To practice real estate (outside of the purchase or sale of your own property) in the state of Pennsylvania, an individual must first obtain a license from the state. Successfully completing the licensure process requires a number of objectives listed below.

Please note that the definitive source for information on real estate licensure is the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission.


  1. Completion of 75 hours of prescribed education in Real Estate Fundamentals (30 hrs.) and Real Estate Practice (45 hrs.) Note that these courses can be taken in a traditional classroom environment or online. An individual must pass an exam at the end of each course.
  2. Passage of the State-required Real Estate Exam. Separate from the exams at the end of the Fundamentals and Practice class, this exam includes two sections – a general real estate section and a state-specific section.
  3. Provide a Criminal History Record Information Report from the state where the applicant resides completed by the State Police. This report must be dated within 90 days of application.
  4. Complete the Pennsylvania Salesperson Initial Standard License Application and enclose payment. Other documents to be included with the application are transcripts for the 75 hours of education, notices from the testing service evidencing a passing grade on the state-required exam, and the Criminal History Record Information Report.


Prior to taking the Pennsylvania Real Estate Licensing Examination, all candidates must have completed 75 hours of real estate instruction in Real Estate Fundamentals (30 hours) and Real Estate Practice (45 hours). These self-paced online classes can be completed through our online education partner CE Shop to satisfy these credit requirements.

Click here to access the 75 Hour Online Real Estate Pre-License Courses

Having trouble with a course? Contact The CE Shop technical support at (888)-850-0751.


For more information on pre-licensing education please contact Michelle Leister at or call 610-560-4900.