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Kentucky Real Estate License Requirements

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

Licensing Board/Commission: Kentucky Real Estate Commission (KREC)

Kentucky Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • Kentucky real estate salesperson license: 6 semester credit hours in real estate courses from an accredited college/university or 96 classroom hours in real estate courses from a Kentucky Approved Proprietary School
  • • Kentucky real estate broker license: 21 credit hours (or 336 classroom hours) of qualifying education from an approved education provider.
  • Kentucky requires an additional 48 hours of post-license real estate classes within the first two (2) years. Courses must be approved by the Commission for post-license education credit to count.

Kentucky State Reciprocity:

Real estate commissions and boards across the country are adopting policies for a real estate agents in one state to more easily become licensed in another state.

Kentucky, however, does not have any such reciprocal relationships with other states.

Kentucky Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:

  • Real estate professionals in Kentucky must renew their licenses by December 31 every year
  • Licensees must take 6 hours of real estate CE each year between January 1 through December 31 (no credit will be carried into next calendar year), including 3 hours on approved legal topics
  • Once every four years, licensees must take the 6-hour Kentucky core course 


Kentucky Appraisal License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the Kentucky Real Estate Appraisers Board. 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.

Kentucky Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • Associate Real Property Appraiser
  • Licensed Real Property Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser
  • Certified General Real Property Appraiser

Kentucky Appraisal Licensure Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Must meet the educational requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • For Certified Residential level:  A minimum of an Associates Degree OR 21 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required. 
  • For Certified General level:  A minimum of a Bachelors Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required. 
  • Satisfactory completion of the state examination (Associate Appraisers are not required to take a state exam)
  • Submit application, required documents (including criminal background check), and associated fees.

Kentucky Appraisal Education Requirements:

  • 90 Hours for the Associate Real Property Appraisal 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)
  • 180 hours for the Licensed Appraiser which consist of the same 90 hours of Associate Real Property Appraiser education AND:  Income Property Appraisal (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), Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours), Advanced Residential Application and Case Studies (15 hours)
  • 200 Hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser which consist of the same 150 hours of Licensed Appraiser education AND:  Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours)
  • 300 hours for the Certified General Appraiser which includes the same 200 hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser education AND:  Income Property Appraisal (60 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)  

Experience Requirements:

  • Associate Real Property Appraiser – No experience requirement
  • Licensed Appraiser – 2000 hours in no less than 12 months
  • Certified Residential Appraiser – 2500 hours in no less than 30 months
  • Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in no less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals 

Kentucky Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • All Kentucky licensed/certified appraisers must complete a total of 14 hours of continuing education by June 30th of each year. 
  • All Kentucky licensed/certified appraisers must complete a 7 hour National USPAP Update course every even number year 
  • Continuing Education is due on or before May 16 of each year, beginning with the 2014 renewal year. Although the date for completing continuing education will change, the renewal period will continue to begin July 1 and end June 30.

Kentucky Home Inspection Requirements

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

Requirements to Become a Kentucky Home Inspector:

The Kentucky Office of Occupations and Profession Board of Home Inspectors establishes the Kentucky Home Inspector Licensing Requirements.

  • Kentucky home inspection education hours: 64 hours
  • Inspections: 3 unpaid inspections under the direct supervision of a Kentucky licensed home inspector. Direct supervision is defined as a Kentucky licensed home inspector being present during the 3 unpaid home inspections.
  • Exam Required: NHIE 
  • Application Fee: $250
  • Insurance Requirements: General liability coverage for at least $250,000
  • Background check required: Kentucky State Police and FBI (includes fingerprinting)
  • Minimum age requirement: 18
  • Notarized application is not required
  • A High School Diploma or GED is required

Home Inspection License Expiration: Every two years, even, on last day of birth month

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: 14 hours of continuing education are required annually to renew license, after initial renewal license will expire even numbered years with a total of 28 hours needed.