Louisiana License Requirements

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Louisiana Real Estate License Requirements

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

Licensing Board/Commission: Louisiana Real Estate Commission (LREC)

Louisiana Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • Louisiana real estate salesperson license: 90 hours
  • Louisiana real estate broker license in the state of Louisiana: 150 class hours (or equivalent) 
  • Louisiana requries an additional 45 hours of post-license education for real estate agents

Louisiana 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.

Louisiana, however, does not have any such reciprocal relationships with other states. 

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

  • Real estate professionals in Louisiana need to renew their licenses by December 31 annually
  • Licensees must take 12 hours of real estate CE classes, including 8 hours of electives and the 4-hour core course on a specific topic updated annually
  • In 2017, the mandatory salesperson course topic (that must be taken by both salespersons and brokers) is insurance awareness and contract timelines

Louisiana Appraisal License Requirements

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

Louisiana Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • Real Estate Appraiser Trainee
  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser
  • Certified General Real Property Appraiser

Louisiana 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 (Real Estate Appraiser Trainees are not required to take a state exam)
  • Submit application, required documents (including criminal background check), and associated fees.

Louisiana Appraisal Education Requirements:

  • 75 hours for the Real Estate 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)
  • 200 Hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser which consist of the same 75 hours of Real Estate Appraiser 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), 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 Appraiser which includes the same 200 hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser education AND:  Income Property Appraisal (60 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)

Experience Requirements:

  • Real Estate Appraiser Trainee – No experience requirement
  • Certified Residential Appraiser – 2500 hours in no less than 30 months
  • Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in no less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals

Louisiana Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • Real Estate Appraisers are required to take 30 hours of CE every two years before the December 31st deadline of the year in which the license expires. 
  • Appraisers must complete a 7 hour National USPAP Update course during the renewal cycle
  • All trainees who have been licensed in excess of two years are required to obtain continuing education that is equivalent to fifteen classroom hours of instruction for each year. 

Louisiana Home Inspection Requirements

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

Requirements to Become a Louisiana Home Inspector:

The Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors establishes the Louisiana Home Inspector Licensing Requirements.

  • Standards of practice report writing seminar 
  • Louisiana home inspection education hours: 90 hours 
  • Inspections: 10 hours/10 live inspections/30 hours of hands-on
  • Exam Required: NHIE
  • Application Fee: $200
  • Minimum age requirement: 18
  • Insurance Requirements: E/O Insurance for $300,000 (max deductible $5000) and General Liability Insurance for $300,000 (max deductible $5000) 
  • Bond: $25,000
  • A High School Diploma or GED is required
  • Notarized application is required
  • Background check and fingerprints are not required

Home Inspection License Expiration: Annually on last day of anniversary month

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: 20 hours annually (8 hours of online education permitted)