How to Become a Realtor in Wisconsin


Becoming a Realtor in Wisconsin requires obtaining a real estate license issued from the state. The real estate license is obtained by attending real estate classes for a designated number of hours and passing the state exam for Wisconsin Realtors. The exam can be taken numerous times, but a real estate license will not be issued until the exam has been passed. All Wisconsin Realtors are required to take continuing education courses once they are licensed.

  • Attend 72 hours of pre-licensing education courses in Wisconsin. Classes are held in a number of education centers located throughout Wisconsin, which can be found on the Wisconsin Realtors Association website. As of 2010, the pre-license course costs $325 per person.

  • Complete the 72 hour pre-licensing course with a passing grade before you sign up to take the Wisconsin state license exam, given by Pearson VUE Examination Services. As of 2010, the exam costs $79.

  • Register for the exam by contacting an employee at Any person attempting to obtain a Wisconsin real estate license must prove they are a United States resident prior to taking the licensing exam. Acceptable proof of citizenship includes a birth certificate, US passport, Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship.

Tips & Warnings

  • Out-of-state Realtors who have obtained their license within two years may take the Wisconsin licensing exam without the 72 hours of pre-licensing classes.

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