A career in real estate offers flexibility, unlimited growth potential, and an opportunity to be a vital part of your community. Plus, there’s no better feeling than helping a family find their perfect home! If you’ve been thinking about becoming a real estate agent, BHHS Fox & Roach is an excellent place to launch your career. Ready to get started? Learn how to get your real estate license in PA, step by step.

What are the PA real estate license requirements?

Let’s begin with the PA real estate agent qualifications. You must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. A college degree or prior experience in real estate is not required. 

If you qualify, you’ll need to complete two courses, pass the real estate license exam, find a sponsoring real estate broker, and complete the Pennsylvania real estate license application. 

Step 1: Complete the Pre-Licensing Courses

Your first step is education. The PA real estate commission requires that aspiring real estate agents complete 75 clock hours of approved PA Pre-Licensing courses. This includes a 30-hour real estate license fundamentals course and a 45-hour real estate license practice course. You can take these courses in a classroom setting or online on your own schedule. 

Topics include:

  • Real property ownership
  • Land use controls and restrictions
  • Property valuation
  • Real estate financing
  • Agency law and agreements
  • Disclosure of property conditions
  • Contract law 
  • Deeds and transfer of title
  • Key areas of practice in real estate, math, and specialty areas
  • Real estate license law-related topics 

You can skip the 75 hours of classes if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree with a major in Real Estate
  • Received a Juris Doctor degree from a law school
  • Completed 75 hours of pre-licensure course in another state that meets the Pennsylvania requirements

Step 2: Apply for the Real Estate Licensing Exam

Once you’re ready, it’s time for the PA real estate exam, administered by PSI. This 110-question test has two portions. You’ll have 120 minutes for 80 national questions and 60 minutes for 30 state questions. To pass, you’ll need to score 75% or greater.

While the coursework will prepare you for the test, it’s smart to allow time for studying since there’s a $49 fee each time you take it. You can purchase exam prep courses as well. 

Step 3: Find Sponsor Real Estate Broker

After you pass the PA real estate exam, you’re just one step away from calling yourself a licensed real estate agent. However, you cannot work independently just yet. You must be employed by a licensed broker to represent clients. 

A real estate broker has practiced as a real estate agent for at least three years, met all the specific qualifications, and passed a broker’s license exam. You’ll need to identify a sponsor real estate broker prior to applying for your PA real estate license.

Choosing the right brokerage is an important decision. You want a company with a recognized brand, professional marketing resources, and a comprehensive support system. BHHS Fox & Roach is committed to giving our new agents a solid foundation for growth—whether it’s matching you with a mentor or providing the latest in real estate technology.

Step 4: Apply for Your Pennsylvania Real Estate License

Before you apply for your PA real estate license, make sure you’ve gathered everything you need:

  • Exam results – You’ll receive this from PSI.
  • Background check – You can go to the PATCH website to get a Pennsylvania background check online for a $22 fee.
  • Sponsoring real estate broker – You’ll need a sworn statement from the sponsoring broker.

Go to the Pennsylvania State Licensing System (PALS) to initiate your application. The application fee is $97, plus a $10 real estate recovery fund fee if you’ve never held another Pennsylvania real estate license. The entire process should take about two to three weeks, as long as you have all your documentation.

Learn More About a Real Estate Career with BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Hopefully, this blog has answered your questions about how to become a real estate agent in PA. Before you start working toward your licensure, it’s important to assess whether the real estate industry is right for you and find a brokerage that will set you on a path to success. If you have questions, schedule a consultation with BHHS Fox & Roach to learn more about a career in real estate.