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Minnesota Real Estate Broker License Requirements

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 now qualify to earn your real estate broker’s license education requirements completely online.

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 your current Minnesota real estate license. Before you begin the course, we recommend you contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce for any questions about how this course may apply towards your continuing education requirements.

Keep in mind: Earning a broker’s license doesn’t necessarily mean you have to start your own real estate company. Your current company might allow you to become an associate broker, with an enhanced title, but not necessarily a change of duties. (Consult your current primary broker and legal counsel about possible additional responsibilities or liabilities as an associate broker.)

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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 new 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 courses are approved by the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO), and by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Continuing Ed Express is the exclusive online education provider for the Minnesota Association of Realtors®.

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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. You can have your exam proctored by Continuing Ed Express at our office location. Complete details for the proctoring process are included within the course. You may re-take the course final exam online as many times as necessary to pass it.

Review the proctor details in advance (PDF), along with information about having your exam proctored at the Continuing Ed Express office. After you pass the online final exam and we receive your proctor’s exam documentation, we will issue you the course completion certificate. This certificate must be presented at the testing center to take the Minnesota state license exam.


3. Take the optional MN License Exam Prep course
Although everything you'll need to know for the state license exams is in 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.

For directions to testing centers, information about making an appointment, detailed information about the license exam, and a downloadable Candidate Information Bulletin, visit PSI Exams Online.


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. 

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

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