Maryland License Requirements

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Maryland Real Estate License Requirements

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

Licensing Board/Commission: Maryland Real Estate Commission (MREC)

Maryland Real Estate License Requirements:

  • Maryland real estate salesperson license in the state of Maryland: 60 hours
  • Maryland real estate broker license in the state of Maryland: N/A

Maryland 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.

Maryland has reciprocal relationships with Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, but applicants from all other states can send in their history to be considered for reciprocity.

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

  • Real estate professionals in Maryland, including both salespersons and associate brokers, must take 15 hours of continuing education classes in order to renew their real estate licenses
  • These 15 hours of real estate CE include 3 hours on agency, 3 hours on legislative updates, 1.5 hours on fair housing, 3 hours on ethics and 4.5 hours of electives (ensuring that elective courses taken are never duplicated from year to year)

Maryland Appraisal License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the Maryland Commission of Real Estate Appraisers, Appraisal Management Companies and Home Inspectors. 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.

Maryland Appraisal Licensure Levels:

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

Maryland 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 (Trainees are not required to take a state exam)
  • Submit application, required documents, and associated fees

Maryland 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 Real Estate Appraiser which include the same hour requirement as the Trainee level 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 Estate Appraiser which consist of the same 150 hours of Licensed Residential Appraiser education AND:  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 Estate 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:

  • Appraiser Trainee – No experience requirement
  • Licensed Real Estate Appraiser – 2000 hours in no less than 24 months
  • Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser – 2500 hours in not less than 24 months
  • Certified General Real Estate Appraiser – 3000 hours in not less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in nonresidential appraisals 
  • All real estate appraiser licenses are valid for three years commencing on the effective date that appears on the license 
  • Licensees are required to complete 42 hours of continuing education during each renewal period 
  • All licensees must take the 7 hour USPAP Update course at least once every two years 

Maryland Home Inspection Requirements

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

Maryland Requirements to Become a Home Inspector:

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation establishes the Maryland Home Inspector Licensing Requirements.

  • Maryland home inspection education: 72 hours
  • Exam Required: NHIE
  • Application Fee: $325
  • Insurance Requirements: General liability coverage for at least $150,000
  • Notarized application, background check, and fingerprints are not required
  • A High School Diploma or GED is required

Maryland Home Inspection License Expiration: Every 2 years (from original licensure date)

Maryland Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: 30 hours every two years (up to 30% can be online/correspondence)