Take your online courses at the following Ohio Community Colleges
In Ohio pre-licensing courses must be taken at an Institution of Higher Education. There are numerous schools, universities and community colleges that offer pre-license education around the state.
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How do I get my Ohio real estate license?
1. Complete your required education
You must have a high school diploma or equivalent (if you were born after 1950) and successfully complete 120 hours of approved real estate education within a ten-year time frame immediately preceding your application. This education must be completed at an institution of higher education that awards a degree in at least a two-year program, education must consist of the following:
2. Obtain a sponsoring broker
Before you submit an application to become a licensed real estate Salesperson, you must be sponsored by a Broker.
3. Submit your application
You must submit a completed Salesperson Examination Application, a $60 fee, and proof that you completed your education requirements to the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing. (You may either submit a copy of your official transcripts or course completion certificates.) The Division will process your application and send your information to the testing vendor.
4. Schedule your test
After your application has been processed, you will receive a Candidate Information Bulletin with instructions for scheduling your test.
Ohio State Requirements: Salesperson Licensing
Educational Requirements to Obtain a Salesperson License:
Please note: Any person who has not been licensed as a real estate salesperson or broker within a four-year period immediately preceding his/her current application for the salesperson’s exam must have completed the above instruction within a 10-year period immediately preceding the current salesperson application. This education must have been completed at an institution of higher education that awards a degree in at least a two-year program (i.e. an associate degree).
An applicant for an Ohio salesperson's license should submit:
The applicant must pass the State and National portions of the Ohio Real Estate Salesperson Exam in order for a license to be issued. Passing score: 70
For more information, contact the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing at 614-466-4100. (ODRE – Updated 06/2017)
Q: I am a real estate salesperson in a state that has a reciprocal agreement with Ohio. How can I obtain an Ohio real estate salesperson’s license?
A: The Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing has reciprocity agreements with the following states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming. For more information on Ohio license reciprocity click here. For information on becoming licensed in Kentucky and taking the required 40-hour reciprocal license law course, click here.
Ohio State Requirements: Broker Licensing
Educational Requirements to Obtain a Broker’s License:
The applicant must hold an active salesperson license for two (2) of the last five (5) years and comply with the following requirements:
Experience Requirements...20 Transactions
The Division calculates the transactions to ensure the applicant meets a total of twenty by using the following formulas:
An applicant for an Ohio broker’s license should submit:
Once the Division processes a complete application, the applicant’s information is sent to the testing vendor. The testing vendor will process the information and send a Candidate Information Bulletin with instructions on scheduling the exam.
The applicant must pass the State and National portions of the Ohio Real Estate Broker exam in order for a license to be issued. Passing score: 75
Salesperson Post Licensing Education
Not earlier than the date of issue of a real estate salesperson’s license to a licensee, but not later than twelve months after the date of issue of a real estate salesperson license to a licensee, the licensee shall submit proof satisfactory to the superintendent, on forms made available by the superintendent, of the completion of 20 hours of classroom instruction that shall be completed in schools, seminars, and educational institutions approved by the commission.
The 20 hour course will be required of salespersons who are issued a license on or after the April 6, 2017 effective date of the bill. Those agents who were issued a license before that date will only be required to take the existing ten hour course.
Salesperson Continuing Education
Educational Requirements to renew a Salesperson License:
Broker Post Licensing Education
No later than twelve months after the date of issue of a real estate broker’s license to a licensee, the licensee shall submit proof satisfactory to the superintendent, on forms made available by the superintendent, of the completion of ten hours of classroom instruction in real estate brokerage at an institution of higher education or any other institution that is approved by the commission.
Broker Continuing Education
Educational Requirements to renew a Broker License:
New Mandatory Management CE Course
Included in the report of the Ohio Licensing Structure Task Force was a finding that additional education is necessary for those persons involved in the operation and management of a brokerage to assure that they are knowledgeable about their license law obligations as well as other issues involved in running a successful real estate business. To accomplish this, HB 532 requires a separate three hour continuing education class on these topics. This course is required to be taken by the following licensees, including those over 70 years of age:
Even though associate brokers and brokers on deposit aren’t involved in the management of a brokerage, they are included in this requirement because of their ability to change their status to that of a principal broker or management level licensee.
It should also be noted that this three hour course will be included in a licensee’s 30 hour c.e. requirement – not in addition.
Beginning with renewals due April 6, 2020 and after, this new course on broker responsibilities is a core class for anyone who holds a broker credential or a management-level salesperson credential. Active brokers over the age of 70 will now have four core classes and 12 hours to submit instead of nine hours of continuing education.
Inactive brokers, as well as associate, management-level and principal brokers are all required to submit this class with each renewal.
For more information, contact the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing at 614-466-4100. All information provided is subject to change. If you have specific questions, please visit its Website.