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FAQ: What steps do I need to take to get my TN affiliate broker license?

What steps do I need to take to get my TN affiliate broker license?

Before applying for your affiliate broker license in Tennessee, you must meet the following requirements:

1) At least 18 years of age.

2) Able to provide proof of high school diploma or equivalent.

3) If you have a prior conviction, and are currently on parole or probation, the Tennessee Real Estate Commission requires that at least two years must have passed from the date of expiration of probation, conviction or release from incarceration, whichever is latest, before you can be scheduled for the state licensing exam.

If you meet these three requirements, you will need to follow six steps to get your Tennessee Affiliate Broker real estate license:

1. Complete your 90-hour pre-license education requirement. The 90-hour pre-license education requirement consists of two courses:

· 60-Hour Basic Principles of Real Estate

· 30-Hour Course for New Affiliates

Applicants have the option of taking these courses online or in-person. Most applicants prefer the convenience of online courses and also find they can complete the courses more quickly than if they attended class in-person.

The 60-hour Basic Principles of Real Estate coursework must be completed before applying to take the state licensing exam. However, you can complete the 30-hour Course for New Affiliates any time prior to applying for your Tennessee affiliate broker license.

Each course concludes with a closed-book, non-proctored exam. You must achieve a passing grade of at least 70% on both of the exams. The 60-hour Basic Principles of Real Estate consists of a 60-question multiple-choice final exam, while the 30-hour Course for New Affiliates final exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions.

Once you pass the final exam for a course, you will receive its certificate of completion.

2. Schedule your state exam. RealEstateU will submit your course completion information to PSI, the state’s testing center, once you have passed the final exam for the 60-hour Basic Principles of Real Estate course. This information is required before you will be allowed to schedule your state exam. When you log into the PSI website to schedule your exam, you will be inputting your social security number and other identifying information that will allow the system to locate your course completion information.

You can schedule your state exam date and location once your course completion information is processed by PSI. Exams may be scheduled by calling 1-800-733-9267 or through PSI’s website. Cost of the state exam is $39 per attempt, paid directly to PSI. You will need to provide payment via Visa or Mastercard at the time of scheduling. Payment by personal check is not permitted.

3. Pass the state exam. The next step to getting your affiliate broker’s license is to pass the state exam. You’ll find that the Tennessee Affiliate Broker’s state licensing exam includes two distinct parts: a national section and a state section.

The national portion of the test is made up of 80 multiple-choice questions. You will have a time limit of 160 minutes and must achieve a passing grade of 70%, or 56 out of 80 questions correct.

There are 40 multiple-choice questions on the state portion of the exam. You will have 80 minutes to complete the 40 multiple-choice questions and must get a passing grade of at least 70%, or 28 out of 40 questions correct.

Your grade will be available to you immediately after completing the exam. Once you have passed, your picture will be taken by the PSI testing center for use as part of your license application.

4. Get fingerprinted. Your next step in getting your affiliate broker’s license is to get fingerprinted. The Tennessee Real Estate Commission requires all applicants to get fingerprinted. Fingerprinting can be completed at an IdentoGO location.

If you live outside of Tennessee or are physically unable to go to an IdentoGO location in-person, you can make use of IdentoGO’s card scan service. The cost of fingerprinting is about $35, depending on location and whether you need to use the card scan service. It is paid directly to IdentoGO. Once complete, your fingerprints will be digitally transmitted to the FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for conducting a criminal history background check.

5. Aquire errors and omissions insurance. Once you have gotten fingerprinted, it’s time to get your errors and omissions insurance. The Tennessee Real Estate Commission requires that all candidates for an affiliate broker license obtain an errors and omissions insurance policy before applying for a license.

6. Apply for Your Affiliate Broker’s License. Now that you’ve met all requirements and completed all steps, it’s time to apply for your Tennessee affiliated broker’s license. You will need to apply within 6 months of passing the state licensing exam, including the national and state portions. The Tennessee Real Estate Commission charges an application fee of $91. You will need to apply for your license online.

