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Washington Real Estate Pre-License Education Guide

Learn how to get a real estate license in Washington and choose the education right for you.

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You need to meet basic requirements before qualifying for a real estate license in Washington.

How To Get A Real Estate License In Washington

To get a real estate broker license in Washington, all applicants must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Have a high school diploma or GED
  3. Register with the Washington Department of Licensing
  4. Pass a 60-hour Real Estate Fundamentals course
  5. Pass a 30-hour Real Estate Practices course
  6. Pass a state licensing exam
  7. Pass a background check

The first thing you need to do is register with the Department of Licensing at PSI, the state exam proctor. Follow the registration instructions on the site. It will only take a few minutes. This registration begins your education record with the state of Washington. It is NOT a real estate license application. You will apply for a license after your education and testing are complete.

Once you have registered with the state, you can immediately shop for state-required pre-license education and start learning about real estate. With online courses, you can literally start today.

Two required courses need to be taken.

Washington Real Estate Pre-License Education Requirements

Washington requires that all candidates take 90 hours of real estate pre-license courses in order to qualify to take the state exam. These 90 hours are broken into two required courses:

  • Real Estate Fundamentals - This course teaches the conceptual nuts and bolts of real estate, including what defines property, how ownership works, writing contracts, Washington real estate law, and financing. The Fundamentals course is broken into 5 modules and 21 chapters. Each chapter contains segment quizzes and a chapter test, and each module concludes with a comprehensive review.
  • Real Estate Practices - This course takes what you learned in Real Estate Fundamentals and puts it into practice. You will learn about running a real estate business, agency, listings, negotiations, closings, and how to work with buyers and sellers. Each chapter will include a quiz to test your knowledge.

Both courses conclude with a final exam. You must pass each final exam with a score of at least 70% to complete the course.

You can complete online courses entirely at your own pace. You are allowed 6 months to complete the coursework.

OnlineEd offers all required Washington real estate pre-license courses as a bundle that includes instructor support and exam prep materials to help you pass the state exam on the first try.

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The Washington real estate exam must be taken.

Schedule Your State Exam

When pre-license courses are completed, your school will transmit your course completion data to the state exam proctor, PSI. After all of your Washington real estate pre-license education is completed, you can schedule your state exam.

Schedule your Washington real estate examination with PSI here.

You must bring two current forms of ID to the testing center. These must include your name and signature and at least one of them must have your current photograph. If you don't bring identification, you can not take the exam.

Exam results are valid for one year. Make sure you apply for your broker's license before the results expire.

If you fail the exam, you will be given instructions on how to retake it. If you only failed part of the exam, you will only need to retake the part that you failed. You must retake the exam within six months.

When you pass the exam, you are ready to submit your official Washington real estate license application.

Submit your real estate application to the Department of Licensing.

Submit Your Application

After you pass the broker's exam, complete the Real Estate License Application.

The state exam testing center will give you a card for fingerprints. Take the fingerprint card to any fingerprinting service that has been approved by the Washington State Patrol and have your fingerprints taken. Include the fingerprint card with your application, but do not fold it! Submit the application along with all applicable fees to the Washington Department of Licensing by mail:

Real Estate Licensing
Department of Licensing
PO Box 3917
Seattle, WA 98124-3917

When your application is approved, you will be granted a real estate broker license which must be renewed every two years. You are now licensed and able to do business as a real estate agent. Congratulations!

Choose OnlineEd For Your Washington Real Estate Pre-License Education

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  • Work at your own pace.
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  • Get help from an assigned instructor.
  • Exam prep materials included.
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Extensive learning materials describe how to get your real estate license.

Extensive Learning Materials

Many schools are just resellers of systems sold by large education providers. Our courses are authored by practicing real estate professionals at OnlineEd. Our courses and software are developed by and for OnlineEd. Because every course we sell is written by us, we save on overhead licensing costs. We can pass the savings onto you.

All of our courses have been reviewed and approved by the Washington Department of Licensing, DoL.

Reviewed, Approved, and Authorized

Our program has been reviewed, approved, and authorized for real estate license training by the Washington Department of Licensing. Our real estate broker pre-license courses are authored in-house by experienced brokers and industry professionals.

Instructors are there to help you each step of the way.

Instructors Available to Help

Get live help from a real person. Have a question? Just pick up the phone or send a quick email to your assigned instructor and get a friendly response. You can contact your instructor if you need help understanding the material, or have questions. Your instructor will also review and (if necessary) comment on each quiz and final exam to assist you in understanding course concepts.

Essential state exam prep tools to help you pass.

Real Estate Exam Prep

Exam prep review materials and sample questions assist you in preparing for the Washington real estate exam. Points to remember are a summary of the points in each chapter that are necessary for passing the state exam. Practice questions are a series of license exam sample questions organized by topic. They are very similar to those that may appear on the state real estate exam. Good working knowledge of these materials can be essential in passing the Washington state real estate license examination.

These Washington pre-licensure classes are mastery-based, so you don't have to deal with time limits.

Mobile Friendly

You can take your course using any internet-connected device including your computer, smartphone, or tablet! The site adapts to devices of all sizes and does not rely on proprietary apps or plugins. The course is entirely web-based. The OnlineEd system is compatible with all current web browsers and operating systems including iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

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To get a Washington real estate license, you need a solid pre-license education first. Shop for an education package that's right for you.

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