Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the basic requirements to become a real estate sales associate in Florida?
A: To become a real estate sales associate in Florida, you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or its equivalent, and successfully complete a state-approved pre-licensing course.
Q: What is the process for obtaining a real estate sales associate license in Florida?
A: After completing the pre-licensing course, you must pass the Florida Real Estate Sales Associate Exam. During your pre-licensing course submit a license application, and fingerprints. Once your application is approved you will be eligible to take the Florida Real Estate Sales Associate Exam. After you pass your Florida Real Estate Sales Associate Exam, you can work under the supervision of a licensed broker.
Q: Can I take the pre-licensing course online?
A: Yes, Florida allows pre-licensing courses to be taken online. However, it's important to choose a course from a state-approved provider.
Q: What are the continuing education requirements for real estate sales associates in Florida?
A: Sales associates must complete 45 hours of post-licensing education within their first license renewal period. After the initial renewal, they are required to complete 14 hours of continuing education every two years.
Q: What are the qualifications to become a real estate broker in Florida?
A: To become a real estate broker in Florida, you must have an active real estate sales associate license for at least 24 months in the last five years, complete 72 hours of approved broker pre-licensing education, and pass the Florida Real Estate Broker Exam.
Q: Can I operate as an independent broker or must I work under a brokerage?
A: In Florida, brokers can choose to operate as independent brokers or work under a brokerage. However, all real estate transactions must be conducted under the umbrella of a licensed brokerage.
Q: Are there additional education requirements for real estate brokers in Florida?
A: Yes, in addition to the pre-licensing education, brokers must complete 60 hours of post-licensing education before their first license renewal. Continuing education requirements include 14 hours every two years.
Q: Can I apply for a real estate broker's license directly without first becoming a sales associate?
A: No, Florida requires individuals to hold an active real estate sales associate license for at least 24 months before applying for a broker's license.
Q: How often do I need to renew my real estate license in Florida?
A: Both sales associates and brokers must renew their licenses every two years.