How can I become a licensed Pennsylvania Title Agent?
To become a licensed Pennsylvania title agent the Pennsylvania
Insurance Department requires that you take and pass the Pennsylvania
title agent's licensing exam.
In preparation for the Pennsylvania title agent's licensing exam it is recommended that you take the The Title Agent Licensing Course specifically created for this purpose by the Pennsylvania Land Title Institute (PLTI), the educational arm of PLTA. Click here for information on this course.
The Agent’s Licensing Bulletin published by the Insurance Department
contains a test outline. You can register for the test online at http://www.experioronline.com/.
Look under Test Takers: Academic/Pennsylvania/Insurance. Exam sites
are located throughout the state, and can be found on the Experior
Once you pass the title agent licensing test, you will receive a
certificate which you can take to one or more title underwriters to
sponsor you as its agent. The certificate is good for one year from the
date you pass the exam. Applications for a title agency to be licensed
and applications to take the test are also in the licensing Bulletin.
After you are Licensed
Once you are licensed, The state has a continuing education (CE)
requirement of 24 credit hours for non-attorney agents and 3 credit
hours for licensed attorneys (who must also be compliant with their
continuing legal education requirement). In order to comply with the
continuing education requirement in Pennsylvania, you can attend any of
Pennsylvania Land Title Institute’s (PLTI) programs.
Click here for a calendar of live accredited PLTI programs.
See the list of online, accredited PLTI programs.
Please note: YOU CANNOT RECEIVE CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS AS A
TITLE AGENT UNLESS YOU ARE LICENSED IN PENNSYLVANIA AS A TITLE AGENT.
You can always take seminars that interest you, however, whether you are
licensed or not, in order to keep up with the frequent changes in laws
and procedures in title. Whatever courses you take after you become
licensed will count toward your continuing education requirement.
Once you are licensed you will also need in-depth, Pennsylvania-specific reference materials. Fundamentals of Real Estate and Title Insurance
is an accredited self-study curriculum that is also a handy desk
reference for those engaged in the business of title insurance or real
estate. This is the reference leading title insurance professionals in
Pennsylvania have this on their bookshelves. Click here for more
Membership in the Pennsylvania Land Title Association (PLTA) is
crucial if you’re going to be in the title business in Pennsylvania.
PLTA offers important, current information and education in addition to a
ready-made network of land title professionals. The dues are more than
made up in discounts on all educational programs needed for an agent to
maintain his or her license. The association monitors legislative
actions that affect the industry and maintains legislative counsel in
the state capitol. Our quarterly magazine, Common Ground, is one of the
best sources of information on the business, including abstracts of the
latest Pennsylvania real estate and title cases. TO JOIN, CLICK HERE.
If you have questions, we are also available by phone at 800-545-7584.