Wisconsin License Requirements

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Wisconsin Real Estate License Requirements

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

Licensing Board/Commission: Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

Wisconsin Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • Wisconsin real estate salesperson license: N/A
  • Wisconsin real estate broker license: N/A

Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin has reciprocal agreements with Illinois and Indiana.

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

  • Real estate professionals in Wisconsin must renew their real estate licenses every two years, by the end of even-numbered years
  • Licensees must complete 18 hours of real estate CE during each two-year licensing period
  • However, a salesperson who receives a license after October 1 of the even-numbered year ending the two-year cycle is not required to complete CE for that cycle

Wisconsin Appraisal Licensing Requirements

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

Wisconsin Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • Licensed Residential Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Appraiser
  • Certified General Appraiser

Wisconsin 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 Associate’s Degree OR 21 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required
  • For Certified General level: A minimum of a Bachelor’s 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.

Wisconsin Appraisal Education Requirements:

  • 150 hours for the Licensed Residential 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 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:

  • Licensed Residential Appraiser – 2000 hours in no less than 12 months (no more than 25% commercial appraisal experience may be included) 
  • Certified Residential Appraiser – 2500 hours in no less than 24 month (no more than 25% commercial appraisal experience may be included) 
  • Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in no less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals

Wisconsin Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • All licenses must be renewed by December 15 in odd years
  • All appraisers are required to complete 28 hours of continuing education each renewal cycle 
  • The 7 hour USPAP Update course must be taken every two years

Wisconsin Home Inspection Requirements

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

Requirements to Become a Wisconsin Home Inspector:

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services establishes the Wisconsin Home Inspector Licensing Requirements.

  • Exam Required: NHIE and WI State Exam
  • Application Fee: $150
  • Notarized application, background check and fingerprints are not required. No minimum age requirement.

Home Inspection License Expiration: 12/14 even years

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: 40 hours every two years