In my Real Estate License Training Journal, I indicated that I’m a total novice to this entire industry and I know essentially nothing. I’m starting from complete scratch. With this in mind, it seems the best place to start is with the most basic question, what are the California Real Estate License requirements? Here’s what I found during my research, which was mostly taken from the California Real Estate Commission. If you’re planning on getting your real estate license in another state, be sure to check out your state’s specific requirements.

California Real Estate Salesperson Requirements

As you are probably aware, the state of California has several different requirements that you must meet in order to obtain your California real estate license. Let’s go over those basic requirements first…

General Requirements To Obtain A Real Estate License In California

For starters, you must meet the minimum age requirement to obtain a real estate license in California. Currently, the minimum age to do that is 18 years old. You must also have a high school diploma in order to get your real estate license in California. And finally, you also need to prove a legal presence in the United States. If you happen to be obtaining a California real estate license but live in another state, you can check out those requirements here.

One thing many aspiring real estate professionals forget is that you are being placed into a position that demands honesty and truthfulness. Because of this, certain criminal convictions could result in you being denied a license. Some of those criminal convictions include the following:

Assault with intent to commit rape
Bribing public officer or employee
Conviction that requires registration pursuant to Section 290 of the Penal Code
Criminal Conspiracy
Filing a false police or fire report
Grand theft
Obtaining money by false pretenses
Sexually related conduct affecting a person who is an observer or non consenting participant
Petty theft
Possession of drugs for sale or transport
Soliciting a lewd act from a minor or non consenting adult
Tax evasion

If you have been convicted with any of the above crimes, now would be a good time to speak with an attorney before moving forward. Failure to disclose past criminal violations is ground for a denial of a license.

Real Estate License Training & Education Requirements

Unlike other professions, you are not able to self-study and take your real estate license exam. Instead, you must successfully complete three college level courses with 135 hours of training in order to even qualify for the real estate license exam. The courses you must complete includes…

Real Estate Principles – This 45 hour course takes you from he basics, such as how to obtain a real estate license in California, to specific terminology and a general overview of how the real estate industry works.

Real Estate Practice – This is also a 45 hour course that gets into more specifics such as working with buyers, sellers, taxation, financing, and more.

One 45 Hour Real Estate Elective Course – Whoever you sign up with to take your California real estate license training, you will be offered at least one if not multiple elective courses to choose from. You must take and complete at least one certified elective of your choosing. Commonly offered elective courses include:

Real Estate Appraisal
Property Management
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Economics
Legal Aspects Of Real Estate
Real Estate Office Administration
General Accounting
Business Law
Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
Computer Applications in Real Estate
Common Interest Developments

California Real Estate License Exam Requirements

Once you have completed your required 135 hours of real estate license training in California, either online or in a classroom, you must then complete the written examination. The salesperson exam consists of 150 multiple choice questions and must be completed in 3 hours and 15 minutes. These exams are generally given in electronic multiple choice format. If you pass, you will receive a real estate license application that you will need to submit and have approved by the California Bureau of Real Estate (BRE).

Once you have received your real estate license, you will need to be supervised by a licensed real estate broker in order to perform any real estate acts. If you do not have an employing broker, you may not perform real estate acts requiring a real estate license.

A Few Final Thoughts

Those are the basic California real estate license requirements that you need to know about, but there are more requirements than just that. I am fully prepared for this to be a huge challenge and I can accept the red tape, but as I stated in my Real Estate License Training Journal, I have never been one to learn things quickly nor have I ever been a good test taker. I know that this will take a lot of work but I am ready to commit before dropping hundreds of dollars on an online course. Are you ready to commit? Let’s do this together!