FAQs | REALTORS Real Estate School

FAQS


Attire & What To Bring

Dress appropriately. While allowing for comfortable attire, good taste is expected and required. Business casual is always appropriate.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Something to take notes.
  • Lunch and/or snacks. NOTE: there is no microwave or fridge on-site.
  • Your course materials.
  • Photo ID (see Security & Building Entry).

Auditing a Class

Students may audit NAR Designation and Certification courses for a discounted rate when they can provide proof of the earned Designation or Certification.


Branch Offices

CAR CENTRAL

430 N. Michigan Ave. 8th Floor
Chicago, Il 60611
Open Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
312-803-4910
Phone Queue: Monday to Friday — 9 AM – 4:30 PM
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For information on the nearest parking garage click here

CAR WEST

6017 W. 26th St.
Cicero, IL 60804-3012
Open Tues. & Thurs. 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm
(312) 803-4900
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Parking lot and street parking available.

FRANK J. WILLIAMS EDUCATION CENTER

7300 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60619
Open Only During Specified Class Time
(312) 767-0572
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Parking lot and street parking available.

ADVOCATE MEDICAL BUILDING

9730 S. Western Ave.
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Open Only During Specified Class Time
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Parking lot and street parking available.


CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION AND COURSE TRANSCRIPTS

You will receive an e-mail copy of your course transcript within five (5) business days of the completion of your course. Keep these documents in a safe place, you will need them when you apply for your state license and/or should you ever be audited by IDFPR. Duplicate copies of transcripts (digital or print) may be requested for a charge of $10 per transcript.


Class Check-In

Class check-in is approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the class. Please be aware that in some cases classroom facilities are locked until the start of registration. Registration/reservations will NOT be held past the stated class start time. See Course Policies for transfers and cancelations.


Conduct

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

All electronic devices must be turned on silent while class is in session. Students may not receive or make phone calls, emails or text messages while class is in session, except for emergencies, in which case, please alert your instructor.

BEHAVIOR

CAR leadership, school management and staff, in conjunction with your instructor retain the right to dismiss a student from a course for any of the following reasons. The following list is not all-inclusive and any behavior considered inappropriate, disruptive, non-cooperative or abusive is subject to disciplinary action. Students dismissed from a course forfeit their tuition and the ability to reschedule or transfer.

  • Failure to turn off personal and/or business electronic devices (phones, pagers, laptops, etc.) as directed.
  • Reading unrelated materials during class time including smartphones or similar devices.
  • Talking during instructor lecture.
  • Activities considered uncooperative, abusive, or otherwise disruptive in any way.
  • Cheating on an exam, giving or receiving help during a required exam or suspected of doing so.
  • Attempting to record final exam questions or answers or suspected of doing so.
  • Attempting to take the course for someone else or suspected of doing so.
  • Harassing or abusive conduct (physical and/or verbal) to fellow student(s), instructor(s), speakers, association staff, association members or guests at any time, before, during or after a class.
  • Failure to follow COVID-19 safety procedures.

COVID-19 Safety Procedures

  • Masks must be worn in the building at all times.
  • Do not come to class if you have any COVID-19 symptoms:
    • COVID-19 Symptoms (Per CDC Guidelines): Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • Follow social distance protocol as posted at RRES and recommended by the CDC.
  • Students will not linger or congregate in the 8th floor or building lobby.

Effective September 2020


Course Delivery Options

Classroom Courses – courses delivered in person at a specified time and location. Course materials are provided upon checking in for your course on the first day of class.

Webinar Courses – courses delivered live through a virtual classroom such as zoom at a specified time. Course materials are provided through the RRES Learning Portal upon registration.

Online Courses (Self-Paced) – Self-paced learning delivered through the RRES Learning Portal.

Self-Study Courses – Self-paced learning where students receive course materials via mail to complete readings and assignments. A passing score on the proctored final exam is required for self-study courses. Self-Study students will find exam information in the “Read Me First” packet sent with the Self-Study course materials.


Exam Policies

See our Course Policies page for details on Exam Policies. For complete information on the State and National licensing exams, go to www.goamp.com.


