The fastest and most affordable way to get your real estate broker license in Illinois! Here you'll learn:
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If you meet these qualifications, it takes five easy steps to earn your real estate broker's license.
Step 1: Complete the pre-license course
Sign up for the Illinois 75-hour Pre-license Broker Course. Select one from the state's list of approved education providers.
During the 75 hours of instruction, the curriculum is broken into two courses: Broker Pre-License Topics (60 hours) and Broker Pre-License Applied Real Estate Principles (15 hours). The course will be capped by a final exam of at least 100 questions. A score of 75% is required to pass and complete the pre-license education course.
The pre-license course can be taken online or in-person. Your course provider will electronically submit your exam eligibility to PSI, the state’s contracted exam provider.
Step 2: Applying for the State Exam
You have up to two years after completing your pre-license course to apply to take the Illinois state exam. During your course, you will create an account with PSI.
PSI administers Illinois's Real Estate Broker Licensure Exam. Schedule your exam directly by visiting http://www.psiexams.com/ or calling 855-340-3893. You also have the option to fax or mail a registration form as found in the PSI Illinois Candidate Handbook.
The broker exam fee is $55. You will directly pay PSI for the exam.
Bring two forms of identification to the test center, with one being government-issued with your current name, signature, and photograph.
Refer to the Illinois Real Estate Commission License Examination Candidate Bulletin for information on examination schedules, site locations, exam security, reporting, and preparation.
Step 3: Take and Pass the State Exam
The Illinois broker licensure exam is divided into two sections: national and state law. The total time allowed is 3.5 hours. These sections include:
You will report to the test supervisor immediately upon exam completion for your results. Students must pass both portions to pass the overall exam. If you fail one section, you can retake just the failed portion, but you only have (1) year from the date of passing the other portion to retake and pass and apply for a license.
The state only provides diagnostic information if you failed the National portion. It will not provide diagnostic information for failing the state section.
When you pass, the score report will include license application instructions.
You will also be asked a series of candidate screening questions following your exam. Depending on your answers, you may need to provide additional documentation with your license application.
Step 4: Find a Sponsoring Managing Broker
In Illinois, all brokers must work under the supervision of a Managing Broker. You will need to be sponsored by a Managing Broker to submit your license application.
Step 5: Apply for Your License
You have one year after successfully passing the state license exam to apply for a broker's license with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) using the Online Services Portal.
Your application must include:
Illinois no longer prints and mails licenses. To obtain a copy of your license, you’ll need to log onto the IDFPR portal.
Once IDFPR approves your applications, you’re ready to practice real estate in Illinois. Congratulations!
The RealEstateU 75-Hour Illinois Real Estate Broker’s Course is structured in the following way:
You can purchase a PDF version of the course textbook for only $29!
The course textbook contains all the content covered in the course, including all the audio transcripts, infographics, and supporting documents.
Please note that the PDF textbook is sold separately and not included in the course tuition. The textbook is designed to supplement the online course and not replace it.
The textbook enables you to review the course content offline. You can also print course textbook individual lessons as needed.
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There are no limits to how much money a real estate agent can make. The more deals you successfully close, the more money you can make!
By law, your sponsoring broker can’t dictate when and where to work! Real estate agents work when they choose, so create your own schedule!
You decide how to allocate your time. Slowly transition from your current career or use your license to earn side income by working part-time. Or, go full-time and make it your dream job.
Holding a real estate license enables you to sell all types of real estate throughout Illinois.
All students have 12 months from the time of purchase to complete the RealEstateU 75-hour Illinois Real Estate License Course (including the course exams).
All courses are eligible for a refund within 30 days of purchase if the student has not completed more than 50% of the course. All refunds issued are subjected to a $20 admin charge. Please read our Terms and Conditions for more details.
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