Begin A Career in Real Estate

Are you thinking about starting a career in real estate but unsure how you get started? We have put together five key steps you need to take to become a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of Virginia. Click here for the Five Steps to Becoming a Licensed Realtor.

Requirements for Obtaining a Virginia Real Estate Salesperson’s License

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Have, at a minimum a high school diploma or its equivalent
  3. If licensed in another jurisdiction, be in good standing in every jurisdiction where licensed
  4. Have a good reputation for honesty, truthfulness and fair dealing and be competent to transact real estate business in such a manner as to safeguard the public interest.
  5. Not have been found guilty of violation the fair housing laws of Virginia or any other jurisdiction
  6. Meet the current education requirements by achieving a passing grade in all required courses before sitting for the licensing exam and applying for licensure (Currently a 60 classroom hour course in the Principles and Practices of Real Estate)
  7. Pass a written license examination approved by the Virginia Real Estate Board (VREB) with 12 months prior to applying for a license and follow all rules established by the VREB or the testing service regarding the conduct of license applicants. (Currently PSI Examinations is the state approved testing service)
  8. Be in good standing and not have had a real estate license suspended, revoked, or surrendered in connection with a disciplinary action, of been the subject o disciplinary action in any jurisdiction
  9. Not have been convicted in any jurisdiction for a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, sexual offense drug distribution physical injury or any felony
  10. Follow all rules established by the REB with regard to conduct at the examination
  11. Submit a set of fingerprints to the Virginia Central Criminal Records Exchange and have a criminal background check performed. (Can be done at the PSI testing center on a walk-on basis)