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Illinois Real Estate: Continuing Education

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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 (IDFPR)?
    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: 11/18/2014
  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 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: 1/31/2018
  5. What is the difference between self-study and online distance education?

    Self-study courses allow you to define your own course of study and then demonstrate proficiency by passing a proctored final exam. Our self-study courses include printed materials that are mailed to you upon request.

    Online distance education courses are presented strictly in an online format. You will complete the course in the sequence specified by the school and your progress will be tracked along the way. The course material is divided into sections or modules of instruction, which are followed by knowledge checks that help ensure you retain and understand the course subject matter. No final exam is required for online distance education courses.

    Last Updated: 1/31/2018
  6. 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), online practice tests, and proctored final examination. Our programs have no hidden fees!

    Last Updated: 9/4/2015
  7. What is online distance education?

    Online distance education courses are presented strictly in an online format. Instead of defining your own course of study, you will complete the coures in the sequence specified by the school and your progress will be tracked along the way. The course material is divided into sections or modules of instruction, which are followed by knowledge checks that help ensure you retain and understand the course subject matter. No final exam is required for online distance education courses.

    Last Updated: 1/31/2018
  8. Will I receive any printed course materials if I enroll in an online distance education course?

    No, online distance education courses are presented strictly in an online format. No printed materials are required or included. If you prefer to study from printed materials, you should consider a self-study program.

    Last Updated: 1/31/2018
  9. 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
  10. Does continuing education require an examination?

    All state-approved real estate continuing education self-study courses require a final examination that must be proctored by an impartial third party. Courses approved for interactive delivery via live class, webinar, or online distance education do not require a final examination.

    Last Updated: 1/31/2018
  11. 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
  12. Where can I go to take the final examination?

    The state requires that you take an examination proctored by an impartial third party. Online and paper-based exams are available. We offer exams daily at our headquarters in Niles, IL as well as at various locations throughout the Chicago suburbs. To initiate an online exam with your own proctor or take a paper-based exam at one of Real Estate Institute’s testing sites, login on our website to initiate the process. Paper-based exams may also be arranged if you reside outside of our local proctoring areas; to request a paper-based exam, please call the school.

    Last Updated: 9/4/2015
  13. Do you offer online final examinations?

    Yes, we offer online exams. For self-study coursese, the state requires your examination to be a proctored by an impartial third party (rather than open-book). You will be able to login on our website and initiate the process once you have enrolled in your CE course(s).

    Last Updated: 1/31/2018
  14. Can I choose my own proctor for a final examination?

    Yes, upon enrollment, login to our website with your username and password to begin the process. You may not proctor your own exam. Proctors may not be related by blood or marriage to the student or enrolled in the same course as the student. Illinois Real Estate Licensees (Leasing Agents, Broker, and Managing Brokers) may not proctor for their sponsoring or managing broker. The proctor may not be enrolled in the same course for which he or she is proctoring. The school may disapprove of a proctor for other reasons and retains the right to terminate our relationship with an approved proctor at any time for any reason.

    Last Updated: 9/4/2015
  15. 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
  16. What is the school's refund policy?
    School policies, including our refund policy can be viewed here.
    Last Updated: 8/9/2013
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Are any Broker licensees exempt from completing the continuing education requirements?
    There are some cases in which a licensee may not be required to complete the full continuing education requirement.
    • Broker licensees who are renewing for the first time must complete a 30 credit-hour post-license program, rather than continuing education. Post-license education replaces CE during your first renewal and is a follow-up requirement to your pre-license coursework.
    • All attorneys who are currently registered to practice in Illinois are exempt from the continuing education requirement
    Last Updated: 5/5/2014
Real Estate Institute is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
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