Hawaii Salesperson Pre-Licensing How To Get Your HI Real Estate License

5 Steps Toward Getting Your Hawaii Salesperson License

Getting your Hawaii real estate license might seem daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process.

Read on to learn about the five steps you’ll need to complete before starting your career in Hawaii real estate. To learn about how much it costs to get your real estate license, visit our Hawaii Pre-Licensing pricing page.

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To start:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or an alien authorized to work in the United States.
  • You must be at least 18 years old by the examination date.
  • You must have a reputation for or a record of competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity, and fair dealing.

  1. Complete 60 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education.

    Successfully complete an approved 60 clock-hour Pre-Licensing Salesperson course. Learn more about your package options here.

    For graduates of an accredited law school, those that have received a degree from a university with a major course of study in real estate, former licensees, or those with a current license in another jurisdiction seeking licensure in Hawaii, please see the Hawaii Real Estate Branch website for detailed education and examination requirements for each candidate’s situation.

  2. Pass the course final exam.

    After you complete all the course materials and meet the minimum seat time requirement, there is a course final exam. This exam consists of 130 questions and the minimum passing score is 70%. Course completions are valid for two years from the date of issuance.

  3. Pass the Hawaii licensing exam.

    Next, you will take and pass the Hawaii Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Exam, which is administered by PSI.

    The National portion of this exam consists of 80 questions and a 150-minute time allowance, and the State portion consists of 50 questions and a 90-minute time allowance. For more information, see the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin.

    Beginning January 21, 2021, the state is providing the option of taking the licensing exam remotely instead of at a physical testing center location. PSI will have in-person on site testing available for those students who wish to take the exam in-person instead of online. An exam can be scheduled at this link.

    • No candidate will be able to schedule their licensing exam on January 19, 2021.
    • Scheduing resumes January 20, 2021 and PSI launches the remote proctoring option for HI licensing candidates.
    • Beginning January 21, 2021, students will be able to take remote proctored exams.

    Please see the video below further details on remote proctoring with PSI, or call PSI at their dedicated number for candidates with scheduling/issues on their exam - (855) 579-4640.

    If you want help passing your Hawaii real estate exam, The CE Shop also offers comprehensive Exam Prep tailored to Hawaii.

  4. Complete and submit your licensing application.

    Your test center personnel will give you the instructions and application form, along with the score report and any other documentation as required per the instructions. You must file an application within two years of passing the licensing examination. The completed application, fees, and required documents should be sent by mail or hand-delivered.

  5. Choose a sponsoring broker.

    To be licensed on active status, you must be employed or associated with a current and active Hawaii real estate brokerage firm or sole proprietor. Picking the right broker to work with is a key factor towards success as you build your new career. Here are some questions to consider when looking for a sponsoring 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?


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