of the agents on the team have used is Real Estate Express.  

 If you have an inactive license, the state requires you to complete 14 hours of Commission-approved continuing education to renew or reactivate your license. More information about that can be found here.

 If you think you may not have to take the education because of some other schooling you have had, check out this form on page 3 to find out.

*Other requirements:

You must be at least 18 years old and will have to pass a background check done by the State Police. You must have a High School diploma or equivalent education.

Scheduling Your Exam

After you finish the PA Fundamentals and Practice courses you will receive a certification of completion for each class. You are now able to begin the process of applying to take the licensing exam. You will need to register for both the State and National parts of the PA sales exam. You can take both in the same testing appointment.

 The Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission has contracted with PSI (licensure:certification) to conduct its examination program. Make an account here.

 To sit in and take the Real Estate Salesperson’s exam you will first need to be pre-approved by PSI. The instructions are under the Salesperson and Rental Listing Referral Agent section on page three of the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin found here. (We recommend registering by email; you only wait four days to hear back versus two weeks if done by mail). Make sure you read through the bulletin carefully!

 Upon approval of eligibility, you will be mailed a confirmation notice containing instructions for scheduling an appointment to take the examination. If you are denied eligibility, PSI will notify you via first class mail. *Note if you would like to check the status of your application call PSI at (800) 733-9267

 The next step is to confirm a time and place using your PSI account to take the exam. Unfortunately, you can’t take it online from home, you must choose a PSI testing center to take it at. There are several centers in PA you can choose from. You finally have your appointment set! Good luck!

*The bulletin provides several study guide options if you want to study some more for the exam. 

Applying for Your License 

Congratulations, you passed! But before you can start selling real estate you must apply for a license from the state. 

When you pass your exam, you will receive passing score reports. Save those! 

There is an application checklist of the steps you will need to take apply for your Real Estate Salesperson-Standard license. The checklist is found on this page

You’re now ready to meet with our broker- Keller Williams Real Estate Montgomeryville! Our administrator will set up an appointment with the coordinator at our KW office! They will walk you through that checklist as well as Keller Williams on-boarding paperwork. 

Here is the contract they will talk to you about in your meeting. Every salesperson must hang their license with a broker. That broker oversees that agent’s real estate transactions. Our broker is Keller Williams Real Estate Montgomeryville. 

You are now ready to pick up your license! If you decide to wait a few weeks before receiving your license from the state, you can check the status in your online account under ‘status.’ Login here.

(You will have made a login at your appointment with Keller Williams)

If you would like to get your license ASAP you can drive to Harrisburg to pick it up. 

Continuing Education

Even though you now have your license your RE education is not over. Licenses expire May 31 of every even numbered year. Section 404.1(a) of the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act requires real estate brokers and salespersons to complete 14 hours of Commission-approved continuing education during each two-year license period.  The Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission will send email reminders to the address you have listed on the PALS website.

Standard salesperson licensees who are renewing for the first time are required to complete a specific set of continuing education modules (PDF) through an approved education provider. In other words, if you are renewing your license for the first time, the educational requirements are different than the second time you’ll have to renew your license.

Here is the link to the education provider our team uses for first time license renewals and experienced licenses alike.

If you’d like more information about continuing education visit this PAL’s site. If you want to know if a different continuing education provider covers the modules you need it to check out www.pals.pa.gov/verify or contact the provider directly to inquire.

For more information about continuing ed fees, expired or inactive licenses go to this site

Study Tools

There are a multitude of study tools you can access online. 

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