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Wisconsin License Requirements

Wisconsin Pre-License Courses

How to Earn your Wisconsin Real Estate License

In summary…
To obtain a Real Estate SALES license in Wisconsin, you must be 18 years of age, take the approved prelicense education, and pass a license exam at a testing center. After completing your prelicense course and passing the license exam, you apply for your real estate SALES  license.  You will begin the application process online by going to the Department of Safety and Professional Services' (DSPS) website.  If you plan to begin a career in real estate immediately, affiliation with a broker is required.  You can apply and receive your sales license to collect referrals without broker affiliation but you will not be able to practice real estate except under a broker.

To obtain a Real Estate BROKER license in Wisconsin, you must have met the requirements for the sales license (education and passing the exam), be 18 years of age, take the approved prelicense BROKER course and pass a license exam at a testing center.  You will begin the application process online by going to the Department of Safety and Professional Services' (DSPS) website.  Having a BROKER license means that you can practice real estate on your own but initial affiliation with a company is prudent while you learn the business.

Important BROKER Requirements Notice: As of 7/1/2014 you are required to submit to Wisconsin that you have “practiced as a licensed salesperson under the direct supervision of a licensed broker for at least 2 years within the last 4 years,” according to Statute 452.09 (4). Click here to review the statute and the requirements for experience based on a specific point system. 


Costs:

Sales Prelicense Course (coming soon)  $315
Sales Course for Licensees from another state $160
Broker Prelicense Course $315
Broker Course for Licensees from another state $70

State License Exam*
Costs change periodically.
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License Application Costs change periodically.
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Learn more about our Military Active Duty and Veteran Discount for prelicense courses.

Click on the below links to visit the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) website for more information about obtaining your Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson and/or Broker license.

Broker - prelicense information


Salesperson - prelicense information


Step-by-step licensing guide
  1. Enroll in our online prelicense course
  2. Complete course including the course final exam
  3. Pass the Wisconsin license exam
  4. Apply for your real license
  5. Frequently Asked Questions

1. Enroll in our approved online prelicense courses
From our homepage, click on Wisconsin, and then choose “Prelicense Education.” 

As with all of our online courses, you may take them anywhere, anytime, 24/7. You may log out and log back in at any time, with stopping and starting points automatically saved. 

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. According to the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO), well-designed online courses can be equal to, or exceed, live classroom learning outcomes. Most colleges and universities now offer online courses, even through the doctoral level.

Our prelicense courses are approved by the Real Estate Examining Board from the state of Wisconsin.

2. Complete the course online 
To help you remember important real estate principles, all our prelicense courses provide: 
  • Practice quizzes throughout the course that give you immediate feedback
  • Progressive activities to help you learn complex topics such as math
  • e-Flashcards™ for you to self-test your cumulative recall of important principles
  • Downloadable section summaries for quick reviews
  • Highlighted ideas, notes, and reminders throughout the course

3. Pass the Wisconsin license exam
After successfully completing a Wisconsin Prelicense Course, you will receive a course completion certificate in your account, and you may take the license exam at an approved testing center which is operated by Pearson VUE.  For a listing of the testing centers, detailed information about the license exam, and a downloadable Real Estate Candidate Handbook, visit Pearson VUE.

You will take a 140 question exam for the SALES license and a 100 question exam for the BROKER license. Details about those exams are found in the Candidate Handbook.


4. Apply for your real estate license
After passing the exam, you will apply for a license by submitting the application along with the fee of $75 and the certificate you received after completion of our course.

License renewals and continuing education requirements 
To keep your real estate license active, you must renew it every two years. You must also complete 18 hours of continuing education during each two-year renewal period ending on December 14th of even numbered years.  You will not need to complete continuing education for the first renewal after you receive your license.

Post License Advanced Training (not for credit) 
Now that you have received your license (or while you are waiting for it to arrive) you will want to check out our advanced training.  We have a variety of free courses and quite a few advanced training courses to not just get you started but to keep you going.  Please contact us regarding our “Zero to Results in 60 Days” program incorporating these courses to get you started right in your new career!  




Frequently Asked Questions

Is your school approved?

When I’m taking a course online, can I contact the instructor with questions?

Can I take the Broker Course right after the Salespersons Course before I test?

If I want to get a Broker's license do I have to take the Sales course?

Does the Broker's course waive continuing education?

Do you offer continuing education?

What do I have to do to get a Salesperson's license?

When I apply for a license, how long does it take before I’m licensed?

How do I apply for a license?

I'm a non-resident without a real estate license, can I become a Wisconsin Broker?

Do I have to be signed on with a Broker to take a course or get a license?

How soon after I take the course can I take the state test?

I do not live in Wisconsin. Do I have to come there to take the state test?

When I take the state exam, how long does it take to get the results?

