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  • 12 Hour(s) Instructor Development
Complete Pre-License Instructor Program

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Prepare to become an Illinois Real Estate Pre-License Instructor with this online, on-demand program. You must complete a state-approved 12-hour pre-license instructor training program to be eligible for licensure. A Pre-License Instructor license will qualify you to teach all pre-license courses and continuing education courses for all Illinois real estate licensees. This package satisfies your entire training requirement.

About This Course

View an entire online course all at once or in individual modules. Start and stop whenever you choose, and pick up right where you left off. After viewing an entire presentation, you will be prepared to pass the course (online) final exam. We'll provide a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the program.

This program consists of two courses:

  1. Pre-License Topics - Step By Step (6 hours)
    This online course provides a step-by-step overview of pre-licensing topics and guidance regarding effective content delivery.
  2. Instructor Development & Training Techniques (6 hours)
    In this online course, you will learn vital tips and techniques for becoming a successful instructor.

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  1. No hidden fees: Your tuition includes comprehensive course materials, instructor support, final exam and certificate of completion.
  2. Instructor assistance is one of the most important aspects of our course. Call the Real Estate Institute to speak one-on-one with an instructor. Instructors answer student questions, provide individualized feedback and offer "real world" examples to reinforce the self-study course materials.
  3. Upon enrollment you will receive the following at no extra charge via First-Class Priority Mail®:
    • Course Instructions, Procedures, and Policies
    • Course Textbook
    • Your Username/Password that is required to access online course materials
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn more about this license type and program:

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    IL Real Estate Pre-License - Instructor

    Who is required to be licensed as a real estate instructor in Illinois?

    Anyone who teaches state-approved real estate pre-licensing or continuing education courses in Illinois must be licensed as a real estate instructor.

    What are the education requirements for individuals who want to teach state-approved real estate courses?

    The requirements depend on whether the instructor candidate wants to teach pre-licensing or continuing education courses.

    For pre-license, post-license and core continuing education courses, individuals must complete a 12-hour instructor training program.

    For individuals who will only teach elective continuing education courses, a 6-hour "development" program is required.

    Does Real Estate Institute offer state-approved courses for Illinois real estate instructors?

    Yes. Real Estate Institute offers instructor development programs approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

    Can I complete the instructor development courses via self-study or must I attend live classes?

    Our instructor development courses are available via self-study. We provide you with access to online, on-demand recorded presentations that allow you to earn credit without attending classes in person.

    In addition to completing the required courses, must instructors pass a state examination?

    Pre-license instructors are required to pass a 150-question, multiple-choice examination with a score of at least 75%. The state exam consists of national real estate topics and Illinois-specific information and is very similar to the licensing exam for Illinois Real Estate Brokers.

    Continuing education instructors are not required to pass a state exam.

    Are there any other requirements for individuals who wish to become licensed to teach pre-license courses?

    Yes. A pre-licensing instructor must have at least one of the following qualifications:

    • Be a currently licensed broker or managing broker
    • Be an Illinois-admitted attorney
    • Have prior teaching experience for a minimum period of 2 years 
    • Have adequate professional background or experience in real estate.

    An instructor candidate's qualifications must be submitted to the IDFPR along with fees, application, and proof of course completions.

    Are there any other requirements for individuals who wish to become licensed to teach continuing education courses?

    Continuing education instructors must have adequate professional or educational experience. Some examples of candidates with adequate professional or educational experience are:

    • An individual who has been licensed and active as a real estate broker for at least 3 years.
    • An admitted attorney who has done work related to real estate for at least 3 years.
    • A properly credentialed real estate instructor who has taught for at least 3 years.
    • A licensed or certified professional who has worked in the business of appraisal, finance or another field related to real estate for at least 3 years.

    Other candidates may be acceptable to the IDFPR depending on experience, education, a personal interview and the recommendations of the Education Advisory Council.

    Upon review of the candidates credentials, the IDFPR may issue a license that qualifies the instuctor to teach all state-approved CE Courses OR a license that is "restricted" to only a specific course or topic.

    As a licensed instructor, will my license need to be sponsored by a company or school (similar to a Broker license)?

    No. Instructors can choose to be affiliated with one specific school or work independently, teaching courses for many schools that are approved to offer state-approved pre-license and/or continuing education courses.

    Do I need two separate licenses if I want to teach pre-licensing courses and continuing education courses?

    No.  On August 9, 2019, Illinois license law was amended to permit individuals with a pre-license instructor license to teach all types of Illinois real estate courses.  A continuing education instructor license is only required for individuals whose instruction will be limited to elective continuing education courses.

    Is a real estate instructor's Illinois license valid in other states?

    No. Licenses issued by the IDFPR specifically authorize instructors to teach courses for schools with courses approved by the IDFPR. Each state has unique requirements, so check with the appropriate state regulatory agency to determine requirements on a state-by-state basis.