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Continuing Education Requirements

This information is intended to provide answers to commonly asked questions by real estate agents. It is not intended to replace detailed information found in your state's statutes and regulations. Though we have made reasonable efforts to ensure that the information given is reliable and current, we cannot guarantee that it is. For more information please contact your state real estate department. See contact information below.

Prelicensing Requirements

In order to qualify for licensure as a real estate salesperson, an applicant must have satisfactorily completed 75 hours of education approved by the Secretary of State and have passed a qualifying examination administered by the Department. Those salesperson applicants who completed the 45-hour salesperson course prior to July 1, 2008 may complete the 30-hour qualifying course to satisfy the 75-hour requirement in real estate approved by the Secretary of State, and have passed a qualifying examination administered by the Department.

In order to qualify for licensure as a real estate broker, an applicant must have at least two years of experience as a licensed real estate salesperson or at least three years of experience in the general real estate field (e.g., buying and selling your own property, managing property owned by your employer). A broker applicant will be required to show proof of completing 120 hours of education approved by the Secretary of State, and have passed a qualifying examination administered by the Department. Broker applicants will be required to show proof of completing the 45 hour salesperson course, the 30 hour remedial course and the 45 hour broker course OR the 75 salesperson course and the 45 hour broker course.

Final Exam Procedure:
NY RE License Law §176.23 - New York real estate department requires the final exam be proctored at an approved location in the state of New York.
Upon completion of the Principles of Real Estate - New York Salesperson Pre-licensing online course call 1-800-219-2930 to schedule the proctored exam at the Cape School Office at 29 W 36th St., Ste. 409, New York, NY 10018. Also, for your convenience Cape School has monitors located around the state to monitor your exam by appointment for a $50 fee. Call for more information and to schedule an exam.


Continuing Education Requirements

All licensees are required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education, including at least 3 hours of instruction pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest of real property, within the two-year period immediately preceding a renewal.

New Requirement Effective Jan 1, 2017: Licensees are required to take 1 hour of Agency continuing education during each 2 year licensing period,  except for new licensees who will be required to take 2 hours in their first licensing period.  The Agency hours will be part of the required 22.5 hours, not additional hours.  This applies to all renewals after January 1, 2017, except for grandfathered agents.

Any salesperson who successfully completes an approved broker qualifying course (which requires passing the final exam), within their current term, will receive continuing education credit for completion of that course. Please note: The broker course does not satisfy the mandatory 3 hour fair housing requirement.

Either of the below are exempt from the continuing education requirements:

  • Any licensed real estate broker who is engaged full time in the real estate business and who has been licensed prior to July 1, 2008 for at least 15 consecutive years immediately preceding renewal or
  • an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar who holds a real estate broker's license.


 Carryover Credits

  • Excess credits hours may not be carried over to the next reporting period.


DOS Contact Information

NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201-2001
(518) 474-4429 (customer service hours 9:00am - 4:45pm)


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Contact Information:
New York Department of State
Division of Licensing Services

Alfred E. Smith Office Building
80 S. Swan Street, 10th floor
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 474-4429

Website: https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/index.html
Email: licensing@dos.ny.gov



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