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Here's what you need to get your Washington Real Estate license

The information below is a summary of the minimum requirements set forth by the Washington State Department of Licensing. For a more detailed requirements breakdown, please see the board's site.
If you hold Real Estate licenses in multiple states, please make sure to check each state's requirements.

Washington Real Estate: All (Continuing Education)

Total Hours Required: 30
Mandatory Hours: 3
Elective Hours: 27
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2
Education Cycle in Months: 24

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Continuing Education and Renewal Date: Every 24 months based on the original issuance date.

Hours Required by Washington Real Estate Commission: 30 hours.**
•3 mandatory hours
    o3-hour Current Issues in Washington Residential Core or
    o3-hour Current Issues in Washington Commercial Core
•27 elective hours

**Substitute Senate Bill 5378 requires education on Fair Housing for Real Estate Brokers and Managing Brokers for new licensees and renewals. The new law goes into effect on June 1, 2022.

**DOL will allow Licensees until June 1, 2023, to take the Fair Housing 6-hour course. This provides a full year to sign up and complete the Washington Real Estate Fair Housing (6hr) course.

**After taking this 6-hour course and at your next renewal cycle, sign up for the Washington Real Estate Fair Housing (3hr) course to stay compliant with your education requirements.

First Time Renewal Requirements: The education requirements for the first renewal of the broker's license must include 90 hours of courses as prescribed by the director. The required 90 hours is as follows: 30-hour Advanced Practices Course, 30-hour Real Estate Law Course, 3-hour Current Issues Core Course, and 27 elective hours of approved continuing education.

Seat Time: The Washington Real Estate Commission requires a timing device for all online virtual classroom courses to ensure that courses cannot be completed in less time than the approved credit hours. Please note that your course will time out after several minutes of inactivity.

Final Exam: While students are required to demonstrate mastery of the content at certain levels of the course, there is no passing score requirement for an online virtual classroom course final exam. A correspondence course has no required quizzes throughout the course, and instead has a final exam passing score requirement of at least 70%.

Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after enrollment date.

Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your student dashboard.

Online Limitations

There is no limit to the number of CE hours that may be completed via distance education.

Roster

Roster Required: no
Roster Process: N/A
Roster Sent: Every 0 days

Governing Agency

Name: Washington State Department of Licensing
Phone: 3606646505
Fax: 3605704977
Address: PO Box 3856 Seattle, 98124

Washington Real Estate: Broker (Pre-Licensing)

Total Hours Required: 90
Mandatory Hours: 90
Elective Hours: 0

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  1. 1. Comply with the General Washington Real Estate License Requirements:
    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Have your high school diploma or equivalent in order to receive your real estate license in Washington.
  2. 2. Meet the Educational Real Estate License Requirements in Washington - Enroll Today
    • Complete 90 hours of approved real estate education within the 2 years before applying for the exam. This education must include:
      • A 60-hour course in Real Estate Fundamentals.
      • A 30-hour course in Real Estate Practices
    • The real estate license education requirements will be waived for qualified applicants currently licensed in another state.
  3. 3. Pass a background check to get your Washington real estate license
    • Be ready to answer Criminal history questions and provide documents if needed
    • Submit fingerprints for a background check when you apply for your initial license and every 6 years afterward.
  4. 4. Take the Washington real estate license exam.
    • The washington real estate license exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions in the National Broker Section and 30 multiple-choice questions at a State Broker Section. You will get 3.5 hours to complete an exam.
  5. 5. File your Washington real estate license application online
    • Complete the Washington real estate license application through the Department of Licensing's online system.

Online Limitations

No online limitations

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process:

Rosters are submitted electronically to PSI/AMP every day. 

 

Roster Sent: Every 1 days

Governing Agency

Name: Washington State Department of Licensing
Phone: 3606646505
Fax: 3605704977
Address: PO Box 3856 Seattle, 98124

Washington Real Estate: Broker (Post Licensing)

Total Hours Required: 90
Mandatory Hours: 63
Elective Hours: 27

Online Info

Continuing Education and Renewal Date: Every 24 months based on the original issuance date.

