You’re considering a new career in real estate, but if you’re not familiar with the industry, you may not know how to go about it. If you live in the state of Florida, they have certain laws and requirements that may or may not apply in other states. This makes it important to obtain a license that is specific to the state. The Florida Real Estate Commission establishes the minimum education requirements for becoming licensed. It’s possible to become licensed in several states at one time, but here, we’ll focus on Florida.
You must have a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED. In addition, you must be a minimum of 18 years of age before you can become licensed in real estate in Florida. If you meet these two requirements then you are eligible to enroll in the required courses for pre-licensure.
What are the pre-licensure courses?
The education requirements that help you to qualify to take the licensing exam are referred to as pre-licensure courses. In Florida, candidates must take a minimum of 63 classroom hours of these prelicensing courses and successfully pass them.
How do I find the classes?
Classes for pre-licensing are offered in several places at institutions of higher education and at other educational resource centers. You can choose to attend traditional classes with face to face contact with your instructor and classmates, or you can enroll in an approved online program. Once you’ve completed the coursework and passed all the classes, there are a few more steps to take
Requirements after finishing coursework for pre-licensing
The next step is to submit a completed application form along with electronic fingerprints and the fee that is charged for the exam. After you’ve completed these steps, you must take your Florida Real Estate Licensing Exam. You must pass with a minimum of 75 out of 100 points. if you’re taking the Sales Associate type of exam. If you’re taking the Real Estate Law Exam, you’re required to achieve a minimum of 30 out of 40 points to pass.
After passing the exam, you will need to activate your license in order for it to be official. There are two ways that you can do this. One way is to have the broker that employs you activate your license through their online account. The other way to activate your license is to use the DBPR RE-11-Become Active-Sales Associate or Broker Sales Associate form.
Continuing education credits are required
Your initial real estate license is only good for a certain period of time. It is your responsibility to ensure that you complete an additional 45 classroom hours worth of credits prior to the expiration of your license. Even if you have not yet activated your license, you are required to take a minimum of 45 hours of credits. This is known as post-licensing continuing education. You don’t want to allow your license to expire because you’ll need to take the test all over again.
Why do I have to take more courses?
There is a lot to know about the ins and outs of practicing real estate in the state of Florida and any other state for that matter. The laws and regulations are subject to change at any time, and it’s vital that all professionals in the field maintain an active and working knowledge for the client’s protection, the agency they’re employed with and for their own protection. Real estate is a valuable commodity and when you’re working with a client’s money, you cannot be too careful. This is why the industry is so strictly regulated. If you were going into the nursing profession or into teaching in a public school, you would also be required to take continuing education courses to maintain your certifications. It’s never a good idea to allow them to lapse. Not after all the hard work and the tuition fees that go into getting a license. One benefit is that you can take online courses if you don’t have the time to attend a regular classroom.
We hope that this information has been helpful for you. If you still have questions about how to get your real estate license in Florida, one of the best resources to consult is the Florida Real Estate Commission. They maintain current information on requirements and available resources.