Do I Need A Degree To Become A Real Estate Broker In Washington?

Being a real estate broker is just as involved as many professions that require a college education. But does that mean you need to have a degree to become a real estate broker in Washington?
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Before you jump in, we're sure you have some questions about the job requirements. What education and training do you need before you qualify for a real estate license in Washington? And what else is required? Let's break it down.

What Is a Real Estate Broker in Washington State?

In Washington, a real estate broker is a licensed professional who acts on behalf of a real estate firm or client to perform real estate brokerage services. When you are first licensed, you must work under the supervision of a managing broker.

Do You Need a College Degree?

No. To get a real estate broker license in Washington, you only need a high school diploma. Some brokers might choose to go to college simply for their own personal or professional fulfillment. But it is not a requirement.

Do You Need Real Estate Education?

Yes. The Washington State Department of Licensing requires that all real estate license applicants complete 90 hours of pre-licensing real estate instruction. The course requirements are broken down into two parts:

  • Washington Real Estate Fundamentals (60-course hours)
  • Real Estate Practices (30-course hours)

If you have a real estate license from another state and you're applying for license by reciprocity, you do not need any Washington pre-licensing education.

Aceable's Washington real estate broker course is state-approved, and it includes all the information you need to pass the licensing exam. The course is 100% online. You can take it anywhere, at your own pace.

What Are the Other Real Estate Licensing Requirements?

To receive a real estate broker license in Washington, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You have to submit your fingerprints for the background check (due every six years).
  • You should be ready to answer legal background questions and provide documents if requested.
  • You must pass the licensing exam.
  • If you already have a license from another state, your license must have been active within the last six months, and it must be in good standing.
  • If applicable, be ready to upload your license history from the other state. They will not accept a copy of your license, a screenshot, or a passing score report.

How Do You Apply for a Washington Real Estate Broker License?

You can do that online, at the Washington State Department of Licensing website. Create an account and click on "add new service." Then choose Professional and Business Licensing from the drop-down list. Next, select "apply for professional license."

After that, you'll be prompted to fill out your application. Once it's approved, you will receive emailed instructions to register for the licensing exam.

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So what are you waiting for? Register today, and you will be on your way to a lucrative career as a Washington real estate broker!