How to get a Georgia Real Estate License

Want to become a real estate agent in Georgia? You’re in the right place. This page contains all of the information you need about the licensing process, as well as the top-rated online and in-person real estate schools, as rated by AgentAdvice.com users.

Real Estate Express

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T.S.

The layout content and questions were very good. It pretty much covered the whole class, and it was closely similar to the actual exams. If it weren't for the test prep, I think it would've been very difficult having to refer back to the whole curriculum to study for the exams.

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Bailey

It was convenient while going to school and working a real estate side job. With the schedule I had, I could not go to an in-person class with working and going to college. You do need to pay attention to the state material because the state portion seems to be a lot harder than the national exam. It was a great class, and I would recommend to people who have a busy schedule as I did.

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AceableAgent Customer

For the most part, I did feel prepared for the state exam. It does need a little bit of improvement, only because there was some information in the exams that were not covered in the courses. I did pass on my first attempts, so there is only a little improvement needed.

The CE Shop

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CK

I thought the test prep was really good. I felt like it portrayed the actual exams as best as they could without violating the state restrictions. I had failed my first time thinking I was prepared, but for the second time, I was able to see the questions I got wrong and study those sections. I did pass my second time around, thanks to the test prep. I highly recommend it.

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I thought the test prep was very helpful. It basically was a summary of the longer course, so it made it a lot easier to study than having to go back and look for certain parts. It was very well structured.

Kaplan Real Estate Education

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Could stand for improvement

Kaitie

I opted for Kaplan’s online real estate education. I want to start by saying I loved Rolfe Kurtyka in the online lectures--I found him to be invaluable and a great educator. However, I experienced bad communication from the more local course contacts right off the bat, that got me off to an unfortunate start--I read 1.5 textbooks I shouldn't have before being guided to the right one to start with, due to a misspelling of my email address and confusing syllabus instructions. The videos and questions asked thereafter do not always match up. The course outlines you are asked to fill out and chapters also do not match up, which is counterintuitive to the learning process and frustrating. Workbook reference figures sometimes don't exist. Random question boxes popped up in the courses unannounced that don't apply. The final exams I took have variations of questions that I had not seen before, which I feel shouldn’t have been the case--they should have come up in some variation in quizzes before. As someone else mentioned, 5%(-8%) of the “correct” quiz and test answers are actually incorrect. One example: "The timeline is July 1 through September 30--with THIRTY days in each month [...]." In another example, Net Loan Proceeds are a debit to the broker, but in a T/F question in a Unit Review Test, the "correct" answer is that it's a credit to the broker. It makes you wonder to what degree you’re learning things as wrong or right. You're also only given a limited amount of chances to pass practice final tests OR there is a limited amount of questions in the bank-- this could stand for improvement to really increase our chances on the big exam day. If I hadn't been collecting previous test questions diligently on the side, I might not have been as poised for later success. Also, I believe if I had not taken free real estate exams found online after completing my Kaplan coursework, I wouldn’t have been properly prepared—especially as relates to the National Portion math I was met with on exam day. Overall, I wish I had researched courses to see which were better rated, because $1,115 is a big commitment of funds. I am not satisfied with my investment, though I did pass my licensing exam with 134/154 correct the first time (which I suppose is the point after all). This is by a big effort of my own, however. I would encourage others to shop around before investing in Kaplan for this course. They are great for other subject matter, I have heard. This course could stand for improvement, in my opinion—some updating, as others have said. I would advise others to be wary.

Georgia MLS Training Institute

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Sonya

My instructor was awesome. I don't know about other instructors, but mine was great. I had zero real problems. To do well at Georgia MLS Training Institute, you just have to participate and take good notes.

