Before you begin, make sure you’re a California resident. You must be at least 18 years old to be eligible to sit for the state’s real estate exam. You must have completed at least 135 hours of college courses in real estate, according to the DRE’s requirements. You can fulfill this requirement by attending one of four different types of courses. You must then apply for the California real estate license exam, pay the licensing fee, and provide fingerprints. Once you’ve paid for your training, you need to take the actual exam within two years.
Once you’ve applied, the DRE will mail or email your license. Once you have it, contact brokerages to get started in real estate. If you’re a recent graduate, you can also contact a local brokerage to find a job. You can also work with a real estate school to get connected to brokerages. A successful licensing process will allow you to start your career with an established real estate firm in your hometown.
If you’re not interested in attending a traditional college, consider attending an online real estate school. California’s public university systems have a number of courses that meet Real Estate Commissioner requirements. If you’re a graduate of an out-of-state school, make sure to get your education evaluated by a DRE-approved Credentials Evaluation Service, and provide written evidence of its evaluation.