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  1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  3. Must not have a felony conviction in state or federal court within the last 5 years, or a misdemeanor involving fraud, misrepresentation or dishonest or dishonorable dealing in a state or federal court within the last 5 years.
  4. Complete and pass your 90 hour pre-licensing classes here at NIREA. (not available online) $795 total tuition includes all books and materials, plus an exam study text book and Jump Drive!
  5. Submit a fingerprint background check (through Pearson Vue). These take approximately 2 weeks to process. You may get your fingerprints taken before you start our real estate school. Otherwise, you can have these taken at the same time you take your final test at the testing center.
  6. Pass the Idaho National/State exam with a 70% or better score (through Pearson Vue).
  7. Submit a fully completed application for your real estate license to the Idaho Real Estate Commission (IREC) with the $160 fee. Including proof of a business Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance policy to the state. Speak with your new broker about this when you choose an office. They will direct you to their company plan. E&O insurance cost is approximately $208 per year.

License period is for 2 years (a licensee’s first cycle is dependent upon when you apply for license). The average start up costs to become licensed is approximately $1,500-$1,800 (includes pre-licensing education and estimating desk fees, REALTOR® dues, MLS fees, business cards, flyers and any other items your Broker may require you to obtain). Check out our “FAQ’s” page for additional information.

Broker / Associate Broker: You must be a licensed salesperson for 2 years before you can obtain a Broker/Associate Broker license. Then meet a certain amount of sales/productivity, complete a minimum of 90 hours of Broker pre-licensing courses, pass another fingerprint background check and pass the Idaho Broker National/State exam.


Currently an attorney in Idaho Falls, Steve was a designated broker of a large office for a decade and teaches new agent, broker and continuing education courses. He holds a law degree from the University of Utah and practices in both state and federal courts in the areas of bankruptcy, real estate and commercial law.

Steve Taggart


Jim is an Idaho state certified Real Estate Instructor who has had a varied real estate career. After graduating from Washington State University, Jim spent 10 years as a real estate brokerage Branch Manager and Designated Broker. Jim taught the real estate program (5 accredited courses) at Olympic College for 8 years prior to having a 28 year career as a Federal Real Estate Specialist. Having a full scope of real estate and instructional experience, Jim is pleased to bring his knowledge and passion for real estate into the classroom to train others in the profession. 

Jim Doumit


Dave is an Idaho state certified real estate instructor who has had a varied real estate career. Dave graduated from the University of Great Falls, Montana and is currently working as an Associate Broker. Dave brings with him not only real estate experience, he also has experience in several related industries. Dave has worked as a Title Officer an Insurance Agent, and a Financial Advisor. Dave is pleased to bring his knowledge and passion for real estate into the classroom to train others in the profession.

Dave Brown


Peggy is an Idaho state certified Real Estate Instructor and has been in the Idaho real estate business since 1983 as a salesperson, broker and real estate instructor- creating a unique insight into what it takes to make it in the real estate business that few others can. Peggy is a licensed Idaho real estate Associate Broker and has earned the GRI (Graduate REALTORS® Institute) and the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designations. Peggy has also administered and instructed learning programs for real estate brokerages, the Coeur d’Alene Association of REALTORS® and the Idaho Association of REALTORS®.

Peggy Sawicki


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