McKissock Learning

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Lindsey Haas

I signed up for the appraisal school in Jan 2020. I was starting to do the school but then COVID hit and I went from working to being a teacher and a stay at home working mom. Times have been tough. Then the market went crazy and homes sales went through the roof. So, we grabbed on to coat tails not sure where things would be in the coming months or year and tried to close all that we could over the summer to bank what we could. In the meantime the school had to go on the back burner. Now we are having to possibly school our kids again and so I called to ask for an extension. They want to charge me $50 for a 30 day extension. I had asked for 6 more months to complete this. Why on earth could they not allow me more time considering all that has changed in our worlds. I asked for some grace and they denied me. So, I had them cancel the entire program and I will not be going back here for anything in the future. You only have 10 days to get a refund and you have 6 months to complete it so BUYER BEWARE if you are a working mom and things in your world get turned upside down they will not work with you.

Metro Brokers Academy

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Brian Champion

Took my class at the Paulding Campus. Ms. Mungin is THE BEST! Passed my class final first try and same with my state exam. Great experience!

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The Compucram questions are majorly helpful. Some of the questions are word for word what you see on the exam...

Georgia Real Estate School FAQs

Of course! As long as the online courses you take are approved by the Georgia Real Estate Commission (and all of the ones listed on this page are), you can take the full 75-hour course online. More and more people opt for this type of studying as it’s more time-efficient, which allows students to study at their pace and organize their time more efficiently.

To be able to obtain a Salesperson’s License in Georgia, you need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. You have graduated from high school or obtained the equivalent of a high school degree (GED).
  3. Passed a criminal background check.
  4. Successfully completed the 75-hour Salesperson Pre-license course.
  5. Successfully passed both the State and National portions of the Salesperson Real Estate Exam.
  6. Have submitted the licensing application provided by the Georgia Real Estate Commission

To be able to obtain a Broker’s License in Georgia, you need to meet the following criteria: 

  1. Be at least 21 years old.
  2. You’ve graduated from high school or obtained the equivalent of a high school degree (GED).
  3. Have been licensed as a Salesperson with an active status for a minimum of 3 of the previous five years.
  4. Passed a criminal background check. 
  5. Successfully completed the 60-hour Broker Pre-license course.
  6. Successfully passed both the State and National portions of the AMP Broker Real Estate Exam.
  7. Have submitted the licensing application provided by the Georgia Real Estate Commission 

To become eligible to take the real estate licensing exam in Georgia, first, you must complete a 75-hour pre-licensing course. Once you’ve done that, you will need to complete a background check before being allowed to take the real estate licensing exam. The exam is taken at the PSI centers, the official state testing and licensing vendor. 

After passing the exam, you can then apply for a salesperson license. After you’ve completed all these steps and got your salesperson license, you will need a supporting broker to have an active license. If you don’t, you can always apply for an inactive one and renew it once you’ve found a supporting broker.

How much time it will take you to acquire a real estate license in Georgia depends on yourself only. The sooner you pass the Pre-Licensing coursework, do the background check, and pass the licensing examination, the faster the process will end. Usually, the pre-licensing course takes around 2 to 6 weeks to complete, while scheduling and passing the exam can take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks. So, all in all, the entire process from starting the course to obtaining your license can take from 3 weeks to 9 weeks to complete.

There are several costs and fees you will come across when getting your Georgia real estate salesperson license. The licensing examination fee itself is $115.00, and the license fee is $170.00 if you apply at the testing center upon passing the exam. Payment can be made by credit card, cashier’s check, or money order made payable to the Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC).
There are also some other variable costs, which include tuition and fees for completing your pre-licensing education, costs to obtain your background check, and other miscellaneous costs that may arise when completing the needed requirements.

If you’re applying for a Community Association Manager or a Salesperson license, then you need no experience to be eligible for a license. However, to obtain an Associate Broker or Broker License, you must’ve been licensed with an active status for a minimum of 3 years of the last five years.

The real estate licensing exam in Georgia is somewhat challenging, with only about 60% of students passing it. Even the best real estate agents in Georgia have struggled with passing the exam on their first try as it requires dedication, time, and purposeful studying. However, it’s not impossible to pass the test on your first try. Many students have done it, so if you prepare well, passing the licensing exam should be a breeze.

