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Illinois Real Estate Continuing Education FAQs
General    (click an item to see more info)
  1. Are Real Estate Institute's courses approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation?
    Yes. Real Estate Institute offers continuing education programs that are approved by the IDFPR and have been specifically designed to satisfy license renewal requirements.

    Last Updated: 12/22/2010

  2. Will the school report my credit to the IDFPR upon successful completion of my course(s)?
    Yes. Real Estate Institute reports all successful course completions to the appropriate regulatory authority. We report electronically (when permitted) to ensure timely and accurate reporting.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  3. What is the school's refund policy?
    School policies, including our refund policy can be viewed here.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

Illinois Residential Leasing Agents    (click an item to see more info)
  1. Are Residential Leasing Agents required to complete continuing education?
    Yes. Residential Leasing Agents licensed by the IDFPR are required to complete six credit-hours of continuing education during each two-year renewal period.

    Last Updated: 12/22/2010

  2. By what date are Residential Leasing Agents required to complete the continuing education requirement?
    Continuing education must be completed before license renewal. Leasing Agents renew every two years by July 31st (in even numbered years).

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  3. Are there any exemptions to the continuing education requirement for Residential Leasing Agents?
    Yes. Leasing agents who were licensed during the current renewal period are not required to complete continuing education before renewing. These licensees completed a pre-license course and passed the state exam not too long ago, so they are exempt during their first license renewal.

    Last Updated: 5/22/2012

  4. Can the continuing education requirement be completed via self-study?
    Yes. We offer a self-study program that was created to specifically satisfy the leasing agent continuing education requirement.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  5. Do you have a list of classes I can choose from?
    Rather than ask you to choose from a confusing list of programs, we provide only one course that is specifically designed to satisfy the requirements for leasing agents.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  6. What's included in the self-study continuing education program for Residential Leasing Agents?
    Our self-study program includes our course book, sample questions (in the book), and proctored final examination. Our programs have no hidden fees!

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  7. Do I need to review the book for the self-study course if I have completed this couse in the past?
    The books and topics may look very similar but they are not the same. The content is updated to reflect the most recent changes in the law, rules of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and current business practices. Course books are included with your course tuition, so don't worry about incurring any extra fees.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  8. Does continuing education require an examination?
    Yes, all state-approved continuing education programs require a final examination.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  9. Is the final examination difficult?
    The final exam for this continuing education program is nothing like the exams you completed for your pre-license course or the state exam. The final exam for this program consists of only straight-forward true/false questions. Sample questions are provided in our course book, which you can review online for free!

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  10. What happens if I fail the final examination?
    You should have no problem passing our exams as long as you read your booklet. A score of 70% or higher is required by law to pass. On the rare occasion that someone does not pass, one retake of the exam is allowed on a different day.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  11. Where can I go to take the final examination?

    The state requires that you take an examination proctored by an impartial third party. We offer continuing education exams daily at our headquarters in Niles, IL.

    For students outside of our local area we have established a network of proctors throughout to make it convenient for students to complete their continuing education without traveling far from their home or office.

    If one of our established centers is not available to you or if you are outside of Illinois, we can arrange for the examination to be proctored at a location near you. Proctored exams may also be completed online.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  12. Do you offer online final examinations?
    Yes, we offer online exams. The state requires your examination to be a proctored exam (rather than open-book), but we can work with you to arrange for a proctored online exam.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  13. Can I choose my own proctor for a final examination?
    Yes, the school accepts applications from individual proctors. To make arrangements for an individual proctor to monitor your exam, please call the school. We will provide a Proctor Request Form, which may be completed by your proctor and returned to the school.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  14. What happens if a Residential Leasing Agent forgets to complete the continuing education requirement and renew the license? Can it be completed late?
    Yes, the State of Illinois permits late completion of your continuing education requirement (in conjunction with a late renewal of your license). Just let us know that you're completing "late CE". We'll report your completion to the IDFPR and also provide an embossed copy of your Certificate of Completion that you should include with your late license renewal paperwork and fees (which will be sent to the IDFPR for processing).

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  15. Do the recent changes to Illinois real estate license law impact the continuing education requirement for Residential Leasing Agents
    No, the recent updates do not impact the continuing education requirement for leasing agents.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

  16. What is the school's refund policy?
    School policies, including our refund policy can be viewed here.

    Last Updated: 12/23/2010

Illinois Real Estate Salespersons    (click an item to see more info)
  1. Are Salespersons required to complete continuing education?
    Yes. Salespersons licensed by the IDFPR are required to complete continuing education during each renewal period.

