(225 ILCS 454/5-10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2030)
    Sec. 5-10. Requirements for license as a residential leasing agent; continuing education.
    (a) Every applicant for licensure as a residential 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 state in which the school is located, or possess a high school equivalency certificate, which shall be verified under oath by the applicant;
        (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 residential leasing agents and the applicant's competence to engage in the activities of a licensed residential 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 may 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 residential leasing agents; fair housing and human rights issues relating to residential leasing; advertising and marketing issues; leases, applications, and credit and criminal background 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 fees specified by rule.
    (b) No applicant shall engage in any of the activities covered by this Act without a valid license and until a valid sponsorship has been registered with the Department.
    (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 residential 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 residential leasing agents shall consist of a single core curriculum to be prescribed by the Department as recommended by the Board. Leasing agents shall be required to complete no less than 8 hours of continuing education in the core curriculum for each 2-year renewal period. The curriculum shall, at a minimum, consist of a single course or courses on the subjects of fair housing and human rights issues related to residential leasing, advertising and marketing issues, leases, applications, credit reports, and criminal history, the handling of funds, owner-tenant relationships and owner-tenant laws, and environmental issues relating to residential real estate.
(Source: P.A. 100-188, eff. 1-1-18; 101-357, eff. 8-9-19.)