What does the GRI designation stand for?


The Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation.


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®.


Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it's often the biggest single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated.

New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers requires real estate practitioners to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism.


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.

 What classes do a broker have to take to earn

the GRI designation in Illinois?

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.