Earn Your GRI Designation

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute

Take your career to the next level with the GRI designation! GRI provides in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards and the sales process. It is a lifetime designation with no renewal fees.

GRI designation advantages:

  • Online courses can be taken anytime, anywhere
  • Earn CE credit for most GRI courses
  • Get CRS and e-Pro designation credits as part of your GRI studies
  • You may receive credit for coursework you have already completed
  • The Rich Port Scholarship is available for GRI courses
  • Increase your earnings potential
  • Be a part of the GRI Grad referral network
  • Set yourself apart from your competition

GRI requirements:

  • You must complete 60 hours of Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center coursework.
  • All courses except e-Pro must be taken through the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center
  • All coursework must be completed in less than 5 years.
  • A passing score of 70% must be achieved on each course exam. 

Required course hours per category:

Download the GRI Designation Checklist to review all of the designation requirements. You may select courses from the category list below. 

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

CATEGORY 1 - GRI Prerequisites (30 hours required) 

CATEGORY 2 - GRI Mandatory Courses  (12 hours required)  

CATEGORY 3 - Ethics Courses (3 hours required)

CATEGORY 4 - Client Systems Courses (6 hours required)

CATEGORY 5 - Finance Courses (3 hours required)

CATEGORY 6 - Technology Courses (6 hours required) 

Requesting the GRI designation:


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.
  • 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)

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