What Do I Need?


So, which class should you take?  Do you need more than one?  That depends on what you need to accomplish...  Are you trying to earn your Real Estate Broker license, to help people buy and sell properties?  Do you already have your license, and you need to renew it?  Are you trying to earn your Real Estate Managing Broker license, so you can manage/start your own real estate office or company?  Let's explore these scenarios below, including the state requirements for each.

First Things First

To qualify for a Real Estate Broker license or Real Estate Managing Broker license in Illinois, you must be at least 21 years of age and be a high school graduate or equivalent (G.E.D.).  To qualify for a Real Estate Leasing Agent license in Illinois, you must be at least 18 years of age and be a high school graduate or equivalent (G.E.D.).

Earning Your Broker License

Earning your Real Estate Broker license in Illinois requires a minimum of 90 hours of education.  You must complete all 90 hours, before you will be allowed to sit for the state's licensure exam.  Hence, the term "pre-license" education.  The state also requires that at least 15 of those hours must be "interactive" learning, taught live by a licensed instructor.  The remaining 75 hours of education may be taken in a home-study or even an on-line learning format, if the student chooses.

Some students choose to take the 75-hour home-study course offered by the Illinois Association of Realtors® (IAR), and take only the 15-hour interactive portion with a live instructor.  Other students choose a more balanced format, by enrolling in IAR's 45-hour home-study program, and then taking a 45-hour interactive program with a live instructor.

At Illinois Real Estate Education (ILREE), our instructors have found that most students prefer to get ALL of their required hours of education in a live format.  As of the date of this posting, ILREE has the ONLY instructors offering the FULL 90-HOUR LIVE-INSTRUCTION program through licensed real estate schools and their respective branches in the central Illinois area.  Of course, for those that are comfortable with the home-study courses, our instructors also teach the 45-hour and 15-hour courses for various schools and their branches, throughout the state.

Once a student has successfully completed the required 90-hours of education (including the final exam(s) for the actual course), he or she will then be allowed to sit for the Illinois Real Estate Broker license exam, administered by Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP).  AMP has been contracted by the State of Illinois to administer all real estate license exams.

Renewing Your Broker License for the First Time

In Illinois, Real Estate Brokers must renew their licenses by April 30th of even-numbered years.  After obtaining an Illinois Real Estate Broker license, before renewing it for the very first time, license holders must successfully complete a 30-hour post-license course.  The state requires that at least 15 hours of the post-license course must be "interactive" learning, taught live by a licensed instructor.  The remaining 15 hours of education may be taken in a home-study or even an on-line learning format, if the student chooses.

At Illinois Real Estate Education (ILREE), our instructors have found that most students prefer to get ALL of their required hours of education in a live format.  As of the date of this posting, ILREE has the ONLY instructors offering the FULL 30-HOUR LIVE-INSTRUCTION program through licensed real estate schools and their respective branches in the central Illinois area.  Of course, for those that are comfortable with the home-study courses, our instructors also teach the 15-hour courses for various schools and their branches, throughout the state.

Once a student has successfully completed the required 30-hours of post-license education (including the final exam(s) for the actual course), he or she will then be allowed to renew his or her Real Estate Broker license without needing any other continuing education credits.

It is important to note that the state of Illinois does make a special exception for those licensees that obtained their licenses on or after February 1st, but before April 30th, of an even-numbered year.  If your license was issued on or after February 1st, but before April 30th, of an even-numbered year, you do NOT have to complete the 30-hour post-license requirement or any other Continuing Education (CE) credit prior to renewing your license THAT YEAR.  However, you WILL be required to complete the 30-hours of post-license education before your second renewal (two years later).

It has also been noted by a few of our students that when their license was issued on or after February 1st, but before April 30th, of an even numbered year, the state gave them an expiration date of two years later, so they did not even have to renew that first time around.  Their first renewal was the next even-numbered year.  Be sure to carefully check the expiration date on your license when it arrives!

Maintaining Your Broker License

This section covers the requirements to renew your Broker license AFTER your first renewal, which involved the 30-hour post-license education requirement.

In Illinois, Real Estate Brokers must renew their licenses by April 30th of even-numbered years.  The 30-hour post-license education requirement is ONLY for your first renewal.  After that, you only need 12 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit to renew your license each time.  The 12 hours must consist of the following: 3 hours must be what is referred to as "Core A" course credit, 3 hours must be what is referred to as "Core B" course credit, and the remaining 6 hours can be what is referred to as "elective" course credit.  Once the 12-hour education requirement has been met, the licensee will be eligible for license renewal.

It is important to note that "Core" courses can count as elective credit, but "elective" courses NEVER count as Core credit.  In other words, you can take two 3-hour Core A courses (as long as they are different courses), one 3-hour Core B course, and one 3-hour elective course, and you will have satisfied the license renewal requirement.  The extra 3 hours of Core A credit count as the additional 3 hours of elective credit that would have been needed.

Earning Your Managing Broker License

Earning your Real Estate Managing Broker license in Illinois involves meeting some strict requirements.  First, you must have been an ACTIVE Real Estate Broker for at least 2 out of the last 3 years.  Second, you must meet the minimum education requirement of 165 hours.  While that may seem like quite a lot, keep in mind that the 90 hours of pre-license education that were required to obtain your Broker license, AND the 30 hours of post-license education that were required to renew your Broker license for the first time all add up to 120 hours.  Any CE courses taken after that do not count as license-earning credit, but the 120 hours of pre and post-license education do count toward the 165-hour requirement for your Managing Broker license.  That leaves only 45 hours of additional education required.  Of those additional 45 hours of education, the state of Illinois requires that at least 15 hours must be "interactive" learning, taught live by a licensed instructor.  The remaining 30 hours of education may be taken in a home-study or even an on-line learning format, if the student chooses.

