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5 Simple steps to Get Your North Carolina Broker License

Meet the Broker license NC requirements, complete the following steps

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    Complete 75 hours of approved pre-licensing education

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    Pass the course final exam

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    Complete the real estate exam application

  • 4


    Pass the north carolina real estate examination.

  • 5


    Choose a sponsoring broker.

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Complete 75 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education

To start, you must successfully complete 75 clock hours of approved Pre-Licensing courses. In North Carolina, you can now complete your Pre-Licensing education online. You no longer have to go to a physical classroom.

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Pass the course final exam

After you complete all the course materials, you’ll need to pass the final exam issued by your Pre-Licensing real estate school. North Carolina requires this exam to be proctored, and you can find out more about the online proctoring process here.

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Complete the real estate exam application

Pre-Licensing students must submit an application to the Commission before attempting to schedule the license exam. On The North Carolina Real Estate Commissions website, you can apply for your North Carolina Broker License. You’ll need to create a log-in profile with the commission to submit your application. At the same time, you’ll need to complete a criminal background check. You can submit your background check online via the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.

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Pass the North Carolina real estate examination.

Once your application is approved, you will receive a Notice of Exam Eligibility by email. Upon receiving this email, you will have 180 days to take the exam. You’ll need to travel to a PSI testing facility to take this test. To find the location nearest you and schedule an exam, you can visit the PSI website. This exam takes 3.5 hours and consists of 120 questions with both state and national portions. You’ll need to get 29 out of 40 state exam questions correct and 57 out of 80 national exam questions correct. North Carolina provides the option of taking the licensing exam remotely instead of at a physical testing center location. PSI will have in-person on site testing available for those students who wish to take the exam in-person instead of online. An exam can be scheduled at this link. PSI has a dedicated number for candidates with scheduling/issues on their exam - (855) 579-4638. Do you need help passing your North Carolina real estate exam? The Fortune Academy also offers comprehensive Exam Prep tailored to North Carolina. If you have any additional questions, visit our North Carolina real estate exam frequently asked questions page.

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Choose a sponsoring broker.

To be licensed on active status, you must be employed or associated with a current and active North Carolina real estate brokerage firm or sole proprietor. Picking the right broker to work with is a key factor towards success as you build your new career. Here are some questions to consider when looking for a sponsoring broker: What kind of real estate agents are they looking for? What is their reputation, both locally and nationally? Are they technologically advanced and up to date with the latest systems? How do they support their agents with education and training? What kind of commission structure do they offer? Do they offer benefits? Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material? Is there room to grow with the brokerage?

75-Hr. North Carolina Broker Real Estate License Packages

Here’s a glimpse of what you get with our North Carolina Broker Real Estate License Packages

Two NCREC Approved Courses

North Carolina requires one course to get your real estate license: a 75-Hour Broker Pre-Licensing Course.

Multiple Training Delivery Methods

We understand the need for convenience, ease and flexibility. You can choose from any of the delivery method; In-person Classes, Virtual Classroom, Online Self-paced, and Online Interactive to fit your learning style.

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Our instructor-led classes provide complete support and equip you with the right information for your license acquisition.

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Take quizzes, get assignments, and learn from tenured real estate experts all from the comfort of your home in an interactive class experience.

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Online self-paced is a pre-recorded format with videos of the class which you can watch at your own ease and pace and if you have questions, you got 24/7 support through emails.

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NORTH CAROLINA BROKER Pre-Licensing Course Packages

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To get a North Carolina Broker license, you must complete the following steps as required by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission: Complete 75 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education Pass the course final exam Apply for your Provisional Broker license Pass the North Carolina real estate examination Find a sponsoring broker-in-charge

The most time-consuming factor in getting your North Carolina real estate broker license is completing the Pre-Licensing education requirement of 75 instruction hours. Once you finish your education portion, you’ll find that scheduling your state exam, completing the background check, and finding a sponsoring broker can be completed on your own timeline. Individuals motivated to get their real estate license have been known to complete the entire process within a couple of months.

A Provisional Broker is an entry-level broker that all real estate agents start as in North Carolina. Provisional Brokers can work as an agent and sell homes, but they must work under a Broker-In-Charge who oversees all transactions. The Broker-In-Charge helps train and grow the Provisional Broker as they gain experience in the industry. To remove provisional status, a Provisional Broker must complete the 90-hour Post-Licensing education program.

Once you become a Provisional Broker, you’ll need to begin working on Post-Licensing requirements to remove the provisional status from your license and title. Brokers have less oversight and regulatory requirements than a Provisional Broker. To complete your Post-Licensing requirements, you must enroll in three separate 30-hour courses for a total of 90 classroom hours within the first three years of being licensed. Upon completion, students can apply for official Broker licensure.

While there is no rule excluding persons with a criminal record from receiving their real estate license, the state does have the right to deny someone due to a criminal history. During the North Carolina Broker application process, applicants must complete a criminal background check. The North Carolina Real Estate Commission will consider the nature of the crimes prior to approving an application.

To renew and maintain your North Carolina Broker License, you’ll need to complete 8 hours of Continuing Education every 12 months. You can complete these online, then submit the hours to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. See the North Carolina Real Estate Commission website for more detailed information.

No. Residency is not required to become a North Carolina Broker.

North Carolina does have reciprocity agreements with multiple states. It is recommended that you contact the North Carolina Real Estate Commission by phone for the most up to date information.

Whether one finds the state exam hard varies from person to person. Regardless of your confidence going into the test, the best way to prepare is to enroll in Exam Prep Edge. This course offers affordable instruction and practice tests tailored to what's on the actual North Carolina Broker exam.

To become licensed in North Carolina, you can complete your 75 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education online. North Carolina students no longer have to go to a physical classroom.

In order to attain a North Carolina real estate license, all applicants must complete 75 hours of Pre-Licensing education. The Fortune Academy offers updated and interactive courses that can be completed in as little as two weeks. Enroll in North Carolina Pre-Licensing Courses today.

The average salary for North Carolina real estate professionals varies based on experience and location. According to, the average real estate broker salary in North Carolina is between $30-80k.

The North Carolina real estate broker exam is administered at various PSI testing centers. You'll have 150 minutes to complete the National portion of the exam and 90 minutes to complete the State portion of the exam. Schedule your North Carolina broker real estate exam at a PSI testing center.

In order to be eligible for a North Carolina real estate license, you must be at least 18 years old.

You do not need to have a high school diploma or its equivalent to attain a North Carolina real estate license. No post-secondary formal education is required either.

North Carolina does not have a formal reciprocity arrangement with any other states. However, out-of-state agents can speed up the North Carolina licensing process by getting the education portion waived. The prospective agent's place of residence does not impact their ability to become licensed in North Carolina. All reciprocity applicants will at least have to pass the North Carolina portion of the state licensing exam. By contacting the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, interested parties can apply and ask personalized reciprocity questions. For more information about how reciprocity works and which states offer it nationwide, visit our Guide to Reciprocity and Portability.