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What To Expect When You Take Your NC Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course

If you’re considering a career in real estate, you’ll have to take a pre-licensing course to become licensed in your state.

But what can you expect when you enroll in one of these courses? How long does it take? How much does it cost?

Here’s a rundown of what you can expect when you take your NC real estate pre-licensing course.

NC Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course: What To Expect

Eligibility and Background check: In North Carolina,  you must be at least 18 years old. You’ll also need to pass a criminal background check to be eligible for a real estate license in North Carolina. Before applying for your license online, you must obtain a Criminal check no more than 6 months old.

Your Criminal Record Check must be processed through Once your Criminal Record is checked, visit the Commission’s website to apply for your NC Provisional Broker’s license.

After processing your application, the Commission will email you a Notice of Exam Eligibility. This notice allows you to schedule an exam through PSI. The Notice of Exam Eligibility is valid for 6 months.

Length of the course: In North Carolina, the pre-licensing course is a 75-hour course typically spread over several weeks. This can vary depending on the provider, so check with your chosen course provider for specific details.

Format of the course: The pre-licensing course is typically offered in a few different formats, including online or in-person. Online courses offer flexibility and the ability to study at your own pace, while in-person courses offer a more structured, classroom-style learning environment.

Final exam: The state licensing exam consists of a national and state portion, each of which must be passed to become licensed. The national portion of the exam contains 80 multiple-choice questions, while the state portion has 40. To pass, you must answer at least 57 of the 80 national questions correctly and 29 out of the 40 state questions correctly. You have 90 minutes to take the state’s part and 150 minutes to take the national portion.

Also, you must pass both test sections before your eligibility period expires. If you do not, you will have to retake and pass both portions within a subsequent eligibility period of 180 days. The application fee is $56 for the exam.

Receive Your Broker’s License: After you take the state exam, PSI will send your results to the Commission. You will also be reviewed for character issues. If you do not have any character issues and fill out the application correctly (including all necessary supporting documents), the Commission will mail your license to you within 10 days of passing its licensing exam.


Taking an NC real estate pre-licensing course is important in your journey to becoming a licensed real estate agent. By being prepared for what to expect, you can focus on studying and learning the material to set yourself up for success on the final exam and licensing exam.

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