Education

edbanner

 

button

CT Licensing & Education Requirements

The Real Estate Division of the CT Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) administers a professional licensing and enforcement process to assure that only qualified, competent persons are licensed in the real estate and real estate appraisal professions.  If you have specific questions about real estate licensing or education contact the DCP:

Licensing ServicesDCP.LicenseServices@ct.gov   or   860-713-6000 

Real Estate UnitDCP.RealEstateSchool@ct.gov   or   860-713-6150

 

PRE-LICENSING INFORMATION:

REAL ESTATE SALES AGENT CANDIDATES:

The first step in becoming a Real Estate Sales Agent is to complete the 60-hour mandatory pre-licensing course entitled: PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES OF REAL ESTATE (P&P).  P&P is the foundation course for a career in real estate.  Topics include an overview of the Real Estate Industry, Real Estate Law, Concepts of Home Ownership, Contracts, Property Valuation, Brokerage, Listing Agreements, Buyer Representation, Governmental Powers, License Laws, Taxes and Liens, Real Estate Mathematics, Financing and Fair Housing.

Click here to view our schedule of P&P classes.

STATE EXAM FOR AGENTS: After passing the final exam with a minimum grade of 70%, the candidate would then apply to take the CT Real Estate Salesperson exam.  To apply, visit www.psiexams.com and download a Candidate Information Bulletin which contains application instructions and forms.  You will need to submit your ORIGINAL course completion certificate (no photocopies) from an approved school which must contain the following: (a) School Name and School Code, (b) Dates Attended, (c) Hours Completed, (d) Grade Received, and (e) Signature of School Official.

All Salesperson Candidates must pass both the State and General portions of the exam within one year of their enrollment date with PSI.  If you fail a portion of the exam, you must pass that portion within one year from date of eligibility or you will be required to retake both portions.  After one year a new application and fee must be submitted.  Individuals who pass the PSI exam must apply for a license within two years, otherwise a new application and fee must be submitted to PSI to be eligible to retest.

For more information about license applications and examinations contact PSI: www.psiexams.com   or   800-733-9267.

REAL ESTATE BROKER CANDIDATES:

Effective July 1, 2016, all Broker applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be actively engaged as a licensed real estate salesperson under the supervision of a licensed real estate broker in Connecticut for a minimum of two years.
  • 60-hour classroom course in Real Estate Principles and Practices
  • 15-hour classroom course in Real Estate Brokerage Principles and Practices
  • 15-hour classroom course in Legal Compliance
  • Take two 15-hour pre-license elective courses or one 30-hour pre-license Appraisal course or provide evidence of successfully completing at least 20 real estate transactions in the previous 5 years.  (A transaction is defined as a legal transfer of real property or execution of lease agreement.)

MANDATORY BROKER COURSES:

REAL ESTATE PRINCIPLES & PRACTICE (P&P), 60-Hour Course: All Broker Candidates must complete this 60-hour course.  (NOTE: If a 60-hour P&P course was already completed when becoming a Salesperson, then you do not need to re-take it.  However, if a candidate completed only a 30-hour course when becoming a salesperson, then this 60-hour course is mandatory.)  P&P is the foundation course for a career in real estate.  Topics include an overview of the Real Estate Industry, Real Estate Law, Concepts of Home Ownership, Contracts, Property Valuation, Brokerage, Listing Agreements, Buyer Representation, Governmental Powers, License Laws, Taxes and Liens, Real Estate Mathematics, Financing and Fair Housing.

REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES, 15-Hour Course: This required course will cover Organizational Structure, Business Policies and Procedures, and Human Resource issues.  Additional topics include: Marketing/Advertising, Property Management, CMA’s, Financing, Land Use Regulations, Community Association Managers, Real Estate Commission Policy on use of Unlicensed Persons by Licensees, Referral Fees, Legal Documents.

REAL ESTATE LEGAL COMPLIANCE, 15-Hour Course:  This legal course will review many of the major Connecticut Real Estate Regulations and Connecticut General Statutes a Broker needs to understand and follow in the course of their daily real estate practice and real estate business. Detailed explanations, interpretations, and tips are provided to help attendees understand the complex language and concepts of Connecticut real estate law.  This course is an essential review course for already licensed Brokers who want a refresher on Connecticut law and, in particular, provisions which Brokers need to be vigilant about when supervising and training their sales agents.

