Who Grants a License: Licenses are granted by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Public Services (“WIDSPS”).
Qualifications to receive a License: A candidate must complete 72 clock hours of study at a WIDSPS-approved real estate school (search schools here), pass a school-administered final exam, and pass a state exam. All candidates must submit a full set of fingerprints, prove legal presence, and pass a background check. All candidates must be at least 18 years of age. Active licensees must be affiliated with a Wisconsin real estate broker. For more information about qualifications, see the page titled Real Estate Salesperson – Pre-License Education, and the page titled Guidelines for Real Estate Licensing in Wisconsin, on the WIDSPS website.
Applying for the Exams: A candidate should apply to take the state exam through the Pearson Vue website scheduling page. The candidate must know the school code for his/her pre-licensing school. (School codes are available in the candidate handbook.) For more information, see the State of Wisconsin Real Estate Candidate Handbook.
Test Content: The Wisconsin state real estate licensing exam is comprised of two intermingled portions, the national portion and the state-specific portion. Five to ten questions disbursed throughout the exam are considered "experimental" questions and are not scored. National questions and state-specific questions are intermixed, and the exam does not distinguish between question types. All questions are multiple-choice, with four answer choices provided for each question. Test takers are allotted 4 hours to complete the exam. A scaled score of at least 75 is required to pass. The tests are presented in a computer-based format, but accommodations for paper-based tests and/or oral testing can be provided with special arrangements.
The test consists of 140 questions, and tests the candidate's knowledge of general and state-specific real estate concepts, including the following subject areas:
Ownership and Transfer of Property
Land Use Controls and Regulations
Valuing and Financing Property; Calculations
Contract Law and Approved Forms
Federal Anti-trust Law
How to Apply for the License: The license application is issued by the testing company upon passing both portions of the licensing exam. Candidates must (within one year of passing the state licensing exam) provide the WIDSPS with the following documents: (1) completed application and application fee; (2) original Wisconsin state real estate licensing exam score report(s); (3) proof of legal presence in the U.S. (social security number); and (4) certificate issued by an WIDSPS -approved school for completion of the 72-hour salesperson pre-licensure curriculum.
Fees: The WIDSPS charges a license application fee.
Who administers the test: WIDSPS and Pearson Vue.
License Renewal Requirements – A Wisconsin real estate licensee must take 18 credit hours of continuing education (either online or in the classroom) from a WIDSPS-approved provider every two years. Further information is provided, here.
Applicable Regulations: Real estate licensees in Wisconsin are regulated under the Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations, Chapter 452, and the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Relating to the Practice of Real Estate.
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