How to become a Real Estate Agent in Pennsylvania

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How-To Licensing Guide

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The real estate industry is made for passionate people with an interest in real estate and an entrepreneurial spirit. Follow these easy steps, and get ready for a fulfilling, lucrative career.

Step 1

Meet Pennsylvania’s general licensing requirements

To obtain a real estate license from the Pennsylvania Department of State, you must fulfill specific general requirements, including:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.

Step 2

Complete your Pennsylvania real estate pre-licensing education

All real estate salespersons are required to take 75 hours of Pennsylvania Department of State-approved real estate education prior to receiving their license.
Choose from one of the courses or packages below, and start a pre-licensing process tailored to your exact needs:

  • Individual Courses:
    • Real Estate Practice
    • Real Estate Fundamentals
  • Package: Pennsylvania Real Estate Pre-licensing Silver Solution
    • Real Estate Fundamentals
    • Mathmaster
  • Package: Pennsylvania Real Estate Pre-Licensing Gold Solution
    • Includes all Silver Solution products, plus:
    • Real Estate Practice
    • Pennsylvania Real Estate Prep xL
    • Prep xL: The study tool that adapts to your learning style
    • Support from industry experts
    • Real estate test-taking tips
    • Real estate exam flashcards
  • Package: Pennsylvania Real Estate Pre-Licensing Platinum Solution (recommended)
    • Real Estate: An Introduction to the Profession
    • Complimentary real estate blog subscription - staying up-to-date is half the battle!
    • Pass The First Time Guarantee: With Prep xL, you have our word you’ll pass your exam on the very first try.

Step 3

Pass the course pre-licensing exam

After your coursework is completed, you need to pass the initial exam. This is different than the final real estate exam; it proves you passed your class, and are ready for the next stage in real estate licensing.

  • 80-question exam
  • Must be taken in the presence of a proctor
  • Required passing score of 70%

Step 4

Select a Sponsoring Broker

To activate your license, you need to be sponsored by a licensed TN real estate broker.

  • Choose and contact a sponsoring broker
  • Apply to your broker with the Sponsoring Broker Statement Application (click here to download)
  • Hand-submit your completed form to your AMP test center (Don’t mail it!)

Step 5

Submit a verified background check

In Pennsylvania, real estate license applicants are required to obtain and submit a Pennsylvania Department of State background check. If you currently reside in Pennsylvania, you will need to visit your local sheriff’s office or police station to obtain your report.
Non-residents can submit a background check processed by their state agency or through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Step 6

Pass the Pennsylvania real estate license exam

Once you’re ready, you need to register for (and pass) the official Pennsylvania Department of State exam.

  • Register for the exam with PSI, who administers the test on behalf of Pennsylvania Department of State.
  • Pay the $40 examination fee.
  • Take the exam
    • 80 questions
  • Pass with at least a 70% score
  • Apply for your license within one calendar year of your exam date (Pennsylvania Department of State website)
Pennsylvania real estate continuing education

The Pennsylvania real estate industry changes quickly. To stay on top of it, Pennsylvania real estate salespersons are required to complete 75 hours of real estate CE classes.


OnCourse Learning’s PA-approved real estate CE course list offers an array of classes and packages designed to enhance your skill-set, cater to specific interests and fulfill Pennsylvania Department of State requirements.

  • 750,000+ real estate student alumni across the country
  • Track record of high pass rates
  • Thousands of online courses nationally
  • 40+ years of experience educating real estate students
  • Courses written by experienced, subject matter experts