Illinois REALTORS® announces changes to exam requirements

After discussions up until the end of the year with IDFPR’s General Counsel, Illinois REALTORS® can announce as of January 1, 2018, classroom, live interactive webinars and online distance learning courses – both continuing education and pre-license – will no longer require an examination to receive credit for the course. Licensees will be required to verify attendance on all delivery methods.

This guidance will apply to all Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center branches. Licensees will still be required to take a proctored examination for all home study course work.

Visit for answers to your renewal questions and coursework. Contact one of our Education Specialists by email or by calling (800) 523-5077 with questions.


2018-01-09T16:01:13+00:00January 2nd, 2018|Education|4 Comments

About the Author:

Dawn Tebrinke is Marketing Specialist for the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center.


  1. Patti H January 2, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    One bit of confusion with the new policy – what is the distinction between an online distance learning (which doesn’t require an exam), and home study coursework (which requires an exam)? I thought an online course and a home study course were synonymous. Can you clarify?

    • Dawn Tebrinke January 3, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Thanks for your question, Patti. An online distance learning course is one taken on a computer and has the functionality to monitor quizzes and the completion of the course work. A home study is a course sent to the licensee by mail or email where there is no method to monitor the completion of the course. If you have other questions, you can email or call us at 800-523-5077.

  2. Ken Schneider January 3, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I called the number in this blog to inquire about the new changes for CE. I was told to contact my CE provider to inquire about having the proctoring requirement removed from my course study.

    I called my online CE provider to have the proctored requirement taken off my course study. They told me that they haven’t been contacted by the IDPFR to change the existing requirements.

    I then called the IDPFR and the person I spoke to said she hasn’t heard of the any changes. I was told the last board meeting discussing this was on 12/14/17, and the minutes from that meeting wasn’t released yet.

    I would like not to have to take a proctored final exam if it’s no longer required.

    This is very frustrating as no one seems to be on the same page. Any suggestions on what I can do?

    • Dawn Tebrinke January 3, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Glad we got a chance to speak today. As I mentioned, it is up to each education provider to implement the changes necessary to go to a “no test” format for online learning and live classes. If the courses you purchased are not equipped to verify your identity, they may continue to require an exam to show completion of the course.

      Illinois REALTORS has been working for months to get ready for these proposed changes. Our students have already seen the changes made on their online courses, and will no longer be taking exams at the conclusion of our live and online classes starting this week.

      I am sorry to hear you ran into further confusion upon calling IDFPR. While the education providers in Illinois have been made aware of the changes, I am not sure a public statement has been made. We are busy informing our team members here of all the changes as they take place and are ongoing. I am sure IDFPR is going through similar steps with their much larger staff. Please feel free to call me again should you have further questions.