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Education & Licensing Requirements

The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has specific licensing requirements individuals must meet in order to obtain a real estate license.

The state requires that you:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Have a sponsoring managing broker or firm
  • Successfully complete a total of 90 credit hours of pre-license education
  • Pass the state exam
  • Complete post-license education before your first renewal

Please be sure you understand the requirements before taking the pre-license education and licensing examination. If you have any questions, please contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation office at (800) 560-6420.

Take the Required 90 Hours of Pre-License Education

As of May 01, 2011 the Salesperson real estate license has been replaced by the Broker real estate license.

The new Broker license has the same privileges of the previous Salesperson license category, but requires additional education to include 90 hours of pre-license education and 30 hours of post-license education.

The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI) is a branch office of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Licensing and Training Center.  RASI’s 90-Hr. Broker Pre-license Course is designed to successfully prepare an individual to take the Illinois Real Estate Broker’s examination.

Pass the Illinois Licensing Exam

The state licensure exam is administered by Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP).  You may register for your state exam to be administered by AMP once you have passed the 90-Hr. Broker Pre-Licensing course.  (Click on “Candidates” and then select the real estate examination you are prepared to complete.) You must first be registered as a student before you can take the state exam. To register with AMP, go to the VIP Portal tab and select “student user.” From there you will be able to register as a new student and obtain your AMP student ID number. When you have completed your course, IAR will enter your completion date enabling you to register for the state exam.

In case you should fail the state test, you can take it three more times. If your third attempt is unsuccessful, you will be required to take the pre-license course, from the beginning. If you take the course with RASI, you may sit in another course at no cost if you do it within one year.

Once you pass the Illinois Real Estate exam, you can apply for a real estate Broker license from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Apply for a Real Estate Broker License

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

Complete the Required 30 Hours of Post-License Training

New broker licensees are required to complete 30 hours of post license training prior to their first license renewal.

Continuing Education

Real estate licensees are required to complete continuing education (CE) during each two-year licensing period.

For questions regarding courses, please contact Megan VanWaus, Director of Member Services, either by email at or by phone at 618-277-1980