(225 ILCS 454/30-5)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2030)
Licensing of real estate education providers and
(a) No person shall operate an education provider entity without possessing a valid and active license issued by the Department. Only education providers in possession of a valid education provider license may provide real estate pre-license, post-license, or continuing education courses that satisfy the requirements of this Act. Every person that desires to obtain an education provider license shall make application to the Department in a manner prescribed by the Department and pay the fee prescribed by rule. In addition to any other information required to be contained in the application as prescribed by rule, every application for an original or renewed license shall include the applicant's Social Security number or tax identification number.
(f) To qualify for an education provider license, an applicant must demonstrate the following:
(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 education provider in a manner prescribed by the Department; the certificate of completion shall include the program that was completed, the completion date, the course number, and the student's and education provider's license numbers;
(6) a written policy dealing with procedures for the
management of grievances and fee refunds;
(7) lesson plans and examinations, if applicable, for
(8) a 75% passing grade for successful completion of
any continuing education course or pre-license or post-license examination, if required;
(9) the ability to identify and use instructors who
will teach in a planned program; instructor selections must demonstrate:
(A) appropriate credentials;
(B) competence as a teacher;
(C) knowledge of content area; and
(D) qualification by experience.
Unless otherwise provided for in this Section, the education provider shall provide a proctor or an electronic means of proctoring for each examination; the education provider shall be responsible for the conduct of the proctor; the duties and responsibilities of a proctor shall be established by rule.
Unless otherwise provided for in this Section, the education provider must provide for closed book examinations for each course unless the Department, upon the recommendation of the Board, excuses this requirement based on the complexity of the course material.
(g) Advertising and promotion of 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.
(h) The Department may, or upon request of the Board shall, after notice, cause an education provider to attend an informal conference before the Board 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 Board shall make a recommendation to the Department as a result of its findings at the conclusion of any such informal conference.
(i) All education providers shall maintain these minimum criteria and pay the required fee in order to retain their education provider license.
(j) The Department may adopt any administrative rule consistent with the language and intent of this Act that may be necessary for the implementation and enforcement of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-188, eff. 1-1-18; 100-831, eff. 1-1-19; 101-357, eff. 8-9-19.)