How to Become a Realtor® in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, you can complete the required training, become a licensed real estate agent and start a new career in a matter of weeks or months.

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Step 1: Complete the Required Education and Exam Prep

You must successfully complete 75 hours of approved real estate education and be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or an equivalent. The education requirements must be complete within five years of passing the real estate exams.

In Pennsylvania, you can complete the required training, become a licensed real estate agent and start a new career in a matter of weeks or months.

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Step 2: Pass the Real Estate Licensing Exams

Once you’ve completed your education, it’s time for your exams. You must have a passing score on the Pennsylvania and national portions of the salesperson licensing examination within three years of the date of your Pennsylvania licensing application.

To help you navigate this process, you should work with a real estate education provider.

Step 3: Join a Brokerage

In order to legally practice real estate in Pennsylvania, you must work under a supervising broker. Brokers are licensed by the commonwealth to oversee real estate transactions and ensure that you are adhering to the required legal and ethical standards.

To become a Pennsylvania Realtor® and gain access to PAR resources, join a brokerage that is a member of the National Association of Realtors®.

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Step 3: Join a Brokerage

In order to legally practice real estate in Pennsylvania, you must work under a supervising broker. Brokers are licensed by the commonwealth to oversee real estate transactions and ensure that you are adhering to the required legal and ethical standards.

To become a Pennsylvania Realtor® and gain access to PAR resources, join a brokerage that is a member of the National Association of Realtors®.

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Step 4: Apply for Your Pennsylvania Real Estate License

Complete a background check

You must obtain a Pennsylvania report of your criminal history. Obtain your criminal history report online or from the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository.

All background check documents cannot be older than 90 days from the date the application has been submitted.

Apply for your license

Your license is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of State with regulations approved by the Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission. You will need to provide proof that you are working for a real estate broker in order to apply for your license.

Log on to the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS) to create your profile, upload your documentation and submit your application for a real estate license.

Step 5: Become a Pennsylvania Realtor®!

To call yourself a Realtor®, you must be a member of the National Association of Realtors® and subscribe to NAR’s Code of Ethics. To join NAR, you must join a local association and your state association.

Benefits to Becoming a Realtor®

As a Pennsylvania Realtor, you have access to PAR standard forms, the Legal Hotline, member savings and much more. Follow PAR on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates and information.

Each local association provides its members with a variety of benefits such as access to the local MLS, lock boxes, etc.

NAR offers a host of benefits to its members as well. Learn more about NAR benefits.