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Launch Your Illinois Real Estate Career with Confidence!

With over 30+ years of proven success in real estate education, expect more than just meeting your pre-licensing requirements. Immerse yourself in expert-led courses, enjoy unparalleled customer support, and find yourself in good company with over 195,000 professionals who've trusted us for their educational needs.


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Are you an aspiring broker looking to embark on a career in Illinois real estate?

We make it easy to get a Broker license with programs to fit your schedule, leverage your learning style, and provide unparalleled support throughout your career.

Residential Leasing Agent

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Residential Leasing Agent

We offer two programs with one goal. Ease of completion!

Both of our streamlined programs are designed to help you learn everything you need to pass the state exam and quickly get licensed.

Managing Broker

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Managing Broker

After holding an active Broker license (or out-of-state equivalent) for at least two years, you can complete additional education and upgrade to the Managing Broker license.

Unlike other schools, Real Estate Institute offers this specialized training on an ongoing basis so that you can start today!

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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
Sell all property types
Lease residential property
Lease commercial property
Exchange all property types
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


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