I have more questions. Who do I contact? 
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Is your school approved?
Yes.  Continuing Ed Express is approved for distance education by the Real Estate Examining Board (REEB) to offer the required prelicense sales and broker courses, and the specific continuing education necessary for license renewal.
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When I’m taking a course online, can I contact the instructor with questions?
Yes, on every page within the online course there is a link titled “Contact the Instructor” in the upper right corner. Click on that link to email the instructor, Laurel Stone. She will respond to your questions promptly. You can also schedule a phone call with Laurel for additional help. Laurel is happy to answer any of your questions, so please take advantage of the one-on-one support!
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Can I take the Broker Course right after the Sales Course before I test?
Effective July 1, 2014, a minimum of 2 years of experience is required before obtaining a broker license, therefore, it is no longer recommended that you take the broker course immediately following the sales course. Click here to review Broker license information on the DSPS website, and the requirements for experience based on a specific point system. Click here to review the statute.
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If I want to get a Broker's license, do I have to take the Sales course?
Yes. To get a Broker's license you have to fulfill the requirements for a Salesperson's license. This means you have to complete the education, pass the exam and become licensed. Affiliation with a broker is required for the experience requirement effective July 1, 2014.  Click here for more information.
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Does the Broker course count as Continuing Education?
No, a Broker LICENSE waives the continuing education for the two year time frame during which you have obtained your license.  For instance, if you took the Broker course in 2010, tested in 2010 but applied for and received your license in 2011, then you would not have to do continuing education for the 2011-12 biennium. 
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Do you offer Continuing Education?
Yes, Continuing Ed Express offers online real estate continuing education courses in Wisconsin. On December 14th of even numbered years all Wisconsin licensees are required to complete specific continuing education courses to renew their license. The two-year licensing period is called a biennium. We plan to offer the required CE courses each biennium, so you can continually take your license education through us.
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What do I have to do to get a Salesperson's license?
In Wisconsin you have to take a pre-license sales course prior to taking the state exam to be licensed as a Sales agent. After completing the education, there is a state exam that must be passed before you will be approved for a license. 
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When I apply for a license, how long does it take before I’m licensed?
When you send your application to Madison for a license, it may take a few weeks to be processed. You will first see it listed on the website of the Department of Safety and Professional Services and you can print it out at that time. If you follow the directions in the next FAQ and apply for your license online a few weeks before you test, you will be pre-approved for your license, subject to passing the exam, and your license could be available to you in a few business days.

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How do I apply for a license?
You will start the application process online by going to the DSPS website. Follow the appropriate links for each license type: Real Estate Salesperson, Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Business Entity. To begin the application process online, click on "Online Licesure Application System (OLAS). If you wish to apply by mail, click "Application Forms." Download a PDF of the OLAS application process manual.
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I'm a non-resident without a real estate license, can I become a Wisconsin Broker?
Yes, you can live in another state and be a Wisconsin real estate Broker. For instance, if you live in Minneapolis and have a Wisconsin Broker license you can list and sell homes in Wisconsin. You will have to file an Irrevocable Consent with the state for Service of Process.

If you have a Wisconsin Salesperson's license and are a non-resident you cannot practice real estate except under a Wisconsin licensed Broker who may or may not reside in Wisconsin. You also will have to file an Irrevocable Consent with the Department.

In addition, PearsonVue offers the Wisconsin exam in various places in Minnesota and in Chicago.
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Do I have to be signed on with a broker to take a course or get a license?
No. You can get a license without being associated with a broker but you cannot practice real estate. You can, however, collect referrals without being employed by a broker.

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How soon after I complete the online course can I take the state test?
You can test as soon as you feel prepared to do so. However, it is important that you don't procrastinate because the longer you wait the more likely you are to forget some of the material.
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I do not live in Wisconsin. Do I have to come there to take the state test?
Pearson Vue, the testing service, is nationwide but the only out-of-state testing sites are Chicago IL, Duluth MN and Edina MN. The reason Pearson Vue limits the testing to Wisconsin and those locations is that Wisconsin has supplemental material for their exam (the forms) that is handed to the candidates for use during the exam.

If you haven't read the booklet available from PearsonVue, click here to review it.

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When I take the state exam, how long does it take to get the results?
You get the results immediately at the test center.
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I have more questions. Who do I contact?
If you have questions about the licensing process, what courses you need to take, and questions relating to the course material, please contact Laurel Stone, the course instructor, at Laurel@ContinuingEdExpress.com or 920.428.0146. 

If you have technical questions, such as the functionality of the website, purchasing courses, setting up an account, or are not sure who to contact, please contact the Continuing Ed Express customer service by clicking on the Contact Us link above or calling 1.866.415.8521. 

We are always happy to help, so please contact us with any questions!
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