New laws bring new education programs to Illinois REALTORS®

The implementation of the new education requirement for real estate licensees that went into effect May 1 is in full swing with pre-license schools taking on the task of offering a variety of options to accommodate students with varying needs.  The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) has a new program that will be offered specifically to broker candidates previously testing for the salesperson license category who did not make the deadline for taking their state exam prior to the elimination of that category.

The 30-hour Salesperson to Broker Supplemental Course was designed for those students who have a valid transcript for the previously approved 45-hour course to obtain a salesperson license prior to 4/30/11, but were not able to sit for the state exam through Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP). After successful completion of this course, students will be issued a certificate of completion and will be required to register and complete the 15-hour interactive portion of the new broker pre-license course. After completion of both the 30-hour supplemental and a 15-hour interactive course at one of our pre-license branches, students will be issued a transcript for the 90-hour pre-license broker course requirement which will enable them to sit for the state exam through AMP.  The course can be ordered through the IAR REALTOR® Store at shop.illinoisrealtor.org/catalog/Pre-License

Another home study program available through the IAR REALTOR® Store is the Salesperson to Broker 30-Hour Transition program. This program is specifically designed for those students who want to transition, but do not want to take an exam prep or proficiency exam.  An added bonus with this program is that students who successfully complete the course will also get credit for Course I of the GRI designation!  Successful completion of this program will require a proctored exam at one of IAR’s many proctor locations.

In addition, IAR will be offering blended programs for completion of the 90-hour broker license requirement.  There is an option of taking 75 hours online and 15 hours in a classroom setting, or taking 45 hours home study and 45 hours classroom.  Check our website often as we continue to add more options for completing your educational requirements: www.illinoisrealtor.org/education.

For more information on any of these programs, feel free to contact me, Celliott@iar.org.

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