How To Obtain A Pennsylvania Brokers License

(For Pre-Licensing go HERE)


All real estate broker candidate qualifications MUST be submitted to the State Real Estate Commission for review and approval prior to examination. Candidates must possess, prior to the examination, the required education and experience and be authorized by the Commission to take the examination. Contact the Commission office in Harrisburg to secure an application for "Brokers Examination Authorization" (Form SPOA 2103). Candidates should not make an examination reservation until this review process is completed. The determination of eligibility is a lengthy process and candidates should allow several weeks for its completion.

The criteria outlined below must be met to qualify to take the broker examination. Candidates must:

Submit form SPOA 2103, all required documents and a $40.00 qualification review fee, payable by check or money order to the "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" and mail to:

Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission

P.O. Box 2649

Harrisburg, PA 17105–2649

Your paperwork will be reviewed by the Commission. If you are deemed eligible, the Commission will send you a Certification of Examination Eligibility Registration Form, including instructions for contacting PSI about scheduling/paying for the Broker Examination. The Commission will also fax a copy of this registration form to PSI at the same time it is sent to you. If you are not eligible, you will be so notified by the Commission


The education requirement for all applicants is 16 Credits or 240 hours of instruction. Please note that 1 credit is equivalent to 15 hours. The Commission will apply the following standards in determining whether an applicant has met the requirements.

All education must be obtained at:

An applicant who has obtained a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in real estate or a Juris Doctor degree will be deemed to have met the requirements.

All other applicants must obtain at least 2 credits/30 hours in the Commission–developed Real Estate Brokerage and Office Management course and at least 2 credits/30 hours in the Commission–developed Real Estate Law. At least 6 additional credits/90 hours shall be in 3 or more of the Commission–developed courses (also called prescribed courses) listed in this paragraph and the remaining 6 credits/90 hours in real estate courses, from the commission developed or elective category.

The Commission–developed (Prescribed) courses are:

NO credit will be allowed for courses used to qualify for the salesperson examination. A maximum of four (4) credits will be allowed for each course and/or area of real estate study.Two (2) credits will be allowed for each full year of active practice that the applicant has had as a licensed real estate broker in another jurisdiction. To obtain credits for active broker experience, submit a certificate of licensure from the real estate licensing authority of that jurisdiction, issued within the past thirty (30) days, ALONG WITH A NOTARIZED STATEMENT FROM THE APPLICANT INDICATING SPECIFIC DATES OF ACTIVE PRACTICE.

Broker course credits are good for 10 years. Therefore, applicants must pass the Broker's Exam within 10 years of completing the first course or the first course credit expires.

A total of 16 credits are required: at least 10 credits must be in the Prescribed Category. Real Estate Law and a Real Estate Office Management course are required.

Credits must be from 5 different areas of study

No more than 4 credits are allowed from any one area of study.


  1. An applicant must document a MINIMUM of three (3) years of real estate experience.
  2. An Applicant must acquire 200 points to qualify for the real estate broker licensing examination. Points will be acquired based upon the following system:
    1. Commercial/Industrial:
      • Sale: 5 points
      • Exclusive Listing that Sold: 5 points
      • Unsold Exclusive Listing: 1 point
      • Lease: 5 points
    2. Residential:
      • Sale: 5 points
      • Exclusive Listing that Sold: 5 points
      • Unsold Exclusive Listing: 1 point
      • Lease: 1 point
    3. Property Management Assistance: For each month of full–time employment in property management assistance, an applicant will be granted six (6) points. A month of full–time employment is defined as a month in which the applicant devoted his/her full time to performing in this capacity and which the applicant did not perform or earn points for any other real estate activity.
    4. An applicant who is not a licensed salesperson may be considered to have fulfilled the requirement if the applicant has three (3) years of experience that is the equivalent to three (3) years of experience as a licensed salesperson. This experience cannot be in activity that was performed in violation of the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act or the Commission's Rules and Regulations. Each applicant’s qualifications will be individually evaluated based upon his/her documented activities. Applicants who may qualify under this section may include, but not be limited to, attorneys, builder–developers, and government employees.
    5. An applicant who offers experience as an attorney in fulfillment of the requirement should have experience beyond such typical real estate–related legal services as preparing deeds, contracts and leases; performing title searches; representing principals at settlement; and conducting settlements. Relevant experience would include, but not be limited to, counseling in real estate issues or areas where the advice is not primarily legal in scope; selling, purchasing or managing real estate, whether for personal use or not; and actively participating in negotiations – other than for legal issues – regarding the sale, purchase or sale of real estate.
    6. An applicant who possesses a real estate broker's license in another jurisdiction that has been active for at least three (3) full years prior to submission of a properly completed license application is deemed to have fulfilled this experience requirement provided he/she has submitted a notarized statement indicating the specific dates of active practice and a certification of licensure from the real estate licensing authority of that jurisdiction which indicates active licensure of at least three (3) full years.

Registration & Scheduling

To register, candidates applying for licensure must submit the registration form and supporting documentation, as previously outlined, to PSI. You must mail to PSI Examination Services, 3210 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89121. The examination fee of $56 is to be sent to PSI with the registration form.

Upon approval of eligibility, you will be mailed a confirmation notice containing instructions for scheduling an appointment to take the examination. If you are denied eligibility, PSI will notify you via first class mail.

Once you have received your eligibility notice, you are responsible for contacting PSI to schedule your appointment to take the examination. You may schedule for an examination via the Internet 24 hours a day at Or, using a touch–tone phone, call PSI 24 hours a day at (800) 733–9267. To schedule with a PSI registrar, call Monday through Friday, between 8:00AM and 8:00PM Eastern Time. If space is available in the examination site of your choice, you may schedule an examination 1 day prior to the exmination date of your choice, up to 7:00PM ET.

Testing Centers

The examinations are administered at the centers listed below:

Allentown, PA – 1620 Pond Road, Suite 50, Allentown, PA 18104
Bristol, PA –1200 New Rodgers Road, Suite B4, Bristol, PA 19007
Clarks Summit, PA – 1125 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Harrisburg, PA – 2300 Vartan Way, 2nd Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17110
King of Prussia, PA – 601 South Henderson Road, Suite 205, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Philadelphia – One Bala Avenue, Suite 315, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Admission To Testing Centers

You should arrive at the test center thirty (30) minutes prior to your scheduled examination(s). If you fail to appear on time for your scheduled examinations(s), you may not be admitted to the examination site and you will forfeit your examination registration fee.

To be admitted you must provide two (2) forms of identification. One must be a VALID form of government issued identification such as a driver's license, state ID, passport, or military ID which bears your signature and has your photograph. The second ID must have your signature and preprinted legal name such as a credit card or social security card. All identification provided must match the name on the Examination Registration Form and your Registration Notice.

Only non–programmable calculators that are silent, battery–operated, do not have paper tape printing capabilities, and do not have a keyboard containing the alphabet will be allowed in the examination site. Cell phones, pagers, and children are not allowed in the examination site. No smoking, eating, or drinking will be allowed in the examination site.