The Vermont Real Estate Commission governs all real estate licensing. If you would like to facilitate real estate transactions in the state of Vermont you must first procure a license.
- 18 years of age or older
- Never convicted of a crime involving fraud
- 40 hours of real estate pre-licensing education
- Passing score on licensing exam
- Employed by a principal broker
- US Social Security Number or Passport Number
Pre-licensing Education Requirement
According to the Vermont Real Estate Commission you must complete 40 hours of pre-licensing education with one of their pre-approved providers. The 40-hour curriculum will offer the information necessary for passing the licensing examination. Once you complete this requirement you must procure documentation from the educational provider.
Registering for the Vermont Real Estate Licensing Examination
The test is given by Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP), at their testing center locations in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York. You may not appear for testing without arranging an appointment with AMP. The $110 testing fee is due at the time of registration and is nonrefundable. You may register online with a VISA or MasterCard. The other acceptable way to register is through standard mail. You must complete the registration form found at the end of the Candidate Handbook and submit $110 in the form of cashier’s check or money order. You must wait 2-4 weeks for an eligibility notice from AMP before scheduling your exam.
Taking the Vermont Real Estate Licensing Examination
On the day of your scheduled test you should arrive to the testing center promptly. If you arrive more than 15 minutes past your scheduled appointment time, you will not be able to test and will forfeit the testing fee. Note that AMP testing centers are located within H&R Block offices.
You will need to bring two forms of identification with you. One ID must be government issued with your photograph and signature. The other ID must have your name pre-printed and your signature. You should not bring any unnecessary items with you into the testing center. You will be provided a soft locker for storing watches, hats, jackets, and purses. The testing center will provide you with scratch paper and pencils. You may bring a silent, non-programmable, batter-operated, non-alphabetic calculator for math calculations.
You will be provided with a testing computer. Before beginning the examination you will have the opportunity to practice using the computer until you feel comfortable. Once you are familiar with the computer, you may choose to begin the examination. You will have four hours to complete the entire test once the first question appears on your screen.
The test is composed of two sections: state and national. You must pass both sections in order to qualify for licensure. If you do not pass both sections in the first attempt, you may retake the sections individually until you pass ($110 for each retake). You will have to wait 24 hours before scheduling to retake the exam. The state portion is 36 scored questions, 5 may be added as experimental non-scored items. The national portion consists of 100 scored questions with an additional 5 non-scored items. The questions will be intermixed with no differentiation between exam sections.
The exam scores are determined using the Angoff method to increase the test validity and reliability. Therefore, passing scores (in relation to raw scores) may vary between test forms.
Applying for a Vermont Real Estate License
Once you have successfully passed both portions of the licensing exam you may apply for your license. License applications can be found on the Real Estate Commission’s website or at the end of the Candidate Handbook. You will need your employing broker to complete part of the form and provide his/her signature. The application fee of $50 is due at the time of your application submission.