District of Columbia License Requirements

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District of Columbia Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the District of Columbia education needs for real estate licensing and renewal.

Licensing Board/Commission: District of Columbia Real Estate Commission (PearsonVUE)

District of Columbia Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • District of Columbia real estate salesperson license: 60 hours of salesperson education
  • District of Columbia real estate broker license: 135 hours of broker pre-license education (as well as 2 years of experience as a salesperson) 

District of Columbia State Reciprocity

Real estate commissions and boards across the country are adopting policies for a real estate agent in one state to more easily become licensed in another state.

The District of Columbia has entered into reciprocal agreements with Virginia (concerning brokers or salespersons currently licensed there) and Maryland (concerning all brokers currently licensed there and salespersons licensed there after 1996).

District of Columbia Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:

  • District of Columbia real estate salespersons must renew their real estate licenses by August 31 of odd-numbered years
  • District of Columbia rReal estate brokers must renew their real estate licenses by February 28 odd-numbered years
  • For the 2017–2019 licensing cycle, real estate professionals must take 15 hours of real estate courses. This includes: 
    • 3 hours of Fair Housing
    • 3 hours of DC Legislative Update 
    • 3 hours of Ethics
    • 6 hours of general electives

District of Columbia Appraisal License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the District of Columbia Board of Real Estate Appraisers. The information provided below can be found on the Board’s website. However, we recommend you contact the Board for more detailed information and for any changes which may have occurred.

Licensure Levels:

  • Appraiser Trainee
  • Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser
  • Certified General Real Property Appraise 

District of Columbia Appraisal Licensure Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Not have been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude which bears directly on the applicant’s fitness to be licensed
  • Turn in a complete, notarized application form provided by the Board
  • Include with application, two recent passport photos measuring 2”x2” and the licensing fee
  • Must meet the educational requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • Submit Work Experience Log forms
  • For Certified Residential level:  A minimum of an Associate’s Degree OR 21 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required.  For Certified General level:  A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required. 
  • Satisfactory completion of the state examination
  • Submit the Board’s application within 30 months of passing the exam 

District of Columbia Appraisal Education Requirements:

  • 75 hours for the Appraiser Trainee which consist of the following courses:  Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours), 15 Hour National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours)
  • 150 Hours for the Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser which consist of the same 75 hours of Trainee education AND:  Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours), Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 Hours), Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approach (30 hours)
  • 200 Hours for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser which consist of the same 75 hours of Provisional Licensed Appraiser education AND:  Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours), Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 Hours), Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approach (30 hours) Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours), Advanced Residential Application and Case Studies (15 hours), Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours)
  • 300 hours for the Certified General Real Property Appraiser which includes the same 200 hours for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser education AND:  General Appraiser Sales Comparison and Income Approach (15 hours), General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), General Appraiser Income Approach (45 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)

Experience Requirements:

  • Appraiser Trainee – no work experience requirement 
  • Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser - 2000 hours over at least 12 months 
  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser - 2500 hours gained continuously over at least 24 months (to include at least 625 hours of property appraisal experience in complex one to four unit residential real property appraisal work) 
  • Certified General Real Property Appraiser - 3000 hours gained continuously over at least 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals 

District of Columbia Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • There are no continuing education requirements for applicants who obtain a license during the second year of the two-year period preceding the date the license expires.
  • Licensees must complete 28 hours of continuing education within the renewal cycle
  • At least 7 hours of this requirement must cover the USPAP Update course or its equivalent

District of Columbia Home Inspection Requirements

Learn about the home inspection courses and qualifications needed for certification and renewal in District if Columbia.  

Requirements to Become a Home Inspector: There are no current requirements 

Home Inspection License Expiration: N/A

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: No CE currently required