In making your affiliate broker’s license application, you will need to include the following:

· License application with your photo. This is the photo that was taken at the PSI testing center after passing the state licensing exam.

· Diploma or other proof of high school graduation (or equivalent).

· Proof that you have satisfactorily completed the 30-hour Course for New Affiliates. You will need to download your certificate of completion from your RealEstateU account as soon as you pass the final course exam. This information is not automatically reported for this course.

· Proof of your errors and omissions insurance policy.

· Eligibility verification, if applicable.

· Proof that you have had your fingerprints taken (submitted through IndentoGO).


Related Questions

Is there a way to speed up the time it takes to get my TN license?

For the quickest service, you should make your application online at the Commission’s website, CORE. Applying via other means, such as email, fax, or postal mail, may cause a delay in review of your application.

Are attorneys exempt from the requirements for obtaining a TN license?

Attorneys are not exempt from the requirements for an affiliate broker application. However, if the attorney has satisfactorily completed certain relevant classes, those hours may be used to fulfill the education requirements for the original affiliate broker license.

What examinations do I need to take to get my TN license?

You will need to take two final course exams from your 60-hour and 30-hour required courses, as well as the state’s affiliate broker licensing exam. The state exam comes with two distinct sections: a national portion and a state portion.

What steps do I need to take to get my TN affiliate broker license?

Before applying for your affiliate broker license in Tennessee, you must meet three requirements.

Is there a character assessment as part of the TN application process?

According to TCA 62-13-303, licenses shall only be granted to persons who bear a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence to transact the business of affiliate broker in a manner to safeguard the interest of the public.

What are the questions that must be answered to take the state exam?

Candidates must answer a series of six questions. Answering “yes” to any of the first five questions could lower a candidate’s likelihood of being approved for a license in Tennessee.

What is the age requirement for getting a TN affiliate broker license?

You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a Tennessee affiliate broker license.

What is the minimum education required to apply for a TN license?

You will be required to show proof of a high school diploma or equivalent when making your application for an affiliate broker license.

Do I need to be a TN resident in order to apply for a TN license?

If you are a resident from another state, you may still apply for a Tennessee affiliate broker license if you hold a real estate salesperson license in your own state.

Will I need to provide a SSN to apply for a TN license?

All applicants for an affiliate broker license are required to submit an eligibility verification form. If you are claiming U.S. citizenship, you have the option of providing your social security number as part of your application in place of one of the following forms of identification with your application.

Can I get my TN license if I have a past arrest or conviction?

If you are on parole or probation, the Tennessee Real Estate Commission does not allow you to be scheduled for the state licensing exam until two years have passed from the date of expiration of probation, conviction, or release from incarceration, whichever is latest.

What are the requirements for applying for a license in TN?

In order to apply for an affiliate broker license in Tennessee, you must first meet the following three requirements.

What could keep me from receiving approval for a TN license?

The TREC carefully examines all applications for affiliate brokers. If you have been convicted of, pled no contest to, pled guilty to or been granted first offender treatment upon being charged with any criminal offense other than a traffic violation, you can expect your application to be especially scrutinized.

Does TN have any license accommodations for members of the military?

Military education, training, or experience can be considered as meeting the education requirements, in whole or in part, for an affiliate broker license if the Tennessee Real Estate Commission deems that it is equivalent to that required for licensure.

Can I get a real estate sales license in TN without becoming a broker?

Entry-level real estate licensees in Tennessee are considered affiliate brokers. This license is the equivalent of what is known as a real estate sales license in other states.

What is the cost of obtaining a Tennessee affiliate broker license?

1) Complete the 90-hour Tennessee Affiliate Broker real estate license course​: $149 2) Pass the real estate exam: $39/ attempt 3) Get Fingerprinted: $35 4) Submit your license application: $91 Total Cost: $314

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