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Illinois Real Estate Online Distance Education

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Online Distance Education (ODE) format lets you complete CE on your schedule, not ours and on any device. This format is a great fit for those who cannot dedicate time to attend a live course. ODE is a software-based and interactive format that tracks your progress as you go through the course. Easily complete the online courses, which are broken out into shorter modules that you may complete at your own pace. 

Online Distance Education benefits include:

  • No Travel Expense
  • No Classes/Webinars
  • NO FINAL EXAMS
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IL Real Estate Continuing Education - Broker

What are the major changes that impact the 2020 Broker license renewal?

Except for Brokers renewing their license for the first time, all Brokers are required to complete 12 hours of Core & Elective education. In the past, this included:

  • 3 Hours of Core A
  • 3 Hours of Core B
  • 6 Hours of Elective (or additional Core B)

Now the IDFPR has transitioned into a new education format that includes the following:

  • 4 Hour Core (No more A and B)
  • 8 Hours of Elective

Included in the elective education must be at least 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training.

In addition to the changes listed above, the IDFPR will not permit Core or Sexual Harassment Prevention training to be offered in a self-study format.  It must only be offered in a live class, webinar or online distance education format.

When did these new changes go into effect?

July 1st 2019

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.

How many hours do I need to renew my Broker license by April 30th?

Brokers not in their first renewal must complete the following:

  • 4 Hours: Core - May only be completed live or online, not self-study
  • 8 Hours: Electives - Must include at least 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training.

Brokers in their first renewal must complete 30 hours of Post-License education.  In addition, they must also complete at least 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training.

 

How many package options do you have to satisfy the 12 hour Broker CE requirement?

We offer two convenient package options.  Our first package is our All Online package.  It includes all 12 hours of Core & Elective via online distance education. There is no proctored exam at the end of these programs as online distance education courses do not require a final examination.

Our other package is the Classic package that will include 5 hours of class or webinar, which will include 4 hours of Core and 1 hour Sexual Harassment Prevention, and 7 hours of self-study. Classroom and webinar programs do not require a final exam, however a proctored exam will be required for the 7 hours of self-study elective.

 

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.

What is the difference between self-study and online distance education?

Self-study courses are book-based courses (either PDF or printed) 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.

Note: Not all education is allowed to be offered in a self-study format.  The new 4 hour Core and Sexual Harassment Prevention requirement cannot be delivered in a self-study format.

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).

Do I need to complete a Sexual Harassment Prevention course?

Yes, 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training is required to be completed during each license renewal period.  This course must be completed live or online. Self-study is not permitted.

This requirement is included in both Real Estate Institute's All Online and Classic 12 hour CE packages.

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 programs I can choose from?

Although we offer individual continuing education courses, we strongly recommend that you choose one of the discounted packages that are designed to satisfy your entire CE requirement.

Our discounted packages include the new mandatory 4 hour Core course, the new Sexual Harassment Prevention requirement and the remaining elective topics that are all approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Does REI still offer a complete self-study option for Brokers to renew their license?

Unfortunately, due to the regulatory changes that went into effect on July 1st, 2019, Brokers can no longer complete their entire 12 hour requirement self-study.  Both the new 4 hour Core and the Sexual Harassment Prevention requirement cannot be offered in self-study format. 

However, we still pride ourselves on offering the simplest and most convenient CE options.  Click here to review our current Broker CE packages.

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 75% 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?

If you are enrolled in our Classic package that include coming to an in-person class, your elective exams will be administered at the end of the class.

Otherwise,  we offer daily continuing education testing at the school’s headquarters in Niles. We also proctor exams at locations throughout the Chicago area. Location availability is based on current course enrollments.

For online proctored exams, you may log in to our website and send an exam invitation to your preferred proctor. Upon receipt of the invitation, your proctor will review the school rules, and (if they accept) they will provide some additional information to complete the process. Once completed, the proctor will automatically receive instructions and information required to administer the exam. We’ll send you a message to confirm, so that you schedule a time to take your exam(s) directly with your proctor.

Can I choose my own proctor for a final examination?

Yes, upon enrollment, log in to our website with your username and password to begin the process.

The online exam proctor must be a disinterested third party.  The school enforces these specific rules.

