GRI Designation Q & A

What does the GRI designation stand for?
GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) is the most recognized professional designation in the real estate industry. The designation is conferred on qualified individuals by the state association of REALTORS®, with educational requirements established the National Association of REALTORS®. 

Are there any prerequisites for earning the GRI designation?
Only that you are a member of the National Association of REALTORS®.

Once I get my designation, do I have to pay an annual fee or do anything to renew it?
No, GRI is the only REALTOR® designation that does not require a payment of an annual renewal fee. No renewal is required. Once you have received your GRI, you can use the designation as long as you are a member in good standing of the National Association of REALTORS®.

What classes do I have to take to earn the GRI designation?
Members of IAR may obtain the designation by completing three undergraduate Courses (Course I, II and III) and passing tests on the Course material. Each Course is comprised of approx. 30 hours of classroom instruction, totaling 90 hours for the designation. Each Course is four days long.

Do I have to take the Courses in order? Yes

How long will it take me to complete the designation?
It is up to you. If you qualify for the Course I Equivalency and take the two remaining Courses right away, it is possible to complete the designation in one year. Most students finish the designation in two-four years.

Do I earn Continuing Education credit?
Yes, each Course contains three hours Core credit and three hours of Elective credit, at no additional cost to you.

Are meals and hotel costs included in registration fees?
No. Hotel accommodation information is sent with Course confirmation packets. You are not required to stay at the hotel, but if you are considering commuting, be sure to allow ample time for travel. Be aware that winter weather may require more travel time. Courses start on time.

Contact IAR's Education Department by email at, or by phone at 800/252-2910 for further information.


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