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How to get a real estate license in North Carolina.

If you are ready to jump into the North Carolina real estate market and become the awesome realtor you always wanted to become, there are a few steps you need to take first.

Real estate schools in NC make it easy for novices to complete the proper licensing steps. By attending the courses offered by these schools, participants can quickly fulfill most of the local licensing requirements. They can then breeze through the remaining steps to jumpstart their careers.

DASH Carolina is excited to be partnering with one of the most highly reviewed real estate school in NC – Kaplan Real Estate Education.

Getting Started

To help everyone get started with their NC real estate career with confidence, here are the steps on how to move through this process and what to expect along the way…

Anyone can start working toward their real estate license in North Carolina as early as age 18. The licensing process aims to prepare people to excel in their career, so it is quite intensive.

The process begins with the completion of one 75-hour pre-licensing course. After completing the class and passing the course test, you are eligible to schedule the proctored state exam.

Upon passing the state/national exam, you’ll have a provisional license in the state of North Carolina.

Many of the real estate schools in NC offer practice tests for an additional charge. The practice exams allow participants to see example questions and navigate through the test format. They are a great idea for those who are unsure of what to expect or who would like a little extra time to prepare.

All participants must pass both sections of the exam to apply for their real estate license in NC.

The last thing to do to become a licensed real estate agent is to wait for approval from the NCREC. Although the approval process tends to take only seven days, new application processing can take much longer. Demand on the department greatly impacts processing time, so it might be best to expect approval to take several weeks.

Once approval comes through, the applicant is officially licensed as a real estate agent in North Carolina. They must then adhere to all the continuing education requirements to maintain their license and stay in good standing. If their application was denied, they will need to fix the indicated areas and complete the application process once again.

By working through this process, you can make your dreams a reality. You just need to take it step by step and remain focused on the goal of building a truly successful real estate career.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time…With that same approach, you can become an accomplished real estate producer and excel in your career.

After completing the required courses and passing the exams, prospective real estate agents have everything they need to apply for a license — except the backing of a licensed broker. All provisional brokers in NC are required to have an appointed Broker In Charge (BIC) before practicing Real Estate.

If you’re looking for an awesome brokerage to back you up…you’re already in the right place.


To remove your provisional status, you must complete three 30-hour post-licensing courses. The primary objective of these courses is to provide instruction at a level beyond that provided in pre-licensing on topics deemed to be of special importance. They are available to take in-person and/or online to fit any schedule.


Let’s make it easy

DASH Carolina is excited to be in partnership with Kaplan Real Estate School, one of the most highly reviewed real estate school in North Carolina. Follow this link to sign up and kickstart your career with DASH!

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