 

ELECTIVE BROKER COURSES:

APPRAISAL I, APPRAISAL PRINCIPLES or APPRAISAL PROCEDURES
30 Hours Pre-Licensing Elective for Brokers, 6 Hours CE

Any one of these three Appraisal Courses is acceptable for the elective appraisal requirement for Brokers.  This course is designed to help both the new student and the established real estate agent relate appraisal theory and technique to real world practice.  Explanations of the basic approaches to appraising are thorough, yet concise.  Frequent examples, including use of forms and data grids, help to bring an understanding of the importance of the appraisal process in real estate transactions.

STATE EXAM FOR BROKERS: To apply for the CT Real Estate Broker exam, visit www.psiexams.com and download a Candidate Information Bulletin which contains application instructions and forms.  You will need to submit your ORIGINAL course certificate (no photocopies) for all courses completed (and evidence of the work experience requirements, if applicable).  The certificates must contain the following: (a) School Name and School Code, (b) Dates Attended, (c) Hours Completed, (d) Grade Received, and (e) Signature of School Official.

All Broker Candidates must pass both the State and General portions of the state exam within one year of their enrollment date with PSI.  If you fail a portion of the exam, you must pass that portion within one year from date of eligibility or you will be required to retake both portions.  After one year a new application and fee must be submitted.  Individuals who pass the PSI exam must apply for a license within two years, otherwise a new application and fee must be submitted to PSI to be eligible to retest.

For more information about license applications and examinations contact PSI:   www.psiexams.com   or   800-733-9267.

 

BROKER FAQ:

  • How have the requirements changed?

To summarize, the former 30-hour real estate appraisal course requirement has been replaced by two 15-hour courses: Legal Compliance and Real Estate Brokerage Principles and Practices.  In addition, the 30-hour elective course requirement has changed to two 15-hour elective courses.  A provision has also been put into place whereby the commission must waive the two elective courses IF the applicant has successfully completed a cumulative total of a minimum of 20 real estate transactions during the previous five years.  A “real estate transaction” is defined as a legal transfer of real property or execution of a lease agreement.  The required 60-hours of general Principles and Practices of Real Estate will remain in effect.

  • If I completed a 30-hour Appraisal Course prior to July 1, 2016, can that be used to fulfill the new two 15-hour elective course requirement?

Yes, the 30-hour Appraisal course taken in the past may be used towards your elective credits.

3) If I previously completed both a 30-hour Appraisal Course and a 30-hour Elective Course and I apply for a broker’s license after July 1, 2016 will 30 of those hours have been unnecessary?  

Yes. As of July 1, 2016 you will be required to complete the two new 15-hour mandatory courses, and 30 hours of Elective credits.  Therefore, only one of those 30-hour courses may be used towards the broker’s pre-license education requirements.

4) In the past, elective credit courses licensees took for broker pre-licensing credit were able to be used indefinitely.  Will elective courses completed prior to July 1, 2016 continue to be accepted?  

Yes. Elective courses taken for broker pre-licensing requirements prior to July 1, 2016 will continue to be accepted.

5) When will the new courses be available?

The new courses will be available soon.  When a class schedule is ready it will be posted on this website on the ‘Pre-Licensing Class Schedule’ page.

 

REAL ESTATE APPRAISER CANDIDATES:

The process of becoming an appraiser differs according to the various appraisal disciplines for a Licensed, Certified Residential or Certified General appraiser.  Effective January 1, 2008 the Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) of the Appraisal Foundation established minimum criteria for state licensed/certified real property appraisers.  For more information on Appraiser requirements contact the CT Real Estate Appraisal Commission www.ct.gov/dcp or the National Appraisal Foundation www.appraisalfoundation.org .

The New Haven Middlesex Real Estate School offers Appraisal Pre-Licensing and Continuing Education courses on-line at www.nhmrealtors.com.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE):

Licensed Salespeople, Brokers, and Appraisers are required to complete CE requirements within each 2-year cycle as mandated by Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection.  Please click here to visit our CE information page.