Graduate, REALTOR® Insitute logoGraduate, REALTOR® Institute Designation (GRI®)

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI®) is the premier, comprehensive real estate designation. GRI® is a lifetime designation with no renewal fees. The GRI curriculum includes coursework in technology, finance, client systems, and ethics.
All Core, Ethics, and e-PRO® courses you have taken through Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center within the past five years may be applied toward earning the GRI® designation.

Most GRI® courses provide CE credit and some courses also provide credit toward the CRS and e-PRO® designations.

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Ron Fields GRI“REALTORS® that have a high production level often have one thing in common – they have a GRI designation. Obtaining my GRI designation not only allowed me to fulfill my bi-annual CE credits for my broker’s license at the same time, but it also put me in a mindset of working better within my business. I enjoyed the online format and being able to schedule the study time when it worked best for my schedule.” – Ron Fields, Broker, e-Pro, GRI

Ryan Elwell

“The GRI accreditation has prepared me in many ways. Mainly, sharpening my skill in advocating for the buying and selling clients I represent.” – Ryan Elwell, GRI

GRI® minimum requirements

  • All courses except e-Pro® must be purchased from Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center.
  • All courses must be completed within a five-year period. See the GRI Checklist.
  • A total of 60 hours of credits must be earned, including minimum credit hours in the six areas detailed below.

When all coursework is complete, submit the GRI® Request form to request the designation.

GRI® courses

I.   GRI® prerequisites = 30 hours

II.   GRI® mandatory courses = 12 hours

III.  Ethics courses = 3 hours

  • Any 3-hour Illinois REALTORS® Ethics CE course

IV.  Client systems courses = 6 hours

V.  Finance courses = 3 hours 

VI.  Technology courses = 6 hours

Requesting the GRI® Designation

When you have completed the coursework, submit the GRI® Request form to request the designation.