What does GRI stand for?

Graduate, REALTOR Institute. 

Do I have to have the GRI designation to be a member of the GRI Society?

No. You do not have to have your GRI to be a member. To be eligible for the GRI Society, you must have completed at least 1 of the 3 GRI courses and also be in good standing with the Board of Realtors.

I earned the GRI Designation. Does that mean I am a member of the GRI Society?

No. The GRI Society is an optional membership. We offer the opportunity to surround yourself with learning-based Realtors in an educational and social environment. The Realtors that pursue the GRI are the cream of the Realtor population. By gathering every other month, we recalibrate our vision for excellence and success.

Why should I earn the designation?

The data from the 2005 Member Survey show that REALTORS without any N.A.R. designation earned a median of $40,900 while those with a designation earned a median income of $82,900.

But it's about more than just the money. New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers require real estate practitioners to perform with a higher level of professionalism. The course work required to earn the GRI designation will give you the tools and knowledge you need to provide your clients superior service.

What topics are covered in the GRI program?

Sales Process: Business development, sales & marketing, customer & client services and cultural diversity
Legal & Regulatory: Fair housing, brokerage relationships, contracts and environmental issues
Technology: Communications, general technology and real estate business technology
Professional Standards: N.A.R. Code of Ethics & Standards, Arbitration and Mediation
How do I earn the designation?
The GRI program is offered through State REALTOR associations. Contact your State Association of REALTORS® to get information on course schedules, location and tuition, etc.

I received my GRI designation in another state. What must I do to use my designation in Texas?

REALTORS or REALTOR associates may use GRI their designation anywhere.

I completed only one course in another state. May I continue on and take the other two courses in Texas without having to start over?
Ask the state where you completed the course to send T.A.R. a copy of your course certificate, plus a list of the subjects and hours that were included in the course you completed. The GRI program provides a national designation but the arrangement of individual course content may vary by state. Determination of appropriate credit and which courses you will need to complete will be on an individual basis.

Do I have to take courses consecutively?

No. You may take GRI courses in the sequence that is most convenient for you. 

I had to cancel the GRI course I was going to attend because of a personal emergency. What do I do now? Will my money be refunded?
You should immediately contact T.A.R. The association will contact the sponsor of the course. A refund may be available, depending on when the cancellation is made. 

How long do I have to complete the required courses for my GRI designation?

Three GRI courses must be completed within a five-year period from the time the first course is taken.

I have taken all the GRI courses and passed the exams. Can I use the GRI designation on my business cards and letterhead?

Only Realtor and Realtor-Associate members in good standing with a local board, T.A.R. and N.A.R. can receive the GRI designation, diploma, and pin after successfully completing all three courses and use the GRI designation in promoting themselves.

How do I attain the GRI designation? 

It is really quite simple; all you have to do is attend all three GRI courses (in no particular order) and pass each exam at the end of each course. There is no fee in order to become a GRI designee – and the benefit is all yours. Shortly after you’ve completed all three courses, you’ll receive your GRI packet in the mail, complete with designation certificate, lapel pin, and other educational information. In addition, your name will be posted on the N.A.R. site in the list of national GRI designees. Once posted, you can begin using the GRI designation in all of your marketing and professional materials.

For more information, check out the National Association of REALTORs GRI page or T.A.R.'s GRI page.