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Who is a Broker?

WHO IS A REAL ESTATE BROKER AND HOW IS A BROKER
DIFFERENT FROM A REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

To become a licensed Real Estate Broker, you must have worked full
time for a minimum of two years as a Salesperson, two or more years
of equivalent experience in the real estate business, or a combination
of both, in addition to the broker’s course of study, before you can
obtain your broker's license. If you are new to this industry without prior
related experience, the Salesperson course should, instead, be your
first course of study.

REAL ESTATE BROKER LICENSING COURSE

This course will prepare you for the New York Department of State Real Estate Broker's Exam required to obtain your license. The Broker Course may be taken before all the required experience has been fulfilled.

WILL YOU NEED TO TAKE A 30 HOUR REMEDIAL COURSE, TOO
If you received your Salesperson license from the New York Department of State prior to July 1, 2008, you only took a 45 hour licensing course. As of July 1, 2008, Salesperson licensing courses have increased to 75 hours. If you want to apply for a Broker's license you need to take those additional 30 hours of the Salesperson's course as well as the 45 hours Broker's course.

WHAT YOU SHOULD ALSO DO

As soon as you sign up for this course, go to the New York Department of State web site:
Real Estate Broker Forms
Application, Exam Instructions & Schedule

Select one of their exam sites convenient for you and review the requirements.
NOTE: The seating fills up fast, especially at Manhattan's one and only location, and an appointment is required. Select a best guess time and date now to reserve your spot. Check the cancellation policy should you need to reschedule.

REQUIREMENTS FOR BROKER LICENSURE ARE

  • minimum age of 20
  • demonstrate fair knowledge of the English language
  • first complete a New York DOS approved Salesperson qualifying course such as given by Empire School of Real Estate
  • then complete a New York DOS approved 75 hour qualifying course such as given by Empire School of Real Estate(note: you may need an additional 30 hour remedial course if your Salesperson qualifying course was 45 hours)
  • applicant has to have worked at least two years, as a licensed real estate salesperson, or has had equivalent experience in general real estate business for a period of at least three years
  • pass the Empire School of Real Estate broker qualifying course exam
  • pass the New York DOS broker licensing exam
  • be in one of four citizenship categories:
    1. citizenship status
    2. permanent residency
    3. have a work authorization card obtained from the Immigration and Naturalization Service
    4. have a work permit that obtained from your sponsoring employer
  • have earned 1750 experience points as a salesperson or 3500 points through equivalent experience