Rhode Island Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the Rhode Island education needs for real estate licensing and renewal.

Licensing Board/Commission: State of Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation – Real Estate

Rhode Island Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • Rhode Island real estate salesperson license: 45 hours of pre-license education (which must include the 3-hour New Agency Law course)
  • Rhode Island real estate broker license: 90 hours of pre-license education (in addition to the 45 hours required for salespersons)

Many students take advantage of exam prep tailored for their state, to give them a higher chance of passing.

Rhode Island State Reciprocity:

Real estate commissions and boards across the country are adopting policies for a real estate agent in one state to more easily become licensed in another state.

Rhode Island has reciprocity agreements for either a salesperson or broker license with Connecticut and Massachusetts. Applicants from these states must submit:

  • a completed real estate application
  • a criminal history record from the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General’s office, as well as one from the applicant’s home state law enforcement agency
  • a taxpayer status affidavit or identity verification
  • a certificate of completion of a 3-hour course in lead poisoning/lead hazard mitigation
  • a certificate of errors and omissions insurance
  • a certificate of licensure or letter of good standing from the applicant’s home state’s licensing authority
  • an irrevocable power of attorney form for service of process

For more information on reciprocity, view our complete guide.

Rhode Island Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:

  • Real estate professionals in Rhode Island must renew their real estate licenses by April 30 of even-numbered years
  • Licensees must complete 24 hours of real estate CE
  • This must include 6 hours covering core courses. There are nine core course subject areas to choose from: law of agency, law of contracts, Rhode Island landlord-tenant law, fair housing, lead hazard mitigation or environmental issues pertaining to real property, Rhode Island license law, financing the purchase of real estate and ethics.