How Badly Do You Want A Real Estate License?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate


In the state of Texas, you better want it pretty badly!  To be a licensed real estate broker, in addition to "time served" in the business you will need a whopping 900 hours of classroom coursework.  This image represents my remaining coursework after receiving 630 hours credit for a college degree and 30 hours credit for already completing a required course.  Seriously, when I received the package I almost fainted!

Don't get me wrong -- I'm not feeling sorry for myself!  I am thrilled to have my Texas broker's license and I am all for state-regulated licensing laws.  Being a licensed broker in Illinois as well, I am intimately familiar with the licensing procedures in another state.  It's just that my Principles of Real Estate book has a chart which lists the licensing requirements for all the states in the country.  So, I was just wondering ... does anybody know why there is such significant disparity in state licensing requirements?  I mean, don't we all have to know pretty much the same stuff?  We all pretty much have to follow the same procedure.  You take the appropriate coursework, then pass the course exam, then pass the State exam.  Sounds simple enough.  But, 900 hours ... I didn't have this many books my freshman year at college!

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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Carie, welcome to ActiveRain. 900 hours almost fainted me - good to know there are credits for more than 70% of this time. Good luck for your license.


Nov 28, 2011 03:26 PM #28
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

Wow! Big state...big courseload! Lol In Massachusetts, you have to complete 24 hours of coursework and pass the test...or you can do it the easy way and go to law school...just kidding!

Btw, here's the link to the introductory post I wrote that included you. Nice talking with you the other day!

Nov 28, 2011 04:01 PM #29
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Here in New York it is way too easy to get a Real Estate License. It's refreshing to see that Texas is making agents work for their license!

Nov 28, 2011 04:07 PM #30
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

I think its a good thing they require that many hours. Minnesota it is 90 to get a license and then two years (30 more credits) and then a 30 credit broker course and pass your test and I think your in.

Nov 28, 2011 04:17 PM #31
Luis Iniguez
Option One Real Estate - Fontana, CA
Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent

Wow..  I am studying to take my brokers in California and it's no where near to what you have to do in Texas.

Nov 28, 2011 04:20 PM #32
Toronto, ON

To obtain the broker's license, I took a course by correspondence with an exam and it did not take a significant amount of time.  I then took the broker's course which was an 80 hour in-class option or a correspondence component with a 60 hour in-class component.  Either way, there was a 3 hour exam at the end.  I called the broker course an "MBA in a box" since the text book was provided in a box.  You can only take the broker's course after being licensed as a sales representative and taking a few other courses.


Nov 28, 2011 04:34 PM #33
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

HI Carie, that is a lot of work and I applaud you for your commitment. Good luck, you can do it!  

Nov 28, 2011 04:37 PM #34
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Is that a broker's license or a broker associate?? I don't even remember what we went through here in my state but it wasn't that much. What I did have was plenty of continuing education sponsored by my board that was required. There was a class or two a month it seemed the first year in and then there is stuff for the second year too! 

Nov 28, 2011 04:42 PM #35
Lisa Marie Flenoury
"Lisa The Broker" - Playa Vista, CA
"Lisa The Broker" - Making Dreams Come True



I agree, that is a bit much ....3600 hours to cut hair here (lol) Go figure.

Nov 28, 2011 06:12 PM #36
Bill Dean
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

I wish they would make it tougher to get even an agent license and make it uniform requirements for ALL states.  But to add all that many hours difference between an agent and broker license is ABSURD!  We all have to belong to NAR so they should set the rules for ALL states!

Nov 28, 2011 06:26 PM #37
Ron T. Weems Jr.
Weems Property Group | KW North Sound - Bothell, WA
Managing the details one home at a time.


Good luck! That is a little over kill if you ask me.

Nov 28, 2011 09:03 PM #38
Ron Climer
Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners - Tryon, NC


    I agree with #2. I think the school might be selling you more than you need. It is history now but if you find that is true, protect your friends that follw behind you. 

    If you ever want to move to Florida, we can get you started in 63 hours, in person or on line.

