5 Steps to Getting a Real Estate License in Arizona


Getting a real estate license in Arizona doesn’t require much time or money. Real estate sales is one of the rare professions that offers high-income potential without a college degree. You’ll also enjoy flexible hours and the opportunity to be your own boss.

Here is the simple five-step process to getting a real estate license in Arizona.

5 Steps to Getting a Real Estate License in Arizona

Step 1: Complete Your Pre-Licensing Education

Arizona requires 90 hours of pre-licensing real estate education coursework. In your 90 hours, you’ll learn real estate basics that will support you in your day-to-day career as an Arizona real estate agent, including:

  • Brokering real estate transactions

  • Income analysis and calculations

  • Leasing

  • Marketing

  • Property management

  • Property ownership and rights

You can take a course from any state-approved real estate school, but ideally, you’ll choose a real estate school offering engaging curriculum (instead of a basic textbook), exam prep, and access to real-world real estate professionals in case you have questions.

You may also want to consider an online real estate school that lets you take courses on your own schedule, at your own pace. Aceable Real Estate School even offers mobile-first course design, allowing you to access your coursework from your mobile device so you can learn wherever you are.

Step 2: Gather Your Documents and Register to Take Your State Exam

When you pass your pre-license course and the course test, you’ll receive a certificate of completion. This is just one of the documents you’ll need to register to take your Arizona real estate exam. You’ll also need a Fingerprint Clearance Card and a Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form as part of Arizona’s public safety policy

With your documentation in order, you’ll be able to register for your state exam directly through the exam proctor, Pearson VUE. To register, you’ll need to pay the $75 real estate salesperson exam fee. Appointments can be made up to one day prior to the day you wish to test, subject to availability.

Pearson VUE sells practice tests online, but if you choose a real estate school like AceableAgent that includes practice tests as part of your exam prep, you will likely not need these additional paid practice tests.

Step 3: Ace the State Exam

The Arizona real estate exam consists of 180 multiple choice questions, plus 15 pretest questions that are only for data-collection purposes. You have 300 minutes to complete your exam. To pass, you’ll need to correctly answer at least 75% of the questions.   

You will be notified of your results within a few days. If you do not pass on your first attempt, you can schedule a re-take. Once you pass the exam, you have one year to complete the process of getting a real estate license in Arizona.

Step 4: Complete an Additional Contract Writing Course

Arizona has one final education requirement before you can officially get your Arizona real estate license: you must complete a six-hour contract writing course. This additional requirement ensures new licensees can competently draft contracts and advise their clients through contract negotiations.

This class does not need to be taken until after you pass your real estate exam. Many students prefer to focus only on the content from the 90-hour course, which will be included in the exam, and save the contract course for post-exam when their minds are a little clearer. Some real estate schools include this course in the pre-license education package, so check with your provider to see if this course is included.

Step 5: Choose a Broker and Complete Your License Application

Arizona requires new real estate agents to find a supervising broker to monitor their progress as a professional. Your broker will provide guidance as you settle into your real estate career, helping you learn the industry and feel more comfortable in your role. They'll also share responsibility for your actions in case you make a mistake on the job.

Many training real estate agents don't start looking for a broker until they've passed their exam. That said, it's never to early to look for a broker. Interviewing brokers while working on your 90-hour course can save you some time.

With your broker selected, you just need to apply for your Arizona real estate license online and pay the $60 fee ($50 as a license fee and $10 for the Real Estate Recovery Fund).

Once you receive your real estate license from the Arizona Department of Real Estate, you can immediately represent buyers and sellers in real estate transactions. Enjoy your lucrative new career!

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Matthew Monagle


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