Property buyers and sellers are more sophisticated than ever when it comes to buying a home. They do their homework and they have certain expectations for the professionalism and service from their real estate agent. Whether you join a national franchise, independent company or decide to begin your own business, you'll have the opportunity to get the training you need to exceed their expectations and make your business a success.
As a real estate licensee, you can elect to join the National Association of REALTORS®, one of the largest trade associations in the country. Besides keeping you current on issues relating to real estate professionals, you’ll also earn the opportunity to call yourself a REALTOR® and use the trademark REALTOR® “R” logo, which the public recognizes as the standard for ethics and professionalism in real estate.
Become an Illinois REALTOR®  and you'll receive advanced educational opportunities, training and networking that are not available to other licensees. You'll also have access to the most current legal updates, legal standardized forms, and access to the REALTOR® association staff and resources. When you join your local association of REALTORS®  in Illinois you automatically become a member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. It is within this three-way membership that you’ll receive opportunities for training, networking, publications and the most current legal updates, standardized forms, and access to the REALTOR® association staff and resources.
The National Association of REALTORS® provides you with a family of professional designation and certification programs  to help you expand your knowledge and attract new business. Download the Illinois REALTOR® Designation Guide (pdf) 
The GRI designation is the most recognized professional designation in the real estate industry. It is also a prerequisite for pursuing various advanced professional designations. The REALTOR® Institute of Illinois  provides an educational program which is second to none in the real estate industry. GRI is the only REALTOR® designation that does not require a payment of an annual renewal fee! Continuing education credits are included in all Institute courses, including the Graduate Course.
Illinois is one state that mandates continuing education (CE)  for its licensees. Licensees must complete and pass CE courses at the rate of six hours per year every two years in order to maintain their licenses. These courses keep real estate professionals current on topics such as ethics, agency, legal issues, license law, antitrust and finance. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® and many local REALTOR® associations, offer a variety of pre-license and continuing education courses.
Members of the National Association of REALTORS® (and IAR) must successfully complete a 2.5-hour course in ethics , an element of NAR's Code of Ethics. The policy requires that REALTORS® take ethics training within given four-year cycles and continue to update their education in successive four-year periods thereafter.