Earn Your GRI Designation

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute

Take your career to the next level by becoming a graduate of the REALTOR® Institute! You will increase your appeal to clients and brokerages with this respected designation. 

GRI courses are ONLINE. Most also provide CE credit, and you can get credit for coursework you have already completed! You can also earn CRS designation credit and the e-Pro designation as part of your GRI studies. Best of all, GRI is a lifetime designation with no renewal fees!

What are the requirements?

60 hours of coursework are required, and all coursework must be taken through Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center (except the ePro course). All coursework must be completed in less than 5 years, and you must earn at least a 70% passing score on each course exam. 

How do I receive the GRI designation?

When you have completed all 60 hours, you must submit the GRI Designation Request Form to receive the designation.


The minimum number of course hours required in each GRI Category is listed below. 

CATEGORY 1: GRI Prerequisites (30 hours required) 

CATEGORY 2: GRI Mandatory Courses  (12 hours required)  

CATEGORY 3Ethics Courses (3 hours required)

CATEGORY 4: Client Systems Courses (6 hours required)

CATEGORY 5Finance Courses (3 hours required)

CATEGORY 6: Technology Courses (6 hours required) 


CATEGORY 1: GRI Prerequisites (30 hours required)

OPTION 1: Broker Post-License Package (30 hours)  

OPTION 2: Managing Broker Pre-License Package (30 hours)

Note: Managing Brokers are required to take 45 hours, but only 30 hours of credit will be applied toward GRI.

OPTION 3:  Proficiency Exam

OPTION 4: Equivalency Application


CATEGORY 2: GRI Mandatory Courses  (12 hours required)


CATEGORY 3: Ethics Courses (3 hours required)

  • Any ethics course taken through the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center and its branches will satisfy the GRI requirement.
  • Ethics Quadannual / Biannual cycles do NOT apply to this GRI requirement. 
  • ETH 1507 Social Media Ethics may be applied to either the Ethics or Technology category requirements, but not both.

CATEGORY 4: Client Systems Courses (6 hours required)


CATEGORY 5: Finance Courses (3 hours required)


CATEGORY 6:  Technology Courses (6 hours required)

 *ETH 1507 Social Media Ethics may be applied to GRI Grad Ethics or GRI Grad Technology, but may not apply to both categories. 

**Certificate of Completion must be submitted for E-Pro Designation (NAR)