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Virginia Real Estate License Requirements

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

Licensing Board/Commission: Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Virginia Real Estate Board

Virginia Real Estate Education Requirements: 

  • Virginia real estate salesperson license: 60 hours
  • Virginia real estate broker license: 180 hours
  • Virginia requires an additional 30 hours of post-license education for salespersons
  • Final exams:  Your final course exam must be proctored for qualifying education 

Virginia 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.

An individual who is currently licensed as a real estate salesperson or broker in another jurisdiction may obtain a Virginia real estate license by having passed a written examination deemed to be substantially equivalent to the Virginia examination. 

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

  • Real estate professionals in Virginia must renew their real estate licenses every two years in the month their licenses were received
  • Licensees must complete 16 hours of real estate CE during this two-year period
  • Of these hours, 8 hours must cover mandatory topics (ethics, agency, contracts, legal update and fair housing)
  • Brokers must take an additional 8 hours of broker management courses

Appraisal License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Virginia Real Estate Appraiser 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.

Virginia Appraisal Licensure Levels:

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

Virginia Appraisal Licensure Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Must be of good moral character 
  • 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 documents, and associated fees

Virginia 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 Appraiser which include the same hour requirement as the Appraiser 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 Appraiser which consist of the same 150 hours of Licensed 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 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 required
  • Licensed Appraiser – 2000 hours in no less than 12 months 
  • Certified Residential Appraiser – 2500 hours in no less than 24 months
  • Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in no less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals 

Virginia Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • All licenses expire 2 years from the last day of the month which they were issued
  • All licensees must complete 28 hours of continuing education during the two year cycle 
  • 7 hours must cover the USPAP Update course or its equivalent must be taken every other year

Home Inspection Requirements

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

Requirements to Become a Virginia Home Inspector:

The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation establishes the Virginia Home Inspector Licensing Requirements.

  • Virginia home inspection education hours: 35 hours (no more than half completed online)
  • 50 inspections under the direct supervision of a certified Virginia inspector OR 70 hours (no more than half completed online) plus 25 inspections under the direct supervision of a certified Virginia inspector
  • Exam Required: NHIE
  • Application Fee: $80
  • Insurance Requirements: General Liability of $250,000
  • Notarized application and fingerprints are not required. Background check not required but need to disclose.
  • Minimum age requirement: 18

Home Inspection License Expiration: Every 2 years

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: N/A