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Florida Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the Florida education needs for real estate licensing and renewal.

Licensing Board/Commission: Department of Business & Professional Regulation Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC)

Florida Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • Florida real estate salesperson license: 63 hours
  • Florida real estate broker license: 72 hours
  • Florida also requires 45 hours of post-license classes for salespersons and 60 hours for brokers 

Florida 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.

Florida has mutual recognition agreements with seven states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi and Nebraska. Mutual recognition allows out-of-state licensees to apply as a sales associate or broker in Florida exempting them from the pre-license education requirement.

They are still required, however, to take the 40-question Florida Laws section of the state exam.

Florida Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:

  • Real estate professionals in Florida need to renew their licenses by March 31st or September 30, every 2 years. 
  • The renewal date that applies to you depends on when you initially took your licensing exam and should be indicated on your real estate license. By this date, licensees need to complete 14 hours of real estate CE, consiting of:
    • 8 hours of specialty credit
    • 3 hours dedicated to an update of Florida laws
    • 3 hours of an ethics and business practices course 
    • These courses may be conducted in a classroom or via a distance education provider

Florida Appraisal License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board. 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.

Florida Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • Registered Trainee Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Appraiser
  • Certified General Appraiser

Florida Appraisal Licensure Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Must meet the educational requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • For Certified Residential level:  A minimum of an Associates Degree OR 21 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required. 
  • For Certified General level:  A minimum of a Bachelors Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required. 
  • Satisfactory completion of the state examination
  • Submit application, required documentation (including fingerprint card) and associated fees

Florida Appraisal Education Requirements:

  • 100 hours for the Registered 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) Residential Report Writing (15 hours), Florida Law, Rules and Procedures (15)
  • 200 Hours for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser which consist of the same 100 hours of Registered Trainee education AND:  Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours), Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (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:

  • Registered Trainee Appraiser – no work experience requirement 
  • Certified Residential Appraiser - 2500 hours over at least 24 months since the first appraisal
  • Certified General Appraiser - 3000 hours gained continuously over at least 30 months since the first appraisal

Florida Appraisal Post-License Requirements:

  • All trainee appraisers that wish to remain in the trainee category must complete 45 hours of post-licensing education inclusive of the 15 hour USPAP course or its equivalent and the 3 hour Florida Law Update 
  • This requirement must be completed by the second renewal period following the issuance of the license

Florida Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • All licensees must complete 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years.
  • A minimum of 3 hours must be dedicated to a review and update of the FL Real Estate Appraisal Law and Board Rules, and provide an introduction to other state and federal laws affecting real estate appraisals
  • At least 7 hours of this requirement must cover the USPAP Update course or its equivalent 

Florida Home Inspection Requirements

Learn about the home inspection courses and qualifications needed for certification and renewal in Florida.

Requirements to Become a Florida Home Inspector:

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation - Examination Information for Home Inspectors: Bureau of Education and Testing.

  • Florida home inspection education hours: 120 hours
  • Exam Required: NHIE/FABI/InterNACHI FL/CI-HPI
  • Application Fee: $125
  • Insurance Requirements: General liability insurance of no less than $300,000
  • Notarized application is not required. Background check and fingerprints are required. No minimum age requirement.

Home Inspection License Expiration7/31 (even years) 

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: 14 hours every two years for all subsequent renewals (not necessary for the licensee’s initial renewal cycle)