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Iowa Real Estate License Course

60-Hour Iowa Salesperson Pre-License Course Online

The fastest and most affordable way to get your Iowa real estate salesperson license! Here you'll learn:

  • How To Get Your IA License Online
  • What's Included In Our Courses
  • Why You Should Get Your IA License
  • General Information About the Iowa Real Estate License Online Course
  • FAQ's
  • Articles For Further Education
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How to Get a Real Estate Salesperson’s License in Iowa

To earn a real estate salesperson license in Iowa, you must be 18 years or older within six months of taking the licensing exam and before applying for a license.

If you meet this qualification, an Iowa real estate salesperson's license takes (7) steps.

Step 1: Complete Your Pre-license Education

Iowa requires salespersons to complete 60 hours of pre-license instruction from an approved pre-license school. Your pre-license course completion certificate is good for one year.

After the initial 60 hours, you need to take three 12-hour classroom courses in the following:

  • Listing Practices
  • Buying Practices
  • Developing Professional & Ethical Practices

The course completion certificate for these courses is good for one year.

Step 2: Complete a Background Check

Every Iowa salesperson candidate must complete a criminal records check at the state and federal levels. Follow these steps to make a background check packet request.

The IREC will mail you a fingerprinting packet within 3-10 business days. The fee is $51 and can be paid by check or money order.

Your background check results are valid for 210 days. Aim to complete the application process within that time frame.

Step 3: Scheduling Your Salesperson Exam

You need only complete the 60-hour pre-license course before taking the salesperson licensing exam.

PSI administers the Iowa exam. They recommend to register for the exam by visiting https://www.psiexams.com or calling 1-800-733-9267. The exam fee is $95.00 made payable direct to PSI.

Search the website or see the Iowa Candidate Bulletin for an exam center near you.

Step 4: Take and Pass the State Exam

Bring to the PSI test center your Pre-license Course Completion Certificate and two forms of identification with your signature.

About the Iowa salesperson exam:

  1. National section has 80 questions and a passing score of 56. The time allowed is 120 minutes.
  2. State section has 40 questions and a passing score of 26. The time allowed is 60 minutes.
  3. There may be 5-10 unscored experimental questions. These questions are not identified.

The Iowa Candidate Bulletin breaks down the number of questions in each section and their topics.

You will see a score report on-screen immediately upon exam completion. Passing candidates receive real estate license application instructions with their report. You have six months from passing to submit the required information.

Step 5: Buy Errors & Omissions Insurance

Proof of E&O coverage must be provided with all new license applications. A group insurance policy is available with the IREC through Rice Insurance Services Company (RISC). A basic policy cost $144 in 2021.

Any coverage through a private carrier requires your policy to meet the requirements of coverage in Chapter 19 of Administrative Rules 193-E.

Step 6: Find a Sponsoring Broker

All Iowa salespersons work under the supervision of a sponsoring broker. They must sign the Broker Certification section and your original license. No inactive licenses are issued to new candidates.

Step 7: Applying for the Salesperson License

Once you are ready to submit an application, you’ll create an account with My Iowa PLB if you have not done so yet. Your application requires:

  • 60-hour pre-license course Education Completion Certificate dated within the last 12 months
  • Completion Certificates for all three 12-hour courses in Listing Practices, Buying Practices, and Ethics dated within the last 12 months
  • Passing score report for the exam dated within the prior six months
  • Proof of E&O insurance in Iowa
  • Started or completed the criminal background check

The licensing fee is $125.

Once the Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau approves your application, congratulations! You are an official Iowa real estate salesperson!

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What’s Included in Your Course​

Course Structure

The RealEstateU 60-Hour Iowa Real Estate Salesperson’s Course works you through the material in the following way:

  • Begin with an orientation and course overview.
  • All lessons are delivered through audio lectures. Written transcripts are included for every lecture.
  • The course is divided into multiple chapters and organized into targeted lessons.
  • Some lessons include supplementary materials like an infographic or a contract document.
  • Test your mastery at the end of every chapter with a multiple choice quiz. You must answer at least 70% correctly to move onto the next chapter.
  • Passing the course final exam is how you successfully earn your Certificate of Completion.
  • RealEstateU’s 60-hour Iowa Real Estate Salesperson course covers everything to meet the state’s real estate education requirement. 
  • The self-paced course offers you maximum flexibility to study on your schedule. The brief audio lessons are perfect to learn anywhere, at any time.

