Accreditation Requirements

A CLE course is accredited in Illinois in one of two ways: through an individual (per course) application, or because it is offered by an Accredited Provider (whose courses are presumptively approved). Most providers who offer quality legal education fall into the first category; larger and/or more experienced providers who are approved by the Board.

Providers must submit to the MCLE Board the name, ARDC registration number, completion date, and actual hours earned. Instructions for entering the data in PCAM are located on the Support tab of our website. 

There are two options to enter attorney information: (1) batch import where you import data from your online system; and (2) keystroke into PCAM the attorney ARDC number and completion date.

All courses in PCAM will display a PCAM Course ID.  The PCAM Course ID will be the key by which providers will batch import attendance.  The provider’s own number will convert to an optional field as not all course providers have a course number. Attorney attendance fees will remain the same.

 
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Individual course providers will pay application fees based on the following schedule. Each presentation of the same live program requires its own application with application fee (including any late fees). Recorded courses may be accredited for up to two years.


Item Description Deadline to Submit in PCAM and Pay Fee
Course Application On or before course start date $50.00
30-day course late fee 1-30 days after course start date $125.00 (plus $50 course application fee)
Two-year course late fee 31-730 days after course start date $500.00 (plus $50 course application fee and $125.00 30-day course late fee)

Example: to apply on August 5, 2020 to accredit a June 20, 2019 course, the provider will pay application and late fees of $675.00.


An individual provider who has accredited at least 10 courses in PCAM (within the past 2 years) may request an application to be an Accredited Provider. The application must be submitted and the annual accreditation fee received by May 15 for a July 1st start date, and by November 15 for a January 1st start date.


See section below for required Monthly Attendance Reporting Fees and Deadlines.


For more information about Individual Course Provider Fees, see the Court's Fee Schedule

An individual course provider has many responsibilities, which begin with submitting a course and continue well after the course is held. Please see the following document, which summarizes the responsibilities of an individual course provider:

Individual Course Provider Checklist and Responsibilities

Accredited Providers will pay an annual fee based on the provider's entity type only.

Entity Type Annual Fee
  • Bar Associations and Professional Organizations with equal to or greater than 50% Illinois licensed attorney membership,
  • Government entities,
  • Nonprofits offering courses or activities designed to train lawyers who have agreed to provide pro bono services, and
  • Lawyers' Assistance Program
$300.00
All other Bar Associations and Professional Organization with less than 50% Illinois licensed attorney membership $2,000.00
All other CLE Providers $3,000.00

See section below for required Monthly Attendance Reporting Fees and Deadlines.


For more information about Accredited Provider fees, see the Court's Fee Schedule

An Accredited Provider has many responsibilities, which begin when you offer a course and continue well after the course is held. Please see the following documents, which summarize the responsibilities of an Accredited Provider:

Accredited Provider Checklist and Responsibilities

Monthly Attendance Reporting Requirements Deadlines and Fees:

Item Description Deadline Fee
Entry of each attorney issued Illinois credit by Provider (entity types: (1) Bar associations and professional organizations with greater than 50% Illinois attorney members, (2) government entities, (3) nonprofits offering courses designed to train lawyers who have agreed to provide pro bono services, and (4) Lawyers' Assistance Program Last day of the month following the month in which the attorney completed the course $0.00
Entry of each attorney issued Illinois credit by Provider (entity types: (Bar associations and professional organizations with less than 50% Illinois attorney members, (2) all other CLE providers) Last day of the month following the month in which the attorney completed the course. $0.75 per accredited hour for each attorney issued Illinois MCLE credit
Attendance late fee Late fee added for attendance data entered or fee paid after the last day of the month following the month in which  the attorney completed the course. One attendance late fee will be applied per course per day regardless of the number of attorney attendance entries. $25.00

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