How to Become a Licensed Real Estate Practitioner
The Pre-Licensure requirements for Massashusetts were revised in 2010. For those beginning their pursuit of a real estate license, Massachusetts law requires the completion of 40 hours of pre-licensing instruction through a state-approved real estate school before you may sit for the salesperson's exam.  Separately, those wishing to obtain a real estate broker's license must complete 40 hours of classroom instruction and must have had worked with a real estate brokerage firm for at least three years prior to applying for a broker's license and sitting for the exam.   The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation web site has more information about licensing.

While the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® does not offer the salespersons and brokers' pre-licensing classes, several local REALTORS® associations do, including those located in Boston, Danvers, Pembroke, Reading, Springfield, Stoughton, Taunton and West Yarmouth.  Be sure to contact the REALTORS® association in your area by accessing our directory or consult a comprehensive listing of state-approved real estate schools in Massachusetts by clicking here.  For more information on becoming a licensed real estate agent or broker, the rules and regulations governing licensed real estate practitioners, and to obtain licensing applications, log onto the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers & Salespersons website

Once you have successfully completed the state licensing exam you may affiliate with any real estate broker you wish.  Real estate brokers, of course, may also choose to open their own office.  Regardless of which license you obtain, we invite you to consider joining the REALTOR® organization, a voluntary professional trade association, which boasts more than 20,000 members in Massachusetts and over 1,000,000 members across the U.S.  For information on how to apply for REALTOR® membership in Massachusetts visit our How to Become a REALTOR® section.