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  • Appraisal License

    Q. How do I find information about appraisal licensing? 
    A. Find information regarding appraisal professions on the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation website.

  • Attorneys

    Q. Do attorneys need a real estate license to practice real estate brokerage?
    A. Yes. Attorneys must possess a real estate licensein order to practice real estate brokerage. Active Illinois attorneys are exempt from pre-license education and continuing education but they must take and pass the required pre-license exam for hte real estate license sought. 
     

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  • Broker license renewal

    Q. I renewed my license online and it does not show that I renewed. How do I know if it worked?

    A. The online Licensee Lookup is updated daily. Any changes should appear the day after your renewal application has been processed. If you renew online and then immediately check the status, it will not appear updated until the application is processed which is typically within one to two business days and may vary depending on volume.

    Q. Can I still practice real estate after the deadline if I have not completed all of the required CE and/or completed the renewal application and paid the fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation?

    A. No. Contact the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation to learn your options: IDFPR 1-800-560-6420 or FPR.realestate@illinois.gov.

    Q. What is the penalty for renewing late?

    A $50 late penalty is applied to renewals received after the deadline. 

    Q. If I have completed my CE, paid the fee and submitted the renewal form on or before the deadline but have not received the email to print my license, may I practice now?

    A. Yes. Make sure you keep records of your CE, online renewal confirmation and payment for proof purposes in the case of an audit. Primary source verification and evidence that you are licensed can be obtained free of charge by visiting the IDFPR online Licensee Lookup database. You may print out a screen shot of your license number showing that it is active. If IDFPR does not have a current email address for you, please notify them immediately. Click here to change your email address.

    Q. What should I look for in my email to confirm my license renewal?

    A. The email notification will come from IDFPR Notification (FPR.notice@illinois.gov)

    Q. What if I haven’t completed CE in time to meet the renewal deadline?

    If you renew without completing the required CE you could face a penalty of up to $75 per 3 hour course, or $25 per credit hour, that you were deficient (e.g., deficient 3 hours, $75 penalty).

    Q. I was required to take Post License courses for my first renewal and took CE in instead. What should I do?

    A. If you already renewed it is likely that the Department will catch this in the audit. It would be best to go ahead and take the post license course work as soon as possible so that your records may be sent to the Department. You may still be fined up to $25 per credit hour, but it is always best to notify the department to avoid additional penalties. Unfortunately, the CE you have completed will not count for your next renewal cycle.

    Q. What if I can’t find a course?

    A. Broker Post-License Topics is available in home study. If no Broker Post-License Applied Real Estate Practices courses are available through any schools, you may have to hire a private instructor to teach the course.

    Q. Since I already renewed, can I start taking my CE now for the next cycle?

    A. No. You must wait until after the renewal deadline has passed or it will not count toward your next renewal cycle requirement.

  • Broker and Managing Broker - What's the difference?

    Q. What is the difference between a real estate broker and managing broker?

    A. A real estate “selling” broker is licensed to sell real estate in the state of Illinois and is affiliated with a sponsoring broker. Brokers may make sales presentations, identify suitable properties, conduct open house tours, identify sources of financing and coordinate the sales or rental transaction. However, brokers affiliated with a sponsoring broker may do so only on behalf of that one sponsoring broker.

    A real estate managing broker can manage the company that engages in property sales or rentals and have the opportunity to employ other brokers. As with many other professions, education and licensing are required. Learn more

    Real Estate License Requirements: Broker vs. Managing Broker

    As a real estate “selling” broker you are affiliated with a sponsoring broker. Brokers may make sales presentations, identify suitable properties, conduct open house tours, identify sources of financing and coordinate the sales or rental transaction. However, brokers affiliated with a sponsoring broker may do so only on behalf of that one sponsoring broker.

    With more courses and upon passing an additional exam, you can become a real estate managing broker. As a managing broker you could manage the company that engages in property sales or rentals and have the opportunity to employ other brokers. As with many other professions, education and licensing are required.

    Learn more about obtaining an Illinois Real Estate License.

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  • Continuing Education

    Q. How do I find out how many CE hours I have?
    A. Use the Illinois REALTORS® CE Lookup to check the record of classes taken through Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center.  If you have any questions regarding the information, you may call education at (217) 529-2600. If you need information regarding classes taken at other sponsored schools, you will need to contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), Division of Professional Regulation, Bureau of Real Estate at (217) 785-9300 or visit their website.

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  • Designations

    Q. Where can I get information on how to earn designations?
    A. You may learn more about designations on our website and on the National Association of REALTORS® website. The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide range of programs and services that assist members in increasing proficiency and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses. 

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  • GRI

    Q. How do I obtain my GRI designation?
    A. Courses to obtain your GRI designation are offered online by the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center. Visit the GRI webpage on this site for more information.