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  2. By what date are Salespersons required to complete the continuing education requirement?

    Continuing education must be completed before license renewal. Salespersons renew every two years by April 30th (in odd years).

    NOTE: As a result of recent changes to Illinois real estate license law, all active Salespersons licensees have been extended for one additional year - to April 30, 2012. By this date all active Salesperson licensees must take action to transition to a new license type - Broker. Learn more about this required transition here.

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  3. Should a Salesperson licensee complete the continuing education requirement for the current license renewal period, ending on April 30, 2012?

    Not necessarily. As a result of recent changes to Illinois real estate license law, all active Salespersons licensees have been extended for one additional year - to April 30, 2012. By this date all active Salesperson licensees must take action to transition to a new license type - Broker. Learn more about this required transition here.

    Depending which transition option you choose, your continuing education requirement will vary. Since you may not need any continuing education, we strongly recommend that you first complete the license transition requirements before completing continuing education

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  4. I'm not active in Real Estate; do I have to take continuing education?
    Yes. To renew your license you must satisfy your continuing education prior to renewal. Although you may be inactive in the real estate business, you are not exempt from the requirement (if you intend to renew your license).

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  5. Do you have a list of classes I can choose from?

    As a result of the license transition requirement that will impact all Salesperson licensees during the current renewal period, we have limited the programs offered for Salesperson continuing education.

    The programs that we currently offer for Salesperson continuing education are intended for licensees who have not yet satisfied their requirement for the prior renewal period, which ended on April 30, 2009. These licensees are encouraged to complete our 12 credit-hour CE program. Licensees who require fewer credit hours to satisfy their late renewal requirement should call the school so we can help you to choose the appropriate course(s).

    For active licensees who seek to satisfy their CE requirement for the current license renewal period, ending April 30, 2012, we recommend that you first complete the license transition requirement. Depending which transition option you choose, your continuing education requirement will vary. Since you may not need any continuing education, we strongly recommend that you first complete the license transition requirements before completing continuing education.

    After completing the transiton requirement, you should review the programs that we offer for Broker CE.

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  6. What's included in the self-study continuing education program for Salespersons?
    Our self-study program includes our course book, sample questions (in the book), and proctored final examination. Our programs have no hidden fees!

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  7. Do I need to review the book for the self-study course if I have completed this couse in the past?
    The books and topics may look very similar but they are not the same. The content is updated to reflect the most recent changes in the law, rules of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and current business practices. Course books are included with your course tuition, so don't worry about incurring any extra fees.

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  8. Does continuing education require an examination?
    Yes, all state-approved real estate continuing education programs require a final examination.

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  9. Is the final examination difficult?
    The final exam for our continuing education program is nothing like the exams you completed for your pre-license course or the state exam. The final exam for this program consists of only straight-forward true/false questions. Sample questions are provided in our course book, which you can review online for free!

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  10. What happens if I fail the final examination?
    You should have no problem passing our exams as long as you read your booklet. A score of 70% or higher is required by law to pass. On the rare occasion that someone does not pass, one retake of the exam is allowed on a different day.

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  11. Where can I go to take the final examination?

    The state requires that you take an examination proctored by an impartial third party. We offer continuing education exams daily at our headquarters in Niles, IL.

    For students outside of our local area we have established a network of proctors throughout to make it convenient for students to complete their continuing education without traveling far from their home or office.

    If one of our established centers is not available to you or if you are outside of Illinois, we can arrange for the examination to be proctored at a location near you. Proctored exams may also be completed online.

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  12. Do you offer online final examinations?
    Yes, we offer online exams. The state requires your examination to be a proctored exam (rather than open-book), but we can work with you to arrange for a proctored online exam.

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  13. Can I choose my own proctor for a final examination?
    Yes, the school accepts applications from individual proctors. To make arrangements for an individual proctor to monitor your exam, please call the school. We will provide a Proctor Request Form, which may be completed by your proctor and returned to the school.

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  14. What happens if a Salesperson forgets to complete the continuing education requirement and renew the license? Can it be completed late?

    Yes, the State of Illinois permits late completion of your continuing education requirement (in conjunction with a late renewal of your license). Just let us know that you're completing "late CE". We'll report your completion to the IDFPR and also provide an embossed copy of your Certificate of Completion that you should include with your late license renewal paperwork and fees (which will be sent to the IDFPR for processing).