Exemptions from the License Requirement

Exemptions from the license requirement are set forth in Section 5-20 of the Act. In other words, some individuals and entities who engage in the “practice of real estate” in Illinois do not need to obtain a real estate license from IDFPR. Included in the exemptions are owners of real estate and the employees of the owners of real estate. See Section 5-20(1) of the Act. Accordingly, owners of real estate and their employees may advertise the sale or lease of their property and negotiate real estate contracts and leases without a license. Note that for this exemption to apply, (i) the “practice of real estate” must be limited to those properties “owned,” (ii) the employment relationship must be per a “W-2″ wage basis, not per an independent contract basis, and (iii) the employer must hold title to the real estate, not just have a financial interest in the real estate (there must be a direct connection between the unlicensed employee and the holder of title). Also included in the exemptions are (i) attorneys acting under an executed and recorded power of attorney and (ii) attorneys whose services for a real estate consumer are limited to the practice of law. See Section 5-20(2) of the Act. Note that attorneys who engage in the practice of real estate must obtain a real estate license (attorneys are exempt from the pre-license education but attorneys still must pass the exam and obtain a real estate license to practice real estate).


Inclement Weather

During inclement weather, all scheduled classes will go on as planned. If a student cannot attend a class due to inclement weather, please see our cancelation and transfer policies above. If the instructor is unable to make it to the class, the instructor will work with the class at the next scheduled meeting to plan a make-up session. Contact info@rres-online.com with questions.

In the event of an extreme emergency, we will post any class cancellations on our website.


Incomplete Courses & Make-up Time

Your course is considered incomplete if you missed a class session and have not made it up or if you have more than one allowable absence and/or have dropped the course. See Course Policies for more details about transfers, refunds and makeup time.


Instructor Substitutes

When unplanned events take place, it is always preferable to find a substitute presenter rather than cancel a class. In most cases involving licensing or CE classes, we make no guarantee as to who a presenter will be. Meet Our Instructors.


License Types

In Illinois, the IDFPR – Division of Real Estate issues three kinds of individual real estate licenses: a residential leasing agent license, a broker license and a managing broker license.


Reciprocity – Going to Another State

When Illinois broker or managing broker licensees are seeking information on licensing in other states it is in their best interest to contact the specific state agency for the state in which they are interested. You will want to ask the licensing agency what their state licensing requirements are and if you’re eligible and what courses you’ll need to take if any. You’ll also want to ask them about possible course/license reciprocity between them and Illinois. In your conversations with them don’t forget to ask them for a list of approved real estate licensing schools in case you are required to take additional course work. You can find the names, addresses and phone numbers of all state licensing agencies at www.arello.com, then click on Regulatory Agencies.

Reciprocity – Coming from Another State

Currently, Illinois has reciprocity with the following states under the Real Estate License Act of 2000:

  • COLORADO – Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Real Estate, 303-894-2166
  • CONNECTICUT – Department of Consumer Protection, 860-713-7230
  • FLORIDA – Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 850-487-1395
  • GEORGIA – Real Estate Commission, 404-656-3916
  • INDIANA – Real Estate Commission, 317-234-3009
  • IOWA – Real Estate Commission, 515-281-3183
  • NEBRASKA – Real Estate Commission, 402-471-2004
  • WISCONSIN – Department of Regulation and Licensing, 608-266-5511

If you reside in a state other than those listed above you must take the required Illinois licensing courses and pass the state licensing examination. Broker License candidates are required to complete the 75 Hour Broker Pre-License Course. Broker License candidates must be at least 18 years of age, be a high school graduate or have obtained a GED. For More Information on the Requirements/Qualifications please review the Illinois Licensee Candidate Handbook at www.goamp.com.


Security & Building Entry

If you have registered for a class, please present your photo ID to front desk security. Security will give you a pre-printed badge. Scan your badge at the turnstile and proceed to the elevators.


Tutors

Classroom students should discuss their questions with their course instructor. For additional help, students may want to engage the services of an outside tutor. In-Person Tutors are available. Hourly tutoring rates are negotiated between the instructor and the student. Learn more.