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Earn a Real Estate Instructor License and Share Your Expertise.

Becoming a real estate instructor will allow you to help others achieve their goal to acquire a real estate license or maintain an existing license.

You may be a great instructor if you enjoy public speaking and are passionate about the real estate business. Our programs have been specifically designed for individuals who wish to teach Illinois state-approved pre-license and/or continuing education courses.

Real Estate Institute's program is perfect for busy professionals who would like to complete the state's instructor licensing requirements at their own pace. Simply complete this online, on-demand program anywhere, anytime. You can start today.

Compare Illinois Real Estate Instructor License Types

Pre-License Education Continuing Education
Instruct Pre- and Post-License Courses
Instruct Core CE Courses
Instruct Elective CE Courses
Work With Multiple Schools
Instruct Residential Leasing Agents
Instruct Brokers
Instruct Managing Brokers

We also offer comprehensive packages for new instructor candidates.  Visit our course catalog.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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-license, post-license and core continuing education courses, individuals must complete a 12-hour instructor training program.
For individuals who will only teach elective continuing education courses, a 6-hour "development" program is required.

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.

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 qualifications:

  • Be a currently licensed broker or managing broker
  • Be an Illinois-admitted attorney
  • Have prior teaching experience for a minimum period of 2 years
  • Have adequate professional background or experience in real estate.
An instructor candidate's qualifications must be submitted to the IDFPR along with fees, application, and proof of course completions.

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.

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Real Estate Institute is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
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