Frequently Asked Questions

What do I have to do to become a licensed real estate salesperson in Ohio?
  1. You must be honest, truthful and of good reputation.
  2. You must be at least 18 years old.
  3. You must be sponsored by an Ohio Broker.
  4. You must not have been convicted of a felony or crime or moral turpitude, adjudged by a court to have violated any civil rights laws regarding real estate within the past two years or violated any rules of the Ohio Division of Real Estate. If you have been found to have done so, you must have satisfied the Superintendent that you will not violate such laws or rules again.
  5. If you were born after 1950, you must have a high school diploma or its equivalent as recognized by the Ohio Department of Education.
  6. Complete the education requirements:
  • Real Estate Principles and Practices (40 hours)
  • Ohio Real Estate Law, including instruction in civil rights, housing discrimination and desegregation problems (40 hours)
  • Real Estate Appraisal (20 hours)
  • Real Estate Finance (20 hours)

Please note: Any person who has not been licensed as a real estate salesperson or broker within a four-year period immediately preceding his/her current application for the salesperson's exam must have completed the above classroom instruction within a 10-year period immediately preceding the current salesperson application. This education must have been completed at an institution of higher education that awards a degree in at least a two-year program [i.e. an associate degree].

The above courses must be taken at an institution of higher education, such as Lakeland Community College, which is defined as a school which actually awards a degree in at least a two-year program (i.e. an associate degree). Lakeland Community College's real estate curriculum is fully approved by the Ohio Department of Real Estate. Lakeland Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Real Requirements Sales Person License (PDF)

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How do I learn more about the required courses?

Course descriptions for each of the four required courses are located in Lakeland's college catalog.

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How quickly can I complete the required real estate course work?

Lakeland students may complete all four courses during one semester, or schedule classes over a longer period of time. Flexible class schedules include convenient eight week semester sessions and five-week summer sessions. Visit our catalog and our credit schedule. From the credit schedule, select Real Estate Classes.

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How do I become a residential real estate appraiser?

Education and experience requirements to become an appraiser in Ohio are determined by the Ohio Dept. of Commerce Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing.  While Lakeland does not offer any appraisal courses beyond REST 1400 – Real Estate Appraisal, we can help meet the college-level education requirements required.

For more information on requirements to become an appraiser, visit

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Is financial aid available?

Contact Lakeland's Financial Office for further information about grant, loan and scholarship opportunities.

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What do I need to do in addition to completing the course work?

After completion of pre-licensure education and other requirements, you must submit an application to the Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing BEFORE scheduling an examination. Application forms may be obtained online at

Salesperson License Examination Application (PDF)

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Where can I learn more about preparing for and taking the real estate salesperson exam?

More information is available online at

Before paying for examination registration, it is recommended that candidates review and understand the contents of the Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing Real Estate Salesperson and Broker Candidate Information Bulletin. This document contains information on registration and scheduling procedures, examination sites, tips for preparing for the examination, examination study materials, sample questions, and more.

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After completing the required courses, how do I apply for and receive Lakeland's Ohio Real Estate Salesperson Certificate (2072)?

In order to receive a diploma or certificate from the college, students must submit an application. Applications can be obtained online through myLakeland:

  1. Follow this link to my Grad App (myLakeland login required)
  2. Click or tap "Apply Now!"

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