By the Division of Professional Licensure

September 20, 2010

RE: Change to Initial Licensure Requirements for Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons

This letter from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons (Board) serves to notify you that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a statutory amendment to the initial licensure requirements to obtain a Real Estate Broker and Real Estate Salesperson License. The statutory amendment, effective date of June 1, 2011, increases the number of real estate pre-licensure education hours and increases the length of affiliation required to obtain a broker license.

On or about August 11, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick approved a statutory amendment to Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 112, Section 87SS. As of June 1, 2011, the Board shall require the following:

1. Prior to the salesperson examination, a candidate for a salesperson license shall complete forty (40) hours of pre-licensure salesperson education.

2. Prior to the broker examination, a salesperson shall complete forty (40) hours of pre-licensure broker education AND must affiliate with a broker for three (3) years for a broker license.

The statutory amendment serves to address the concerns of Real Estate Schools with respect to providing real estate students with sufficient instruction time for the licensure examination, and more importantly, entry into the real estate profession.

The Board appreciates your cooperation and patience as the Board implements the statutory amendment. If you have any questions, you may call the Board at (617) 727-2373. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons