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Illinois Continuing Education Requirements:

Total Hours Core/Mandatory Elective Hours
You Need: 24 16 8
We Offer: 24 16 8
LICENSE RENEWAL PERIOD: 2 YEARS

Illinois State Requirement Details for Real Estate Continuing Education – Managing Broker

Renewal Date: 4/30 every odd-numbered year

Hours Required: 24 hours

  • 4 hours – Mandatory Core hours
  • 8 hours – Elective hours
    • Includes a 1-hour IDFPR-mandated Sexual Harassment Prevention Training requirement, which goes into effect on 1/1/2020
  • 12 hours – Mandatory Broker Management Course

Max Hours in a 24-Hour Period: Illinois real estate licensees will not receive credit for more than 12 hours of continuing education per day. Our online course delivery system manages this requirement for you.


The CE Shop’s Offering: 24 hours

  • 4 hours – Mandatory Core hours
  • 8 hours – Elective hours
    • Includes a 1-hour IDFPR-mandated Sexual Harassment Prevention Training requirement, which goes into effect on 1/1/2020
  • 12 hours – Mandatory Broker Management Course

The CE Shop is an approved provider in Illinois.

Provider Approval Number: 515.000004

Reporting: The state requires schools to report course completions within ten days from the course completion date. Course completions will be reported within this time frame.

Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary by course but are generally one year after order date. Each individual course will have an expiration date listed in your account. 

Final Exams: Passing a final exam is not required to receive continuing education credit in Illinois, therefore our system is set up so that final exams can be passed with a 0% passing score.

Certificates: Immediately upon real estate course completion, The CE Shop will provide students with an electronic copy of the course certificate of completion. Certificates will remain in your account for a minimum of five years, should you need additional copies at a later time. Please refer to your renewal application to determine if you need to submit your certificate(s) of completion with your renewal. Course completion dates are recorded using Central Standard Time. Please note that the date on your certificate of completion will reflect this.

License Renewal Process: The process to renew in this state is to log in to the licensing system online and follow the prompts to renew.  

Post-Licensing: Brokers are required to complete two 15-hour post-licensing courses and pass an exam prior to their first renewal of that license.

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Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation-Division of Real Estate

Street Address: Springfield Office - 320 West Washington St, Springfield, IL 62786

Street Address: Chicago Office - 100 West Randolph, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601

Telephone: 217.782.3414 or 888.473.4858

Fax: 217.782.7645

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