When it comes to licensing their real estate professionals, the state of Michigan doesn’t skimp. Not only do they require 40 hours of pre-licensure education, but they also ask you to take and pass an exam. But don’t panic. You can put some tips in place to give yourself the best chance to pass your Michigan real estate exam.
Before you can qualify to take the exam, though, you need to take some other steps first. If you already know the process, skip to the next section. But if you don’t, here’s a quick look at your path leading up to the Michigan real estate exam.
Assuming you meet the minimum requirements (are at least 18, are a U.S. citizen, and don’t have a criminal background), your first step is to register with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation (LARA). It’s fairly easy to do; all you need is a computer with an internet connection.
Head to LARA’s internet Commercial Occupation Licensing Application (iCOLA) webpage to start the process to create an account. The first step will ask for your license number, but don’t worry. You can just leave that section blank.
Once you register, you’ll have access to the online Michigan real estate salesperson registration form. But you can’t complete it until you’ve finished the required pre-licensure education.
Next up, LARA requires you to complete 40 hours of education to prepare you to work as a real estate salesperson. Fortunately, the state has approved providers who offer the hours online so you can knock them out at your pace and at your convenience.
Once you finish your hours, your education provider issues you a Certificate of Completion. You’ll need this for the next step.
Now, head back to the iCOLA portal to complete and submit your application to work as a real estate salesperson in Michigan. Have a credit card handy; you’ll need to pay the $88 application fee.
Next up, you need to schedule, take, and pass your Michigan real estate exam. Once LARA authorizes you to take this test, you can schedule it with PSI, the state’s testing partner. The test is closed-book and three hours long. It costs $79 each time you take it. But don’t worry. We’ll give you tips in the next section to help you pass it in one go.
After you pass the exam, you get your picture taken at the exam site and LARA immediately issues you your Michigan real estate salesperson license. Find a broker to oversee you and you’re ready to start working.
It all seems pretty straightforward — except for the exam. Most people report that the three-hour test is the most difficult part of the real estate licensure process in Michigan. Fortunately, we have some tips to help you out.
Tests can be stressful, but with 40 hours of prep work and plenty of resources to help you acclimate to the exam style, you’ll breeze through it.