FAQ

1. How do I get a California Sales Person license?

In order to obtain your California Sales Person license, you will need to take an approved Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice and one more elective course, in addition to passing the state examination. If you want a license in another state, you will need to contact the appropriate state agency in that state. It is usually the Real Estate Commission or Bureau of Real Estate for that state, but it may vary from one state to the next.
f Real Estate for that state, but it may vary from one state to the next.

2. How do I get a California Brokers License?

In order to obtain a California Real Estate Broker’s License, you will need 2 years sales person license experience, or a 4 year degree college in real estate. If you want a broker’s license in any other state, contact the appropriate agency in that state. Usually this will be the Department of Real Estate, but it may vary from one state to the next.

3. What is the difference between a sales person license and brokers license?

Great question!
Real estate salespeople and brokers play different roles in the real estate industry. What are the main differences between these parties, and what should you expect from one and not from the other? Both brokers and salespeople are real estate agents. A real estate agent is anyone who is licensed to advise the public on real estate issues. You should never take formal advice on real estate from someone who isn’t a licensed agent. Brokers and real estate salespeople will have taken formal real estate courses and appropriate real estate exams or brokers exams.

Positions on the hierarchy

Real estate salespeople work for brokers. While a broker is an independent fee earner, a salesperson must work under the umbrella of a broker. Brokers are permitted to work for themselves or for other brokers. Salespeople can gain experience and take courses and exams in order to become brokers.

4. What applications are needed for the state exam?

Glad you asked!
California Sales Person Exam and License. The license requirements, examination services, and applications can be intimidating. That’s why Nationwide Real Estate Schools facilitates this process for you! The California Sales License examination requires the following: Sales Application: RE400A $60.00 fee, in addition you must mail in originals (we keep the copies) of all 3 certificates of completion (HANDELED BY US FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE!) You also have the option of mailing in the Sales Person Examination and Sales License Combination Application. The fees required are $60.00 for the exam application fee, in addition to a $245.00 fee for your actual license (Paid by the student). The form used for this combination application is RE435A.

Broker Exam and License

The following will be required for the broker application: RE400B $95.00 fee (not included in our price) in addition you must mail the originals of your 2-8 certificates of completion. (handled by you). You also have the option of mailing in the Broker Examination and Broker License Combination Application. The fees required are $95.00 for the exam application fee, in addition to a $300.00 fee for your actual license (Paid by the student). The form used for this combination application is RE436 and RE436A. Please allow 4-5 weeks to receive your test date. This time frame will vary depending on the BRE processing time frames.

5. How long will the certificates of completion be valid for?

Good question!
If you took an approved Real Estate Principles course from a private vocational school, your Certificate of Completion is still valid. If you took a full semester (or equivalent) Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice and 1 elective Course in college at any time, your transcript or grade card will still be sufficient.

6. What do I do if I took my courses out of state?

If you took a full semester (or its equivalent) of a Real Estate Principles Course at an accredited college or university, it will probably be sufficient. If you took the courses at a private vocational school in another state, it may not be sufficient. In either case, the matter should be addressed to the California Bureau of Real Estate, as they are the only agency which can make the final determination.

7. How long does it take to obtain a test date by the CalBRE?

This question completely depends on the CalBRE, and while there are no guarantees, most people find that they take their test about four to six weeks after they send in their application for the state exam. If this is inconvenient, the application allows the applicant to specify an alternative which can also be changed at a later date.

8. How do I find out if I passed my test?

Congratulations!
You are one step closer to jump-starting your career in real estate. At the time of taking your test, the Bureau of Real Estate will give you a print out with your test results. Please note if you pass the exam, you will receive a passing grade only, with no specifics. If you fail the exam, you will be given a detailed percentage of questions answered either correct, or incorrect.

9. How often does the CalBRE administer the state exams?

Great question!
The test dates offered by the CalBRE depend on the demand at that time. Both the broker’s exam and the salesperson’s exam are offered in Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, La Palma, San Diego, and the new La Palma testing center. The Salespersons exam is offered during the week, usually Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and the occasional Wednesdays. There are morning and afternoon start times for the Salespersons exam as well. The Brokers exam is usually offered on Wednesdays. The admittance form the applicant receives which specifies the test date will also list the exact address and time of the test location.

10. How long will my license be valid once approved?

Great question!
Both the salesperson’s license and the broker’s license are good for a four year term. After each four year term, you will be required to renew your license using our Continuing Education courses. There is a two-year grace period after the license expires during which the license can be renewed for an additional fee. After the grace period expires, the person will be required to retake the appropriate California state examination over again, and re-apply for their license.