Become a real estate agent in Illinois: earn a broker license
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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.
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.
Home Study - most popular option for real estate education
The self-paced Home Study allows you to complete your coursework at your own pace from home. The course materials are mailed to you in hard copy. The Home Study course satisfies the 75-hour Broker Pre-License Topics requirement. A 15-Hour Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles course must be completed in a classroom or webinar in order to satisfy the full 90-hour eligibility requirement to take the state exam.
With the paperless eStudy, 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.)
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.
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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 email@example.com with questions.
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).
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.
Membership 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®.
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. Webinar Schedule | Webinar Q&A | Classroom Course Schedule
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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