Real Estate Courses -

First things first…Get licensed!

To enter the exciting, meaningful, high earning-potential world of real estate, you’ll need to take classes, pass exams and affiliate with an established real estate agency. Whew! If that sounds like a lot of work, well, it is. But here at Baird & Warner, we work together to make it easier for those just getting started.

Pre-Licensing Requirements

To obtain a real estate broker license in Illinois, you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. Be a high school graduate or equivalent. (G.E.D.)
  3. Complete 90 hours of broker course work, including 15 hours of interactive training.
  4. Pass the state of Illinois exam with a score of 75% or better.
  5. Apply for your Illinois real estate license through IDFPR

School Policies

  1. Attendance is required.
  2. Allowed to miss 10% of total class time, however, missed time MUST be made up at another class in order to pass the course.
  3. Missing more than 10 % of the course results in failure and course must be retaken in its entirety at regular price.
  4. You must make up any missed classes or exams within 6 months of original course purchase.

If you have any questions regarding regarding pre-licensing, please reach out to our Education Team at [email protected] or 1.888.564.1855.​


Illinois Realtors® Real Estate Courses

2-Week Accelerated Classroom Course

This 90-hour course satisfies educational requirements needed to take the Illinois broker licensing exam including the 15-hour interactive training. Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Price: $625

September 16-27, 2019 – 120 S. LaSalle Street, 20th Floor, Chicago IL 60603, Instructor:  Jodi Kloska

October 21-November 1 2019 – 724 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove IL 60515.

October 21-November. 1, 2019 – 1557 S Randall Road, Algonquin, IL 60102, Instructor:  Jodi Kloska

November 11-22, 2019 – 120 S. LaSalle Street, 20th Floor, Chicago IL 60603, Instructor:  Jodi Kloska

December 2-13, 2019  – 230 W Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014, Instructor:  Jodi Kloska

December 9-20, 2019– 1920 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035, Instructor:  Lin Ewing


90 Hour Evening and Weekend Course

This course is designed for the working professional who desires a classroom course but is unable to attend daytime classes during the week.  Price: $625  

September 9 – October 20, 2019 – 1542 South Randall Road, Geneva IL 60134; Instructor: Alyce Fisher

(Monday’s & Wednesday’s 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday’s 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and 1 Sunday 9 a.m. – 5.p.m)


Self Study / 15-Hour Interactive Classroom 

This course is a 75 hour online and self study class. You can purchase the online course through the Illinois Association of Realtors. Once you complete the self study portion you will need to attend a 15 hour interactive classroom to fulfill the requirements to pass.  Cost is $150 for the classroom portion and $385 for the online portion. 

August 24 & 25, 2019 – 210 W Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights, IL 60004: Instructor Jodi Kloska

September 14 & 15, 2019 – 1557 South Randall Road, Algonquin, IL 60102; Instructor:Jodi Kloska

November 2 & 3, 2019 – 230 W Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014: Instructor: Jodi Kloska

If none of these class times work for you, you can find alternative classes on the Real Estate Education Calendar.


  1. What happens if I don’t pass the state exam? 

If you do not pass the state exam after completing your courses, you make retake the exam up to three times (on different days). If you do not pass the exam on the fourth attempt, you must retake the pre-licensing coursework before registering again for the exam. 

2. How much will it cost me to get my real estate license? 

Your individual cost will depend on which course you choose. The course runs approx $625, paperwork submitted to the state is $125,  yearly board fees approx $1,500.  Total start up cost approx $2,300.