(225 ILCS 454/5-10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 5-10. Requirements for license as leasing agent; continuing education.
    (a) Every applicant for licensure as a leasing agent must meet the following qualifications:
        (1) be at least 18 years of age;
        (2) be of good moral character;
        (3) successfully complete a 4-year course of study
    
in a high school or secondary school or an equivalent course of study approved by the Illinois State Board of Education;
        (4) personally take and pass a written examination
    
authorized by the Department sufficient to demonstrate the applicant's knowledge of the provisions of this Act relating to leasing agents and the applicant's competence to engage in the activities of a licensed leasing agent;
        (5) provide satisfactory evidence of having completed
    
15 hours of instruction in an approved course of study relating to the leasing of residential real property. The Board shall recommend to the Department the number of hours each topic of study shall require. The course of study shall, among other topics, cover the provisions of this Act applicable to leasing agents; fair housing issues relating to residential leasing; advertising and marketing issues; leases, applications, and credit reports; owner-tenant relationships and owner-tenant laws; the handling of funds; and environmental issues relating to residential real property;
        (6) complete any other requirements as set forth by
    
rule; and
        (7) present a valid application for issuance of an
    
initial license accompanied by a sponsor card and the fees specified by rule.
    (b) No applicant shall engage in any of the activities covered by this Act until a valid sponsor card has been issued to such applicant. The sponsor card shall be valid for a maximum period of 45 days after the date of issuance unless extended for good cause as provided by rule.
    (c) Successfully completed course work, completed pursuant to the requirements of this Section, may be applied to the course work requirements to obtain a managing broker's or broker's license as provided by rule. The Board may recommend to the Department and the Department may adopt requirements for approved courses, course content, and the approval of courses, instructors, and education providers, as well as education provider and instructor fees. The Department may establish continuing education requirements for licensed leasing agents, by rule, consistent with the language and intent of this Act, with the advice of the Board.
    (d) The continuing education requirement for leasing agents shall consist of a single core curriculum to be established by the Department as recommended by the Board. Leasing agents shall be required to complete no less than 6 hours of continuing education in the core curriculum for each 2-year renewal period.
(Source: P.A. 99-227, eff. 8-3-15; 100-188, eff. 1-1-18.)