REALTORS® with a professional designation earn a median income of 74% more than those without a designation.

Demonstrate your areas of expertise at a glance with by adding real estate designations and certifications behind your name. Not only will you stand out from your competition, you will build your confidence and earning power.

Education Scholarships may help you with tuition

Illinois REALTORS® may qualify for partial tuition reimbursement through the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF). The Past Presidents Scholarship is designed to assist REALTORS® in pursuing their GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute), CRB (Certified Residential Broker), CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist), CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), or RCE (REALTOR® Association of Certified Executive) designation. Learn more and apply on the REEF website.

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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.


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.

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.

Education Licensing and Traning Center

Contact an Education Specialist

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Call (800) 523-5077