Nov 28, 2011 10:09 PM #39
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

900 hours sounds alot but honestly, it's only 4 classes if you have a college degree or 6 if you don't. It can be done in 4 weekends too and it's not as difficult to pass. A real college degree is much harder.

Nov 28, 2011 10:12 PM #40
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Carie, when I originally got my brokers license here in Virginia, the license requirements were more stringent than they are today. It required more experience. Virginia did boost the CE requirements for brokers a couple of years ago from 16 to 24 hours. I think Texas in on the right track in the education department for brokers.

Nov 29, 2011 01:48 AM #41
Adam Todd
LeadTrader PRO - Miami Beach, FL

900 hours in a classroom is 22 weeks of full time study at 40 hours a week, how do people afford to put that kind of time in!!??

Nov 29, 2011 02:57 AM #42
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Ben:  More studying than I've done in a long time :)

Evelyn:  Thanks for the kudos!

Michael:  I'm with you too!  More education would definitely have a positive effect.

Praful:  Thanks!  Yes, I was so glad I decided to graduate from college :)

Nina:  You know what they say in Texas ... Go Big or Go Home!  Great talking to you too!

Donald & Chuck:  I agree.  I think Texas is on to something!

Luis:  Good luck getting your Broker's license!

Marc:  MBA in a box ... that's too funny!

Sandy:  Thanks for the good thoughts!

Rosalie:  Broker's license.  I definitely learned a lot ... more education is always a good thing!

Lisa:  Isn't that interesting ... I wonder who decides on the requirements for each profession?

Bill:  Yes, that was kind of my point.  More education is important but there is so much variation from state to state.

Ron:  Thanks for the good wishes!

Ron:  As I replied to David above, I quadruple checked with TREC before signing up.  Also, chose an approved education provider from their website.

Loreena:  Hmmm ... I had to take more classes but I also did it self-study.  Nevertheless, I guess the point I was trying to make is:  why is there such disparity between the states with regards to educational requirements?  From most of the comments I received, I think others agree that stricter guidelines are in order.  I commend Texas for setting the bar this high (according to my RE Principles Book they have the toughest standards in the country, at least to get a Broker's license) and I am a huge proponent of more education.  Being a licensed Broker & licensed Instructor in Illinois as well, I wish Illinois had stricter guidelines.

Michael:  It's interestiing how some states have lowered their requirements.  Yes, I agree.  I think Texas is on to something!

Nov 29, 2011 03:28 AM #43

In Florida you just need to find someone that looks like you that you can pay to take the test for you.

If not, than you practice real estate without a everyone else does.

Eve in Orlando

Nov 29, 2011 05:01 AM #44
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

I guess I am with the choir. I wish licensing requirements for brokers and agents were harder everywhere.

We have 10,000 agents in our area many of whom are illiterate. After saying that you can be sure I checked my spelling :-)

Nov 29, 2011 05:24 AM #45
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Hi Carie,

I have applied for my broker's license as well.  My bachelors degree covers all of the additional education and I have taken most of the core courses already and just need 60 hours (30 of which is the broker's course).  You are required to have 270 core hours.  I suspect if you already have a bachelor's degree, you would just need the 270 hours of core...some of which you may have already taken.

It is changing in 2012 to some even tougher requirements! 

Just read your comment above and see you have put in your stuff through TREC already.  I am surprised that you need so much more education as you have already had your broker's license in another state.

I guess state laws are different everywhere for whatever reason.  Well, the good news is that you should be well educated just in case you want to get your broker's license in any other state from here on out, lol :)!

Good luck!

Nov 29, 2011 09:32 AM #46
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Adam: Yes, it can be time consuming depending on your situation.

Eve: Yikes!

Steve: Yes, the need for heftier requirements seems to be the consensus. The last part of your comment is sad ... then funny :)

Brenda:  Good Luck the rest of the way! Yes, TREC told me what I had to do after submitting all my credentials. And, as I stated above, I Don't Mess With Texas! Please let me know if you need any support :)

Nov 29, 2011 10:25 AM #47
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