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Illinois Real Estate Pre-Licensing Education

Launch Your Illinois Real Estate Career with Confidence!

Pursue your career in Illinois real estate and confidently prepare for the national and state exams with our IDFPR-approved pre-licensing courses. Choose from expert-led Residential Leasing Agent, Broker, or Managing Broker programs and get started today!

Need help deciding which license type is right for you?

Which License Are You Pursuing?

Residential Leasing Agent

Help tenants find their new home, list property for landlords, or work for a property management firm.

Residential Leasing Agents must always be sponsored by a Managing Broker.


Represent buyers, sellers, landlords, and renters of all property types. Enjoy flexibility and higher earning potential.

Brokers must always be sponsored by a Managing Broker.

Managing Broker

Gain the qualifications to start your own brokerage firm, manage your own practice, and oversee other real estate professionals.

Two years of experience as a broker is required.

Compare Illinois Real Estate License Types

Leasing Agent Broker Managing Broker
Education & State Exam
Required Credit Hours 15 75 45
State exam style 50 Questions
Multiple Choice
140 Questions
Multiple Choice
130 Questions Multiple Choice +
10 Scenario-Based Questions
State exam fee $37 $58 $58
License Features
Work with buyers/sellers of all property types
Lease residential property
Lease commercial property
Manage all property types
Supervision & Experience Requirements
Previous experience required None None 2 Years as a Broker
Must be supervised by a Managing Broker
Work under your own supervision
Supervise other licensees
Manage a sales or management office
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Is Real Estate Institute approved by the IDFPR as a pre-license school?

Real Estate Institute is an approved Illinois education provider of pre-licensing by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). We offer courses that are required as prerequisites for the Leasing Agent, Broker, and Managing Broker licensing examinations.

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Which IL real estate license type is right for me?

Choosing the right Illinois real estate license depends on your career goals and the level of responsibility you're seeking. We offer high-quality programs for various license types, including Residential Leasing, Broker, and Managing Broker licenses, each with its own scope of responsibilities and set of requirements. For a detailed comparison, please review our license comparison guide.

Does your school offer financial aid, or can I pay the course tuition in installments?

Real Estate Institute is partnered with Affirm to offer financing options enabling students to enroll today and pay later. Options include paying in 3, 6, or 12 monthly installments with interest rates ranging from 10-36% APR. View Financing Options

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Links and Additional Resources

Illinois Real Estate License Act of 2000 (Administrative Rules)
Source: Illinois General Assembly

Illinois Real Estate License Act of 2000 (Law)
Source: Illinois General Assembly