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Rhode Island Real Estate License Course

45-Hour Rhode Island Salesperson Pre-License Course Online

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

  • How To Get Your RI License Online
  • What's Included In Our Courses
  • Why You Should Get Your RI License
  • General Information About the Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island

Rhode Island does not list any general requirements. State residents can proceed directly to the (7) steps to earn a real estate salesperson license.

Step 1: Complete a 45-hour pre-licensing education

New Rhode Island salesperson applicants must take 45 hours of sales education including three hours of a New Agency Law course. The course must be a live course, even when taken remotely, and with an approved real estate pre-licensing vendor. Your course completion certificate is valid for two years.

Step 2: Take the Lead Paint/Lead Hazard Mitigation Course

Rhode Island requires all real estate salespersons to have three hours of education in a Lead Paint/Lead Hazard Mitigation course. It’s advised to take this course with or soon after your pre-licensing education.

Step 3: Schedule the Real Estate Salesperson Exam

Rhode Island’s Department of Business Regulation (DBR) uses PearsonVUE to administer the salesperson exam. Go to www.pearsonvue.com to schedule an exam online. You can also schedule by calling (800) 274-8922.

The exam fee is $70 paid to PearsonVUE by credit card, debit card, voucher, or check. Your payment is non-refundable.

Bring to the exam center two forms of valid signature identification. Primary identification must have your photo and signature, like a state driver's license, military ID, or US passport. A secondary ID card must have your printed name and signature. You’ll also need the pre-licensing course completion certificate.

Refer to the Rhode Island Real Estate Candidate Handbook for information on examination schedules, site locations, exam security, reporting, and preparation.

Step 4: Pass the Real Estate Salesperson Exam

The Rhode Island state salesperson exam is divided into a national and state section.

The Salesperson Pre-licensure Exam includes:

  1. General section of 80 questions. The time allowed is 2.5 hours.
  2. State section of 50 questions. The time allowed is 1.5 hours.

Content outlines and the number of questions for each topic are available in the Candidate Information Bulletin.

Rhode Island DBR uses a scaled score to account for variances in exam difficulty. A passing score on both sections is a minimum of 70.

You’ll be given an official score report before leaving the exam center. Passing candidates also get instructions for applying for their license. Failed scores receive diagnostic information and retake information.

You have one year from passing both sections to submit your application to the State of Rhode Island.

Step 5: Get Your Criminal History Record

All Rhode Island residents need a Criminal History Record (CHR) from the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General. These background checks are conducted in person at the Attorney General’s office at 4 Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920. For further questions about this process, you may contact the DAG at (401) 274-4400.

Step 6: Purchase Errors and Omissions Insurance

All Rhode Island real estate professionals are required to carry Errors and Omissions insurance. You must carry this insurance independently. The coverage must meet the minimum limits set by the Department of Business Regulation.

Step 7: Apply for your License

Following your passing score on the state licensing exam, you have up to one year to apply for your salesperson real estate license. The Department of Business Regulation, Real Estate Section highly recommends that you apply online for your license. You can print and mail in a paper application, although it will take 7 to 10 business days for processing.

Your license application must include documentation of:

  • The original test score report from PearsonVUE
  • Certificate of completion for the 45 hours of pre-licensing education
  • A criminal history record from the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General
  • A Lead Poisoning/Lead Hazard Mitigation course completion certificate for three hours
  • A certificate of Errors and Omissions insurance

The salesperson application asks for three recommendations from Rhode Island residents who have known you for at least three years and are not related to you. Another section needs to be completed by your hiring Principal Broker.

Your license application will include two separate checks or money orders. The first check must be for $140.00 payable to the “RI General Treasurer.” The second check must be $25 payable to the “Real Estate Recovery Account.”

Total processing takes at least three weeks. Once the Rhode Island DBR approves your application, congratulations! You are a licensed real estate salesperson.

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What’s Included in Your Course​

Course Structure

The RealEstateU 45-Hour Rhode Island Real Estate Salesperson’s Course teaches in the following way:

  • Get ready for the course with a class orientation.
  • Learn essential real estate topics via audio lectures. Written transcripts accompany every audio lecture.
  • The content is organized into overarching chapters divided into focused topics.
  • Some lessons increase your understanding with an infographic or a contract document.
  • Every chapter wraps with a multiple choice quiz. Before continuing on, you must correctly answer at least 70% of the questions.
  • Complete the course by passing the final exam and earning your certificate.
  • RealEstateU’s 45-hour Rhode Island Real Estate Salesperson course covers everything you need to satisfy the state’s real estate education requirement.
  • The self-paced course helps you meet the education requirement on your schedule. Study anytime, anywhere, using short audio lessons intended for remote learning.

Audio Transcripts

  • Follow along to each audio lesson with a written transcript.

Beautifully Designed Infographics

  • Dozens of infographics made complex real estate concepts simple to understand.

Course Glossary

  • Find the necessary industry terms for your exams and future career in the course Glossary, also available as a PDF download.

Course Final Exams

  • The RI course requires you to pass the quizzes and tests spaced throughout the course. A final exam caps the 45 hours and passing is required to meet your state education requirement.

Buy Our PDF Course Textbooks & Appendixes

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

The course textbook contains all the material 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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Why Get an Rhode Island Real Estate License

Enjoy the benefits of holding a Rhode Island real estate salesperson license:

Income Potential

Real estate salespersons can make unlimited income. Your take-home pay depends on how many deals you handle; the more you source and close, the more you earn!

Flexible Schedule

Stop spinning your wheels in a dead-end 9-5 job. Be your own boss, choose your schedule and set your hours. Your Principal Broker can’t tell you when and where to work.

Work Part-Time or Full-Time

Use a license to earn side income. Or, slowly build a real estate business as you move from your current career. You can always go straight to full-time and realize the full earnings potential of real estate.

Sell or Lease All Types of Real Estate

Holding a Rhode Island real estate license enables you to sell or lease real estate throughout the state.

Course Completion Time

All students have 12 months from the time of purchase to complete the RealEstateU 45-hour Rhode Island 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.