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  • Leasing Agent License

    In order to obtain a Leasing Agent license in the State of Illinois you must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate or equivalent (G.E.D.), successfully complete a 15-hour Leasing Agent course at a real estate school approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, pass the state licensing exam. Live course offerings and home study courses are available.

  • Licensing

    Q. How long will it take to complete my pre-license courses?
    A. Depending on which courses you purchase (classroom, online, home study), you can complete your pre-license coursework in as little as three weeks. 

    Q. How long do I have to complete a licensing course?
    A. Courses expire six months from the date of purchase. You have six months from your purchase/registration date to complete your course. If you need additional time, you may purchase a 90-day course extension for $100.  The extension period shall not exceed 90 days and may not be extended past one year from the original date of purchasde. To purchase an extension, please contact education@illinoisrealtors.org or (217) 529-2600 with your request.

  • License Reciprocity

    Q. With which states does Illinois have license reciprocity?
    A. Illinois has license reciprocity with Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

    Q. I am licensed in a reciprocal state. How do I obtain my license in Illinois?
    If you are currently licensed in one of the reciprocal states, you may obtain a reciprocal license by taking and passing the state portion of the Illinois exam. Study material is available from the Illinois REALTORS® Store. This exam is administered by psi/Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) (www.goamp.com). 

    Q. Who do I contact with license reciprocity questions?
    A. For licensing questions, you may contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (217) 785-9300.

    Q. Where can I get the latest reciprocity updates?
    A. For IDFPR's latest reciprocity updates, visit the IDFPR website

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  • Managing Broker License Renewal

    Q: What if I have too many Core CE hours and not enough Elective?
    A. Your Core hours will count towards Elective CE hours, however elective hours do not count towards your Core requirement. Keep in mind that credit hours for the same course cannot be repeated within the same cycle.

    Q: I’m from another state, what do I need to do to be a Managing Broker?
    A. Review IDFPR’s Reciprocity Application for Licensure Under the Real Estate License Act www.idfpr.com/DPR/RE/Forms/recip.pdf

    Q: I’m a licensed attorney in good standing in the State of Illinois. What do I need to do to renew as a managing broker? 
    A. You will just be required to complete the renewal forms and pay the license renewal fees required by IDFPR. You are EXEMPT from all education including the Broker Management CE.

    Q: How can I find out what continuing education hours I already have?
    A. Use the Illinois REALTORS® CE Lookup to check your education credits for courses taken and passed through the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing and Training Center.

    Q: Why can’t I find my CE hours on your website? 
    A. If you took your CE through a provider other than the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing and Training Center or your local association, your CE will not be reflected in the Education Lookup. You will need to contact the other school directly for your records.

    Q: If my license is in a “holding company” do I still need CE? 
    A. Yes. Your “holding company” is your sponsoring broker so you hold an active sponsored real estate license. You are, thus, subject to CE requirements.

    Q. What if I no longer want to hold a managing broker license and transfer to a broker license? 
    A. The Real Estate Administrative Rules state that a Managing Broker may transfer their license by completing a form and all continuing education requirements as follows:

    • The Managing Broker must have an active managing broker license
    • If the Managing Broker transfers their license in the first year of renewal (May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016), they would be required to take 6 hours of CE (3 hours of core CE and 3 hours of elective)
    • If the Managing Broker transfers in their second year of renewal (May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017), they are required to take 12 hours of CE (6 hours of Core A & B and 6 hours of elective CE). 
    • The Managing Broker would need to complete the Managing Broker to Broker Transfer Application and pay all renewal fees.

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  • Online Proctored Exams

    Q. How do I take an online exam with Proctor U?
    A. After completing your online course, you will schedule the exam date and time through Proctor U. You will select from a list of exams when logged into your learning platform.

    Q. Can I go back to unanswered questions or review my exam?
    A. No. Once a question is passed, you cannot return to change or fill in an answer. There is no option to review a passed or failed exam.

    Q. How do I find my exam results?
    A. Go to Illinois REALTORS® CE Lookup to look for your education credits for successful course completions. Successful exams will be logged according to the date the exam was taken, not the date it was uploaded.

    Q. Why are my exam results not showing up?
    A. All completed education is available online except Broker Pre-License courses. Go to Illinois REALTORS® CE Lookup to view your education credits for successful course completions. Successful exams will be logged according to the date the exam was taken, not the date it was uploaded. Pre-License students will be emailed their exam results.

    Q. What if I fail an online exam?
    A. For pre-license courses taken online, you are not allowed to review the exam. You may retake the exam after 24 hours have passed. You must retake the exam within 30 days or you will need to purchase the course again. You are allowed four attempts to pass the test (a total of three retakes). If you fail the exam four times, you must retake the course.

