GPAR helps provide the necessary continuing education and pre-licensing courses required by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission by affiliating with a school operated by the Polley Associates School of Real Estate. For more than 40 years, Polley Associates has been one of the most successful real estate schools in the United States by offering real estate continuing education classes and pre-licensing courses. Polley Associates is certified by the Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission. Scheduling options include weekend only classes, daytime classes, or evening classes to meet your schedule.

A person wishing to acquire a Pennsylvania Real Estate License must be at least 18 years of age, have four educational credits in real estate from an approved education provider, submit a criminal background check and have successfully completed the Pennsylvania State Licensing Examination.

Real Estate Fundamentals and Real Estate Practice are the mandatory courses that must be successfully completed before sitting for the exam. Each course is worth two educational credits. The Real Estate Fundamentals course provides foundational principles, language and knowledge base about the laws that govern the practice of real estate in Pennsylvania. The Real Estate Practice course introduces ethics, techniques, procedures, regulations, and forms involved in a real estate transaction.

After passing the Pennsylvania State Licensing Exam, a sponsoring broker is required for issuance of the salesperson’s license. After passing the exam, the licensee may wait up to three years before activating the license. After three years, the prospective licensee must re-take the exam.

Pennsylvania real estate licensees are required to complete 14 hours of continuing education (CE) credits by May 31 of every even-numbered year. New licensees who obtained a salesperson license within 6 months of the renewal date (i.e., after December 1 in any odd-numbered year) are exempt from the CE requirement for that first renewal cycle.

For the 2020-2022 renewal cycle, the requirement is that a minimum of 3.5 hours of the required 14 hours of continuing education must be taken on the topics of Redlining, Steering, Implicit Bias, Diversity and the Fair Housing Act. The coursework must be completed between August 30, 2020, and May 31, 2022, in order to meet the requirement.

New licensees completing their first continuing education cycle are exempt from these required topics but are still required to complete the mandatory courses (General Module and choice between Residential Module or Commercial Module) for new licensees pursuant to 49 PA Code §35.384(b).

The Commission emails renewal notices at least two months prior to the license expiration date to the most recent employer address reported to the Commission. For additional information, contact the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission.