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 way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a REALTOR® who has gained in-depth knowledge on technical subjects as well as the fundamentals of real estate.
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.
Earning the GRI designation at RI REALTORS®
- All RI REALTORS® GRI courses count towards RI license renewal.
- All RI REALTORS® GRI courses count towards the required 90 to obtain a broker’s license in RI.
- Various NAR Designations, certifications and RI REALTORS®certifications are included as available GRI electives.
In order to successfully compete 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, a minimum of 75 hours unless equivalency examinations have been taken for GRI-101 and 102 (see below)
- 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
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 if you 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.
With the exception of equivalency examinations and GRI-101, as of January 1st 2019, GRI classes will no longer require exams as part of the GRI requirement.