How To Become A Real Estate Agent In Georgia

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What Are Georgia's Real Estate Pre-Licensing Education Requirements?

GREC requires 75 hours of pre-licensing training from an approved provider like Agent Campus by 360training. The course's final exam has to be proctored – in other words, overseen to ensure there's no cheating.

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Who is Eligible to Become a Real Estate Agent in Georgia?

To be licensed in Georgia, you need to be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and be able to pass a background check.

If you have any criminal convictions or sanctions from any licensing or regulatory agency, the Commission will investigate and decide whether to issue your license.

What Else Do I Need to Do to Earn My Georgia Real Estate License?

Aside from passing the required pre-license course with a GREC-approved course provider, you must:

  1. Pass the official licensing exam. That starts the clock on your license application deadline.
  2. Find a sponsoring broker with an active Georgia license.
  3. Obtain your certified criminal history report issued by the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC), or one from your resident state.
  4. Submit your license application in person at a testing center.

If you successfully complete all steps, GREC will issue your license.  You'll have to complete a 25-hour post-licensing course during your first year to keep it.

What is the Georgia Real Estate Licensing Exam Like?

The official licensing exam is administered by a third-party testing company named PSI/AMP in a handful of locations in Georgia. You'll need to bring one acceptable form of photo ID and a secondary form with your name and signature, like a credit card.

The exam consists of 152 multiple-choice questions total over a timed 4-hour period. That includes 100 national topic questions and 52 Georgia-specific questions.

Before you leave the testing center, you'll get a score report from the testing supervisor. It will include your result, plus diagnostic scoring information for any section you didn’t pass.

If you fail, you'll be able to reschedule your exam within 5 days. If you pass, you’ll get a Certificate of Accuracy Statement. Hold onto this document, unsigned, until it’s time to submit your license application.

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What is the Deadline for my Georgia Real Estate License Application?

You'll often see the deadline as 12 months. But if you want to avoid a bigger application fee, you need to submit within 90 days of passing the exam. After 90 days, your application fee doubles. After 12 months, your exam score expires, and you’ll have to re-take the exam.

If you’re not ready to commit to a sponsoring broker by the 90-day deadline, we suggest you submit an inactive application to save yourself some money. An inactive license application doesn’t require a sponsoring broker form. You’ll be able to activate your license later.

How Do I Apply for my Georgia Real Estate License?

Applications have to be submitted in person at one of the PSI/AMP Test Centers. When you’re ready to submit your application, you’ll need to gather the following documents:

  • Your unsigned Certification of Accuracy Statement
  • An acceptable form of photo ID
  • You license fee, in the form of credit card payment, money order, or cashier’s check
  • A certified criminal history report no more than 60 days old
  • A signed and notarized Lawful Presence Affidavit
  • (for an active license) a completed Sponsoring Broker Statement form

Licenses are only issued during certain hours, on a first-come/first-served basis. You’ll need answer four questions and sign the Certificate of Accuracy in front of testing center personnel.

If all your documents are in order, you’ll get your license in the form of a wall certificate for your brokerage, a wall certificate for framing, and two pocket cards. Once your broker receives their copy of your wall certificate and pocket card, you can begin brokerage activity.

You can find more information about the testing and application process, including the required forms, in the PSI’s Georgia Candidate Handbook.

What if I’m Already Licensed in Another State?

Georgia has reciprocity with many states – you may be able to skip the national portion of the exam. Check the requirements on GREC’s website.

You will have to meet the post-license education requirements (see below).

 

What Are the Real Estate Post-Licensing Requirements in Georgia?

GREC requires the successful completion of 25 hours’ worth of post-license education with an approved provider like us. Post-license curriculum focuses on the legal and practical basics of selling or managing real estate. If the course deals with residential sales, it has to include information on Georgia’s Residential Mortgage Fraud statute.

Post-license credits have to be completed and reported before your first year of licensure. Otherwise, your license will lapse and have to be reinstated.

The completion of your post-license education does NOT represent a license renewal.  You'll renew at the end of the 4-year license period (3 years after your post-license is due). 

Can My Post-License Credits Count Toward My First Renewal?

Yup! Georgia allows nine of your post-license credits to count as continuing education for your first renewal. That means you'll only have to take 27 hours (instead of 36) before year 4, including 3 hours of license law and 24 hours of electives.

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How Often Does a Georgia Real Estate License Have to Be Renewed?

Georgia real estate licenses need to be renewed once every 4 years (48 months).

What Are Georgia's Continuing Education Requirements for Real Estate?

Georgia requires you to complete 36 Continuing Education hours from an approved provider before your license renewal every 4 years, including 3 hours of mandatory license law education.

You have to renew online by midnight of your due date. Georgia provides no grace period on renewal deadlines, even if the due date falls on a weekend or holiday – that means it’s very important to complete your requirements on time.

What If I Can’t Complete My CE On Time?

GREC won't renew your license into ACTIVE status until your continuing education credits have been posted to your record.

It's still a good idea to submit your application and pay your renewal fee on time, in order to prevent your license from lapsing. But without your CE credits, your license will renew into inactive status. You won't be able to perform licensed duties until you're caught up on credits.

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What Kind of Jobs Can I Get with a Georgia Real Estate License?

You can serve in a number of different roles with a real estate license in Georgia, including:

  • Residential real estate agent
  • Commercial real estate agent
  • Real estate broker
  • Property manager

Furthermore, there are countless specialties and niches you can fit in, based on the type of real estate, the type of client, and the part you play. Some niches are more well-paid than others – those often call for extra certifications or licenses.

You can get a general idea of how much money you can expect to make in Georgia based on wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Job Title Average Hourly Wage Average Yearly Wage
Sales Agents $22.89 $47,610
Brokers $30.91 $64,290
Property Managers $25.35 $52,720

As a real estate agent, your income will largely be based on commission, so your earnings will depend directly on how well you sell. In Georgia, the top 90th percentile of sales agents make $91,520.

To learn more about different career opportunities, real estate specialties, and how commissions work, check out our Resources page for more info.

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