Step 1: Complete Your Pre-license Education
Ohio requires salespersons to complete 120 hours of instruction. The schools must be approved real estate course providers. Online courses are the most convenient way to complete your 120 hours.
Step 2: Find a Sponsoring Broker
You will need to be sponsored by an Ohio licensed broker in order to submit your application for the salesperson exam. You’ll need their brokerage information and their signature.
Step 3: Applying for the State Exam
Your application for the salesperson exam also serves your Ohio state license application. You can’t apply until after completing your pre-license education because you will need proof of completing the education requirements.
The application fee is $81. You will need to submit your proof of meeting the education requirements, such as official transcripts or course completion certificates.
Once the ODRE approves your application, your information will be sent to the testing vendor. You’ll receive a Candidate Information Bulletin from PSI and information on scheduling your exam.
Step 4: Complete a Background Check
Every Ohio salesperson candidate must apply for a background check within 10 days of submitting your salesperson examination application.
Ohio requires you to use a Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) approved Webcheck® user. You will must schedule this Webcheck user to have your fingerprints taken and submitted to the system.
The fees for fingerprinting and background check vary by the center, but typical costs for state and FBI checks range $58-71.
Your background check results should be received by the Ohio Division of Real Estate within 30 days.
Step 5: Scheduling Your Salesperson Exam
Start by submitting the examination registration form. This registration is good for one examination attempt. You’ll need to pass both exam portions – state and national– within one year of the date on the sticker of your Candidate Handbook. Search the website or see the Ohio Candidate Bulletin for a list of test center addresses.
PSI recommends you register and schedule your exam directly by visiting https://www.psiexams.com or calling (855) 834-8749. For online registration, select the examination and enter the OH RE _ID# that was provided to you.
The exam fee for both sections is $61, and you'll directly pay PSI for the exam. PSI accepts credit card, money order, company check, or cashier's check. Note that cash and personal checks are not accepted.
Step 6: Take and Pass the State Exam
The Ohio state salesperson exam is divided into two sections: national and state law. You must pass both sections to be issued your salesperson license. The exam is made up of multiple-choice questions.
The Ohio salesperson exam includes:
- National section of 80 questions and a passing score is 70%. The time allowed is 120 minutes.
- State section of 40 questions and a passing score is 70%. The time allowed is 60 minutes.
You will receive a score report on-screen immediately upon completion of the exam. If you fail, your information will include a diagnostic report. You’ll also leave with a printed unofficial score report.
Passing both portions is required for the ODRE to issue you a license. If you fail one section, you can retake only the failed section. A passing score is valid for 12 months; you must complete your exam requirements within a year of the date stickered on your Candidate Handbook.
Once the Ohio Division of Real Estate receives the passing result from PSI, it will process the result and issue you a salesperson license. Congratulations, you are an official Ohio real estate salesperson!