How To Become A Real Estate Agent In Montana

Whether you need to apply for a real estate license, complete post-license requirements, or knock out your continuing education, we make it easy to complete your Montana training obligations.

We're an approved course provider under the Montana Board of Realty Regulation (BRR). Our courses are online and self-paced so you can fit your educational requirements into your busy schedule.

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

The Montana BRR requires 60 hours of pre-licensing coursework from an approved provider like AgentCampus by 360training.

Pre-license education is designed to prepare you for the topics on the license exam, which in Montana include:

  • On the National portion:
    • Agency Relationships and Contracts
    • Real Property Ownership/Interest
    • Finance
    • Real Property
    • Marketing Regulations for purchase and rental
    • Property Management
    • Real Estate Calculations
  • On the state portion:
    • Real Estate Licensing Agency's Powers
      • Investigations, Hearings, and Appeals
      • Sanctions, Disciplinary Actions, and Penalties
      • Examination of Records
    • Licensing
      • Activities Requiring a License
      • License Renewal
      • Change in License
    • Requirements Governing the Activities of Licensees
      • Advertising
      • Broker/Salesperson Relationship
      • Compensation
      • Conflict of Interest Disclosure, Property Disclosure, and Agency Disclosure
      • Handling of Documents
      • Handling of Monies
      • Listings
      • Illegal Inducements/Ethics
    • Additional Topics
      • Recovery/Surety Fund
      • Land Description
      • Common Interest Ownership/Condominium
      • Landlord/Tenant Relationship
      • Foreclosure and Redemption
      • Statute of Frauds

 

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

To qualify for a real estate salesperson license in Montana, you need to:

  • Be at least 18
  • Have completed at least 2 years of high school (or the equivalent)

 

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

In addition to your pre-license education, you need to:

  • Pass the Montana Real Estate Salesperson Examination
  • Find a Montana supervising broker to sponsor your application
  • Be willing to disclose and provide documentation for past disciplinary issues

 

What is the Montana Real Estate Licensing Exam Like?

The official licensing exam is administered by a third-party testing company named PSI/AMP at test centers in Billings, Great Falls, and Missoula. It consists of 100 national questions and 33 Montana-specific questions over the course of 3.5 hours total.

You'll find out whether you passed before you leave. 

We recommend investing in our exam preparation course with study guides and practice exams to help you make the grade the first time.

 

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

Your Montana salesperson application must be submitted within 24 months of completing your pre-license education and within 12 months of passing the license exam.

 

What Are Montana's Post-License / First Renewal Requirements?

New salespersons must complete the 12-hour Rookie Course within 120 days of their original license issue date.  If no Rookie Course is offered during that time, you need to complete it at the next opportunity.

You can find approved Rookie Course providers through the BRR website.

 

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

All Montana real estate licenses need to be renewed every year by October 31st. As a result, salespersons will have less than 12 months to complete their first renewal.

 

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

Montana requires you to complete 12 Continuing Education hours every licensing year, which runs from November 1st to October 31st.

For Salespersons and Brokers, there are no particular required topics. However, Supervising Brokers need 4 of their CE hours to be a Board-approved supervising broker course.

As of July 27, 2019, the Montana BRR no longer approved CE courses – it's now your responsibility to make sure that your courses meet the BRR's requirements.

By Montana administrative rule, your CE courses need to be:

  • in BRR-approved real estate topics AND
  • approved or endorsed by one of the following:
    • The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials' (ARELLO's) Distance Education Certification
    • A state real estate licensing regulatory agency or real estate commission
    • A national, state, or local Association of REALTORS®
    • A national, state, or local real estate, landlords, or property manager association

Agent Campus by 360training is ARELLO certified and approved by real estate licensing authorities in many states.

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

Earning a real estate license in Montana will qualify you for a number of career paths, including:

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

Your career will also be shaped by the specialty and niche you decide to occupy. Some practice areas are more profitable than others. However, these often require additional licenses or certifications.

You can get a general impression of how much money you can expect to make in Montana based on 2019 wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Job Title Average Hourly Wage Average Yearly Wage
Sales Agents $23.56 $49,000
Property Managers $19.66 $40,890

Since a real estate agent's pay is typically based on commission, actual earnings differ a lot. Some people work part time to earn a little extra income. Others rake in big bucks. For example, in Montana, the top 90th percentile of sales agents make $183,910.

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

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