Illinois Real Estate: Licensing
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Real Estate Institute approved by the IDFPR as a pre-license school?Yes. Real Estate Institute is an approved pre-license school (#510.000158). We offer courses that are required as prerequisites for the Leasing Agent, Broker, and Managing Broker licensing examinations.Last Updated: 3/28/2011
What's the best way to determine which real estate license I should consider?We recommend that you review our license comparison. We have designed well organized, high quality programs for each Illinois real estate license type. Pleae see below for additional FAQs for each license type.Last Updated: 7/10/2014
What makes your school different from the others?Our quality programs, dedicated and knowledgable instructors,, and outstanding service set our school apart. When you successfully complete our course, you will have all the knowledge you need to pass the state examination. Quizzes for each homework lesson allow students to see how they are doing as they progress through the course. Along with the reinforcing tools included with our programs, qualified instructors are available to provide additional assistance. Real Estate Institute offers students all these additional resources for one simple reason: we want you to pass the state examination!Last Updated: 7/10/2014
Is Real Estate Institute owned by a real estate brokerage company?No. We are an independent school, licensed and approved by the State, as is our coursework. We are not here to recruit you into the real estate business. We are here to help students obtain or meet their real estate education requirements.Last Updated: 3/28/2011
Must I be a citizen of the United States or Illinois to hold a Real Estate License in Illinois?No. To hold an Illinois real estate license, the state requires that you meet the age and education requirements, have a Social security number, and be of good moral character.Last Updated: 3/28/2011
Where can I find more information about Illinois real estate licensing?You will find a wealth of information throughout our website and frequently asked questions. Additional information may be available directly at Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's website.Last Updated: 3/28/2011
Does Illinois offer license reciprocity with any other states?
Illinois offers Reciprocity if you are already licensed in some other states. Please view these details at the IDFPR website and contact the IDFPR to discuss your specific licensing requirements. IDFPR-approved coursework and examinations may still be required for you to earn a license in Illinois.Last Updated: 1/14/2013
Does your school offer financial aid or can I pay the course tuition over time?
We have partnered with Affirm, who offers financing options that enable our students to enroll today and pay later. This extends our traditional payment options, such as credit/debit cards and cash.
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Who is required to be licensed as a real estate instructor in Illinois?
Anyone who teaches state-approved real estate pre-licensing or continuing education courses in Illinois must be licensed as a real estate instructor.Last Updated: 7/18/2013
What are the education requirements for individuals who want to teach state-approved real estate courses?
The requirements depend on whether the instructor candidate wants to teach pre-licensing or continuing education courses.
For pre-licensing courses, individuals must complete a 12-hour instructor training program. For continuing education courses, a 6-hour "development" program may be required. The 6-hour requirement for continuing education instructors is waived for individuals who have completed the 12-hour training program.Last Updated: 7/18/2013
Does Real Estate Institute offer state-approved courses for Illinois real estate instructors?
Yes. Real Estate Institute offers instructor development programs approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).Last Updated: 7/18/2013
Can I complete the instructor development courses via self-study or must I attend live classes?
Our instructor development courses are available via self-study. We provide you with access to online, on-demand recorded presentations that allow you to earn credit without attending classes in person.Last Updated: 7/18/2013
In addition to completing the required courses, must instructors pass a state examination?
Pre-license instructors are required to pass a 150-question, multiple-choice examination with a score of at least 75%. The state exam consists of national real estate topics and Illinois-specific information and is very similar to the licensing exam for Illinois Real Estate Brokers.
Continuing education instructors are not required to pass a state exam.Last Updated: 9/6/2013
Are there any other requirements for individuals who wish to become licensed to teach pre-license courses?
Yes. A pre-licensing instructor must have at least one of the following qualificaitons:
- Be a currently licensed broker or managing broker
- Be an Illinois-admitted attorney
- Have an adequate background in teaching or real estate.
An instructor candidate's qualifications must be submitted to the IDFPR along with fees, application and proof of course completions.Last Updated: 7/18/2013
Are there any other requirements for individuals who wish to become licensed to teach continuing education courses?
Continuing education instructors must have adequate professional or educational experience. Some examples of candidates with adequate professional or educational experience are:
- An individual who has been licensed and active as a real estate broker for at least 3 years.
- An admitted attorney who has done work related to real estate for at least 3 years.
- A properly credentialed real estate instructor who has taught for at least 3 years.
- A licensed or certified professional who has worked in the business of appraisal, finance or another field related to real estate for at least 3 years.
Other candidates may be acceptable to the IDFPR depending on experience, education, a personal interview and the recommendations of the Education Advisory Council.
Upon review of the candidates credentials, the IDFPR may issue a license that qualifies the instuctor to teach all state-approved CE Courses OR a license that is "restricted" to only a specific course or topic.Last Updated: 7/18/2013
As a licensed instructor, will my license need to be sponsored by a company or school (similar to a Broker license)?
No. Instructors can choose to be affiliated with one specific school or work independently, teaching courses for many schools that are approved to offer state-approved pre-license and/or continuing education courses.Last Updated: 7/18/2013
Do I need two separate licenses if I want to teach pre-licensing courses and continuing education courses?
Yes. Individuals who wish to teach both kinds of courses must have both of the required state licenses.Last Updated: 7/18/2013
Is a real estate instructor's Illinois license valid in other states?
No. Licenses issued by the IDFPR specifically authorize instructors to teach courses for schools with courses approved by the IDFPR. Each state has unique requirements, so check with the appropriate state regulatory agency to determine requirements on a state-by-state basis.Last Updated: 7/18/2013