Minnesota Real Estate Broker License Requirements

Please note:
We are no longer selling Minnesota Salesperson Pre-License courses. Customers who currently have the courses in their account must complete them by 9/30/2024.


If you have been licensed for 3 years as a Minnesota real estate salesperson (or the same amount of experience in another state with comparable requirements) within the prior 5 years, you may qualify to earn your real estate broker’s license education requirements completely online. Please review the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s website to find out if you are eligible for a Minnesota broker real estate license and for more specific information on licensing requirements.

Our approved 30-hour online Minnesota Broker Pre-license Course will fulfill your broker pre-license education requirements, and prepare you for the Minnesota broker’s exam. 

The course is also approved for 30 continuing education credit-hours towards a current Minnesota Salesperson real estate license. Review Statute 82.61 for more information about continuing education requirements.

Before you begin the course, contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce with questions about how this course may apply towards your continuing education requirements. (Please Note: The Broker Pre-License course does NOT satisfy any required module course requirements.)


Step-by-Step Licensing Guide
  1. Enroll in our online broker pre-license course
  2. Complete the course and pass the final exam with a proctor
  3. Take our optional MN License Exam Prep Course
  4. Pass the licensing exams
  5. Apply for your real estate broker license

1. Enroll in our approved online pre-license course

After your purchase is complete, the course will be placed in your account, ready for you to begin. With Continuing Ed Express’s exclusive online e-learning technologies, you can learn at your best pace. Our online courses offer high quality content, with easy-to-use navigation.

Our Minnesota broker pre-license course is approved by the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO), and by the Minnesota Department of Commerce
Before you get started, review our Minnesota Broker Pre-License Study Guide to help you get the most out of your online education experience.


2. Complete the broker course, and pass the course final exam with a proctor

The course offers text instruction on both the National (Uniform) and Minnesota (State) portions of the licensing exam. There is commentary by the instructor, graphs and diagrams, exercises, and quizzes to help you master the material. You will have the opportunity to go back and review each section separately, and contact your instructor if you have questions.

Minnesota requires you to take the course final exam for pre-license online courses under the supervision of a proctor. After you pass the online final exam with your proctor, we will issue you the course completion certificate. The course completion certificate MUST be presented at the testing center to take the state license exam. If you have your exam proctored with Continuing Ed Express, we will email your completion certificate the next business day from when you take your exam. If you have your exam proctored at another location, we will issue the completion certificate once we receive the completed valid proctor affidavit. Please keep these timeframes in mind as you prepare to schedule your license exam.

Complete details for the proctoring requirements and process are included within the online course. Click here to review the proctor details in advance.

3. Take the optional MN License Exam Prep course

Although everything you'll need to know for the state license exams is in the Minnesota Broker Pre-License Course, we highly recommend our optional Exam Prep Course. The license exams are VERY difficult, and the Exam Prep course will reinforce, and help you remember, key principles you might find on both the uniform and state-specific pre-license exams. You’ll also receive exam-taking tips, and get lots of practice with sample questions to help you prepare for the challenging license exams.

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4. Pass the licensing exam

After you pass the broker course final exam, your proctor will provide an affidavit to us, and we will email you a PDF copy of your completion certificate, which you'll need to bring to the PSI testing site in order to take the state's broker license exam.

You will take a two-part licensing exam: one part for general real estate principles, and one part for Minnesota-specific laws and practices. You can take both parts at the same session, or at separate times. If you do not pass one of them, you have to wait until the next business day to schedule a retake. Visit PSI if you are interested in purchasing their practice broker test before scheduling the license exams.

For directions to testing centers, information about making an appointment, and detailed information about the license exam, visit PSI. 

5. Apply for your real estate broker license

After receiving the completion certificate for the 30-hour pre-license course, and passing the Minnesota state licensing exams, you may apply for your Minnesota Real Estate Broker license. Go to the Minnesota Department of Commerce's website for details on the application process and fee.
Application Deadline: According to Minnesota Statute 82.58 Subd. (3), "After successful completion of the real estate broker's examination, an individual shall have one year from the date of the examination to apply for a broker's license, unless the individual is a salesperson who remains continuously active in the real estate field as a licensee."

One extra step...

Go to the Minnesota Department of Commerce website to find out if you are eligible for a real estate license and for more specific information on licensing requirements.


Meet Peggy McNamara - Your Online Course Instructor

Peggy L. McNamara has been a real estate agent since 1992, an educator and trainer since 1996, and a broker since 2008. She has been an education director for two large brokerages, and previously founded a classroom-based pre-license real estate school in Minnesota. Peggy is a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI).

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“Very good delivery of content. Without ever meeting her, I could tell that Peggy is really passionate about teaching others!”

Benefits of Continuing Ed Express’s Online Minnesota Broker Pre-License Course
To help you remember important real estate principles, our course provides:
  • Progressive activities to help you learn complex topics such as math
  • Downloadable section summaries that you can print and review
  • e-Flashcards™ for you to self-test your cumulative recall of important principles
  • Practice quizzes throughout the course to give you immediate feedback
  • Highlighted ideas, notes, and reminders throughout the course
  • Video commentary from your instructor to introduce the topics
  • Diagrams and illustrations help you understand difficult concepts
An opportunity to communicate with your instructor on every page
On every page there is an opportunity to communicate with your instructor. You may easily contact your instructor for further insight on any of the information in the course. All of your messages with the course instructor will be archived in the ‘Messages’ area of your Continuing Ed Express account.
No text book required 
Continuing Ed Express online pre-licensing courses are complete. There is no additional textbook from which you have to study or order in addition to the course. You may begin taking the course as soon as you register. 

If you have questions about the courses or pre-license process, you can contact us.


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