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Texas Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the Texas education requirements for real estate licensing and renewal.

Licensing Board/Commission: Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC)

 

Texas Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • Texas real estate salesperson license: 180 hours in qualifying mandatory education.
  • Texas real estate broker license: 900 hours (This includes 270 hours in qualifying mandatory plus 630 hours of related qualifying or elective CE. Or an applicant who has earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university will be deemed to have satisfied the related qualifying education requirements for a broker license. A copy of the college transcript awarding the degree must be submitted as evidence of completion of the degree.) 
  • Final exams: Texas Real Estate Commission requires that your final course exam be proctored for qualifying education.

Texas 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.

Texas, however, does not have reciprocal agreements with any other state.

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

  • Real estate professionals in Texas must renew their real estate licenses every two years in the month their licenses were received
  • Sales Apprentice Education (SAE): Licensees renewing for the first time must have a total of 270 qualifying real estate course hours along with 4 hours in Legal Update I and 4 hours in Legal Update II. The 6-hour Broker Responsibility Course is also required as part of the SAE hours for sales agents who have been made supervisory by their broker for three months or more.
  • Licensees must complete 18 hours of real estate CE classes in each two-year cycle
  • This includes taking the 4-hour Legal Update I course on laws, rules and forms and the 4-hour Legal Update II course on agency, ethics and hot topics
  • The 6-hour Broker Responsibility Course is also required as part of the 18 hours for brokers who have sponsored one or more sales agents, served as the designated broker for a business entity broker that sponsored sales agents, or have been made a supervisor of other license holders. 
  • Final Exams: Texas Real Estate Commission requires that your final exam for continuing education offered through distance education be proctored.

Texas Appraiser License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board. The information provided below can be found on the Board’s website. However, we recommend you contact the Board for more detailed information and for any changes which may have occurred.

Texas Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • Appraiser Trainee 
  • Licensed Residential Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Appraiser
  • Certified General Appraise

Texas Appraiser Licensure Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
  • Must meet TALCB’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
  • Must meet the educational requirement for the applying level of licensure which may include college education requirements. Please visit TALCB website for additional information.
  • Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • Satisfactory completion of the state examination (Appraiser Trainees are not required to take the state exam.)
  • Submit application, required documents, and associated fees

Texas Appraisal Education Requirements:

  • 79 hours for the Appraiser Trainee which consist of the following courses: Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours),15 Hour National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours); and Appraiser Trainee/Supervisory Appraiser Course (4 hours)
  • 150 hours for the Licensed Residential Appraiser which include the same hour requirement as the Appraiser Trainee level AND:  Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours), Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 Hours), Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approach (30 hours)
  • 200 Hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser which consist of the same 150 hours of Licensed Residential Appraiser education AND: Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours), Advanced Residential Application and Case Studies (15 hours), Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours)
  • 300 hours for the Certified General Appraiser which includes the same 200 hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser education AND: Income Property Appraisal (60 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)

Experience Requirements:

  • Appraiser Trainee – No experience required
  • Licensed Residential Appraiser – 1000 hours in no less than 6 months 
  • Certified Residential Appraiser – 1500 hours in no less than 12 months
  • Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in no less than 18 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals  

Texas Appraiser Continuing Education Requirements:

  • All appraiser licenses expire two years from the date of issuance
  • All appraisers are required to complete 28 hours of continuing education during the two year cycle 
  • 7 hours must cover the USPAP Update course or its equivalent 
  • TX Rule: Course work repeated within a three-year period will NOT receive course credit, with the exception of the USPAP Update, which must be taken every 2 years.  

Texas Professional Real Estate Inspector Requirements

Learn about the home inspector courses and qualifications needed for license and renewal in Texas. 

Requirements to Become a Texas Professional Real Estate Inspector:

The Texas Real Estate Commission establishes the Texas Inspector Licensing Requirements.

Texas’s issues three levels of home inspector licenses:  Apprentice Inspector, Real Estate Inspector, and Professional Real Estate Inspector.  AHIT provides approved training for this seeking to become Professional Real Estate Inspectors.   

Application Requirements:

  • Citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Satisfy the Commission’s requirements for honesty, integrity and trustworthiness
  • Insurance: Liability insurance with a minimum of $100,000 per occurrence and an aggregate annual total of a minimum of $100,000
  • Application fee:$120 plus $10 after passing the exam (other fees may apply)
  • Exam: NHIE plus Texas specific exam
  • Fingerprinting and background check is required

Education Requirements:

  • Education Requirements: 354 hours (330 hours of online plus 24 hours of classroom)
  • Inspections: 40 hours of field training

Home Inspection License Expiration: Every two years from date of issuance

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: 

  • 16 hours annually
    • Inspectors will not receive CE credit for more than 16 hours in one topic in a renewal term
  • 32 total hours per renewal cycle 
    • Must include a 4 hour Standards of Practice Review course and a 4 hour Inspector Legal & Ethics course

Texas Real Estate Commission requires that each final exam be proctored for qualifying and non-elective continuing education.

 

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