    For CE courses taken online, you are not allowed to review the exam. You may retake the exam as soon as the next business day and no later than 30 days after the first exam attempt. If 30 days have passed since the first attempt, no retake will be allowed without purchasing the course again. You are allowed two attempts to pass the test (a total of one retake). If you fail an exam twice, you must retake the course, which requires purchasing the course again. 

    The fees to retake an online course exam are:

    •    $15 for a 3-hour online course exam
    •    $20 for a 6-hour online course exam
    •    $35 for a 75-hour online course exam

    To schedule an exam retake, call 217-529-2600 or email education@illinoisrealtors.org with your credit card information, Mon-Fri between 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
     

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  • Proctored Exams

    Q. How do I get an exam proctored at a proctor location?
    A. First, choose a proctor site from this list of approved proctor locations. Second, send an email to education@illinoisrealtors.org and tell an education specialist which proctor location you have chosen. Third, contact the proctor location to schedule a date and time for the exam. Fourth, go to the proctor location on the scheduled date and time to take the exam.

    Q. How long will it take to get my exam results?
    A. Once the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center receives your exam from the proctor location, your exam will be processed and uploaded to IDFPR within 24-48 business hours.

    Q. How do I find my exam results?
    A. All completed education is available online except Broker Pre-License courses. Go to Illinois REALTORS® CE Lookup to view your education credits for successful course completions. Successful exams will be logged according to the date the exam was taken, not the date it was uploaded. Pre-License students will be emailed their exam results.

    Q. Why are my exam results not showing up?
    A. Only courses that were taken through the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center will be listed in our CE Lookup. For courses taken through another school, go to IDFPR’s CE Lookup.

    Q. What if I fail an exam taken at a proctored location?
    A. For pre-license courses taken via home study or classroom, you are allowed to review the exam. You may retake the exam as soon as the next business day and no later than 30 days after the first exam attempt. If 30 days have passed since the first attempt, no retake will be allowed without purchasing the course again. You are allowed four attempts to pass the test (a total of three retakes). If you fail the exam four times, you must retake the course.


    For CE courses, you are not allowed to review the exam. You may retake the exam as soon as the next business day and no later than 30 days after the first exam attempt. If 30 days have passed since the first attempt, no retake will be allowed without purchasing the course again. You are allowed two attempts to pass the test (a total of one retake). If you fail the exam twice, you will need to retake the course. The fee to retake a CE exam at a proctor location is $10. Follow the steps outlined above if you wish to retake your exam at a proctored location.
     

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  • REALTOR® Trademark

    Q. How is being a REALTOR® different from being a real estate agent?  
    A. REALTOR® is a registered trademark of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). This mark represents a high standard of professional conduct in serving the interests of clients and customers. NAR's Code of Ethics is universally recognized as the measure of professionalism in real estate. Adherence to the code is the first great bond between REALTORS®

  • Illinois REALTORS® Real Estate Education Foundation (REEF)

    Q. What is REEF?
    A. The Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) awards scholarships to students of real estate and related fields of study.  Since 2000, REEF has awarded scholarships to help students and Illinois real estate professionals fulfill their educational dreams and pursue their career in the real estate industry. To learn more about scholarships available call 866-857-7333 or download an application at www.ilreef.org.

  • Requirements

    Q. What are the requirements for obtaining my Real Estate License in Illinois? 
    A. Broker License: To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Broker License in the State of Illinois you must be at least 21 years old, a high school graduate or equivalent (G.E.D.), successfully complete the required coursework and pass the state licensing exam. Effective May 1, 2011 the Broker license category replaced the former Salesperson license category.

    The new Broker license has the same privileges of the previous Salesperson license category, but requires additional education to include 90 hours of pre-license education, 15 of which must be interactive (classroom or webinar) and 30 hours of post-license education. The 90 hours would include a 75-hour Broker Pre-license Topics course and a 15-hour Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles Interactive course. Classroom, Online and Home Study Pre-license options.

    Managing Broker License: All new licensees who require managerial privileges are required to earn a Managing Broker license. To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker's license in the State of Illinois you must be at least 21 years old, have an active valid Illinois real estate broker license, had an active real estate license for two (2) of the past three (3) years, successfully complete the required coursework and pass the state licensing exam. This new category of license for brokers who will manage and sponsor themselves and/or other licensees changed from Broker to Managing Broker.

    The Managing Broker license is only available to applicants who held a real estate salesperson or broker license for two out of the last three years. If you have a broker license and meet the two out of three year requirement, it is assumed you have completed the 120 Broker pre-license  requirement and you will only be required to take an additional 45 hours to include a 30-hour course, Managing Broker Pre-license Topics and a 15-hour Managing Broker Pre-license Applied Management and Supervision Interactive course.

