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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 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 real estate continuing education programs require a final examination that must be proctored by an impartial third party.

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

    Yes, we offer online exams. 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: 9/4/2015
  13. 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
  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
Real Estate Institute is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
IDFPR Approved #562.000161.