(225 ILCS 454/30-15)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Licensing of continuing education schools; approval of
(a) Only continuing education schools in possession of a valid continuing
may provide real estate continuing education courses that will satisfy the
requirements of this
Act. Pre-license schools licensed to offer pre-license education courses for
salespersons, brokers and
managing brokers shall qualify for a continuing education school license upon completion
of an application
and the submission of the required fee. Every entity that desires to obtain a
school license shall make application to the Department in writing in forms prescribed by the Department
the fee prescribed by rule. In addition to any other information required to
be contained in the
application, every application for an original or renewed license shall include
the applicant's Social
(b) The criteria for a continuing education license
shall include the
(1) A sound financial base for establishing,
promoting, and delivering the necessary courses. Budget planning for the School's courses should be clearly projected.
(2) A sufficient number of qualified, licensed
instructors as provided by rule.
(3) Adequate support personnel to assist with
administrative matters and technical assistance.
(4) Maintenance and availability of records of
participation for licensees.
(5) The ability to provide each participant who
successfully completes an approved program with a certificate of completion signed by the administrator of a licensed continuing education school on forms provided by the Department.
(6) The continuing education school must have a
written policy dealing with procedures for the management of grievances and fee refunds.
(7) The continuing education school shall maintain
lesson plans and examinations for each course.
(8) The continuing education school shall require a
70% passing grade for successful completion of any continuing education course.
(9) The continuing education school shall identify
and use instructors who will teach in a planned program. Suggested criteria for instructor selections include:
(A) appropriate credentials;
(B) competence as a teacher;
(C) knowledge of content area; and
(D) qualification by experience.
(10) The continuing education school shall provide a
proctor or an electronic means of proctoring for each examination. The continuing education school shall be responsible for the conduct of the proctor. The duties and responsibilities of a proctor shall be established by rule.
(11) The continuing education school must provide for
closed book examinations for each course unless the Advisory Council excuses this requirement based on the complexity of the course material.
(c) Advertising and promotion of continuing education activities must be
carried out in
a responsible fashion, clearly showing the educational objectives of the
activity, the nature of the
audience that may benefit from the activity, the cost of the activity to the
participant and the items
covered by the cost, the amount of credit that can be earned, and the
credentials of the faculty.
(d) The Department may or upon request of the Advisory Council shall, after notice,
continuing education school to attend an informal conference before the
Advisory Council for
failure to comply with any requirement for licensure or for failure to comply
with any provision of
this Act or the rules for the administration of this Act. The Advisory Council
shall make a
recommendation to the Board as a result of its findings at the conclusion of
any such informal
(e) All continuing education schools shall maintain these minimum criteria
the required fee in order to retain their continuing education school license.
(f) All continuing education schools shall submit, at the time of initial
with each license renewal, a list of courses with course materials to be
offered by the continuing
education school. The Department, however, shall establish a mechanism whereby
schools may apply for and obtain approval for continuing education courses that
after the time of initial application or renewal. The Department shall provide to each
school a certificate for each approved continuing education course. All
courses shall be valid for the period coinciding with the term of license of
the continuing education
school. All continuing education schools shall provide a copy of the
certificate of the continuing
education course within the course materials given to each student or shall
display a copy of the
certificate of the continuing education course in a conspicuous place at the
location of the class.
(g) Each continuing education school shall provide to the Department a monthly report
format determined by the Department, with information concerning students who
successfully completed all
approved continuing education courses offered by the continuing education
school for the prior
(h) The Department, upon the recommendation of the Advisory Council, may temporarily
suspend a licensed continuing education school's approved courses without
hearing and refuse to
accept successful completion of or participation in any of these continuing
education courses for
continuing education credit from that school upon the failure of that
continuing education school
to comply with the provisions of this Act or the rules for the administration
of this Act, until such
time as the Department receives satisfactory assurance of compliance. The Department shall notify
education school of the noncompliance and may initiate disciplinary
proceedings pursuant to
this Act. The Department
may refuse to issue, suspend, revoke, or otherwise discipline the license
of a continuing
education school or may withdraw approval of a continuing education course for
Failure to comply with the requirements of this Section or any other
established by rule shall
be deemed to be good cause. Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted by the
Board in the same
manner as other disciplinary proceedings under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-856, eff. 12-31-09.)