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Continuing Education Requirements for Real Estate License Renewal


Continuing Education Requirements = 12 total hours per renewal period

Brokers renewal deadline:  April 30, 2020 

Managing Broker renewal deadline: April 30, 2021

  • Core Course Curriculum………..4 hours per renewal period

  • Elective Curriculum………………maximum 8 hours credit per renewal period

In addition, Managing Brokers are required to take the 12-hour Broker Management Course

First Time Renewal – Licensed Feb. 1st, 2018 to Aug. 8th, 2019

Illinois real estate licensees who are renewing their license for the first time must take 30 hours of post-license instruction prior to their renewal date. This is done in two parts: a 15-hour course which is completed online, and a 15-hour course which is completed in the classroom.  Additionally, a 1 hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training is required.  This may be included in a course package or taken as a separate course as well.

15 Hour Post-License Online Course 

The 30-hour post instruction for first-time renewals is in lieu of the 12 hours of continuing education that Illinois licensees are normally required to complete. First-time renewals are not required to take any other continuing education hours for Illinois.


Continuing Education Requirements = 36 total hours per renewal period

            Salesperson and Broker Renewal Requirements
    • Law Update   Mandatory      8 hr
    • Ethics               Mandatory      4 hr
    • Electives                                   24 hr
      24 Hours may be taken through Distance Learning


First Time Renewal – Licensed Between Aug. 9th, 2019 and Nov. 1st, 2019

You must complete the new 45-hour Broker Post-License and 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (which m ay be included in a package or taken as a separate course) on or before April 30th, 2020

The new 45-hour Broker Post-License course will consist of three, 15- hour course, each ending with a 50 question exam.

Coursework to meet the new 45-hour requirement is being developed now.  If the new 45-hour Broker Post-License course is not available in time for the April 30th, 2020 renewal, IDFPR may extend the time allowed to complete the course until November 1st, 2020.

First Time Renewal – Licensed on or After Nov. 2nd, 2019

Your license will be issued with an expiration date of April 30th, 2022. You will need to complete the new 45-hour Broker Post License and 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (which may be included in a course package or taken as a separate course) on or before April 30th, 2022.

The new 45-hour Broker Post-License course will consist of three, 15-hour courses, each ending with a 50-question exam.

Coursework to meet the 45-hour requirement is being developed now.

Iowa Online CE Courses

New Iowa Online CE Courses are Now Available!
More will be listed and linked here, as soon as CE approval is finalized.

The Quad City Area REALTOR® Association has partnered with Hondros Learning to bring you high quality, self-paced online continuing education courses. You can receive Iowa Real Estate Education credit online from the comfort of your home at your convenience.

If you cannot finish it in one sitting, it will remember where you left off and allow you to come back to that point at any time. All final exams must be taken during one sitting. Remember you have 6 months to complete the course and pass the final exam from the date it was purchased. For Iowa: A maximum of 24 hours during a renewal period may be taken by home study for real estate.

Benefits of our online courses:

  • Fully approved for Iowa Real Estate Education
  • Self-paced so you can complete the courses when and where you want
  • Immediate access to the course as soon as you register
  • Print your certificate upon completion of your course
  • Video courses that are engaging and entertaining
FOR IA COURSES – Upon achieving a passing score of 90% on the final exam, you will receive your certificate.


Buyer Representation in Real Estate 6 hours ~ $42
Environmental Issues in Your Real Estate Practices 6 hours ~ $40
Introduction to Commercial Real Estate Sales 6 hours ~ $42
Investment Property Practice and Management 12 hours ~ $80
Property Management and Managing Risk 6 hours ~ $42
Real Estate and Taxes: What Every Agent should Know 6 hours ~ $42

Illinois Online CE Courses

New Illinois Online CE Courses are coming soon!

Designations and Certifications

The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

Here is a list of our affiliated programs.

Accredited Buyer Representative / ABR®
The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process.
Presented by REBAC (Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council)
Contact REBAC at or 800-648-6224.

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Accredited Land Consultant / ALCSM
The esteemed Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs) are the most trusted, knowledgeable, experienced, and highest-producing experts in all segments of land. Conferred by the REALTORS® Land Institute, the designation requires successful completion of a rigorous LANDU education program, a specific, high-volume and experience level, and adherence to an honorable Code of Conduct.
Presented by the REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI)
Contact RLI at 800-441-5263 or

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Certified Commercial Investment Member / CCIMSM
The Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIMSM) designation is commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement, earned through an extensive curriculum of 200 classroom hours and professional experiential requirements. CCIMs are active in 1,000 U.S. markets and 31 other countries and comprise a 13,000-member network that includes brokers, leasing professionals, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, investors, lenders, and other allied professionals.
Presented by the CCIM Institute
Contact CCIM at 800-621-7027 or

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Certified International Property Specialist / CIPS®
Instantly align yourself with the best in international real estate by earning the CIPS®designation. The program includes five full days of study focusing on the critical aspects of international real estate transactions, and an influential network of 2,000 professionals who turn to each other first when looking for referral partners.
Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
Contact Information Central at or 1-800-874-6500 ext. 8369.

