California Salesperson Pre-Licensing

How to Become an California Real Estate Agent

5 Steps Toward Getting Your California Salesperson License

Getting licensed for your new career might seem a bit daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process. Read on to learn the six steps you’ll need to take before starting your career in California real estate.




Successfully complete 135 hours (3 courses) of approved Pre-Licensing education.

Successfully complete 135 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education. Comprising three 45-hour courses, The CE Shop is an approved California real estate education provider.

  1. CA 45-Hour Real Estate Principles
  2. CA 45-Hour Real Estate Practice
  3. CA 45-Hour Real Estate Finance
Specifically designed for real estate professionals, The CE Shop’s LEAP platform combines the best of the classroom with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Our exciting and interactive courses are taught using real-world scenarios and practical exercises relevant to the real estate industry today. You’ll learn all you need to get started in a successful career as a California real estate salesperson.





Complete each course final exam with a proctor.

Upon completing each course and meeting the minimum time requirement, you’ll take a practice exam to prepare you for the course final exam. Each final is comprised of 100 questions. The minimum passing score is 70%.

You must take each final in the presence of a proctor. You’ll need to schedule an appointment with a proctor in advance. Find out more about our online proctoring here.





Choose a sponsoring broker.

As you go through the process of earning your license while studying, you’ll need to be affiliated with a broker so you can practice when licensed. It’s important to find a good fit when picking a broker to work with and it’s a key factor to becoming a successful California real estate agent.
The following questions will help you find the right broker.

  • What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
  • What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
  • Are they technologically advanced and up-to-date with the latest systems?
  • How do they support their agents with education and training?
  • What kind of commission structure do they offer?
  • Do they offer benefits?
  • Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
  • Is there room to grow with the brokerage?




Submit your exam and your licensing application.

The Department of Real Estate (DRE) website manages state licensing exam scheduling and facilitates the licensing application process. For more information on scheduling your salesperson exam and submitting your application license, click here.




Receive your license!

Once your application is approved and you take and pass the state salesperson exam, DRE will issue your California real estate salesperson license. You can be on the lookout for your new real estate license on DRE's eLicensing Online website by clicking here.