GRI (Graduated Real Estate Institute) Designation Series

What is the GRI designation?

In today’s competitive business environment, it often takes more than just motivation and initiative to succeed.   Earning the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (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.

GRI designees:

  • Have pursued a course of study that represents the minimum common body of knowledge for progressive real estate professionals.
  • Have developed a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to navigate the current real estate climate—no matter what its condition.
  • Are recognized nationally.
  • Act with professionalism and are committed to serving their clients and customers with the highest ethical standards.

Please read the GRI FAQs to learn what has changed!

Additional Benefits

  • All RI REALTORS® GRI courses count towards RI license renewal.
  • Most RI REALTORS® GRI courses count towards the required 90 to obtain a broker’s license in RI.
  • Various NAR Designation, certification and RI REALTORS® certification courses are included as available GRI electives.

Earning the GRI designation at RI REALTORS®

Courses that make up the RI REALTORS® GRI curriculum can be taken individually as they are scheduled under their course ID View complete list of GRI Courses  or, to help learners obtain the GRI in a more traditional manner with set class dates and one discounted price point per module, they will be offered in specific blocks such as GRI-102, 201, etc.

You may have even taken a GRI class without realizing it!   If you’ve previously taken any of the GRI Courses, with RI REALTORS and would like a transcript please fill in your information below and a transcript of classes you’ve taken with us that count towards GRI (must have been taken within 5 years) will be emailed to you within 72 hours.


Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete the GRI designation program, you must fulfill these requirements within 5 years of beginning the program.

  • Must be a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and maintain that membership in order to retain the designation.
  • Attend classes within the GRI modules
  • Complete a minimum of 15 hours from the GRI Electives.
    • Any GRI elective that is a NAR designation or certification course that was taken elsewhere may be approved by issuing a certificate of completion.
  • Notify RIAR that you have completed all required courses.
  • Make payment of $20.00 GRI Designation processing fee to RI REALTORS®.

Once these requirements have all been met you are reported as a designee to the National Association of REALTORS® database and entered locally as a GRI Designee and able to use your GRI designation on all personal promotional material.  A complimentary plaque and a GRI pin is then awarded to you by RI REALTORS®.

GRI Examination Policy

An examination is given during GRI 101 only.   Equivalency examinations may be granted for GRI-101  and GRI-102 at a cost of $65 per examination.   To qualify, you must have been in the business at least one full year, with a minimum of six completed transactions or by completion of a training program that is evaluated as equivalent.  You do not earn any CE for taking the equivalency exam in lieu of the course.


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