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Certified Property Manager / CPM®
CPM designees are recognized as experts in real estate management. Holding this designation demonstrates expertise and integrity to employers, owners, and investors.
Presented by Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
Contact IREM® at 800-837-0706, ext. 4650.

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Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager / CRBSM
The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB®) is one of the most respected and relevant designations offered in real estate business management and is awarded to REALTORS® who have completed advanced educational and professional requirements. CRB® Designees are better positioned to streamline operations, integrate new technology and apply new trends and business strategies. Join today and discover a new approach to enhancing knowledge and leveraging opportunity.
Presented by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers
Visit or contact the CRB Council at or 800-621-8738.

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Certified Residential Specialist / CRS®
The CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers. On average, CRS designees earn nearly three times more in income, transactions, and gross sales than non-designee REALTORS®.
Presented by Council of Residential Specialists
Contact CRS at or 800-462-8841.

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Counselor of Real Estate / CRE®
The Counselors of Real Estate® is an international group of recognized professionals who provide seasoned, expert, objective advice on real property and land-related matters. Only 1,100 practitioners throughout the world carry the CRE® designation. Membership is by invitation only.
Presented by The Counselors of Real Estate
Contact CRE® at 312-329-8427 or

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General Accredited Appraiser / GAASM
For general appraisers, this designation is awarded to those whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the National Association of REALTORS®.
Presented by National Association of REALTORS®
Contact GAA program staff at 800-874-6500 ext. 8238 or email

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NAR’s Green Designation / GREEN
Through NAR’s Green Designation, the Green REsource Council provides ongoing education, resources and tools so that real estate practitioners can successfully seek out, understand, and market properties with green features.
Presented by The Green REsource Council
Contact The Green REsource Council at or 800-498-9422.

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Graduate, REALTOR® Institute / GRISM
REALTORS® with the GRI designation have in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. Earning the designation is a way to stand out to prospective buyers and sellers as a professional with expertise in these areas.
Presented by National Association of REALTORS®
Contact your State Association to get information on program requirements, course schedules, location, and tuition. Contact NAR at or 800-874-6500 x 8264.

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Performance Management Network / PMN
This designation is unique to the REALTOR® family designations, emphasizing that in order to enhance your business, you must enhance yourself. It focuses on negotiating strategies and tactics, networking and referrals, business planning and systems, personal performance management and leadership development.
Presented by Women’s Council of REALTORS®
Contact the Women’s Council of REALTORS® at 800-245-8512.

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REALTOR® Association Certified Executive / RCE
RCE is the only professional designation designed specifically for REALTOR® association executives. RCE designees exemplify goal-oriented AEs with drive, experience and commitment to professional growth.
Presented by National Association of REALTORS®
Contact Renee Holland at 312-329-8545 or

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Residential Accredited Appraiser / RAASM
For residential appraisers, this designation is awarded to those whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the National Association of REALTORS®.
Presented by National Association of REALTORS®
Contact RAA program staff at 312-329-8268 or email

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Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® / SIOR®
The SIOR designation is held by only the most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists. To earn it, designees must meet standards of experience, production, education, ethics, and provide recommendations.
Presented by Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®
Contact SIOR at 202-449-8200.

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Seniors Real Estate Specialist® / SRES®
The SRES® Designation program educates REALTORS® on how to profitably and ethically serve the real estate needs of the fastest growing market in real estate, clients age 50+. By earning the SRES® designation, you gain access to valuable member benefits, useful resources, and networking opportunities across the U.S. and Canada to help you in your business.
Presented by SRES® Council
Contact SRES Council at or 800-500-4564.

NAR Family Certifications

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At Home With Diversity / AHWD®
Learn to work effectively with – and within – today’s diverse real estate market. The At Home With Diversity certification teaches you how to conduct your business with sensitivity to all client profiles and build a business plan to successfully serve them.
Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
For more information on this course and its business principles, please contact us at or 800-874-6500 ext. 8393.

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Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR)®
The BPOR certification provides REALTORS® with knowledge and skills to perform accurate and professional broker price opinions (BPOs) and comparative market analyses (CMAs), while reducing risk and increasing opportunities.
Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
Contact us at

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NAR’s e-PRO® certification teaches you to use cutting-edge technologies and digital initiatives to link up with today’s savvy real estate consumer.
Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
Contact e-PRO® at or 877-397-3132.

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Military Relocation Professional / MRP
NAR’s Military Relocation Professional certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.
Presented by REBAC (Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council)
Contact us at or 888-648-8321.

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Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist / RSPS
This certification is designed for REALTORS® who facilitate the buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination are involved in this market niche.
Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
Contact us at or 800-874-6500 ext. 8268.

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Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource / SFR®
The SFR® certification teaches real estate professionals to work with distressed sellers and the finance, tax, and legal professionals who can help them, qualify sellers for short sales, develop a short sale package, negotiate with lenders, safeguard your commission, limit risk, and protect buyers.
Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
Contact us at or 877-510-7855.

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