Illinois CE Requirements for License Renewal

Illinois.jpegAs a nurse in the state of Illinois, you are required to earn continuing education to renew your active license.

Renewal Requirements

  • Every two years
    • 20 hours of continuing education 
    • 1 hour in sexual harassment training
  • NEW: Beginning 2024 RNs will be required to complete: 
    • Implicit bias awareness training (1-hour course) to include, at a minimum, the following topics: an explanation of implicit bias and the difference between explicit and implicit biases; causes of implicit bias and how it forms and operates; effects of implicit bias and the harms it can cause; and how to recognize, interrupt, and mitigate implicit bias.
    • For RNs who provide services to adults 26 years of age and older will be required to complete a 1-hour course in diagnosis, treatment and care of Alzheimer's disease, along with other dementia types. CE curriculum will involve how to identify and diagnose Alzheimer's, effective communication strategies and management and care planning. This course may count toward the regular CE requirements.
  • Every two years
    • 20 hours of continuing education
    • 1 hour in sexual harassment training
  • NEW: Beginning in 2024 LPNs will be required to complete: 
    • 1-hour course on implicit bias awareness training (see details above).
    • 1-hour course in the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease (see details above).
Advanced Practice
  • Every two years
    • 80 hours of continuing education including:
      • 1 hour in sexual harassment training
      • at least 20 contact hours in pharmacotherapeutics, including 10 hours of opioid prescribing or substance abuse education
      • 3 contact hours in safe opioid prescribing practices to renew Controlled Substances Registration

Meet your license renewal requirements

NCPD Addressing Implicit Bias in Nursing: A Review
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 1.0 contact hour

NCPD Bias and the Psychological Safety in Healthcare Teams
Orthopaedic Nursing, 1.5 contact hours

NCPD Acute Care for Patients with Dementia
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 1.5 contact hours

NCPD The Long Journey of Alzheimer's Disease
Journal of Christian Nursing, 2.0 contact hours

NCPD Drug Diversion and Safe Prescribing of Controlled Substances
The Nurse Practitioner and Journal of Nursing Administration, 3.3 contact hours

NCPD Appropriate Use of Opioids in Managing Chronic Pain
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 3.0 contact hours

Additional CE Resources


Visit the Illinois Nursing Workforce Center for more information on your renewal requirements.

Attention hospitals and other healthcare institutions! Interested in purchasing any of these CE activities in bulk for your staff?  Get more information by calling 855-695-5070 or sending an email to