Virginia Real Estate Licensing & Continuing Education

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
To obtain and maintain licensure, real estate professionals in Virginia must complete educational and examination requirements. Read on to learn about the state-mandated pre-license and license renewal qualifications.

Real Estate Licensure Requirements in Virginia

To be licensed to work as either a real estate salesperson or broker in the state of Virginia, an individual must complete pre-license educational requirements and pass an examination. Brokers additionally must have worked as a real estate salesperson for 36 of the previous 48 months. To maintain either a real estate salesperson or broker license, continuing education coursework is required.

Pre-License Required Coursework

Before being eligible to take the real estate salesperson or broker exam, a candidate must complete a minimum amount of pre-license coursework. The state requirements are:

  • For Real Estate Salesperson Applicants. 60 hours of courses that are approved by the Real Estate Board.
  • For Real Estate Broker Applicants. 180 hours of courses approved by the board, which must include a real estate brokerage course and either three courses in real estate appraisal, law and finance specifically for brokers or two of these courses and one additional course related to brokerage.

New licensees can download an application to mail in on the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Licensure website (dpor.virginia.gov). You can also find a list of schools and training centers that offer approved real estate courses.

Pre-License Exam Requirements

Both real estate brokers and salespeople must take standardized exams before being eligible for licensure. Both exams contain two sections: one covering information related to national real estate laws and one focused on real estate laws and procedures in Virginia. Only licensed candidates who qualify for reciprocity are exempt from taking the national section on either exam.

Exam Type Length of National Portion Length of State Portion
Broker 80 questions in 105 minutes 50 questions in 55 minutes
Salesperson 80 questions in 105 minutes 40 questions in 45 minutes

Exam Prep Resources

Aspiring real estate salespeople and brokers may download detailed descriptions of exams from PSI, the provider of the tests. These descriptions include a breakdown of the content of each exam, along with a list of resources that may be helpful study aids. You'll also find tips on how to study for the exams, such as studying frequently and taking notes appropriately. To brush up on your study skills, check out these short Study.com lessons on taking notes and making study guides for yourself and improving your study skills.

Once you're familiar with the topics you'll be tested on, you'll find this Real Estate Exam Prep Course conveniently explores all the relevant concepts and regulations you'll need to know. Each lesson in in the course provides self-assessment quizzes to help you measure your progress and gauge your readiness. These online lessons are short and offer you the convenience of studying what you need to, when you have time, and wherever you happen to be.

Continuing Education Requirements

Real estate brokers and salespeople wishing to renew their licenses must take continuing education courses. The minimum requirement for salespeople is 16 hours, while brokers must complete 24 hours. These studies need to include the following subjects:

CE Subjects and Hours Required Broker Salesperson
Broker Management and Supervision 8 0
Real Estate Contracts 1 1
Real Estate Agency 1 1
Legal Updates and Emerging Trends 1 1
Fair Housing 2 2
Ethics & Standards of Conduct 33
Real estate electives or additional hours in the subjects above 8 8

Out-of-state continuing education credits may be accepted if certain conditions are met. For additional information and details, visit the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Licensure website.

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