You will start with an Affiliate Broker License

The 60 hours of Prelicensing education can be completed in as little as two weeks. Some people schedule the exam for the following week. Completing all requirements can be done in approximately a month.

Affiliate Brokers: To obtain an Affiliate Broker (Salesperson) license:

  • Prelicense Education: 60-Hour Classroom Prelicense Course and 30-Hour Course for New Affiliates
  • Continuing Education: 16 hours, Continuing Education, must Include 6-Hour Core CE course.


  • Prelicense: 120 hours including the 30-hour course Office Brokerage Management, Prebroker course. 
  • Post License: 120 hours during the first 3 years of broker licensure. 
  • Continuing Education: Brokers licensed after January 1, 2005, must complete 16 hours of continuing education, including the 6-Hour Core course, in the next renewal period after completing 120 hours of post license education. The 16-hour CE requirement must be completed every 2 years in order to renew the broker’s license.

What is the 6- Hour Core CE Course?

  • The Core Course is a specific 6-hour course designated by the Commission which is required to be taken by licensees as part of the 16-hour continuing education requirement. Licensees should remember that a failure to complete the Core Course will prevent renewal of the license.


Prelicense in TN: Tennessee does allow this.

The initial licensee in Tennessee is called an Affiliate Broker. Each Affiliate Broker must place their license with a Broker. To become a Broker you must have at least three years experience, complete 120 hours of additional education and pass the Broker exam. You may still work with another real estate company or you may now start your own company.

No. Being an Affiliate Broker means you have a license from the Tennessee Real Estate Commission which is the state governing body. Becoming a Realtor means you have joined the National Association of Realtors which is a trade association. There is no requirement in Tennessee to join the association although a majority of agents are Realtors and are part of their local association.

You may complete any education requirements and then retire your license or place it in inactive status. By paying a small renewal fee, you can keep it in a retired status until you are ready to be active again.

Yes, all Affiliate Brokers must complete 16 hours of approved continuing education every two years for renewal of the license.

No – Many people start on a Part-time basis. In fact, some people remain Part-time throughout their career

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