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South Dakota Real Estate License Course

The fastest and most affordable way to get your real estate broker associate license in South Dakota! Here you'll learn:

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

To qualify for a South Dakota real estate license, you must be at least 18 years of age, a United States citizen or a South Dakota resident, and meet the statutory requirements in SDCL chapter 36-21A.

Earning a South Dakota broker associate license takes (7) steps.

Step 1: Take 116-hour Pre-Licensing Course

The broker associate pre-licensing course is a minimum of 116 hours. You must take your course from an approved education provider.

During the course, you will learn about South Dakota real estate license law and rules, and eleven areas of study, like real property, agency, contracts, property management, finance, and federal real estate laws. Each subject area of study will have a test, and there will be a comprehensive final exam.

After passing the final exam, you will receive your course completion certificate.

Step 2: Schedule the South Dakota Licensing Exam

The South Dakota Real Estate Commission (SDREC) uses PSI to administer the broker associate licensing exam. The easiest way to schedule your exam appointment is to go to the PSI website. Other registration options are found in the Candidate Handbook.

The examination fee is $98 per test session. If you take the national and state sections separately, it is $98 per exam session. The simulation exam is $98.

Step 3: Pass the South Dakota Licensing exam

Bring to the test center two forms of identification. One of your IDs must be government-issued, current, and have your photo with a signature.

The broker associate licensing exam consists of:

  1. State multiple-choice exam of 57 questions allotted 1.5 hours
  2. National multiple-choice exam of 100 questions allotted 2.5 hours
  3. Broker simulation exam with 11 problems allotted 3 hours

The Candidate Information Handbook supplies you with the number of questions per tested topic. It also explains how the broker simulation examination works.

The multiple-choice sections and simulation portion of the exam uses a scaled score to adjust your score based on variations in exam difficulty. To pass, you need a minimum scaled score of 75 on each exam.

If you do not pass a section of the exam, register to retake the exam. You will need to pay for a new test session.

Step 4: Get fingerprints for background check

All applicants must send fingerprints for a state and federal criminal background check. Request cards from the SDREC. The Commission recommends scheduling the fingerprints at a local law enforcement agency or a fingerprint office.

Return the cards to the Commission with your license application and a separate check for $43.25 made payable to DCI.

Step 5: Purchase E&O Insurance

To be issued an active license, you’ll need errors and omissions insurance. South Dakota offers a group policy through RISC. You have the option to find a private carrier, but you need to provide the SDREC with a certificate of coverage.

Step 6: Submit Broker Associate Application

You have 60 days after passing the last portion of your state licensing exam to submit your broker associate license application. The non-refundable application fee is $225.

Include in your application your fingerprint cards, licensing education certificate, and exam score reports. Prepare the application with your paperwork and mail it to the South Dakota Real Estate Commission.

Step 7: Wait for application approval

The SDREC estimates 2-4 weeks to process your application. Your responsible broker will need to request your license for it to become active, either on the application or by contacting SDREC.

Once you are associated with a responsible South Dakota license broker, you can conduct real estate business in South Dakota. Congratulations!

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What’s Included in Your Course​

Course Structure

The RealEstateU 116-Hour South Dakota Real Estate Broker Associate’s Course is arranged in the following way:

  • The course contains audio presentations and written transcripts for each lecture.
  • An orientation is at the start of the course.
  • The course is made up of subject areas as chapters. These are further segmented into lessons.
  • A lesson may include an infographic or a contract document for your viewing.
  • A multiple-choice quiz is given at the end of every subject area. Answer at least 70% of the questions correctly to pass.
  • A comprehensive final exam is given once you finish the course’s last chapter.
  • You earn the Certificate of Completion right after passing the final exam.
  • All Audio Lessons Are on Demand
  • The course is entirely self-paced, so you can work the lessons on your own schedule. All the audio lessons are designed to be compact so you can listen on-the-go.
  • RealEstateU’s 116-hour South Dakota Real Estate Broker Associate course includes what you need to satisfy the State’s real estate education requirement.

Audio Transcripts

  • Each audio presentation includes a transcript copy.

Beautifully Designed Infographics

  • You’ll master the key concepts for your exams thanks to dozens of infographics designed to break down complex real estate topics.

Course Glossary

  • Not sure about a term? Look it up in the course Glossary! The Glossary is also available as a PDF download.

Course Final Exams

  • The course wraps with a final exam covering content from the 116 hours. You will earn the Certificate of Completion as soon as you pass the final.

Buy Our PDF Course Textbooks & Appendixes

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

The course textbook contains all of the content included in the course, including all of the audio transcripts, infographics, and supporting documents.

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

This allows you to review the course content offline. The course textbook also allows 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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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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Why Get a South Dakota Real Estate License

There are numerous benefits to getting a South Dakota real estate broker associate’s license:

Steady Income

As a real estate agent, there is no cap to how much money you can earn. The more real estate deals you find and close, the more income you will make!

Make Your Own Hours

Doesn’t a flexible schedule sound great? As a real estate agent, you can work whenever you choose.  By law, your responsible broker cannot set your hours or where you work.

Work Part-Time or Full-Time

If you plan to work two jobs at a time, real estate is perfect because you are not required to go full-time as a real estate broker associate. You can work full-time and make it your dream job, or work part-time for extra income.

Sell or Lease All Types of Real Estate

Once you earn your real estate license, you are allowed to sell or lease residential and commercial real estate throughout South Dakota.

Course Completion Time

All students have 12 months from the time of purchase to complete the RealEstateU 116-hour South Dakota Real Estate Broker Associate Course (including the course final exam).

Refund Policy

All courses are eligible for a refund within 30 days of purchase, and only 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.