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Earning the GRI Designation

The GRI designation is a powerful tool to attract and build new business. You'll increase your skill level across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process.

Why become a GRI designee

Earning a GRI can make a difference in your business and potentially boost your income. REALTORS® with at least one designation:

  • Earned a median of $61,000 while those without the designation earned a median income of $33,500, a difference of $27,600. (Source: 2013 NAR Member Profile)
  • Reported that they were better able to serve and protect their increasingly sophisticated clients because of their understanding of new technology, laws, and procedures.

How to earn the GRI designation

If you are a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® in good standing, you can earn the GRI designation by completing the REALTOR ® Institute program, offered through state REALTOR® associations.

Contact your State Association to get information on program requirements, course schedules, location, and tuition.

Curriculum overview

Each state REALTOR® association sets specific curriculum requirements; these will include courses on issues unique to your state as well as courses on local or national issues that affect you and your clients. A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required, and subjects covered generally include:

  • Sales process: Business development, sales and marketing, customer and client services, and cultural diversity
  • Legal and regulatory: Fair housing, brokerage relationships, contracts, and environmental issues
  • Technology: Communications, general technology, and real estate business technology
  • Professional standards: NAR Code of Ethics and Standards, arbitration, and mediation