Increase your abilities by earning designations and certifications, and you may increase your income as well! REALTORS® with a professional designation earn a median income of 74% more than those without! With designations and certifications, you can set yourself apart from your competition. Designations and certifications enhance your appeal to clients and brokerages and build your confidence and earning power.

Demonstrate your areas of expertise at a glance with by adding real estate designations and certifications behind your name.

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute Designation (GRI®)

Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center is proud to provide coursework for the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation (GRI®).

GRI® is the premier comprehensive real estate designation. It is a lifetime designation with no renewal fees,

The 60-hour education curriculum includes coursework in technology, finance, client systems, and ethics. Most GRI® courses also provide CE credit, and some also provide credit toward the CRS and e-PRO designations. 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 the GRI® designation.

The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation offers a scholarship to help individuals pursue the GRI designation. Apply for the Rich Port Scholarship online.

 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.
  • 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.


We are looking forward to bringing you new GRI courses in 2019.

Interested in a course that is not available yet? Email to receive an update when the course is available.

I.   GRI® prerequisites = 30 hours

II.   GRI® mandatory courses = 12 hours

III.  Ethics courses = 3 hours

IV.  Client systems courses = 6 hours

  • New course coming soon – Successful Buyer Client Systems (3-hours – RD 909 ) + CRS Credit
  • New course coming soon – Successful Seller Client Systems (3 hours – no CE) + CRS Credit
  • New course coming soon – Meeting the Needs of Buyers and Sellers (3 hours – no CE) + CRS Credit

V.  Finance courses = 3 hours 

  • New course coming soon – 3-hour course Real Estate Investment Made Clear (no CE) + CRS Credit

VI.  Technology courses = 6 hours

Requesting the GRI® Designation

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

Other Designations and Certifications

Our classroom branch locations offer other designation and certification courses. Check the Education Calendar for dates and locations.

The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies and Councils also offer a variety of designation and certification programs online.

Contact an Illinois REALTORS® Education Specialist

We are happy to answer your questions!

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