Required REALTOR® Training

Did you know that not all licensees are REALTORS®? A real estate licensee can be only be classified as a REALTOR® only after becoming a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. The first step on your road to becoming a REALTOR® is to obtain a state-issued real estate license. 

Acquiring a Pennsylvania Real Estate License

The Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission governs the licensing process and regulates a licensee’s practice in the state of Pennsylvania. Please reference the Pennsylvania Rules and Regulations of the State Real Estate Commission for specific information.

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.

Mandatory Code of Ethics Training for REALTORS®

REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within a two-year cycle. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®.

The current two-year cycle will end December 31, 2020. Local REALTOR® associations are required to provide access to ethics training programs that meet this requirement. This can be accomplished in conjunction with other associations or through some other method, such as home study, correspondence, classroom courses or online courses.

New members of local REALTOR® associations must complete similar training when they first join. A new member who has completed the New Member Code of Ethics Orientation shall not be required to complete additional ethics training until the next two-year cycle.

A REALTOR® who has completed the required ethics training within a four-year cycle in one association shall not be required to complete any further ethics training for that same training cycle if the REALTOR® becomes or is a member of another association. In addition, a member may take courses to satisfy this ethics training requirement through any association or outside training facility where the member can provide satisfactory documentation of completion.

Ultimately, it is the local association where the individual holds membership that will determine if the training taken meets the required learning objectives and criteria. Failure to complete the required ethics training shall be a violation of a membership duty for which membership is suspended and subsequently terminated.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Code of Ethics Training requirements and learning objectives for new members and existing members.