Pre-licensing Course

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



Getting your real estate license in North Carolina


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


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



Getting your real estate license in South 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.

  • All applicants must be over the age of 18 and have a high school diploma (or certificate of equivalency) and be lawfully present and eligible to work in the United States.
  • Before you apply for a license you will also need to complete an additional Unit II: Advanced Real Estate Principles course (30-hours). Passing Score sheets and proof of completion of the Unit II course must be submitted with your licensure application.
  • Complete a Criminal Background Check
  •  Find the classes you need to take before taking the Real Estate Exam:
    • Reference Document #140 and Document #150

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