California Real Estate License Renewal Requirements

CA Real Estate License Renewal Brokers renewing for the first time

45 hours of continuing education. Courses must include:

  • 3 hours Ethics
  • 3 hours Agency
  • 3 hours Fair Housing
  • 3 hours Trust Fund Handling
  • 3 hours Risk Management
  • 3 hours Management and Supervision
  • 18 hours of Consumer Protection


Salespersons or Brokers second and subsequent renewals

45 hours of continuing education. Courses must include:

  • 3 hours Ethics
  • 3 hours Agency
  • 3 hours Fair Housing
  • 3 hours Trust Fund Handling
  • 3 hours Risk Management
  • 3 hours Management and Supervision
  • 18 hours of Consumer Protection


Salespersons renewing for the first time

45 hours of continuing education. Courses must include:

  • 3 hours Ethics
  • 3 hours Agency
  • 3 hours Fair Housing
  • 3 hours Trust Fund Handling
  • 3 hours Risk Management
  • 3 hours Management and Supervision
  • 18 hours of Consumer Protection


Renewal Cycle:

Every 4 years from the licensed year on actual date licensed was issued

Inactive: No CE is required while license is inactive. CE must be completed to return to active status. License can only be inactive for 2 years from license expiration date, after that state exam must be retaken.

Exempt: 70/30 Continuing Education Exemption. Pursuant to Business and Professions (B&P) Code Section 10170.8, real estate licensees who submit satisfactory evidence to the Commissioner that they are 70 years of age or older and have been "licensees in good standing" for 30 continuous years in California are exempt from the continuing education requirements for license renewal. A "licensee in good standing" is one who holds an active license which has not been suspended, revoked or restricted as a result of disciplinary action. To request a continuing education exemption please contact CalBRE.