The Florida Bar
Real Estate Certification

Certified Attorneys


Certified lawyers in real estate deal with matters relating to real property transactions including, but not limited to real estate conveyances, title searches, property transfers, leases, condominiums and cooperatives, interval ownership, mortgage, zoning and land use planning, real estate development and financing, real estate litigation, and determination of property rights.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements. PDF document opens in new window

Board Certification Applications for Lawyers
All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule. There is a link to the Rules located below on this page.

Certification CLE Hours Requirement. To view your Board Certification CLE credit hours online: Log in to your Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Click “Show All” and select Real Estate Law from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab. It is recommended that you see how many hours are required for certification and the date the hours must be completed to qualify.

Currently Certified? Recertification Information for 2017:
The applications are currently being updated and will be posted here by the beginning of February.

If you were originally certified in 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, or 2012 you are due to file your recertification application in 2017. The application for recertification must be postmarked by July 31, 2017. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date unless you submit a recertification file extension request – form to be posted soon.

Get Certified - Seeking Certification
The applications are currently being updated and will be posted here by the beginning of February.

The filing period opens September 1, 2017. Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2017. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2018 exam. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.

General Information

Exam Specifications Revised 12/6/2012PDF document opens in new window

Exam Format and Scoring PDF document opens in new window

Sample Exam Questions PDF document opens in new window

Study Guide PDF document opens in new window

Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-9 - Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer

Real Estate Certification Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window

Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Real Estate Committee Members

Real Estate Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:

Carol Vaught
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
(850) 561-5738

Real Estate Certification Field Established 1986

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[Revised: 01-09-2017]