The licensing test itself has a set of 152 multiple-choice questions, divided into two portions:

  1. The National Real Estate portion with 100 questions divided into 11 major topics relevant to the real estate industry: Property ownership, Land use controls and regulations, Valuation and Market analysis, Financing, General Principles of Agency, Property Disclosures, Contracts, Leasing and property management, Transfer of Title, Practice of real estate, and Real estate calculations.
  2. The Georgia Salesperson Supplement portion, also known as the State portion, has 52 questions related to the specific real estate regulations in Georgia. Question topics span three major areas: State laws and rules, Real estate practice in Georgia, and Finance and Closing.

All questions on the exam are specifically designed to test your understanding and knowledge in two areas: general knowledge about real estate and the ability to apply fundamental principles of real estate laws to solve new or existing problems.

To be eligible to apply for the Georgia real estate exam, first, you have to complete a 75-hour Georgia pre-licensing course, which you have the option of taking online. After finishing this course, you can apply to take the test. The exam itself can be taken at one of the pre-designated PSI centers in Duluth, Marietta, Savannah, and Macon.

Even if you don’t have a sponsoring broker in Georgia, you can still take the licensing exam. The sponsoring broker in Georgia is only needed after acquiring the license, but even if you don’t have one after passing the exam, you can apply for an inactive license.

Licensed individuals working under a sponsored broker have an active license, which means they can engage in real estate brokerage activities, while an inactive real estate license implies the opposite. The person doesn’t have a sponsoring broker, and because of that is not eligible to engage in any type of real estate brokerage activities.

Thankfully, because all testing is complete on a computer, you receive the results immediately after finishing the exam.

Once you’ve passed the real estate exam, you’ll receive a Certification of Accuracy Statement, which is needed to apply for a real estate license.
When you apply for a license, they will give you the option to choose between an active and an inactive license. If you apply for an inactive license, the center will notify you when they’ve prepared your license so you can pick it up, while applying for an active license will require you to submit the additional supporting documents the center will need.
You have up to 1 year after passing the exam to apply for and pick up your real estate license. If this period expires without you picking up your license, you will have to retake the exam once again.

If you don’t get a passing score, your score report will indicate your results along with the number of correct answers in each content area, along with the reapplication instructions. If you want to retake this examination, you will need to schedule another appointment through PSI’s Candidate Services.
If you fail the real estate license exam in Georgia 3 times in 1 year, you need to take additional education. For every failed portion, you need to take an extra 30 hours of education and email GREC the completion certificates. After GREC processes and verify these certificates, they will schedule another exam for you.

Individuals can receive licenses in the following categories:

  • Salesperson – A salesperson that performs real estate brokerage acts that require a real estate license in Georgia and is affiliated with a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a corporation, or an LLC that is licensed as a broker.
  • Associate Broker – A salesperson that performs real estate brokerage acts that require a real estate license in Georgia and is affiliated with a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a corporation, or an LLC that is licensed as a broker.
  • Broker – Individuals and firms that perform real estate brokerage acts that require a real estate license in Georgia and are affiliated with a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a corporation, or an LLC that is licensed as a broker.
  • Community Association Manager – Community associations are organizations as condominium associations and homeowner associations affiliated with a sole proprietorship, a corporation, a partnership, or a limited liability company that is also licensed as a broker.

To check more information about when and how you can get your real estate license in Georgia, along with information about the fees, requirements, and timetables, you can check the official website of the Georgia Real Estate Commission.

The easiest way to find a supporting broker in Georgia (and any place in general) is to Google brokers in your area and contact them directly. Tell them a bit about yourself and your aspirations, and offer them your services. A few of the brokers you contact will surely call you back to schedule an interview, so the rest is up to you. Impress them and make sure to agree on a deal that will benefit your career and financial goals.

If you currently hold a valid real estate license which is not lapsed or expired, you may be eligible to receive a license by reciprocity. In these cases, you may not have to undergo additional testing.
The only exceptions to this rule are licensed-holders from Florida. Those that have passed the licensing exam in Florida must take the Georgia Supplement Exam, which is essentially the state portion of the exam.

All licensed real estate brokers in Georgia are required to complete 36 hours of continuing education courses every four years. The courses of continuing education have to be approved by the Commission and must include a minimum of 3 hours License Law courses.