First Time Renewal Hours Required by Washington Real Estate Commission: 90 hours.**
•30-hour Advanced Practices Course
•30-hour Real Estate Law Course
•3-hour Current Issues in Washington Core Course
•27 elective hours

**Substitute Senate Bill 5378 requires education on Fair Housing for Real Estate Brokers and Managing Brokers for new licensees and renewals. The new law goes into effect on June 1, 2022.

**DOL will allow Licensees until June 1, 2023, to take the Fair Housing 6-hour course. This provides a full year to sign up and complete the Washington Real Estate Fair Housing (6hr) course.

**After taking this 6-hour course and at your next renewal cycle, sign up for the Washington Real Estate Fair Housing (3hr) course to stay compliant with your education requirements.

Seat Time: The Washington Real Estate Commission requires a timing device for all online virtual classroom courses to ensure that courses cannot be completed in less time than the approved credit hours. Please note that your course will time out after several minutes of inactivity.

Final Exam: While students are required to demonstrate mastery of the content at certain levels of the course, there is no passing score requirement for an online virtual classroom course final exam. A correspondence course has no required quizzes throughout the course, and instead has a final exam passing score requirement of at least 70%.

Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after enrollment date.

Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your student dashboard.

Online Limitations

There is no limit to the number of CE hours that may be completed via distance education.

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: Washington State Department of Licensing
Phone: 3606646505
Fax: 3605704977
Address: PO Box 3856 Seattle, 98124

Washington Real Estate: First Time Renewal (Continuing Education)

Total Hours Required: 90
Mandatory Hours: 63
Elective Hours: 27

Online Info


First Time Renewal Hours Required by Washington Real Estate Commission: 90 hours.
•30-hour Advanced Practices Course 
•30-hour Washington Real Estate Law Course 
•3-hour Washington Core Curriculum
•6-hour The Washington Real Estate Fair Housing Course**
•21 elective hours
 

**As of June 1, 2022, Substitute Senate Bill 5378 requires education on Fair Housing for all Real Estate Brokers and Managing Brokers for new licensees and renewals.

·        DOL will allow Licensees until June 1, 2023, to take the Fair Housing 6-hour course.

·        Each subsequent renewal Brokers and Managing Brokers must complete the Washington Real Estate Fair Housing (3hr) course to stay compliant with WA education requirements.
 

Seat Time: The Washington Real Estate Commission requires a timing device for all online virtual classroom courses to ensure that courses cannot be completed in less time than the approved credit hours. Please note that your course will time out after several minutes of inactivity.

Final Exam: While students are required to demonstrate mastery of the content at certain levels of the course, there is no passing score requirement for an online virtual classroom course final exam. A correspondence course has no required quizzes throughout the course, and instead has a final exam passing score requirement of at least 70%.

Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after enrollment date.

Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your student dashboard.

Online Limitations

There is no limit to the number of CE hours that may be completed via distance education.

Roster

Roster Required: no
Roster Process: N/A
Roster Sent: Every 0 days

Governing Agency

Name: Washington State Department of Licensing
Phone: 3606646505
Fax: 3605704977
Address: PO Box 3856 Seattle, 98124

Washington Real Estate: Managing Brokers (Pre-Licensing)

Total Hours Required: 90
Mandatory Hours: 90
Elective Hours: 0

Online Info

To qualify for a managing broker’s license, you must: 

  • Be at least 18 years old. 
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent. 
  • Provide proof you have at least 3 years of full-time experience as an active real estate broker, or other qualifying experience as described in WAC 308-124A-713. 
  • Successfully complete 90 hours of approved real estate education within 3 years before applying for the exam.
  • This education must include: 
    • 30 hours of brokerage management 
    • 30 hours of business management 
    • 30 hours of advanced real estate law
      •  Pass the managing broker’s Exam.

Online Limitations

No online limitations

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process:

Rosters are submitted electronically to PSI/AMP every day. 

 

Roster Sent: Every 1 days

Governing Agency

Name: Washington State Department of Licensing
Phone: 3606646505
Fax: 3605704977
Address: PO Box 3856 Seattle, 98124

Washington Real Estate: Managing Brokers (Post Licensing)

Total Hours Required: 0
Mandatory Hours: 0
Elective Hours: 0

Online Info

No post-license requirement, see active CE requirements.

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: Washington State Department of Licensing
Phone: 3606646505
Fax: 3605704977
Address: PO Box 3856 Seattle, 98124

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.