How do I find out if a course qualifies for CLE credit?
Generally, there are two ways that courses qualify for Illinois MCLE credit:
- Course Provider Accredited the Course for Illinois MCLE Credit
The provider obtained that accreditation either by submitting a course application or securing Accredited CLE Provider status under which all courses are presumptively approved for the accreditation period. To check a course's accreditation status, use the Board’s Find a Course or Provider search feature or contact the provider. If an in-person course is held in Illinois, but the provider has not accredited it here, an attorney cannot earn Illinois CLE credit for it.
For each accredited course, the provider issues Illinois attorneys an attendance certificate or teaching certificate for their participation in the course. Retain that attendance and/or teaching certificate in your MCLE compliance records.
The course provider must also report the CLE credit you earned from attending or teaching an Illinois accredited course to the MCLE Board by the last day of the next month after you earn the credit. The course provider needs your ARDC number to report your credit, so make sure they have the correct number. Click here to look up that number on the ARDC’s website. After the provider reports your credit, it will display in your My MCLE section on the Board’s website.
- If No Provider Accreditation, Live Out-of-State or Live Technology Course May Qualify
If the course is live and held out-of-state or via technology, first ask if the provider plans to accredit it in Illinois or has done so. If not, you may be able to apply to claim it as Illinois credit for a small fee. To learn more about this option, please click here.
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