Article Summary: This article will help anyone looking for information pertaining to a real estate license in the state of Wisconsin or anyone looking to become a real estate agent or realtor in Wisconsin. Contents of this article may include information on real estate education, schools, training courses, continuing education, tests and exams, laws, license requirements, renewal information, forms and more..


Real estate licenses in Wisconsin are issued by the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing in Madison. The department licenses and regulates over 100 professions with the mission of protecting the citizens. The Wisconsin Real Estate Board shares the authority and responsibility of the department. The office of the Real Estate Board is in Madison.

In Wisconsin, there are three levels of real estate licenses. They are Real Estate Apprentice, Real Estate Salesperson, and Real Estate Broker.



 The requirements for a real estate apprentice license in Wisconsin include being 18 years of age and passing a general knowledge test.  Apprentices work directly under the supervision of a licensed broker.  They are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week over three or more days, and six of the 20 hours are to be spent in the study of real estate laws, regulations and procedures

The requirements for a real estate salesperson license in Wisconsin include having successfully completed at least 72 hours of approved real estate courses at an approved real estate school, or, a transcript showing 10 academic semester-hour credits in real estate or real estate related law completed at an institution of higher education, or a photocopy of current bar membership or a certificate of good standing in the Wisconsin State Bar. Applicants must also successfully passing the real estate exams.
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Nonresident salesperson applicants who have held an active salesperson's license in another state within the two years preceding the Wisconsin application may take the Wisconsin Reciprocity Course through the Wisconsin Realtors Association prior to taking the real estate salesperson's exam. Nonresident salesperson applicants need to successfully complete 13 specific hours of approved courses and successfully complete at least 10 semester-hour credits of approved courses.

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The requirements for a real estate broker license in Wisconsin include a specific 36-hour brokers course of approved education programs in business management from an approved Wisconsin school AND if applicant does not presently hold a salesperson's license in Wisconsin, applicant must also complete the 72-hour salesperson education requirement, or, a transcript showing 20 academic semester-hours credit in real estate or real estate related law completed at an accredited institution of higher education AND if applicant does not presently hold a salesperson's license in Wisconsin, applicant must also complete the 72-hour salesperson education requirement.

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Nonresident broker applicants who have held an active broker's license in another state within the two years preceding the Wisconsin application may take the Wisconsin Reciprocity Course through the Wisconsin Realtors Association prior to taking the real estate broker's exam.

All applicants for a real estate license need to apply for their license within one year of passing the real estate exams, and once licensed, all agents need to complete continuing education requirements.

The Wisconsin real estate examinations are under the supervision of Pearson Vue and applicants can apply for the exam directly with them online. The examination fee for either a salesperson or a broker is $69.00. The testing centers are located throughout the state.

The fee for a new license, either salesperson or broker is $75.  Renewal fees are $82.

All Wisconsin real estate agent licenses expire biannually on December 31st of even-numbered years. When real estate agent licenses are not renewed on time and need to be reinstated, the reinstatement fee for either a broker or salesperson license that has been expired for over five years is $107.00.

Wisconsin has reciprocity agreement with Illinois and Indiana. The license fee for a reciprocal broker license is $128.00 and for a reciprocal salesperson license is $83.00.

Effective 12/15/08 all licensees must complete 18 hours of continuing education in each biennium through six approved 3-hour courses. Courses 1, 2, 3 and 4 and two elective courses are required.

Licensees may pass a 60-question test-out exam in lieu of completing the continuing education courses. The test-out exam is administered from July 1 of each odd-numbered year to June 30 of each even-numbered year by Pearson Vue. If a licensee fails to take the exam during this one year period, they must complete the education courses at an approved provider.

Real estate careers are strengthened by membership in the many organizations that provide services for the professional agent. Organizations like the Wisconsin Realtors Association and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) assist many in locating real estate jobs within the industry. The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) and The National Association of Realtors (NAR), the world's largest professional association, are excellent resources for real estate education and professional enrichment.

Wisconsin Real Estate Forms

Wisconsin Reciprocity States

  • Most real estate forms can be obtained online. Ones listed below pertain to new salespersons and brokers.
  • Illinois
  • Indiana

(as of 2/23/2010)

Wisconsin Approved Real Estate Schools Prelicensing and Postlicensing Education

Community Colleges

Blackhawk Technical College
Fox Valley Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Western Technical College
Private Schools

ABC School of Real Estate (Appleton)
Central Wisconsin Real Estate School (Beaver Dam)
Kenosha School of Real Estate (Kenosha)
Laurel Stone School of Real Estate (Appleton)
Wisconsin Realtors Association (Madison)
Last Update:  3/1/2010
This list may not include all approved schools. Please visit The Wisconsin Real Estate Board website for the latest list of approved real estate schools.