Real Estate Training

Obtain your license and become a real estate agent

To become a real estate agent in North America, you must complete a recognized and accredited real estate training program and pass an examination administered by a real estate licensing board. While the exact steps vary from state to state and province to province, the basic procedure is the same throughout the continent.

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Your first step will be to find a real estate school that is recognized by the licensing board that oversees the jurisdiction in which you plan to work. If possible, choose real estate training that leads to national certification, as you will then have the freedom to live wherever you like without the need to train for a new career.

Qualifications for Real Estate School

The credentials you'll need to be accepted into a real estate training program vary from place to place, but generally, you must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma and you must have a completely clean legal background with no criminal record. While a college education is not usually a strict requirement, many real estate agents have at least a bachelor's degree. You'll find a college background in business, marketing or commerce to be especially useful in your real estate career.

Topics covered in certified programs include how to list and show a property, how to read and prepare legal documents, and real estate marketing techniques. It is best to select a program that delves a little deeper than just teaching the topics you'll need to master to pass your licensing exam. You'll get more value out of real estate schools that offer instruction in topics like establishing territory, negotiating sales, property management training and home inspection training.

You can attend an online real estate school or a traditional class; board-recognized options are available in both formats.

Earn Your Real Estate License

Once you successfully complete your training course and have earned your diploma, you will then be eligible to write your local real estate licensing examination. In the United States, remember that there are differences between real estate agents and real estate brokers, and that each career path requires you to pass a different exam.

Typically, real estate licensing exams are offered quarterly. You must register and pay a fee; if you pass the exam, you will get your license. If not, you'll have to try again the next time the exam is offered. If that happens, you may want to retrain by taking a different real estate course offered by an educational institution with a strong reputation.