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Wisconsin Real Estate License Requirements

How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Wisconsin

Quick Overview:

You’ll need to be at least 18 years of age. Then you must:

  1. Complete 72-hours of approved Pre-Licensing education.
  2. Pass the course’s final exam (s).
  3. Pass the Wisconsin real estate exam.
  4. Find a sponsoring broker.
  5. Submit your application.


How to Get a Real Estate License in Wisconsin

The State of Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services requires all potential agents to complete the following steps in order to become a licensed real estate agent in the Badger State. Follow the steps below to get started with your real estate career.

1. Complete the Approved 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Pre-Licensing Education

Successfully complete the required 72-hour Pre-Licensing course. There are several different Wisconsin real estate colleges, many offer online classes as well as learning in-person coursework. Some Wisconsin real estate schools have an option for a free trial that can help determine if Wisconsin real estate courses are right for you.

2. Pass Your Wisconsin Pre-License Course’s Final Exam(s)

After completing all the training/course materials and passing the practice exam, there is a course final exam. Students must score a 75% or better to pass.

3. Pass the Wisconsin State Real Estate Exam

Students must schedule their exam through Pearson VUE, which administers the Wisconsin Real Estate Exam at one of several local testing centers. The exam, which costs $65 to take, consists of two portions: a state-specific portion and a national portion.

Test takers are given 240 minutes to complete the exam and must score a 75% or greater to pass. For more details and information, see the PSI candidate exam information here.

Figuring out how to become a real estate agent in Wisconsin can be difficult on its own. If you need help passing the Wisconsin real estate licensing exam, there are several options. Many comprehensive Exam Prep tools are tailored specifically to Wisconsin and can give you a much greater chance to pass the exam on the first try.

4. Find a Sponsoring Broker

All real estate agents work on behalf of a brokerage. In Wisconsin, you must be sponsored by an active Wisconsin real estate Broker before completing your license application. Choosing the right Broker to work with is a key factor to becoming a successful Wisconsin 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?

5. Complete the Application

After passing the Wisconsin State Exam, you will need to submit your application to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. There will also be a $60 license application fee.

Quick Facts:

Common Questions About Getting Your Wisconsin Real Estate License.

1. How much does it cost to get your real estate license in Wisconsin?

The cost of an agent license in Wisconsin can vary considerably depending on the price of your Wisconsin real estate classes and different types of fees for your licensing, etc. An individual can typically expect to pay $524 – $784 amount to get an active Wisconsin real estate license.

Use a table like the example below (fill in your states information):

Average Course Tuition $399 – $659
Exam Fee $65
Application Fee $60
Total $524 – $784

2. How long does it take to get a real estate license in Wisconsin?

The specific amount of time to complete your 72-hours of licensing can vary depending on how long between each task the student takes and of course how long they take to complete their pre-licensing courses. Different credit hours and requirements of each brokerage will affect each sales associate differently.

Student Learning Pace Time Period
Full-Time Student (40 hours a week) 2 weeks
20 Hours a Week 4 weeks
10 Hours a Week 8 weeks
5 Hours a Week 15 weeks

3. If I get a real estate license in Wisconsin, where else can I work?

The state of Wisconsin has formal reciprocity agreements with Illinois and Indiana. Additionally, if you get a real estate license in Wisconsin, you are automatically eligible to work in states that offer full reciprocity. States that offer full reciprocity will recognize your license, meaning you can work in their state after fulfilling significantly less requirements. Typically, this means passing the state-specific real estate exam or taking a state-specific course. States with full reciprocity include:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Virginia
  • Washington 

The above list is not comprehensive. Please refer to
this guide for more information on reciprocity.

4. How much money can I make as a Wisconsin Real Estate Agent?

According to, the average salary for a Wisconsin Real estate agent is $100,715.

Wisconsin Real Estate Continuing Education Requirements

All licensed agents are required to maintain their knowledge of the profession. For real estate agents, this requirement is eighteen (18) hours of approved continuing education courses that must be completed by December 15th on even numbered years.