The Licensing Process Explained

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75 Hour Illinois broker pre-license course

This course is required for you to receive your license. It consists of two tracks, which includes 60 hours of online instruction and 15 hours of interactive coursework, which can be done by webinar. The total cost is $475. Click here to register.

You will receive the 75 hours of instruction required to be eligible for an Illinois broker license.

This course prepares you for the Illinois state licensing exam as well as provides the practical business knowledge and foundation necessary to be a successful real estate broker in Illinois.

Included in this course are:

  • Illinois 60-Hour Broker Pre-Licensed Topics
  • Illinois 15-Hour Applied Real Estate Principles – Interactive

In addition to completing this course, to receive your license you must be at least 21 years of age, have a high school education (or the equivalent) and score at least 75% on your Illinois Real Estate Exam.

Schedule your exam via phone or online. The exam fee is $55. Have your credit card available for payment when you call.

Testing is offered several days a week at the H&R Block office in Davenport, Iowa. You can also take the test at other locations, including Rockford, Bloomington, Chicago area, Springfield, Carbondale, and Champaign-Urbana.

With a passing score of 75%, you will receive instructions to submit an online application.
. The application must be submitted within (1) one year of the exam pass date. You must have a sponsoring broker at this time.

The online application will be reviewed by the department, and, if you meet all requirements, a confirmation will be e-mailed to you. (Please note: In the State of Illinois, you cannot be issued a real estate license if you currently owe back child support, unless payment arrangements have been made, and are being met.)

After Approval by Sponsoring Broker; you will be notified by the State of Illinois, via email, when your Broker’s license has been processed. This email will include your license.

Please note: Broker Licenses expire April 30th of the even years. Managing Broker licenses expire April 30th of the odd years. For a Broker’s first renewal, 45 hours of continuing education are required. (Three 15-hour online courses).

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72 Hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson Pre License Course

You must also have earned a high school diploma or GED. You can learn more about the specific requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) website.

If you do not already possess a real estate broker, salesperson, or timeshare salesperson license, you can apply (via form #3085) to the DSPS board to determine if past criminal convictions will prevent you from earning your license.

There are a few ways to complete Wisconsin’s education requirement.

You can complete 72 hours of Wisconsin-approved education from a state-approved pre-licensing education provider. Most approved providers also offer optional exam prep courses and tools to help you prepare for success on exam day.

Another option is if you have held a salesperson license in another state within the past two years, you need to complete the Board-approved 13-hour pre-license education program for salespersons. Visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services WEBSITE for more information. (link:

After you pass the course final exam, you are eligible to take the Wisconsin real estate exam. The fee is $45 and the test is administered by Pearson VUE. When you successfully pass the exam you will receive a certificate of completion from the school and PearsonVue sends your test results directly to the DSPS.

Find a firm who will sponsor your application for licensure. Make sure the firm you choose will provide you with the necessary training and support for you to be successful in your career. Then apply for your license within one year of passing your salesperson license.

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