How to get your license: Managing brokers

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Who needs a license?

Anyone who:

  • Acts on behalf of a real estate firm to perform real estate brokerage services under the supervision of a designated broker,
  • and
  • Who may supervise other brokers or managing brokers licensed to the firm.

Requirements to upgrade to managing broker

You must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Provide proof you have at least 3 years of full-time experience as an active real estate broker.
  • Have current fingerprint-based background results on file (due every 6 years).
  • Complete 90 hours of approved real estate education within 3 years before applying for the exam. This education must include:
    • 30 hours of brokerage management
    • 30 hours of business management
    • 30 hours of advanced real estate law
    • You must complete your education within 3 years before applying for the exam.
    • Visit the Course Search for a list of approved real estate education.

Things to know

You must pass both the state and national exams within 6 months of each other or retake both exams. These approvals are good until your education expires. This happens 3 years from the date you complete the oldest exam.

Alternate qualifications

You must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete 90 hours of approved real estate education. This education must include:
    • 30 hours of brokerage management.
    • 30 hours of business management.
    • 30 hours of advanced real estate law.
    • You must complete your education within 3 years before applying for the exam.
  • Submit your fingerprints for the background check (due every 6 years).
  • Be ready to answer legal background questions and provide documents if needed.
  • Qualify under 1 or more of the 6 alternative qualifications experiences listed in WAC 308-124A-713 . You must have gained this experience within the last 6 years.

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