RCE Exam

RCE exams are only offered locally online in April and October annually with an RCE proctor. A computer and secure internet connection are required. RCE candidates must be pre-registered to take the exam.

Candidates must take all exam modules on the same day during each exam cycle. All of the major sections listed below are covered in the examination. Each bulleted entry listed under the major sections indicates an exam topic. The three modules are:

Module I:

Manage the Association and Its Business Operations

Association Structures and Relationships
Association Technology
Budget and Financial Management
Commercial Services and Structures
Facilities and Equipment
Human Resource Management
Legal and Regulatory Activities
Meeting Management
Membership Development
Planning and Visioning
Product/Program Development
Professional Services

Module II:

A. Understand the Structure of the REALTOR® Organization

Advocacy & REALTOR® Party
Governing Documents and Policy
Institutes/Societies, and Councils, and NAR Designations, Certifications, and Certificate Courses
Membership Policies and Procedures
MLS Policies and Procedures
Political and Governmental Affairs
Professional Standards (policies and procedures)

B. Foster Effective Interpersonal Relationships

Working with External Organizations
Working with Volunteers

Module III:

A. Understand Real Estate Issues and Trends

Diversity and Global Programs
Fair Housing
General Real Estate Practices
Real Estate Issues and Trends

B. Acquire and Communicate Valuable Information

Communications and Publications
Public Relations Programs

Exam Process

Candidates have 60 minutes to complete each module. Details and registration information are provided to eligible candidates prior to each examination date. RCE candidates must be pre-registered in order to take the exam.

ADF workshops designed to help you maximize the points on your ADF and to prepare for the examination are offered at the AE Institute and state/local regional meetings.

The RCE examination consists of 120 multiple-choice questions (40 questions in each of the three exam modules). Candidates are required to obtain a minimum of 350 points on the ADF and a minimum passing score of 75% on each of the three modules of the RCE exam to earn the designation.


Candidates who do not successfully pass all three (3) modules of the examination within two years after receiving their ADF will receive a one exam cycle extension (the next available exam date) to pass the module(s) they did not pass; candidate will pay a $55 exam retake fee per module(s).

Candidates who do not take any of the three (3) modules of the examination within two years after receiving their ADF score must resubmit a new ADF, along with a $395 nonrefundable reapplication fee.

Taking the Exam


You will want to use the valuable resources developed for studying for the RCE exam. Also, read more about how the RCE exam is scored.

Exam Dates

  • Spring Exam Cycle (April)
  • Fall Exam Cycle (October)