Audio Transcripts

  • Follow each audio lesson using a written transcript.

Beautifully Designed Infographics

  • You’ll comprehend the essential concepts for the exam thanks to dozens of visually clear infographics.

Course Glossary

  • Locate the vital terms for your exams and career in the course Glossary, which is available as a PDF download.

Course Final Exams

  • The IA course requires you to pass a final exam at the end of the course. You will receive the Certificate of Completion immediately upon passing the last exam.

Buy Our PDF Course Textbooks & Appendixes

You can purchase a PDF version of the course textbook for only $29!

The course textbook has all the content covered in the course, including all the audio transcripts, infographics, and supporting documents.

Please note that the PDF textbook is sold separately and not included in the course tuition. The textbook is designed to supplement the online course and not replace it.

This allows you to review the course content offline. The course textbook also enables you to print out individual lessons as needed.

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I’m so happy I took the leap of faith! I loved the audible learning and that I could literally bring it with me wherever I went! I finished in 3 months! Trust me when I say if I can do it you can do it. I’m a very busy mother of 3 and they all have extracurricular activities, but somehow I buckled down and finished.

I did take a live test prep class at a local real estate school just to cover all bases. I reviewed all the quizzes from all the chapters to prepare. My advice would be to take your time when you test. I was so nervous but I took my time because I knew the material I just had to take my time!
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I am currently working as a part time real estate agent for Century 21 APD Associates, in the beautiful city of El Paso, Texas. I wanted to get into real estate to become my own boss and I am looking forward to building a 6 figure income. I closed my first deal in October and looking to close on my second this December.

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To obtain my license I chose RealEstateU. The courses were extremely helpful in passing state and national exam on my first try. I like the fact that I could study at my pace and I was able use my mobile to access my courses when on the road or when waiting on doctor appointments with my children.

I was able to go back and listen again and again to the parts that I did not get from the beginning. This is something that wouldn't have been provided by being in a classroom setting. If you are looking to obtain your license just be persistent and don't give up on your dream! I was able to invest in this course and more than tripled my return on the first home which I sold short after I obtained my real estate license.

If this is something you think you'll enjoy try it out and take the risk. Why not risk on something that has the potential to double or triple your income on the side. Jump on the opportunity of getting your license, which honestly is the easy part. And then go all in on the process helping clients and customers get what they want, which is a great home buying/selling experience.

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Real Estate allows me to regulate my schedule so I can dedicate time to my children and their activities. I will be working for LIV Realty in Frisco, TX and will be working full-time. My goals moving forward are to continue learning, networking and growing towards my own business. I plan on becoming a broker one day.

I loved the ease of the course. I was able to navigate easily and picked up where I left off each day. If I had any questions I received a response back very quickly from the RealEstateU support team. I was able to study and retain information easily. The workbook and the glossary were easy to follow and allowed me to print them to take with me in the event that I was not able to use my laptop. I loved that the course was accessible from a cell phone as well. We had a planned trip across the United States and I was able to study on my cell phone as we travelled 9 states. I have already recommended the course to a few of my friends!

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Thank you so much for your help over the last few weeks. I rushed to get through the course because I am so excited to start working in the field as a NYS realtor. I thought this would have a negative impact on me toward the end when I was ready to test, but I feel I retained a lot of the info and am happy with the results.


Why Get an Iowa Real Estate License

Enjoy the many benefits of earning an Iowa real estate salesperson license:

Income Potential

A real estate agent has unlimited earning potential. To make more money, simply source and close more deals.

Flexible Schedule

Real estate agents set a schedule that makes sense for them! By law, your sponsoring broker can’t tell you when and where you work!

Work Part-Time or Full-Time

You decide how much time you’d like to work as an agent. Use your license to earn side income while working part-time or slowly transition into the career. Of course, you can go straight to full-time and make it your dream job.

Sell or Lease All Types of Real Estate

Holding an Iowa real estate license allows you to sell or lease all types of real estate throughout the state.

Course Completion Time

All students have 12 months from the time of purchase to complete the RealEstateU 60-hour Iowa Real Estate Salesperson Course (including the course exams).

Refund Policy

All courses are eligible for a refund within 30 days of purchase if the student has not completed more than 50% of the course. All refunds issued are subjected to a $20 admin charge. Please read our Terms and Conditions for more details.