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Real Estate Broker CE:  Maintain Your License

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Thousands of real estate licensees come back year after year because they trust Real Estate Institute to provide:

  • Easy-to-understand courses that satisfy the requirements for renewal.
  • A customer service team ready to help with any of your licensing questions.

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SELF - STUDY

  • Work at your own pace
  • Complete this program anytime, anywhere
  • Exclusive CE booklet (printed & PDF)
  • Proctored exam with the most convenient online and local testing options

ALL ONLINE

  • Study online
  • Step through interactive modules
  • Complete knowledge checks
  • System tracks your progress
  • NO final exam

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Illinois Broker CE Requirements:

  • 12 credit hours (Including at least 3 Hours Core A & 3 hours of Core B)
  • Brokers renew every two years by April 30 (in even years).
  • Brokers must complete their entire CE requirement before renewing their licenses.

Exceptions: Brokers renewing for the FIRST time require Post-License Education instead of CE. Active Illinois Attorneys are not required to complete CE but must renew their license with IDFPR.

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IL Real Estate Continuing Education

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.

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.

What is the school's refund policy?

School policies, including our refund policy can be viewed here.

IL Real Estate Continuing Education - Broker

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.

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).

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).

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).

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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).

What is the school's refund policy?

School policies, including our refund policy can be viewed here.

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.

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.

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