How to become a real estate agent in Illinois

To earn an Illinois real estate license, you must be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, complete the required pre-license coursework and pass the state licensing exam.

We provide you with courses that can be completed entirely from home or in a classroom near you, and our Education Specialists provide exceptional personal support to our students. 

STEP 1Required Pre-License courses 

The required 90 hours of Pre-License education includes a 75-hour Broker Pre-license Topics course and a 15-hour interactive Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles Interactive course.



Course 1: Broker Pre-License Topics

You can complete the Broker Pre-License Topics course and exam from home! The course materials and exam questions reside on our D2L online platform, and you can choose to receive the accompanying textbook in print or as a paperless e-book.  


Course 2: Broker Pre-License Applied Real Estate Principles

To complete the full 90 hours of study, you must take the Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles webinar. Register for a webinar through the Illinois REALTORS® Pre-License Store.

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Other Course Formats:

Classroom: If you prefer to take a classroom course, we have more than 50 branch locations. Find a class near you!

Online: Online courses are available through our learning partners RECampus and Hondros Learning

Course Exams

The State of Illinois requires a proctored exam for each course. Students taking a D2L course will be able to complete their exam at home. Students who take a classroom or online course will take the exam at an approved proctor location. Proctor locations |  Proctored Exam FAQs

STEP 3State License Exam

The state exam is administered by psi/Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP).  Register at

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.  You must be sponsored by a managing broker before you may practice.

Maintain your license

Illinois brokers must renew their licenses every two years. For your first license renewal, you will need to complete post-license education consisting of two courses: Broker Post-License Topics and Broker Post License Applied Real Estate Practices.






Register for the Broker Post-License Topics Home Study

Register for the Broker Post-License Applied Real Estate Practices webinar

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