The process of becoming a Connecticut real estate agent is simple if you plan it out ahead of time. Luckily, this state has much lighter requirements than others, but you’ll still need to put in some pre registration work. Specifically, you need to meet an education requirement, submit some paperwork, and pass an exam. After that, you’ll be ready to enter the Connecticut real estate market— working in a region where real estate agents can make over $75,000 a year.
I’ve researched all the requirements for becoming a Connecticut real estate agent. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know in order to successfully get your real estate salesperson license and start working immediately!
Meeting the Prerequisites
Before you can sit for the Connecticut real estate exam, there are a few things to take care of. The good news is that prerequisites are fairly light in Connecticut; most of what needs to be done is simple work that can be easily accomplished if you’re willing to put in the time.
Unlike other states, Connecticut doesn’t require you to have a college degree before applying for the real estate exam. Instead, they ask you to complete a 60 hour Real Estate Principles and Practices course. Doing so proves that you possess the minimum amount of knowledge required by the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Real Estate Commission. Courses can be taken as a live, in-person, or virtual-live classroom.
This 60 hour course covers a wide range of real estate topics. The CT Realtor website has a full list, but some of the major subjects include real estate law, home ownership, and real estate brokerage. Completing this course will demonstrate to the state that you have complete knowledge of the required real estate concepts.
CT Realtor doesn’t currently offer these courses, but they can be taken at a number of locations. If you’re interested, look into local community colleges, realtor boards, and real estate offices. In fact, you can use this tool to find courses near you.
It should be mentioned that this course is still worth your time even if you aren’t planning to become a real estate agent. That’s because it will ensure that you’re well informed about the practice of buying and selling your home.
Paperwork and Forms
There are 2 major documents that need to be turned in before you can schedule your real estate exam. Acquiring both of these is very simple and quick if you go through the right channels.
First you need to prove that you completed the 60 hour course. You should receive a course certificate shortly after finishing— that will be sufficient proof and must be submitted to the PSI Exams website. Doing so proves that you have the basic competency required to sit for the real estate licensing exam.
Next, you need to submit a notarized application to PSI declaring your intent to take the test. This serves as proof of your application when scheduling an exam date. Visit this page to see more detailed information on what’s required and to find the registration form.
Schedule the Exam
Now that you’ve completed all of your pre registration tasks, it’s time to schedule your real estate license exam. Unlike other states, you can’t pick an exam date before turning in all your paperwork. Make sure you do that as quickly as possible so you can pick a date that works best for you.
You’ll be sent an Exam Eligibility Postcard after you’ve been approved to take the test, with detailed instructions on how to schedule your examination.
Check the PSI Exam website for more detailed information on how to schedule your Connecticut real estate license exam.
“The good news is that prerequisites are fairly light in Connecticut; most of what needs to be done is simple work that can be easily accomplished if you’re willing to put in the time.”
Connecticut Real Estate Exam
The Connecticut real estate exam is split up into 2 parts that are taken on different dates. You need to pass both of them, and your results are valid for 1 year after completion. It costs $65 to register for each part of the test.
- Part 1 of the exam is general real estate knowledge. It consists of 80 questions and is broken down into 11 different subjects. Each subject is one major aspect of real estate principles and practices. You’ll have 120 minutes to complete the test. Since the exam is computerized, you’ll also have a 15 minute tutorial to familiarize yourself with the format.
- Part 2 of the test covers state specific real estate knowledge. It only consists of 30 questions and you have 45 minutes to finish answering. You also only have to study 4 major content areas focusing on Connecticut specific real estate laws.
- You’ll also be asked to answer 5-10 experimental questions. They aren’t scored and aren’t counted against your exam time. Instead, these are used to gauge how the test should be changed in the future.
You must score at least 70% on both exams to pass the Connecticut real estate exam. You have 1 year to register as a real estate agent before your scores expire— so make sure you do that as soon as possible!
After the Exam
Now that you’re a real estate agent, you only need to worry about continuing education. According to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Education you have 2 choices for continuing education. The first is to complete 12 hours of CE classes from an accredited school. This consists of two different 3 hour courses covering real estate law and preventing racial bias. After that, you just need to complete 6 hours of real estate elective courses, which proves that your knowledge is up to date and you’re capable of working in a modern environment.
Alternatively, you can choose to sit for a 40 question Connecticut real estate CE exam. This is also issued by PSI exams, so it will cover similar topics to the licensing exam. Some people prefer this method since they find it faster, but others enjoy the low stress classroom environment. It’s ultimately up to you to decide which course better suits your schedule.
These requirements apply to both real estate salespeople and brokers. Good luck on your exams!