Illinois Broker License Requirements

Illinois REALTORS Licensing and Training Center

Become a real estate agent in Illinois: earn a broker license

Download our free guide: Start Your Career in Real Estate to learn more about becoming a real estate agent in Illinois.

The video below will explain how you can earn your license in three simple steps:

To qualify for an Illinois real estate broker license, you must be at least 21 years old, have a high school graduate diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.), and successfully complete the required coursework and pass the state licensing exam. 

STEP 1Take 90 Hours of Pre-License Education (Required)

The first step to earning a Broker license in Illinois is to complete 90 hours of Pre-License education, which includes a  75-hour Broker Pre-license Topics course and a 15-hour interactive Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles Interactive course.



Pre-License Coursework Options:

Distance Learning - NEW! Complete your Pre-License Coursework at home! 

Distance learning allows you to complete your pre-license coursework at home! The course materials reside on the D2L online platform that includes 13 course sections, 3 unit tests, additional study questions and more. You can choose to receive the accompanying course book, Modern Real Estate Practice in Illinois, in softcover textbook format or as a paperless e-book.  


To complete your full 90 hours of study, you will take the 15-Hour Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles webinar in order to qualify to take the state licensing exam. This webinar is now on our D2L learning platform. Register through the Illinois REALTORS® Pre-License Store here.

A scholarship is available for the Illinois REALTORS® 75-hour Broker Pre-License Topics course or 90-hour Broker Pre-License package. Learn more and apply at

Classroom Courses
We have more than 50 classroom branch locations. Find a class near you.

Take an Illinois REALTORS® class from home! No computer microphone is required.

Online Courses

Self-paced online courses are provided by Illinois REALTORS® online learning partners: RECampus and  Hondros Learning


Take the Course Exams

The State of Illinois requires a proctored exam for each course. Students may take the proctored exams at the approved proctor location of their choice.  After scheduling the exam with the proctor location, the student should contact llinois REALTORS® at 217-529-2600 to have the exam sent to their preferred proctor location. Proctor locations |  Proctored Exam FAQs

Note: We provide a FREE exam prep webinar once a month, hosted by instructor Norm Willoughby. The webinar covers a different topic each month and helps prepare students for the pre-license course exams and the state exam. Particpants may ask questions and have answers explained in detail. You may register for this webinar on Webex or contact with questions.

STEP 3Take the State Licensure Exam

When you have completed your course, Illinois REALTORS® will enter your completion date enabling you to register for the state exam.The state licensure exam is administered by Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP).

  • Go to
  • Click on the Portals tab, then select "Illinois Student User" and click on New Student Registration. Complete the form to obtain an AMP student ID number. 
  • After registering, return to the AMP homepage and click on Candidates and select the real estate examination you are prepared to complete. 

STEP 4Apply for Your License

Apply for your license at and pay the appropriate license fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Note: You must be sponsored by a managing broker before you may practice.


REALTOR pinMembership in the REALTOR® organization begins at the local level, and confers membership in the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. REALTORS® adhere to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of REALTORS® , which is universally recognized as the measure of professionalism in real estate. The REALTOR® symbol is your key to the wealth of resources, products and services available to you as a member of the REALTOR® organization. See REALTOR® member benefits here. To find out how you can join, contact your local association of REALTORS®.


Complete 30 Hours of Post-License Training (Required)

Once you have obtained your license, you are required to complete 30 hours of post-license education prior to your first license renewal. 






The Broker Post License Topics Home Study Course (15 hours) combined with the Broker Post License Applied Real Estate Practices Interactive course (15-hours) will satisfy the post-license education requirements. For the interactive portion of the requirement (Broker Post-License Applied Real Estate Practices) you may take a webinar or classroom course.

Next Broker Post-License Webinar: November 15 & 16, 2017 - Register on Webex here.

Classroom Course Schedule

 STEP 6Continuing Education

Illinois REALTOR® Store

Real estate licensees are required to complete continuing education (CE) during each two-year licensing period. Real Estate Broker Licensees renewal deadline is April 30, 2016. If you were licensed 90 days prior to the renewal deadline you will be issued a license with the renewal deadline of the next cycle thereby allowing you an additional 2 years to complete your CE.

Take CE courses from the convenience of your home with text-based and on-line programs, or find traditional classroom courses available throughout the state.



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