Get your Ohio real estate license

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.

How do I get my Ohio real estate sales license?

1. Complete Your Required Education
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)

2. Obtain a Sponsoring Broker
Before you submit an application to become a licensed real estate Salesperson, you must be sponsored by a Broker.

3. Submit Your Application
You must submit a completed Salesperson Examination Application, a $60 fee, and proof that you completed your education requirements to the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing. (You may either submit a copy of your official transcripts or course completion certificates.) The Division will process your application and send your information to the testing vendor.

4. Schedule Your Test
After your application has been processed, you will receive a Candidate Information Bulletin with instructions for scheduling your test.

Ohio State Licensing Requirements

Salesperson Licensing
Educational Requirements to Obtain a Salesperson License:
1.    Be honest, truthful and of good reputation.
2.    Be at least 18 years old.
3.    Be sponsored by an Ohio Broker.
4.    Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude.
5.    Have a high school diploma or its equivalent as recognized by the Ohio Department of Education if you were born after 1950.
6.    Complete the classroom 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)

An applicant for an Ohio salesperson’s license should submit:
1.   A completed Salesperson Examination Application with fee.
(Note: If you answer “yes” to any of the Ethical Conduct questions, please submit a detailed explanation. Your application will be reviewed by our Legal staff.)
2.   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 exams.
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.

Salesperson Post Licensing Education
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 ten hours of classroom instruction that shall be completed in schools, seminars, and educational institutions approved by the commission. OAR’s offers post license education courses several times a year, see Educational Calendar.

Salesperson Continuing Education
Educational Requirements to renew a Salesperson License: The state of Ohio requires 30 hours of continuing education to be completed every three years by the licensee’s birthday. The first continuing education due date for a new licensee is three years after the licensee’s first birthday following licensure. The 30 hours must include 9 hours in 3 separate mandatory core courses.

Broker Licensing
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:
1.    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.

Education Requirements
1.    Ohio Real Estate Law (40 hours)
2.    Ohio Real Estate Principles & Practices (40 hours)
3.    Real Estate Appraisal (20 hours)
4.    Real Estate Finance (20 hours)
5.    A Financial Management course
6.    A Human Resources or Personnel Management course
7.    An Applied Business Economics course
8.    A Business Law course
9.    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:
1.    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:
1.    A Broker Examination Application with fee.
2.    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 exams.
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

Broker Post Licensing Education
No later than twelve months after the date of issue of a real estate broker’s license to a licensee, the licensee shall submit proof satisfactory to the superintendent, on forms made available by the superintendent, of the completion of ten hours of classroom instruction in real estate brokerage at an institution of higher education or any other institution that is approved by the commission.

Broker Continuing Education

Educational Requirements to renew a Broker License:
The state of Ohio requires 30 hours of continuing education to be completed every three years by the licensee’s birthday. The first continuing education due date for a new licensee is three years after the licensee’s first birthday following licensure. The 30 hours must include 9 hours in 3 separate mandatory core courses.

For more information, contact the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing at 614-466-4100.  All information provided is subject to change.

At this time, online pre-license real estate education is not available in Ohio. However, OAR is currently sponsoring legislation that will allow for individuals to take all of the pre-license courses online. That legislation has already passed the Ohio House of Representatives and is awaiting hearings in the Ohio Senate. We hope online pre-license education will be available sometime in 2017. Stay tuned.