GRI, Designations, and Certifications

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To compete in a busy market, you need an exceptional education.

Designations and certifications demonstrate your experience and expertise in various real estate sectors. By earning designations and certifications, you may build your competency, acquire new skills, and enhance your appeal to clients and brokerages.

A wide range of designation and certification programs are offered through the National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies and Councils. Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center provides coursework for the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute program.

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation (GRI®) – the premier real estate designation

Your success story starts here. GRI® is a comprehensive lifetime designation with no renewal fees. The 60-hour education curriculum includes coursework in technology, finance, client systems, and ethics.

The GRI® designation can be earned through all online courses. When taken through Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center, your broker post-license coursework provides automatic credit toward the GRI® designation. You can also earn CE credit simultaneously while pursuing your GRI® designation.

Unique features of the GRI® program

  • Earn CE credit for most GRI® courses, plus CRS and e-PRO designation credits as part of your GRI® studies.
  • Get credit for any core, ethics, and e-PRO courses you have taken through Illinois REALTORS®  Licensing & Training Center in the past five years.
  • The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation Rich Port Scholarship may assist individuals who are pursuing their GRI® designation.

Minimum Requirements

  1. All courses except e-Pro must be purchased from Illinois REALTORS®.
  2. All courses must be completed within a five year period.
  3. A total of 60 hours of credits must be earned, including minimum credit hours in the six areas detailed below.

When coursework is complete, submit the GRI® Request form to receive your designation.


I.   GRI® prerequisites = 30 hours

II.   GRI® mandatory courses = 12 hours

III.  Ethics courses = 3 hours

IV.  Client systems courses = 6 hours

V.  Finance courses = 3 hours 

VI.  Technology courses = 6 hours

GRI® Designation Request Form

Submit the GRI® Request form online. You may save the form and return to it later by clicking save at the bottom of the form.

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