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Advice For Pros · October 17, 2022 · AUTHOR: Stanley Bawalan

Becoming a Title Officer: What You Need to Know

Title officers are responsible for ensuring that real estate transactions take place smoothly and efficiently, which means they must have a thorough understanding of complex legal documents and the mortgage industry as a whole.

What do Title Officers do?

Title officers are the people who make sure that the title to your house or other property is legally accurate.

To do this, title officers review public records, look at deeds and mortgages, and check survey maps and other documents related to the property.

They assist with transactions, from signing papers to filing them in court. They can also help you if there's a problem with any of your paperwork or claims on your property.

How to become a title officer?

Work in the field first to gain some experience. 

Title officers usually have years of experience under their belts, so getting this first-hand knowledge before applying will put you ahead of many other candidates who lack this background information when they apply for jobs as title officers themselves.

Get licensed as soon as possible.

Passing an exam given by the state licensing board will ensure compliance with their standards and regulations regarding how each applicant should behave while working as one of these professionals who handle legal paperwork related specifically to property rights such as deeds & titles.

How much do Title Officers make?

The median annual salary of a title officer is $59,772 according to's most recent data. 

Salary ranges vary depending on factors such as Education, Certifications, Cross-trainings, and years of experience.

Title Officer requirements:

To become a title officer, you need to complete the following:

  • A highschool diploma or GED 
  • An undergraduate degree in business or real estate.

  • Coursework in real property law, contracts, and ethics.

  • Some states also require state certification or licensing exams.

Title Officer licenses and certification:

In order to become a title officer, you must obtain ALTA certification. This means that you have the skills and knowledge to perform your responsibilities as a title officer.

(ALTA) American Land Title Association is an organization that provides educational resources and support to real estate professionals in the United States. One of their programs is called National Title Professional Designation (NTP) which will definitely boost your career in real estate. 

You may also view all available online courses and certifications on this ALTA education page.

Requirements vary by state.

You need to be licensed and certified to work as a title officer. Some states require both, and others only require one or the other. If you want to be a title officer in another state, you might need to go through the process of getting your license and/or certification from that state too.

How to get licensed?

The first step toward becoming a title officer is to get licensed. To do this, you must meet the requirements of your state and pass an exam. In most cases, this process can be completed in less than a year and requires application fees. 

Once you're licensed, you'll be eligible for jobs with companies like banks or realty firms that need help processing paperwork related to buying and selling land titles.

Requirements to maintain license:

To maintain your license, you will need to complete continuing education classes. The amount of continuing education hours required varies by state but they tend to be between 15 and 40 hours per year. You must also pass a state exam every three years in order to renew your license.

Title Officer job outlook in 2023:

If you want to get a job as a title officer, there will be many jobs in the next few years. 

The federal government has estimated that it will be easier for people who know about real estate to get jobs.

The reason why these jobs are in high demand is that there aren't enough of them to fulfill all the needs of the property owners. This means that if you want to become a title officer, you will have to compete with a lot of other people who want these jobs.

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