How to Become a Real Estate Agent in South Carolina

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Real estate is a lucrative and respected career path. How many other industries offer unlimited income potential without a college degree? And becoming a licensed real estate agent in South Carolina is easier than you might expect!

We'll run you through the steps on how to become a real estate agent in South Carolina.

8 Steps to get your Real Estate License in South Carolina

1. Meet the basic qualification requirements

The South Carolina Real Estate Commission (SCREC) requires you to meet a few basic criteria before pursuing your South Carolina real estate license.

You must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have legal authorization to live and work in the U.S.

2. Pass your background check

South Carolina also requires a background check for anyone wishing to be a licensed real estate agent. It’s best to start your background check early to allow for processing time and to leave yourself plenty of time to address any issues that may come up on your background check.

You can order your background check through the state’s online portal by completing an application, giving consent to run your background check, and paying a $40 background check fee.

3. Complete the first course of your pre-licensing education

Unlike most states, South Carolina allows you to take your pre-licensing education courses in two parts: you can take one course before your real estate exam and one course after. Both courses cover a lot of information, so most agents-in-training find it easiest to focus on the first course and take the exam while that information is still fresh in their minds. Then you can take the second course once you’ve passed your state exam.

This first course is a 60-hour real estate principles and practices course. If you’re in a hurry to launch your new real estate career, consider an online real estate school that allows you to complete the coursework at your own pace. AceableAgent offers mobile-first design so all your coursework is easily accessible 24/7 from your phone or tablet.

4. Apply to take your South Carolina real estate exam

Before you can sit your South Carolina real estate exam, you must apply to take the exam. You can apply online to take your exam. Simply complete the application and pay the $25 exam application fee.

You’ll typically be notified within 5-7 days if you’re eligible to sit the exam. Once approved, you can schedule your exam directly with the exam proctor, PSI. There is a $63 exam fee, which covers the proctoring for both the national and state portions of your exam.

5. Pass the exam

To pass the South Carolina real estate exam, you’ll need to correctly answer 56 out of 80 national questions and 21 out of 30 state questions. You’ll have two hours to complete the national portion and one hour to complete the state portion. If you don’t pass the exam on your first try, you can apply to retake the exam.

6. Complete the second course of your pre-licensing education

Before you can apply for your real estate license, you need to complete the second course of your pre-licensing education.

This second course is a 30-hour advanced real estate principles course. This course can be taken from the same real estate school you chose for your first course.

7. Find a sponsoring broker

South Carolina requires that all real estate sales agents operate under a supervising broker. Since your broker will provide support and on-the-job mentoring, it pays to invest a little time in finding a broker who will meet your needs. Interview multiple brokers to make sure you find a good fit.

8. Apply for your South Carolina real estate license

The South Carolina real estate license application will be provided by PSI once you pass your test. You have one year from the date of your exam to submit your real estate license application, along with the $50 licensing fee.

As soon as your advanced real estate principles course is complete and you’ve selected a sponsoring broker, you’re ready to apply for your real estate license and officially become a real estate agent in South Carolina!