Illinois Real Estate License Requirements

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Illinois Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the Illinois education requirements for real estate licensing and renewal in your state.

Licensing Board/Commission: IDFPR Division of Real Estate (DRE)

  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation requires that your final course exam be proctored for pre-license and continuing education. 

Illinois Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • Illinois real estate salesperson license: N/A
  • Illinois real estate broker license: 90 hours, which includes the 75-hour Broker Pre-license Topics course and the 15-hour Interactive Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles course
  • Illinois also requires 39 hours of post-license education for brokers, which includes one 15-hour classroom/distance education learning course and one 15-hour interactive course.
  • Final Exams:  your final course exam must be proctored

Illinois State Reciprocity:

Real estate commissions and boards across the country are adopting policies for a real estate agent in one state to more easily become licensed in another state.

Currently Illinois has reciprocity with the following states under the Real Estate License Act of 2000: Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, Occupational and Professional Licensing Division, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Georgia Real Estate Commission, Indiana Real Estate Commission (Broker reciprocity only), Iowa Real Estate Commission, Nebraska Real Estate Commission, South Dakota Real Estate Commission and Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.

To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Broker license under Category D, applicants must:  

  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Hold an active broker’s license, or equivalent by examination in a state that has a reciprocal agreement with the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Illinois Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:

  • Real estate brokers in Illinois must renew their real estate licenses by April 30 of even-numbered years
  • Managing brokers in Illinois must renew their real estate licenses by April 30 of odd-numbered years 
  • Illinois continuing education requirements: 12 hours of real estate CE classes -- 6 hours of electives and 6 hours of core courses
  • Brokers renewing for the first time are required to take 30 hours of continuing education classes
  • 2020 Broker renewal:  12 hours total--8 hours of elective and 4 hours of core course  

Illinois Appraisal License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. The information provided below can be found on the Board’s website. However, we recommend you contact the Board for more detailed information and for any changes which may have occurred.

Illinois Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • Associate Real Estate Appraiser
  • Certified Residential License
  • Certified General License

Illinois Appraisal Licensure Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Must meet the educational requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • For Certified Residential level:  A minimum of an Associate’s Degree OR 21 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required 
  • For Certified General level:  A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required
  • Satisfactory completion of the state examination
  • Submit application, required documents, and associated fees

Illinois Appraisal Education Requirements:

  • 75 hours for the Associate Real Estate Appraiser which consist of the following courses:  Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours), 15 Hour National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours)
  • 200 Hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser which consist of the same 75 hours of Associate Real Estate Appraiser education AND:  Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours), Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 Hours), Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approach (30 hours) Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours), Advanced Residential Application and Case Studies (15 hours), Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours)
  • 300 hours for the Certified General Appraiser which includes the same 200 hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser education AND:  General Appraiser Sales Comparison and Income Approach (15 hours), General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), General Appraiser Income Approach (45 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)

Illinois Appraisal Experience Requirements:

  • Associate Real Estate Appraiser – No experience requirement
  • Certified Residential Appraiser – 2500 hours in no less than 24 months
  • Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in no less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals 

Illinois Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • All licensees expire September 30 odd number years
  • Appraisers are required to complete 28 hours of continuing education each renewal cycle
  • The 7-hour USPAP Update course or its equivalent must be taken every other year

Illinois Home Inspection Requirements

Learn about the home inspection courses and qualifications needed for certification and renewal in Illinois. 

Requirements to Become an Illinois Home Inspector:

The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation establishes the Illinois Home Inspector Licensing Requirements.

  • Illinois home inspection education hours: 60 hours
  • Inspections: 5 mock
  • Exam Required: IL Home Inspector Examination
  • Application Fee: $250
  • Notarized application, background check, and fingerprints are not required 
  • Minimum Age requirement: 21
  • A High School Diploma or GED is required

Home Inspection License Expiration: Every two years 

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: 12 hours every two years (11/30 even); 6 of the 12 hours must be in mandatory courses