Pre-Licensing FAQs

FAQ: Registration

Our courses are designed to fit your schedule. Depending on what license you are studying for, there may be an opportunity to do part one online, and part two in the classroom. The different options are laid out in each course description.

Tuition costs vary according to the course. Please visit the specific course listing to find the course cost.

We do offer exclusive morning classes! They’re brand-new, and a schedule can be found on our classroom schedule page.

Yes! Our classroom is at the Frank J Williams Education Center, and directions can be found on our locations page.

Yes! Email us directly to explore joining the 15 Hour portion of the broker licensing course.

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, cash, money order, and cashier’s check. We do not accept personal or business checks.

Unfortunately, we do not at this time.

We do not have payment plans currently.

Broker exam: $55 per attempt and Residential Leasing Agent exam: $35 per attempt and may be paid directly to Their website also lists the many locations where you make take the exam.

Broker Licensing students should not register for their state exam until they receive their official course transcript from RRES. The school will not be responsible for any fees incurred for missed state exam appointments or state exam cancellations.

You will receive an e-mail copy of your course transcript within five (5) business days of the completion of your course. Duplicate copies of transcripts (digital or print) may be requested for a charge of $10 per transcript. Keep these documents in a safe place you will need them when you apply for your state license and/or should you ever be audited by IDFPR.

FAQ: How to Prepare For Your Class

Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis for students with documented disabilities. Please email with questions.

When unplanned events take place, it is always preferable to find a substitute presenter rather than cancel a class. In most cases involving licensing or CE classes, we make no guarantee as to who a presenter will be.

During inclement weather, all scheduled classes will go on as planned. If a student cannot attend a class due to inclement weather, please see our cancelation and transfer policies above. If the instructor is unable to make it to the class, the instructor will work with the class at the next scheduled meeting to plan a make-up session. Contact with questions.

In the event of an extreme emergency, we will post any class cancellations on our website.

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  • Something to take notes.
  • Flashcards & highlighters.
  • Lunch and/or snacks. NOTE: there is no microwave or fridge on-site.
  • Your course materials.
  • Photo ID (see Security & Building Entry).

Completing your course remotely? We highly recommend printing your course materials, because they will be sent to you electronically. We do not offer printing services on-site.

Classroom Courses – Courses are delivered in person at a specified time and location. Course materials are provided upon checking in for your course on the first day of class.

Webinar Courses – Courses are delivered live through a virtual classroom such as Zoom, at a specified time. Course materials are provided through the RRES Learning Portal upon registration.

Online Courses (Self-Paced) – Self-paced learning delivered through the RRES Learning Portal.

FAQ: Real Estate Career

Yes! Although the best place to start would be to determine whether you want to be a leasing agent or a broker, both are made for beginners. You can determine that with our guide to licensing programs here.

That’s a personal decision you’ll have to make. What we can tell you is that we have one of the highest pass rates in the state. Since we are the educational arm of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, our purpose is not to just get you to take our licensing program, but to assist you along the way to becoming a successful REALTOR® and hopefully a member of the association. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone go from student to landing a job with one of our member companies who recruit through us, to see them walk the stage at one of our events honoring Top Producers in Chicago. We see it every day, and it just never gets old.

IR, Illinois Association of REALTORS®, is the state association; CAR is a local board of REALTORS®. When you join a local board of REALTORS®, you also become a member of IR and NAR, the National Association of REALTORS®.

FAQ: Licensing Rules & Regulations

Illinois practices reciprocity with several states. See the “Reciprocity” section in policies.

Once you have completed and passed the 75-Hour course, your transcript is good for two (2) years. Within those two (2) years, you will need to sit for the state/national exam. If you do not pass the state exam, you have one (1) year and three (3) more tries to pass the exam. If you pass the state exam, you have one year to place your license with a managing broker.

If you intend to take the state exam, but a considerable amount of time has passed since your coursework, we highly recommend you purchase one of our broker exam study aides as a refresher.

If you were an active broker five (5) years ago but have let your license lapse, you will need to complete the 75-hour coursework and pass the state/national exam in order to obtain a broker’s license again.


We do encourage you to fill out the information request form below so we can reach out to you and make sure you have everything you need to start your new and exciting career.

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