Some students choose to take the 30-hour home-study course offered by the Illinois Association of Realtors® (IAR), and take only the 15-hour interactive portion with a live instructor.  At Illinois Real Estate Education (ILREE), our instructors have found that most students prefer to get ALL of their required hours of education in a live format.  As of the date of this posting, ILREE has the ONLY instructors offering the FULL 45-HOUR LIVE-INSTRUCTION Managing Broker program through licensed real estate schools and their respective branches in the central Illinois area.  Of course, for those that are comfortable with the home-study courses, our instructors also teach the 15-hour courses for various schools and their branches, throughout the state.

Once a licensed Real Estate Broker has successfully completed the required 45-hours of additional education (including the final exam(s) for the actual course), AND meets the requirement of being an ACTIVE Real Estate Broker for 2 out of the last 3 years, he or she will then be allowed to sit for the Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker license exam.  Just like the licensure exam that was taken to earn the original Broker license, the Managing Broker licensure exam is administered by Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP).

Renewing Your Managing Broker License for the First Time

In Illinois, Real Estate Managing Brokers must renew their licenses by April 30th of odd-numbered years.  After obtaining an Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker license, before renewing it for the very first time, license holders must successfully complete 12 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit.  The 12 hours must consist of the following: 3 hours must be what is referred to as "Core A" course credit, 3 hours must be what is referred to as "Core B" course credit, and the remaining 6 hours can be what is referred to as "elective" course credit.  Once the 12-hour education requirement has been met, the licensee will be eligible for license renewal.

Keep in mind that "Core" courses can count as elective credit, but "elective" courses NEVER count as Core credit.  In other words, you can take two 3-hour Core A courses (as long as they are different courses), one 3-hour Core B course, and one 3-hour elective course, and you will have satisfied the license renewal requirement.  The extra 3 hours of Core A credit count as the additional 3 hours of elective credit that would have been needed.

It is important to note that the state of Illinois does make a special exception for those licensees that obtained their licenses on or after February 1st, but before April 30th, of an odd-numbered year.  If your license was issued on or after February 1st, but before April 30th, of an odd-numbered year, you do NOT have to complete any CE courses prior to renewing your license THAT YEAR.  However, you WILL be required to complete the 12-hours of CE before your second renewal (two years later).

It has also been noted by a few of our students that when their license was issued on or after February 1st, but before April 30th, of an odd numbered year, the state gave them an expiration date of two years later, so they did not even have to renew that first time around.  Their first renewal was the next odd-numbered year.  Be sure to carefully check the expiration date on your license when it arrives!

Maintaining Your Managing Broker License

This section covers the requirements to renew your Managing Broker license AFTER your first renewal, which only involved a 12- hour continuing education (CE) requirement.

In Illinois, Real Estate Managing Brokers must renew their licenses by April 30th of odd-numbered years.  The 12-hour CE requirement is ONLY for your first renewal.  After that, you only need 24 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit to renew your license each time.  The 24 hours must consist of the following: 12 hours must be what is referred to as "Broker Management" CE, 3 hours must be what is referred to as "Core A" course credit, 3 hours must be what is referred to as "Core B" course credit, and the remaining 6 hours can be what is referred to as "elective" course credit.  Once the 24-hour education requirement has been met, the licensee will be eligible for license renewal.

It is important to note that "Core" courses can count as elective credit, but "elective" courses NEVER count as Core credit.  In other words, you can take two 3-hour Core A courses (as long as they are different courses), one 3-hour Core B course, and one 3-hour elective course, and you will have satisfied the license renewal requirement.  The extra 3 hours of Core A credit count as the additional 3 hours of elective credit that would have been needed.  However, "Broker Management" credit does NOT count in place of any other required credit, nor does any other credit count in place of "Broker Management" credit.

Earning Your Leasing Agent License

Earning your Real Estate Leasing Agent license in Illinois requires a minimum of 15 hours of education.

Some students choose to take the 15-hour home-study course offered by the Illinois Association of Realtors® (IAR).

At Illinois Real Estate Education (ILREE), our instructors have found that most students prefer to get ALL of their required hours of education in a live format.  As of the date of this posting, ILREE has the ONLY instructors offering the FULL 15-HOUR LIVE-INSTRUCTION Leasing Agent program through licensed real estate schools and their respective branches in the central Illinois area.

Once a student has successfully completed the required 15-hours of education (including the final exam(s) for the actual course), he or she will then be allowed to sit for the Illinois Leasing Agent license exam, administered by Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP).  AMP has been contracted by the State of Illinois to administer all real estate license exams.

Maintaining Your Leasing Agent License

In Illinois, Real Estate Leasing Agents must renew their licenses by July 31st of even-numbered years.  The state requires 6 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit to renew your license each time.  Once the 6-hour CE requirement has been met, the licensee will be eligible for license renewal.

At Illinois Real Estate Education (ILREE), our instructors have found that most students prefer to get ALL of their required hours of education in a live format.  ILREE offers LIVE-INSTRUCTION programs through licensed real estate schools and their respective branches throughout the state.

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