Illinois Broker License Requirements

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To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Broker License in the State of Illinois, 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.

Scholarship
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 www.ilreef.org.

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

Webinars
Take an Illinois REALTORS® class from home! No computer mic is required.  Webinar schedule |  Webinar Q&A

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

eStudy
Be free from printed materials with eStudy. The 75-hour Broker Pre-License Topics course materials are delivered to you via email. Course materials consist of a pdf study guide and a downloadable e-book. (Please note: the e-book is electronic only and is not designed to be printed. Course materials are delivered within one business day of order during normal business hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri. A 15-Hour Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles course must also be completed to satisfy the 90-hour eligibility requirement to take the state exam.)

Home Study
The self-paced Home Study course is mailed to you in hard copy satisfies the 75-hour Broker Pre-License Topics requirement. A 15-Hour Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles course must also be completed in aclassroom or webinar in order to satisfy the 90-hour eligibility requirement to take the state exam.

STEP 2Take 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

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 www.goamp.com.
  • 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 www.idfpr.com/dre.asp 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.

STEP 5Become a REALTOR®

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®.

STEP 6

Complete 30 Hours of Post-License Training (Required)

New broker licensees are required to complete 30 hours of post license training prior to their first license renewal.The 15-Hour Broker Post License Topics Home Study Course combined with the 15-Hour Broker Post License Applied Real Estate Practices Interactive course will satisfy the requirements. You may complete this course in a classroom or webinar.  Webinar Schedule | Webinar Q&A | Classroom Course Schedule

 STEP 6Continuing Education

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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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