Real Estate Careers
In Ohio pre-licensing courses must be taken at an Institution of Higher Education. There are numerous schools, universities and community colleges that offer pre-license education around the state.
Q: How do I look up my license or CE online?
A: Click HERE and search by your first and last name, or by your license number. Do not enter additional information. Then click "Details" next to your name. You will see your license information and CE credits as you scroll down.
You can tell what type of credit a course fulfills by looking at the three-digit letter at the end of the course code.
C: Cannons of Ethics
D: Core Law
G: Civil Rights
R: Broker Responsibilities
How do I get my Ohio real estate license?
You must have a high school diploma or equivalent (if you were born after 1950) and successfully complete 120 hours of approved real estate education within a ten-year time frame immediately preceding your application. This education must be completed at an institution of higher education that awards a degree in at least a two-year program, education must consist of the following:
- Real Estate Principles and Practices (40 hours)
- Ohio Real Estate Law, including instruction in civil rights, housing discrimination and desegregation problems (40 hours)
- Real Estate Appraisal (20 hours)
- Real Estate Finance (20 hours)
Ohio State Requirements
Educational Requirements to Obtain a Salesperson License:
- Be honest, truthful and of good reputation.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be sponsored by an Ohio Broker.
- Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude. Not have violated any civil rights laws regarding real estate within the past two years as determined by a court of law or violated any rules of the Ohio Division of Real Estate. In some circumstances, it is possible to have a conviction or violation disregarded, which would allow you to sit for the exam. The Division may only make a determination with respect to a conviction or violation if you file an application. For additional information on this process, contact the Division directly or review the additional information found on the Division’s website.
- Have a high school diploma or its equivalent as recognized by the Ohio Department of Education if you were born after 1950.
- Complete the education requirements:• Real Estate Principles and Practices (40 hours)• Ohio Real Estate Law, including instruction in civil rights, housing discrimination and desegregation problems (40 hours)• Real Estate Appraisal (20 hours)• Real Estate Finance (20 hours)Please note: Any person who has not been licensed as a real estate salesperson or broker within a four-year period immediately preceding his/her current application for the salesperson’s exam must have completed the above instruction within a 10-year period immediately preceding the current salesperson application. This education must have been completed at an institution of higher education that awards a degree in at least a two-year program [i.e. an associate degree].
An Applicant for an Ohio Salesperson’s License Should Submit:
- A completed Salesperson Examination Application with $60.00 fee. (Note: If you answer “yes” to any of the Ethical Conduct questions, please submit a detailed explanation. Your application will be reviewed by the ODRE Legal staff.)
- Proof of completion of the Education Requirements (a copy of official transcripts or course completion certificates)Once the Division processes a complete application, the applicant’s information is sent to the testing vendor. The testing vendor will process the information and send a Candidate Information Bulletin with instructions on scheduling the exam.
The applicant must pass the State and National portions of the Ohio Real Estate Salesperson Exam in order for a license to be issued. Passing score: 70
For more information, contact the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing at 614-466-4100.
(ODRE – Updated 06/2017)
Educational Requirements to Obtain a Broker’s License:
The applicant must hold an active salesperson license for two (2) of the last five (5) years and comply with the following requirements:
- If licensed prior to 1/01/1972, no further education is due
- If licensed from 1/02/72 to 1/03/84, you must have taken the required 120 hours (courses #1 – 4 listed below)
- If licensed on or after 1/03/84, you must have taken courses #1 – 8 listed below and possess a minimum of two years of post-secondary education (#9), or the equivalent hours of sixty (60) semester or ninety (90) quarter hours.
- Ohio Real Estate Law (40 hours)
- Ohio Real Estate Principles & Practices (40 hours)
- Real Estate Appraisal (20 hours)
- Real Estate Finance (20 hours)
- A Financial Management course
- A Human Resources or Personnel Management course
- An Applied Business Economics course
- A Business Law course
- A minimum of two years of post-secondary education, or equivalent hours of (60) sixty semester or (90) ninety quarter hours. Courses #5 – 8 may be included in your post-secondary education
Experience Requirements - 20 Transactions
The Division calculates the transactions to ensure the applicant meets a total of twenty by using the following formulas:
- Listing agent in the sale of property owned by another = ½ transaction
- Selling agent in the sale of property owned by another = ½ transaction
- Listing agent in the lease of commercial or industrial real estate owned by another for a term of at least one year = ½ transaction
- Procuring agent in the lease of commercial or industrial real estate owned by another for a term of at least one year = ½ transaction
- Listing and /or procuring agent in the lease of four residential real estate properties owned by another for a term of at least one-year = ¼ transaction
An applicant for an Ohio broker’s license should submit:
- A Broker Examination Application with fee.
- Proof of completion of all Education Requirements (A copy of official transcripts or course completion certificates)
Once the Division processes a complete application, the applicant’s information is sent to the testing vendor. The testing vendor will process the information and send a Candidate Information Bulletin with instructions on scheduling the exam.
The applicant must pass the State and National portions of the Ohio Real Estate Broker exam in order for a license to be issued. Passing score: 75
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Not earlier than the date of issue of a real estate salesperson’s license to a licensee, but not later than twelve months after the date of issue of a real estate salesperson license to a licensee, the licensee shall submit proof satisfactory to the superintendent, on forms made available by the superintendent, of the completion of 20 hours of classroom instruction that shall be completed in schools, seminars, and educational institutions approved by the commission.
The 20 hour course will be required of salespersons who are issued a license on or after the April 6, 2017 effective date of the bill. Those agents who were issued a license before that date will only be required to take the existing ten hour course.