How To Become A Real Estate Agent In Washington

Whether you need to apply for a real estate license, complete first-time renewal requirements, or take your continuing education, we can help you meet Washington real estate training requirements.

Our courses are approved by the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL). Our courses are 100% online, so you can fit your course credits in wherever it's convenient.

What Does "Broker" Mean in Washington State?

In most states, the licensing authority refers to entry-level licensees as "salespersons" or "sales agents." They only use the term "broker" when they're talking about the next level of licensing that legally enables a real estate professional to handle transactions, sponsor new agents, own a brokerage, and more.

In Washington, the Department of Licensing uses the term "broker" for entry-level licensees, instead. That next level of licensing is called a "managing broker."

It's a little confusing, but we're going to use Washington's terms while we talk about their process.

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

Before you can earn your broker's license, the Washington DOL requires 90 hours of pre-licensing coursework from an approved provider like Agent Campus by 360training.

That includes a 60-hour course in Real Estate Fundamentals and a 30-hour course in Real Estate Practices.

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

To be eligible for a broker's license in Washington, you need to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

You should also be prepared for a background check. Be ready to answer questions about your legal background and provide documents if requested.

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

Aside from passing the required pre-license coursework, you need to:

  • Pass the official licensing exam within 2 years of your courses.
  • Get fingerprinted for a background check.
  • Find an active and licensed managing broker to sponsor your application.
  • Submit your license application within 1 year of passing the state licensing exam.

What is the Washington Real Estate Licensing Exam Like?

You have to take your licensing exam within 2 years of completing your pre-license courses, but that's a long time. We recommend you take it as soon as you feel ready. Consider adding our exam prep course to help you prepare and practice before you sign up.

Washington's licensing exam is administered by a third-party testing company named AMP. It consists of 100 national questions and 30 Washington-specific questions. You'll have a total of 3.5 hours to complete the whole exam.

Before you leave the testing center, you'll know whether you passed or failed. If you fail, you'll have 6 months to retake the exam. Your score report will include instructions.

What Are the First Renewal Requirements for Broker Licenses in Washington?

For your first active renewal, Washington DOL requires you to take 90 hours of coursework, including:

  • 30-hour Advanced Practices Course
  • 30-hour Real Estate Law Course
  • 3-hour "core" Washington course
  • 27 additional hours of approved continuing education

All of these hours must be started AFTER your license issue date. They're due with your renewal application before your second anniversary. Washington makes your renewal application available 120 days (4 months) before your license expires.

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

Your real estate license has to be renewed every 2 years (24 months) in Washington State.

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

For your second and subsequent renewals, Washington requires you to submit 30 continuing education hours from an approved provider like us.

That includes a 3-hour "core" Washington course and 27 hours of DOL-approved electives.

At least 15 of your required hours need to be taken within 24 months of your renewal date – in other words, during the current renewal period. However, Washington allows the rest to be from unsubmitted continuing education from the prior renewal period, if necessary.

Additionally, you have to update your background check every 6 years (every 3 renewal cycles). Check DOL's website to learn more.

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

Getting a real estate license in Washington can lead to a number of career paths, including:

  • Residential real estate broker
  • Commercial real estate broker
  • Managing broker
  • Property manager

Each career includes a wide array of specialties and niches to choose from. Some practice areas are more well-paid than others; often, those require further licenses or certifications.

You can get a general idea of salaries in Washington with wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Job Title Average Hourly Wage Average Yearly Wage
Sales Agents $28.05 $58,350
Brokers $29.12 $60,560
Property Managers $38.34 $79,750

A real estate agent's income is based on commission, for the most part, so the range of salaries is broad. Some agents have low earnings, while top earners make far more than average. In Washington, the top 90th percentile of sales agents make $107,570.

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

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