  • Students may not proctor their own examination.
  • Proctors may not be related by blood or marriage to the student.
  • Proctors may not be enrolled in the same course as the student.
  • Illinois Real Estate licensees may not proctor the exams for their sponsoring or managing broker and vice versa.
  • Proctors may not be a colleague.  A colleague is someone with whom one works in a profession or business with.  (This includes anyone who works in a licensee's office or in any capacity at their brokerage firm.)
  • The school may disapprove if 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 30 hours of Post-License education before their first license renewal.

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

Are Attorneys exempt from Real Estate education?

All attorneys who are currently registered to practice law in Illinois are exempt from all real estate education requirements, but must submit the required renewal fee and application to the IDFPR. Attorneys are also exempt from completing the new Sexual Harassment Prevention course.

IL Real Estate Continuing Education - Managing Broker

What are the major changes that impact the 2021 Managing Broker license renewal?

All Managing Brokers are required to complete 12 hours of Core & Elective education as part of their education requirement. In the past, this included:

  • 3 Hours of Core A
  • 3 Hours of Core B
  • 6 Hours of Elective (or additional Core B)

Now, the IDFPR has transitioned into a new education format that includes the following:

  • 4 Hour Core (No more A and B)
  • 8 Hours of Elective

Included in the elective education must be at least 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training.

In addition to the changes listed above, the IDFPR will not permit Core or Sexual Harassment Prevention training to be offered in a self-study format.  It must only be offered in a live class, webinar or online distance education format.

How many hours do I need to renew my Managing Broker license?

Managing Brokers must complete the following:

  • 12 Hours: Broker Management - May only be completed via class or live webinar.
  • 4 Hours: Core - May only be completed in an interactive (live or online) format, not self-study.
  • 8 Hours: Electives - Must include at least 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training.

Exception: Managing Brokers who completed the 45 hour Managing Broker Pre-License course during the current renewal period are exempt from the 12 hour Broker Management CE course.  12 hours of Core & Elective education is still required.  This must include:

  • 4 Hours: Core - May only be completed in an interactive (live or online) format, not self-study.
  • 8 Hours: Electives - Must include at least 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training.

Are Managing Brokers required to complete continuing education?

Yes. Managing Brokers licensed by the IDFPR are required to complete 24 credit hours of continuing education. This includes 12 credit hours of core and elective CE plus a 12-hour Broker Management CE course (mandatory interactive course).

By what date are Managing Brokers required to complete the continuing education requirement?

Continuing education must be completed before license renewal. Managing Brokers renew every two years by April 30 (in odd years).

I'm licensed as a Managing Broker, but I'm currently sponsored by another licensee and not the managing broker of my office. Am I still required to complete the Broker Management CE course?

Yes. All Managing Broker licensees are subject to this education requirement.

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).

Is there a process for me to "step down" from Managing Broker to Broker?

As a Managing Broker, you can certainly allow another licensee to sponsor your license so that you can act in the capacity of a Broker (without any management or supervisory responsibilities).

License law provides an option for you to return your license to the IDFPR in exchange for a Broker’s license. In order to transfer your license, you must complete the Managing Broker to Broker Transfer Application and pay the associated fees. This form is available online at the IDFPR website.

Are any Managing 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.

  • Managing Broker licensees who completed the 45 credit-hour Managing Broker pre-license curriculum during the current license renewal period are exempt from the Broker Management continuing education requirement. These licensees are still required to complete 12 credit hours of core and elective continuing education.
  • All attorneys who are currently registered to practice law in Illinois are exempt from the continuing education requirement, but must submit the required renewal fee and application to the IDFPR.

Can I complete my entire 24-hour continuing education requirement via self-study?

No.  IDFPR requires that some of the required education be completed in an interactive format like Broker Management CE or the 4 hour Core course.

Is a Broker Management continuing education course required?

Yes, with limited exceptions.  The IDFPR requires each Managing Broker to complete a 12 hour of interactive Broker Management CE course (as part of the total 24-hour requirement).

Note two exceptions:

  1. Managing Broker licensees who completed the 45 credit-hour Managing Broker pre-license curriculum during the current license renewal period are exempt from the Broker Management continuing education requirement. These licensees are still required to complete 12 credit hours of core and elective continuing education.
  2. All attorneys who are currently registered to practice law in Illinois are exempt from the continuing education requirement, but must submit the required renewal fee and application to the IDFPR.

Does Real Estate Institute offer Broker Management CE programs?

Yes. Real Estate Institute offers Broker Management CE programs consistently throughout the year, not just a few months before the Managing Broker license renewal.

 

I heard that your offer a 24 Hour Managing Broker CE package that does not require a final exam. Is that true?

