You may not need a college degree to get a real estate license in Washington, but you will have to take the required education courses. Which courses you have to take depends on what type of license you’re trying to get and if you’re renewing it.
Unless you already have a real estate license in another state, you’ll have to take two required real estate courses for a Washington broker license. Those two courses are:
As the name suggests, this course teaches you the essential basics of working in real estate (i.e. laws, regulations, and financial matters). Topics include:
This course delves into the skills that are needed to have a successful real estate career in Washington. Topics include:
Both courses must be administered by an approved school. There are three types of schools that have been approved by the Washington State Department of Licensing:
Proprietary Schools - These are education providers like AceableAgent that are approved to administer internet-based instruction. It’s an easy, affordable way to complete the 90 hours of coursework and continuing education.
National Schools - There are a select number of providers that have locations around the U.S. where approved courses can be taken for credit. It’s an option if you aren’t in Washington and want to take in-person classes.
State-Funded Institutions of Higher Learning - If you’re already enrolled in one of the three approved community colleges or the University of Washington you can take the required courses next semester.
If you want to step up to a managing broker license that will require a little extra education. There are three required 30-hour courses that must be completed before you can take the managing broker exam:
Here again, all the courses must be administered by an approved education provider.
Your Washington real estate license is good for two years. After that, you have to renew your license to keep it active. Renewal involves yet more education that varies based on whether it’s you’re first time renewing and the type of license you have.
Real Estate Brokers (first renewal):
Real Estate Brokers (subsequent renewals):
Managing Brokers (all renewals):
Make sure you get your continuing education done in time. If your license goes inactive you may have to take the originally required courses all over again.
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