Georgia License Requirements

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Georgia Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the Georgia education requirements for real estate licensing and renewal.

Licensing Board/Commission: Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC)

Georgia Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • Georgia real estate salesperson license: 75 hours
  • Georgia real estate broker license: 60 hours
  • Georgia also requires 25 hours of post-license education
  • Final exams:  Georgia Real Estate Commission requires that your final course exam be proctored for qualifying education

Georgia State Reciprocity:

A real estate professional licensed in another state who becomes a Georgia resident may obtain an equivalent Georgia real estate license without further examination or education. The applicant must submit a certification of license history (no more than one year old) from the state in which the applicant is currently licensed. The certification of license history must show that the applicant:

  • Is currently in good standing (license cannot be lapsed or expired)
  • Has passed an examination for the type of license sought in Georgia
  • Has met all pre-license and continuing education requirements required for that license by that state

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

In order to renew your real estate license in Georgia, 36 hours of real estate CE must be completed every 4 years from the month of your birth.  Of the 36 hours, 3 hours must cover Georgia law and rules. 

Georgia Appraisal License Requirements

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

Georgia Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • Registered Real Property Appraiser
  • Licensed Real Property Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser
  • Certified General Real Property Appraiser

Georgia 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 criminal background check) and associated fees

Georgia Appraisal Education Requirements: 

  • 90 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)
  • 150 hours for the Licensed Real Property Appraiser which include the same hour requirement as the Registered Real Property Appraiser level 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)
  • 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 Real Property Appraiser – no work experience requirement 
  • Licensed Real Property Appraiser – 2000 hours in no less than 12 months
  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser - 2500 hours in no less than 24 months
  • Certified General Real Property Appraiser - 3000 hours in no less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in nonresidential appraisals 

Georgia Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • All appraisers who hold an active appraiser classification are required to complete 14 hours of Board approved continuing education during each one year renewal period.
  • In every two consecutive renewal periods, every appraiser must complete an AQB approved 7 hour USPAP course
  • A renewal period begins one year prior to the current renewal due date
  • Regulatory Requirement:  Beginning January 1st, 2012, you will be required to fill out a “secure and verifiable document” for identification purposes as defined in O.C.G.A. §50-36-2  and (2) a “signed and sworn affidavit verifying the applicant’s lawful presence in the United States” as required in O.C.G.A. §50-36-1. Before a license or classification can be renewed, this information must be submitted to the GREC either in person, via fax, via e-mail at verify@grec.state.ga.us , via courier, or via U.S. mail. The information must be legible.   If you typically renew online, please allow five business days from the submission of your information for the GREC to notate your license record so that you will be able to renew online.  If you renew using a paper renewal application, please attach the information to the application.   Click this link to access the form:  GREC Lawful Presence Verification Form

Georgia Home Inspection Requirements

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

Requirements to Become a Georgia Home Inspector:

There are no current requirements for Georgia, however, the County of Columbia does have regulations regarding home inspectors.

  • Exam Required: N/A
  • Applicant must have one letter of recommendation from a bank or financial institution, and two letters of recommendation from an architect, engineer, building contractor or other construction related industry, on their business letterhead.
  • Insurance Requirements: Have $100,000 of liability insurance. Have workers compensation insurance (if applicable).

Home Inspection License Expiration: N/A

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: No CE currently required