Step 1: Complete Pre-license Education
Kansas requires salesperson applicants to take 60 hours of pre-licensing education. You must take the 60-hour pre-licensing course from an approved real estate school.
KREC breaks the hours into two 30-hour courses, the Principles of Real Estate and the Kansas Practice Course. The first covers basic real estate while the second is state-specific information on the daily practice of a real estate agent. The pre-license course can be taken online or in a classroom setting.
The Kansas 60-hour pre-licensing course will have a final exam to cap the coursework. You must pass the final to receive your certificate of completion. Note that you will have (6) months after completing the 30-hour Kansas Practice Course to send your license application to the KREC.
Step 2: Schedule Your State Exam
KREC has contracted with PearsonVUE to administer the salesperson exam. To schedule an exam online, go to www.pearsonvue.com at least 24 hours before your desired test date. You can also schedule over the telephone by calling (800) 274-4971.
The exam fee for first-time test takers is $82 paid to PearsonVUE via credit card, debit card, voucher, or check. Any future retake exams have a $75 fee. Your payment is non-refundable.
If you must cancel or change your exam reservation, you must do so two business days before the exam by calling (800) 274-4971. If you fail to call and change 48 hours before the exam, you will forfeit the exam fee.
Bring with you to the exam two forms of signature identification. Primary identification must be government-issued and have your photo, such as a state driver's license, military ID, or U.S. passport. A secondary ID card must have your printed name and signature, like a U.S. Social Security card, debit or credit card, or another form of primary ID. You’ll also need the course completion certificate from the Principles of Real Estate Course.
PearsonVUE offers testing at locations in Hays, Overland Park, Topeka, Wichita, and Kansas City several days a week. It also occasionally offers testing in Salina, Pittsburg, Emporia, Fort Riley, and Garden City. Refer to the Kansas Real Estate Candidate Handbook for information on examination schedules, site locations, exam security, reporting, and preparation.
Step 3: Take and Pass the State Exam
The Kansas state salesperson exam is divided into a national and state section.
The Salesperson Pre-licensure Exam includes:
- National section of 80 questions. The time allowed is 2.5 hours.
- State section of 30 questions. The time allowed is 1.5 hours.
The exam includes multiple-choice questions. You are notified on-screen immediately upon completion of the exam if you have passed or failed. KREC uses a scaled score, which is neither the number nor the percentage of questions answered correctly. The scaled score is a way to account for variances in exam difficulty. A passing score on both sections is at least a 70.
You’ll also be given an official score report with your score and any diagnostic information. Passing candidates also get a copy of the license application and instructions for applying.
You must pass both portions of the exam before moving onto next steps with your license. If you fail one section, you can retake just the failed part. You have six months from passing your first section to pass both sections and submit your application to the KREC.
Step 4: Order Your Background Check
All applicants must order a fingerprint and background check with a payment authorization form. Your prints will need to be done at a local police/sheriff’s department or an authorized print vendor. The non-refundable fee paid is $60 for the criminal background check and $15 for the salesperson application fee. You can pay by credit card or electronic check.
Your background check is only good for 180 days or six months. You can send the criminal history report to the KREC before or at the same time you submit the license application. The Commission advises you to time your submission carefully.
Step 5: Be Affiliated with a Kansas Real Estate Broker
All Kansas salespersons must be managed by a supervising or branch broker. You’ll need to find a broker before submitting your license application, as your supervising broker must sign your license application. An original salesperson license cannot be issued on inactive status in Kansas.
Step 6: Apply for Your KS Salesperson License
Once you have completed the steps above, prepare your license application. The license fee is $125. You have six months from the date you pass the exam to submit the application to the KREC. Certain documents are valid only for six months, such as:
- Kansas Practice Course completion certificate
- Passing score on the license exam
- KBI and FBI background reports
Be aware of these dates and submit your license application before these documents expire.
Once the Kansas Real Estate Commission approves your application, congratulations! You are now a Kansas real estate salesperson.