Steps to a Broker License

How do you become a licensed real estate broker?

STEP ONE:       Salesperson Experience.  Complete two years of full-time experience as a salesperson with completed transactions, validated by a statement under oath from your designated broker(s).

STEP TWO:      90 hours of approved education.  Complete ninety (90) hours of approved classroom study. (Sales Pre-license and Lead Paint class are mandatory requirements to obtain a salesperson license and do not count towards the 90 hours).  Please view the listing of approved courses for 90 hours for more information, or look for the classes highlighted in light blue on the RIAR Course Calendar.

  • The RI Department of Business Regulation (DBR) does NOT ACCEPT any ONLINE courses for meeting the broker 90-hour requirement.
  • The RI Realtors® approved list of “Broker 90” courses is for the RI Realtors® Professional Development Center ONLY.
  • Broker 90 requirements MUST be completed all at the same school.
  • Courses from the 90 hours list taken in person through RI Realtors® are valid for 4 years.
  • Sales Pre-license and Lead Paint do NOT count toward the 90 required hours.

Two years of experience prior to taking courses that count towards the approved broker 90 is not required.

STEP THREE:    Certificate of Completion. Once completing the 90 hours at the RI Realtors® Professional Development Center, you MUST contact RI Realtors® to receive a certificate of completion. DBR will not accept individual certificates adding up to 90.

STEP FOUR:     Prepare and pass the state exam.  The broker state exam is taken with Pearson VUE and can be scheduled by phone (800) 274-8922 or by visiting their website at .  The Pearson VUE candidate handbook is on their website for more information about the exam facility, exam content outline (for both the general and state portions), practice exams, pricing, locations and more.

RI REALTORS® offers a 24-hour broker pre-license course that prepares attendees for the exam and makes up 24 hours of the required 90.   All sessions must be attended for credit.

STEP FIVE:       Submit the Broker Application to RI Department of Business Regulation

Please refer to: for an up-to-date list of real estate broker requirements and an application.


NOTICE – Effective November 15th, 2019 –  Anyone taking the SALES exam or BROKER exam at Pearson VUE MUST have a copy of their certificates (45-hour certificate for Sales, 90 hour for Broker).   If you do not bring a copy of this with you to the exam, they will not allow you to sit for the exam and you will need to repay the cost of the exam to take again.

For any questions regarding approved classes offered by the RI Realtors® Professional Development Center or for information about broker pre-license and sales pre-license classes, please contact 401-785-9898 option 1 or email