Tennessee Real Estate License Requirements
How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Tennessee
To become a real estate agent in Tennessee, you’ll need to be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Complete the Required 90 Hours of Pre-Licensing Education
- Pass the Final Exams for Your Courses
- Pass the Tennessee Affiliate Broker Licensing Exam
- Take an Application Photo
- Get Your Fingerprints Taken
- Get an Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy
- Complete and Submit Your Affiliate Broker License Application
- Choose a Sponsoring Broker
How to Get a Real Estate License in Tennessee
The Tennessee Real Estate Commission (TREC) requires all prospective agents to complete the following steps to become a licensed real estate agent. Tennessee’s entry-level real estate license is called an Affiliate Broker License. Follow the steps below to get started with your real estate career.
1. Complete the Required 90 Hours of Pre-Licensing Education
Prospective real estate agents must complete 90 hours of Pre-Licensing education from a real estate school approved by the Tennessee Real Estate Commission.
The required education consists of two courses: a 60-hour Basic Principles of Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course and a 30-hour Tennessee Course for New Affiliates.
We offer everything you need to complete your Tennessee Affiliate Broker Pre-Licensing education requirements! For more information on course packages and pricing, visit our Tennessee Pre-Licensing webpage.
2. Pass the Final Exams for Your Course
Once you’ve completed each Pre-Licensing course, you must pass the course final exams. You must receive a score of at least 70% to pass, but each exam can be taken as many times as necessary.
Once you’ve completed your Pre-Licensing courses and passed the course final exams, your education provider will notify the company that administers the Tennesse Affiliate Broker Licensing Exam that you’re eligible to sit for the exam.
3. Pass the Tennesse Affiliate Broker Licensing Exam
Next, you’ll need to pass the state licensing exam, which is administered by PSI. The exam consists of an 80-question National portion and a 40-question State portion. You must receive a score of at least 70% to pass. For more information about the exam and how to register to take the exam, read PSI’s state Candidate Information Bulletin.
Do you need help passing your Tennessee real estate licensing exam? You can take a comprehensive Exam Prep course to help you feel confident on the day of your licensing.
4. Take an Application Photo
Once you’ve successfully completed the exam, you will get your photo taken at the testing center. You will need to include the photo with your license application.
5. Get Your Fingerprints Taken
You will also need to get your fingerprints taken for the purpose of a background check. For more information on the process of getting fingerprinted, read the Tennessee Real Estate Commission’s guide.
6. Get an Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy
To become a licensed Affiliate Broker in Tennessee, you also must obtain an errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policy. Proof of the insurance policy must be included with your license application.
7. Complete and Submit Your Affiliate Broker License Application
Once you’ve completed all the requirements, it’s time to apply for your Tennessee Affiliate Broker license! To apply online, visit CORE.TN.gov.
8. Select a Sponsoring Broker
To begin working as a real estate agent in Tennessee, you must be sponsored by an active Tennessee real estate Broker.
Choosing the right Broker to work with is a key factor to becoming a successful Tennessee real estate agent, so it’s important to find a good fit.
When searching for a sponsoring Broker, here are some questions to consider:
- Do they have a good reputation, locally and nationally?
- Are they looking for a specific type of real estate agent?
- What kind of education and training do they offer?
- What does their fee and commission structure look like?
- What kind of benefits do they offer?
To get an Affiliate Broker License in Tennessee, you must complete 90 hours of Pre-Licensing education.
For additional information about real estate licensure in Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Real Estate Commission’s website.
To learn more about the Tennessee Affiliate Broker Licensing Exam, read PSI’s state Candidate Information Bulletin.
Common Questions About Getting Your Tennessee Real Estate License
1. How much does it cost to get your real estate license in Tennessee?
The cost of getting a real estate license in Tennessee can vary considerably, but you can typically expect to pay between $564 and $824. There could be additional costs, including the cost of an errors and insurance policy.
|Average Course Tuition||$399-$659|
|Fingerprinting Fee||About $35|
2. How long does it take to get a real estate license in Tennessee?
|Student Learning Pace||Time Period|
|Full-Time Student (40 hours a week)||2¼ weeks|
|20 Hours a Week||4½ weeks|
|10 Hours a Week||9 weeks|
|5 Hours a Week||18 weeks|
3. If I get a real estate license in Tennessee, where else can I work?
If you hold a real estate license in another state and want to get your Affiliate Broker License in Tennessee, you might be able to have your real estate education requirements and the National portion of the exam waived. There are also helpful guides that will help agents learn more about reciprocity rules.
4. How much money can I make as a Tennessee real estate agent?
According to Indeed.com, the average salary for a Tennessee real estate agent is $89,366.
Tennessee Real Estate Post-Licensing Requirements
Tennessee requires new real estate Affiliate Brokers to complete 120 hours of Post-Licensing education within their first three years of licensure.
Tennessee Real Estate Continuing Education Requirements
Tennessee requires that real estate Affiliate Brokers take 16 hours of Continuing Education every two years to renew their license.