    Below are the CE requirements for the prior renewal period:

    Salesperson License Renewal Requirements For April 30, 2009
    STANDARD RENEWAL NEW SALESPERSON VERY NEW SALESPERSON
    Licensed as a Salesperson
    on or before 4/30/2009
    Licensed from
    5/1/2009 to 4/30/2011
    Licensed on or after 5/1/2010
    12 Hours of CE Required
    6 Core + 6 Core or Elective
    6 Hours of CE Required
    3 Core + 3 Core or Elective
    No CE Required

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

  15. What is the school's refund policy?
    School policies, including our refund policy can be viewed here.

    Last Updated: 12/25/2010

Illinois Real Estate Brokers    (click an item to see more info)
  1. Are Brokers required to complete continuing education?

    Yes. Brokers licensed by the IDFPR are required to complete continuing education during each renewal period.

    NOTE: During the current renewal period, some licensees may be exempt from the continuing education requirement. For example, Brokers renewing for the first time do not require continuing education. Instead, they must complete Post-Licence education. Click here for more information.

    Last Updated: 1/3/2014

  2. By what date are Brokers required to complete the continuing education requirement?

    Continuing education must be completed before license renewal. Brokers renew every two years by April 30th (in even years).

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  3. I'm not active in Real Estate; do I have to take continuing education?
    Yes. To renew your license you must satisfy your continuing education prior to renewal. Although you may be inactive in the real estate business, you are not exempt from the requirement (if you intend to renew your license).

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  4. Do you have a list of classes I can choose from?

    Although we offer individual continuing education courses, we strongly recommend that you choose the discount package that is designed to satisfy your CE requirement.

    Our discounted packages include core mandatory topics and elective topics that are approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  5. What's included in the self-study continuing education program for Brokers?
    Our self-study program includes our course book, sample questions (in the book), and proctored final examination. Our programs have no hidden fees!

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  6. Do I need to review the book for the self-study course if I have completed this couse in the past?
    The books and topics may look very similar but they are not the same. The content is updated to reflect the most recent changes in the law, rules of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and current business practices. Course books are included with your course tuition, so don't worry about incurring any extra fees.

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  7. Does continuing education require an examination?
    Yes, all state-approved real estate continuing education programs require a final examination.

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  8. What happens if I fail the final examination?
    You should have no problem passing our exams as long as you read your booklet. A score of 70% or higher is required by law to pass. On the rare occasion that someone does not pass, one retake of the exam is allowed on a different day.

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  9. Where can I go to take the final examination?

    The state requires that you take an examination proctored by an impartial third party. We offer continuing education exams daily at our headquarters in Niles, IL.

    For students outside of our local area we have established a network of proctors throughout to make it convenient for students to complete their continuing education without traveling far from their home or office.

    If one of our established centers is not available to you or if you are outside of Illinois, we can arrange for the examination to be proctored at a location near you. Proctored exams may also be completed online.

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  10. Do you offer online final examinations?
    Yes, we offer online exams. The state requires your examination to be a proctored exam (rather than open-book), but we can work with you to arrange for a proctored online exam.

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  11. Can I choose my own proctor for a final examination?
    Yes, the school accepts applications from individual proctors. To make arrangements for an individual proctor to monitor your exam, please call the school. We will provide a Proctor Request Form, which may be completed by your proctor and returned to the school.

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  12. What happens if a Broker forgets to complete the continuing education requirement and renew the license? Can it be completed late?
    Yes, the State of Illinois permits late completion of your continuing education requirement (in conjunction with a late renewal of your license). Just let us know that you're completing "late CE". We'll report your completion to the IDFPR and also provide an embossed copy of your Certificate of Completion that you should include with your late license renewal paperwork and fees (which will be sent to the IDFPR for processing).

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  13. I just became licensed; do I need continuing education?

    Brokers renewing for the first time do not need to complete continuing education before renewing their license. Instead, they are required to complete Post-License education before their first license renewal.

    Click here for more information.

    Last Updated: 1/3/2014

  14. I am currently licensed in another state and applied for my Illinois license using the Illinois Reciprocity Application. Do I need to comply with Illinois' continuing education requirement (or only my home state's requirement)?
    All Illinois licensees must complete the Illinois continuing education requirement during each two-year license renewal period.

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

  15. What is the school's refund policy?
    School policies, including our refund policy can be viewed here.

    Last Updated: 8/9/2013

Real Estate Institute is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
IDFPR Approved #562.000161.