Real Estate License

PA Real Estate License

August 12, 2009

If you are wanting to find out just exactly what the requirements are for getting a real estate license in PA, and some methods of obtaining those credentials, you’ve found the right page. Pennsylvania has some very expensive local real estate markets, and getting your real estate license is a great way of circumventing or offloading some of the high costs of selling your home, as well as providing a profitable way to earn part-time or full time income.

PA Real Estate License Requirements

  1. There are two (2) courses that you must obtain credit for in pre-licensing. Those courses are the Real Estate Practice course and the Real Estate Fundamentals course. Each course is contains 30 hours of material, for a total of 60 hours of classroom time.
  2. Then you must pass and end of coursework proctored exam (70% minimum).
  3. And finally, you must pass a state salesperson licensing exam (70% minimum).
  4. You must be at least 18 years old.

Getting a PA Real Estate License Online

This is the preferred method for most working individuals. Usually you can meet the pre-licensing coursework requirements faster, and be able to school yourself on your own schedule (nights, weekends, whenever you have time). Don’t be intimidated by the test, have a little faith in yourself, and go into the test with the mindset that you will pass. One note to add here, usually online courses are cheaper as well, so if cost is an issue, check out the online methods first.

Instructor Led PA Real Estate License Courses

Of course, the traditional instructor led courses are offered as well. This is the best option if you believe that you will have difficulty keeping yourself on a goal based schedule for completing your coursework. Also, the classroom environment is better for getting your specific questions answered. However, typically testing is standardized, and therefore getting into the details is not usually necessary. Keep it high level, and make sure you understand the main points. Details can be learned later as you work under a broker and get that “hands on” experience.

Getting a PA Real Estate License Summed Up

Obtaining a real estate license in PA is significantly easier than in other states. For example, Texas requires 210 hours of pre-licensing coursework (some college credits can be counted towards satisfactory completion). But in PA, you just need 60 hours of coursework, a final examination, and a state licensing exam to get your real estate license. So if you are looking to switch careers, or just want to save money on the sale of your own home, or some part time income, hop online or get in a classroom and get your PA real estate license.

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  • Reply Jack Lowenthal November 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I had a RE license in the 1980’s. I called the real estate board and they told me I can just take the test. I just need a couse on how to pass the test.

    Thank You, Jack

    • Reply Real Estate License Guy November 27, 2010 at 6:48 am


      Great post. Go to this page, then click on the “Click Here to Learn More” button, then scroll down the page until you find the “Pennsylvania Exam Prep Master”. I’m pretty sure it is exactly what you are looking for.


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