    Applicants who have never held a license will first have to  complete the 90 hour Broker license requirement and the 30 hours of post license and follow with the 45-hour Managing  Broker requirement. You would not be able to apply for your Managing Broker license until you have met the two out of three year requirement. 

    Leasing Agent License: In order to obtain a Leasing Agent license in the State of Illinois you must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate or equivalent (G.E.D.), successfully complete a 15-hour Leasing Agent course at a real estate school approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, pass the state licensing exam. Live course offerings and home study courses are available.

    Instructor (Pre-License or Continuing Education) License: In order to become a pre-license instructor or continuing education instructor, you would need to apply through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. They have information on their website about the criteria needed to be able to be certified. The pre-license instructor license does require taking an exam. Exam information may be found through the psi/Applied Measure Professional's Web site at www.goamp.com. Continuing education instructors now have to complete an approved instructor training prior to making application with IDFPR. Visit IDFPR's website (under "Resources and Publications") for a list of providers that offer the instructor training program.

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  • Webinars

    Q.  How do I register for a webinar?  
    A. Register with Webex at https://iar.webex.com. You will receive and email confirmation from "messenger@webex.com". You will also receive a reminder 24 hours before the webinar begins.  

    Q. What is the registration deadline?  
    A. Registration deadlines for pre-license and continuing education courses are different than those for study webinars. 

    • Registration for pre-license and continuing education course webinars will close at 11:59 p.m. the night before the webinar starts. Once registration is closed we do NOT have the ability to add registrants.
    • Registration for the free monthly pre-license study webinar is open up until the webinar start time. 

    Q.  How do I cancel my webinar registration?  
    A. You may cancel your registration for a full refund 1 hour before the session begins. There is a link in your original confirmation email that allows you to cancel.

    Q.  If I have not completed my 75-hour Broker Pre-license Course, should I take the 15-Hour Pre-License Interactive Webinar? 
    A. It is highly recommended that you are 100% complete with your 75-hour program prior to taking the 15-hour interactive course.

    Q.  How do I communicate with the instructor?
    A. You will interact with your instructor by using the chat messaging feature found in the upper right hand corner of your screen. You are able to privately message the instructor, as well as they can respond to you.

    Q.  Do I need a microphone for the webinar?
    A. No. You will interact with your instructor by using the chat messaging feature found in the upper right hand corner of your screen. You are able to privately message the instructor, as well as they can respond to you.

    Q.  How do I log into Webex?
    A. Your log-in information is provided in the email you received from "messenger@webex.com." If you are unable to locate that email, you may contact our tech support at support@illinoisrealtors.org. Please note to check your spam file.

    Q. How do I prepare for the webinar?   
    A. We recommend that you open all attachments, check video links and sign-in to the webinar with your username and passcode PRIOR to the start of the course to make sure everything works with your computer equipment. You can test the technical requirements of joining the webinar through WebEx at this link: http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

    Q.  Is attendance taken for the webinar?
    A. Yes, attendance will be taken several times throughout the webinar to insure students are logged in. You are required to attend the entire webinar.

    Q.  Do we receive any materials for the webinar?  
    A. Yes, your course materials will be emailed to you within two business days prior to the webinar. The materials may be in a .pdf format and/or videos that will have direct links to YouTube.

    Q.  Do I have to have special equipment on my computer for the webinar?
    A. You do not need a camera or microphone. You will be able to see the instructor but he/she will not be able to see you. The way you will communicate is through the “chat” feature of the Webex program. You will need speakers to hear the webinar. Most computers have speakers built in.

    Warning iconNotebooks, iPads and smart phones should NOT be used for the webinar. There are elements of the webinar that will not come across on these devices.

    Q.  What time does the webinar start?
    A. Please refer to your confirmation letter and/or the reminder email from the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing and Training Center. Most Illinois REALTORS® webinars will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. It is up to the instructor on the length of the lunch period and breaks. Our 12 hour-BMCE webinars end at approximately 3:00 p.m. each day.

    Q.  Do we get breaks throughout the webinar?
    A. Yes, courses are approved on 50-minute hours, so if the instructor does not take a one hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks, the course could end much earlier than the time that is posted. The instructor will announce what time you will break for lunch and it may be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

    Q.  Do I have to take an exam with the webinar?   
    A. Yes, you will need to at least schedule (not complete) your proctored exam within two business days following the course. Click here for approved proctor locations. 

    Once you have selected your location, please email education@illinoisrealtors.org  with that information and we will forward your exam to your preferred location. You will then call that location to set up a date and time for testing. The 15-Hour Pre-License; 15-Hour Managing Broker Pre-License or Post-License exams are 25 questions. The BMCE 12-Hour exam is 100 questions.

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