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How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Ohio

Follow these steps per Ohio state requirements and you're on your way.

How To Get Your Ohio Real Estate License in 4 Steps

Becoming licensed may seem like a daunting undertaking at first, but we’ve demystified the process for you. Follow these simple steps to get started today!



Successfully complete 120 hours (4 courses) of approved Pre-Licensing education.

Successfully complete 120 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education. Davis College is an Ohio real estate education provider that offers the full 120 hours online.

The 120 hours consists of these 4 courses:

  1. OH 40-Hour Real Estate Principles and Practices Course
  2. OH 40-Hour Real Estate Law Course
  3. OH 20-Hour Real Estate Finance Course
  4. OH 20-Hour Real Estate Appraisal Course

Specifically designed for real estate professionals, the LEAP platform combines the best of the classroom with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. These exciting and interactive courses are taught using real-world scenarios and practical exercises relevant to the real estate industry today. You’ll learn all you need to get started in a successful career as a Ohio real estate salesperson.

How to receive college credit: Students wishing to receive college credit post-completion will follow Davis College's established process and guidelines. Davis will award 2 hours for each of the 40 hour courses (Principles and Practices and Real Estate Law) and 1 hour for each of the 20 hour courses (Real Estate Appraisal and Real Estate Finance) for a total of 6 hours. The cost per credit is $100.00.



Choose a sponsoring broker.

As you go through the process of earning your license while studying, you’ll need to be affiliated with a broker so you can practice when licensed. It’s important to find a good fit when picking a broker to work with and it’s a key factor to becoming a successful Ohio real estate agent.

The following questions will help you find the right broker.

  • What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
  • What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
  • Are they technologically advanced and up-to-date with the latest systems?
  • How do they support their agents with education and training?
  • What kind of commission structure do they offer?
  • Do they offer benefits?
  • Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
  • Is there room to grow with the brokerage?



Submit your licensing application.

The Ohio Department of Commerce manages state licensing exam scheduling and facilitates the licensing application process. For more information on scheduling your salesperson exam and submitting your application license, click here.




Schedule your exam.

Once your application is approved you will receive information from the state about scheduling your exam. Learn more information here.




Ready to get started?

Enroll with Davis College now!



State of Ohio Certificate of Registration No. 81-02-0731B