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Colorado Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the Colorado education requirements for real estate licensing and renewal.

Licensing Board/Commission: Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)

Colorado Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • Colorado real estate salesperson license: N/A
  • Colorado real estate broker license: 168 hours of qualifying education comprised of mandatory courses required by the Colorado Real Estate Commission

This includes:

    • 48 hours of Real Estate Law & Practice
    • 48 hours of Colorado Contracts and Regulations
    • 8 hours of Trust Accounts and Record Keeping
    • 8 hours of Current Legal Issues
    • 32 hours of Practical Applications

Substitution:  A degree from an accredited degree-granting college or university with a major course of study in real estate. Original transcripts must be provided upon application. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted to the Division for review prior to taking the broker’s exam.


Colorado State Reciprocity:

If you hold a real estate license in one of the 49 states, Colorado will accept your application for licensure with limited examination and or pre-license education.

Applicants who hold a non-expired license in another jurisdiction for at least two years and desire employing-level certification need to complete the 24-hour Broker Administration course.

Applicants with an expired license or who have been actively license for less than two years will need the following:

  • Salesperson: 120 hours including 48 hours Colorado Contracts & Regulations, 8 hours Trust Accounts & Recordkeeping, 8 hours Current Legal Issues, 24 hours Real Estate Closings, and 32 hours Practical Applications
  • Broker: 72 hours including 48 hours Colorado Contracts & Regulations, and 24 hours Real Estate Closings


Colorado Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:

Real estate broker licenses in Colorado need to be renewed every three years from the date the license is issued. To renew, licensees need to complete:

  • 24 hours of real estate CE  
  • 12 hours need to be the Annual Commission Update course*, 4 hours taken each year for 3 years

*4-hour Annual Commission Update course not offered through Mbition Learn Real Estate


Colorado Appraisal License Requirements

Learn about the appraisal education needs for licensing and renewal in Colorado.

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). The information provided below can be found on the Board’s website. However, we recommend you contact the Board for more detailed information and for any changes which may have occurred.

Colorado Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • State Licensed Appraiser
  • Certified Residential License
  • Certified General License

Colorado Appraisal Licensure Requirements to Become an Appraiser:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must meet the educational requirement for the applying level of appraiser licensure
  • Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of appraiser licensure
  • For Certified Residential level, one of the following is required:
  • For Certified General level:  A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required. An alternative to the education requirement is also available: 5 years of experience, 5 years without any disciplinary action and completion of specific additional education
  • Satisfactory completion of the state examination
  • Submit application, required documents, and associated fees
  • Bachelor degree in ANY field
  • Associate's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, or Real Estate
  • Completion of 30 hours of (1) relevant coursework, or (2) College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams (3) or some mix of both 

Colorado Appraiser Education Requirements:

  • 150 hours for the State Licensed Appraiser which consist of the following courses:  Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours), 15 Hour National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours), Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours), Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 Hours), Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approach (30 hours)
  • 200 Hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser which consist of the same 150 hours of Licensed Appraiser education AND:  Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours), Advanced Residential Application and Case Studies (15 hours), Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours)
  • 300 hours for the Certified General Appraiser which includes the same 200 hours for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser education AND:  General Appraiser Sales Comparison and Income Approach (15 hours), General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), General Appraiser Income Approach (45 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)

Experience Requirements:

  • State Licensed Appraiser – 1000 hours in 6 months
  • Certified Residential Appraiser – 1500 hours in 12 months
  • Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in 18 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals

Colorado Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • For initial licenses issued on or after July 1 of any year, there shall be no continuing education appraiser class requirement as a condition of renewal of such initial license that expires December 31 of the year of issue. For initial licenses issued before July 1 of any year, there shall be an obligation to complete 14 hours of continuing education appraiser classes as a condition of renewal before the initial license expires on December 31 of the year of issue
  • Each applicant for renewal of a license shall complete at least 42 classroom hours of real estate appraisal continuing education during the three year period preceding expiration of the appraiser license to be renewed
  • The 7-hour USPAP Update course or its equivalent must be taken every other year
  • NOTE:  It is advisable to check with the appropriate Colorado Regulatory Agencies to confirm program/course work will satisfy initial or renewal licensing or certification of that agency

Colorado Home Inspection Requirements

Learn about the home inspection courses and qualifications needed for certification and renewal in Colorado.  

Requirements to Become a Home Inspector: There are no current requirements 

Home Inspection License Expiration: N/A

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: No CE currently required