Frequently Asked Questions

What Must I Know About Real Estate License Requirements in Tennessee?

The TREC requires that applicants:

  1. Be 18 years or older to submit a licensing application after passing the official licensing exams. The online courses (pre-licensing education and exam prep) and the official licensing exams may be taken and completed prior to turning 18.
  2. Submit fingerprints for a background check.
  3. Provide proof of a high school diploma or equivalent certification.
  4. Provide proof of completion of 60 credit hours of education before sitting for the PSI exam and have completed the 30-hour New Affiliates course before applying for a license. Kaplan will provide you with completion certificates.
  5. Successfully pass the state and national portions of the real estate exam. Both exams must be taken and passed within 6 months of each other and submitted to the TREC.

Who Can Qualify for This Program?

High school seniors graduating in 2024 are eligible to participate in this program.

What Are The Benefits of Becoming a Real Estate Agent?

Real estate agents are often their own boss.

Agents are typically independent contractors and control their own schedule, but they are also responsible for generating leads and networking to earn commission or from sales.

Real estate agents can earn a good income.

Real estate agents earn a commission or flat fee on the sale of real estate property. Income is not limited by an hourly wage or salary and is affected by the time that is invested. The first sale could take a couple of months or more before income is recognized, so it is best to have some savings to start.

Real estate agents work flexible schedules.

Agents do not work typical business hours, and a schedule can be set that works for the individual. However, agents need to be flexible to adjust to clients’ needs, which tend to be when others are not working.

Real estate agents help people with their largest transactions.

Agents get satisfaction from helping their clients find their perfect home or sell their property. It can be a stressful time for clients, so agents need to be confident and understanding.

How do I apply for the program?

Please complete this application. Due to overwhelming public interest, the program will be closed to new applicants starting on June 7. We will reopen the program to new applicants at a future date to be determined.

What is the Tennessee Real Estate Commission?

Formed in 1951, the Tennessee Real Estate Commission (TREC) licenses, registers and regulates real estate brokers and affiliate brokers, real estate firms, rental location agents, time-share salespersons and developments, vacation clubs, and vacation lodging services. TREC also enacts rules addressing professional conduct and standards of practice. 

If I have questions about the program, who do I call?

Contact TREC Executive Director Denise Baker at