There are two different paths to getting a California broker license. One is to have worked as California real estate salesperson for at least two of the last five years. The other is to obtain a 4-year degree in real estate.
If you’re not a salesperson and don’t plan on getting a degree in real estate but you still want to become a broker, then you’ll need to back up a bit and read: How to Get a California Real Estate License and work on getting your real estate license first.
If you are a working salesperson or have a degree in real estate then please continue on.
Current Real Estate License Holders:
Are you a real estate salesperson looking to take the next step in your career and become a broker? If you’re been working consistently for the past couple years and you want to branch out on your own and become a broker, then here’s what to do…
Just like when you were working to get your salesperson license, you have to complete the state required pre-license education and receive a passing grade on all your courses.
What does the broker pre-license education consist of?
The required broker education consists of 8 courses. Five of these courses are selected by the CalBRE. Then you choose 3 more from a list of qualifying courses.
Required 5 BRE courses:
- Real Estate Practice
- Legal Aspects of Real Estate
- Real Estate Finance
- Real Estate Appraisal
- Real Estate Economics
Plus any three of the following electives:*
- Property Management
- Real Estate Office Administration
- Real Estate Principles
*These are the elective courses offered specifically from Allied Real Estate Schools, a trusted and accredited California real estate school. Courses may vary at other locations.
College Degree Holders:
If you’ve decided to bypass getting your real estate license and go straight to acquiring your broker’s license with a degree you won’t be required to take the above pre-license education courses. However you will need to pass the state broker license exam. Check out these helpful Exam Prep Materials to help you pass on your first try.
Taking the state broker license exam
Whether you’re a salesperson or hold a 4-year college degree in real estate, you still need to pass the CalBRE-administered Broker State Exam in order to get your license.
The state license exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions and you have 5 hours to complete. The exam is broken up into a morning session and an afternoon session with a break in the middle. A 75% or better is needed in order to pass and receive your license. The state exam can be tough so make sure you are well prepared.
Broker continuing education requirements
Once you get your license you will need to keep it current. Renewals consist of 45 clock hours of CalBRE-approved continuing education every four years.
Get started on your new career!
Once you pass the state exam, you can start practicing as licensed California broker. As a broker you’ll be able to work independently as a real estate salesperson or start your own firm and have other agents working directly for you.
Whichever road you choose, good luck and enjoy your new career as a broker. If you ever have any questions about your education, continuing education or need help preparing for the state exam, feel free to call Allied Real Estate Schools to help you along the way. (800)617-3513