Rhode Island Real Estate Education Requirements
The information below is a summary of the minimum requirements set forth by the State of Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation. For a more detailed requirements breakdown, please see the board's site.
If you hold Real Estate licenses in multiple states, please make sure to check each state's requirements.
•Licenses issued before January 1, 2020 – April 30th of every even-numbered year.
•Licenses issued after January 1, 2020 – Every two (2) years on the anniversary of the date the license was issued.
Hours Required by Rhode Island Real Estate Commission: 24 hours
•9 mandatory hours
o3 hours in Fair Housing
o6 hours in any mandatory subject**
•15 elective hours
There is a one-time requirement for all licensees to take a lead poisoning/lead hazard mitigation course of not less than 3 hours if they did not already take it to gain licensure. The Rhode Island Lead Paint Mitigation course may be taken again for mandatory credit in a separate cycle if desired.
•Rhode Island law defining relationships between licensees and consumers;
•Rhode Island law pertaining to real estate licensure;
•Rhode Island landlord-tenant law;
•The law of contracts;
•Federal, Rhode Island, and local law pertaining to fair housing and the treatment of any individual in a protected class as designated in the Rhode Island Fair Housing Practices Act;
•Lead hazard mitigation or other environmental issues pertaining to real property;
•Local ordinances and regulations pertaining to residential real estate;
•Financing the purchase of real estate
•Ethical considerations in real estate transactions; or
•Coastal real estate, wetlands, flood plains and sea-rise.
Final Exam: While students are required to demonstrate mastery of the content at certain levels of the course, there are no passing requirement for the final exam.
Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after enrollment date.
Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your student dashboard.
Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.