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Pre-licensing Course

The first step in obtaining your real estate license is successful completion of a pre-licensing course.

In North Carolina, you will need to successfully complete an approved 79-hour pre-licensing course. Candidates must then complete the following steps to become a licensed real estate broker:

  • Submit an application form, your completion certificate and $100 to the N.C. Real Estate Commission.
  • Register for and pass the North Carolina State Licensing Exam. A $64 examination fee is payable directly to PSI Exams
  • Obtain a criminal background check from CriminalRecordCheck.com

Click here for a list of approved schools in North Carolina.

In South Carolina, you will need to successfully complete an approved 60-hour pre-licensing course and complete a South Carolina State Licensing Exam.

Click here for information about obtaining a South Carolina real estate license.

If you are a North Carolina resident looking to become licensed in South Carolina, you can apply by reciprocity once you receive your North Carolina license.

Once you pass the State Licensing Exam, you'll receive a provisional broker license. This means you are now able to represent buyers and sellers in real estate transactions at any firm within the state where you are licensed.

Post-Licensing Courses

In order to maintain your license, you'll be required to complete 90 hours of post-licensing coursework to remove the "provisional" status. You must also take at least one 30-hour provisional class each year to keep your license active

Continuing Education

After your first renewal date, you will then be required to complete 8 hours of continuing education annually in order to maintain your license.