TITLE 68: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
CHAPTER VIII: DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION
SUBCHAPTER b: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
PART 1450 REAL ESTATE LICENSE ACT OF 2000
SECTION 1450.1155 CORRESPONDENCE OR HOME STUDY COURSES


 

Section 1450.1155  Correspondence or Home Study Courses  

 

The Division may consider the recommendation of the Board regarding correspondence or home study course curriculum.  Correspondence or home study courses are non-interactive courses in which students review and learn material through self-study, without any mandatory interaction with a licensed instructor and whose participation and attendance cannot be verified. 

 

a)         The following are not eligible as correspondence or home study courses:

 

1)         Pursuant to Section 30-15(i)(2), core continuing education;

 

2)         the 15 hour Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles course set forth in Section 5-27(a)(5) of the Act and Section 1450.1105(b)(2);

 

3)         15 hours of the 30 hour broker post-license Applied Real Estate Practices course set forth in Section 5-50(b) of the Act;

 

4)         the 12 hour broker management CE course set forth in Section 5-70(b) of the Act;; and

 

5)         the 15 hour Managing Broker Pre-license Applied Management and Supervision course set forth in Section 5-28(a)(5) of the Act and Sections 1450.1105(d)(2).

 

b)         Correspondence or home study courses shall be provided by a licensed education provider and meet the requirements set forth in Sections 1450.1100 and 1450.1105, as applicable, and any additional requirements established by the Act and this Part, except:

 

1)         The licensed education provider shall be responsible for ensuring that the proctor verifiesattendance at the proctored final examination. The identity of each student must be verified by valid and unexpired photo identification (i.e., driver's license, state identification card, passport, etc.) prior to the start of the examination.

 

2)         Classroom instruction or other interactive delivery method is not permitted for correspondence or home study as the intent is for the student to review and learn the material on their own.

 

3)         The examination site for correspondence or home study shall be determined by the education provider and shall be proctored by a representative of the education provider or by means of electronic proctoring. A licensed instructor is not required to proctor an examination. Proctors must be impartial third parties (i.e., not a licensee's sponsoring broker, managing broker, relative, or colleague).

 

c)         Students must be provided with complete information on the nature and the specifics of the correspondence or home study course. A student enrolled in a correspondence or home study course shall receive the following prior to beginning the course, as applicable:

 

1)         Faculty contact information (telephone, email, voicemail, address, etc.);

 

2)         Homework assignments;

 

3)         Testing information (sites, proctors, etc.);

 

4)         Schedules and deadlines;

 

5)         List of student material required (software, specialized internet services, etc.);

 

6)         Grading and course credit information;

 

7)         Procedures for missed technology sessions;

 

8)         Resource information;

 

9)         Toll free numbers;

 

10)         Registration and withdrawal periods;

 

11)         Fees;

 

12)         Americans with Disabilities Act information, including special needs;

 

13)         Mailing procedures;

 

14)         Technology support services available to students; and

 

15)         Issuance of certificates of completion to students upon completion of the correspondence or home study courses.

 

d)         No continuing education credit shall be awarded or earned for a correspondence or home study course that fails to meet the proctored final examination requirements as set forth in Section 30-15(i)(6). 

 

e)         Licensed education providers providing correspondence or home study courses shall establish written procedures for proctoring and grading examinations. There shall also be written course objectives for each course and written procedures for the prompt return of materials, if required.  Copies of these procedures shall be provided to the Division upon application.  Proctors must be impartial third parties (i.e., not a licensee's sponsoring broker, managing broker, relative, or colleague) as defined in Section 1450.100.

 

f)         Licensed education providers providing correspondence or home study courses shall provide for a licensed instructor and technical support to be available during normal business hours to answer student questions.

 

g)         Correspondence or home study courses shall require the same amount of time to complete as a classroom course.  An education provider shall include a comprehensive timed outline that is consistent with course hour requirements for each correspondence or home study course initial application.

 

h)         Licensed education providers shall not administer a correspondence or home study course proctored final examination to a student until the student has had adequate time to complete the course.

 

(Source:  Amended at 43 Ill. Reg. 1975, effective January 25, 2019)