Yes. License law permits courses approved for interactive delivery via class or webinar, or courses offered via online distance education to not require a final exam. Therefore, if you enroll for our 24 Hour Managing Broker CE package that is via webinar and online distance education, no exam is required

What is the Flex webinar program? How is it different than live class?

Unlike a live class where you need to spend two full days at a specific location, our Flex webinar program gives students the opportunity to complete the interactive Broker Management CE requirement more conveniently. You can participate in this fully interactive online course anywhere you have Internet access; from your computer, tablet or mobile device. Our Flex webinar program is the perfect option for busy professionals who need a flexible schedule

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 included printed materials that are mailed to you upon request.

Onlne 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 section 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.

These course delivery methods are available for Core & Elective education only. Broker Management education must be offered in a live interactive format, which is either class or live webinar.

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 permitted materials, you should consider a self-study program.

Do I need a webcam or microphone in order to attend the Flex webinar program?

No. A webcam and microphone are not required; all you need is a computer, tablet or smart phone that has internet connectivity and speakers to be able to attend. You’ll be able to see the instructor on your screen but the instructor will not see you. You can communicate with the instructor by simply typing messages to which he/she will read and respond.

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. Course approved for interactive delivery via class or webinar, or courses offered via online distance education do not require a final examination.

What happens if I fail the final examination?

You should have no problem passing the final exams exams for self-study courses, as long as you review our course materials. Our materials include online and printed practice questions. A score of 75% or higher is required by to pass. On the rare occasion that someone does not pass, one retake of the exam is allowed on a different day.

Can I choose my own proctor for a final examination?

Yes, upon enrollment, log in to our website with your username and password to begin the process.

The online exam proctor must be a disinterested third party.  The school enforces these specific rules.

  • Students may not proctor their own examination.
  • Proctors may not be related by blood or marriage to the student.
  • Proctors may not be enrolled in the same course as the student.
  • Illinois Real Estate licensees may not proctor the exams for their sponsoring or managing broker and vice versa.
  • Proctors may not be a colleague.  A colleague is someone with whom one works in a profession or business with.  (This includes anyone who works in a licensee's office or in any capacity at their brokerage firm.)
  • The school may disapprove if 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 Managing Broker forgets to complete the continuing education requirement and renew the license? Can it be completed late?

Yes. 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).

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 regardless if you hold reciprocal licenses in multiple states.

Do I need to complete a Sexual Harassment Prevention course?

Yes, at least 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training is required to be completed during each license renewal period.  This course must be completed live or online. Self-study is not permitted.

Note: Currently, stand-alone Real Estate CE courses must be 2-hours or longer, thus a stand-alone Sexual Harassment Prevention course would be 2 hours.

Are Attorneys exempt from Real Estate education?

All attorneys who are currently registered to practice law in Illinois are exempt from all real estate education requirements, but must submit the required renewal fee and application to the IDFPR. Attorneys are also exempt from completing the new Sexual Harassment Prevention course.

IL Real Estate Continuing Education - Leasing Agent

Are Residential Leasing Agents required to complete continuing education?

Yes. Residential Leasing Agents licensed by the IDFPR are required to complete six credit-hours of continuing education during each two-year renewal period.  Included must be 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training.

Real Estate Institute's Leasing CE program does include 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training.

By what date are Residential Leasing Agents required to complete the continuing education requirement?

Residential Leasing Agents must complete their continuing education and renew their license by July 31st (in even numbered years).

Are there any exemptions to the continuing education requirement for Residential Leasing Agents?

Leasing agents who were licensed during the current renewal period are not required to complete leasing continuing education before renewing. These licensees completed a pre-license course and passed the state exam not too long ago, so they are exempt during their first license renewal. 

However, these licensees must still complete the 1 hour Sexual Harassment Prevention training and renew their license with IDFPR.

Can the continuing education requirement be completed via self-study?

No, as of July 1st, 2019, the IDFPR no longer permits Leasing CE to be completed in a self-study format.  This education must be completed in an interactive format such as class, webinar or online distance education.

Real Estate Institute will offer a simple and convenient online distance education course to satisfy this requirement.

Do you have a list of classes I can choose from?

Rather than ask you to choose from a confusing list of programs, we provide only one course that is specifically designed to satisfy the requirements for leasing agents.

Does leasing continuing education require an examination?

No, as of July 1st 2019, Leasing Continuing Education no longer requires a final, proctored exam.

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.

What happens if a Residential Leasing Agent 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.