Pre-Licensing FAQs

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.

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 take our Broker Exam Prep Course 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.

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.

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®.

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.

The state exam costs $46 and may be paid directly to Their website also lists the many locations where you make take the exam.

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


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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