Step 1: Complete your required education and exam prep

Real estate brokers and sales agents must be licensed. You must successfully complete 75 hours of approved real estate education within 5 years of the passing date of both portions of the examination, and be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or an equivalent.

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

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: Take 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 licensing application.

View information about the real estate salesperson exam. To help you navigate this process, you should work with a real estate education provider.

Step 4: Apply for your Pennsylvania real estate license.

To become a Pennsylvania Realtor®, you must have your Pennsylvania real estate license. Your license is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of State with regulations approved by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission.

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: Join a brokerage

In order to become a Pennsylvania Realtor® and 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.

Eventually, you could also apply for a license to become a real estate broker as well, but you will first want to get a few years as an agent under your belt.