Graduate REALTOR® Insitute (GRI)

The Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation is the foundation coursework for other designations, licenses and certifications. The program is designed primarily for members whose main business activity is residential real estate, and helps those members increase their knowledge and skills in a wide range of technical subjects and real estate fundamentals.

According to a 2013 NAR Member Profile:

  • REALTORS® with the GRI Designation earn on average $27,600 more than REALTORS® with no designations
  • Earning the GRI will help increase your marketability while giving you a professional advantage
  • GRI Designees are able to serve and protect clients with their understanding of technology, laws and procedures

In Louisiana the hours of instruction are broken down into a specific set of courses required to complete the GRI designation.  To obtain a GRI designation, students are required to earn a total of 12 GRI credits.  This is a total of 96 hours of instruction covering subjects including:

  • Business Development
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Customer & Client Services
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Risk Management
  • Contract Law
  • Technology
  • And Professional Standards

While earning the GRI designation, students can also earn other nationally recognized designations, certifications and fulfill some of the LREC continuing education requirements. Students working to earn the GRI have up to five years to fulfill the necessary requirements.

If you are deciding whether or not pursuing your GRI designation is right for you, read this articleRaising the Bar,” featured in RISMedia’s Real Estate Magazine.

GRI Courses

Core GRI Courses

All courses listed in this section must be completed to earn your GRI:


Online GRI Platform

Louisiana REALTORS® offers four online modules that will make it possible to earn four GRI credits totaling 32 hours of instruction. These modules can be purchased individually or as a package.  Upon completion you will earn 1 GRI credit per module for a total of four GRI credits. Earn up to 17 CE credits. Below are descriptions for subject topics covered in each module.

  REALTOR® GRI – Module One: Foundation: Basics of Real Estate

• Education

• Goal setting

• Time management

• Reputation management

• Creating a business plan

  REALTOR® GRI – Module Two:  Working with Seller

• Prelisting to closing

• FSBO’s and expired listings

• Service your listing

• Negotiation

  REALTOR® GRI – Module Three: Working with Buyers

• Buyer agreement

• Best properties to show your client

• FSBO properties

• REALTOR® safety

  REALTOR® GRI – Module Four: Progress to Profit

• Why deals fall apart

• How to take your contract to closing

• Lead generation and prospecting

• Becoming a more profitable agent

REALTOR® GRI – Package Modules One-Four

  • Covers all topics in each of the four modules


*The online GRI platform replaces X-Selleration.

If you have any questions, contact our Professional Development Department.

Course modules are delivered by Bob Brooks School of Real Estate & Insurance, Inc.

In addition to the four mandatory GRI modules, you will need to take the Accredited Buyer Representative, the Seller Representative Specialist and At Home With Diversity. Additionally, students must select also take one finance, technology and REBAC elective to complete the GRI. Many of these electives not only count for GRI credit, but will also count as a needed elective for ABR or SRS. All course and elective descriptions are listed below.

Begin tracking and planning what you need to complete your GRI today when you download our GRI Checklist.

To apply for your GRI Designation, download this application and return it with all relevant GRI course certificates to Amy P. Fennell. 

Accredited Buyer Representative Course

The Accredited Buyer Representative educates and prepares buyer’s reps to provide superior service to buyers and offers methods for building a buyer representation business. In each course module, students examine a different topic that creates a comprehensive guide to help become an effective, efficient and profitable buyer’s representative. To earn the ABR Designation, you must also take one REBAC elective**. The online course offered by REALTOR® University earns 1 GRI credit.

8 hours of CE, 2 days in classroom earns 2 GRI credits, credit towards the ABR designation

Seller Representative Specialist Course

The Seller Representative Specialist course focuses on providing students with tools necessary to cover the ins and outs of working with seller clients.  It will address the challenges seller agents face on a day to day basis, covering the basics of agency responsibilities and teaching cutting edge approaches to enhance how the selling public is represented. The online course offered by REALTOR® University earns 1 GRI credit.

8 hours of CE, 2 days in classroom earns 2 GRI credits, credit towards the SRS designation

At Home with Diversity Course

At Home with Diversity teaches real estate professionals how they can increase their sensitivity and adaptability to future market trends. It addresses issues of diversity, fair housing and cultural differences. Participants will learn practical skills and tools to expand business and effectively service all cultural groups. This course will be accepted taken live in classroom or online through REALTOR® University.

7 hours of CE, 1 day, earns 1 GRI credit, credit toward the AHWD Certification

Finance Courses

Finance Courses

Select one of the following:

Short Sales & Foreclosures

For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures represent the new “traditional” real estate transaction. This course helps students evaluate all available options for distressed homeowners and identify the components of an effective short-sale package. This course looks at how real estate professionals can counsel buyer-clients in the purchase of foreclosure properties. As a practical resource, this course shows students how consumers can avoid foreclosure in the future.

1 day, earns 1 GRI credit, 1 REBAC elective credit toward ABR, earns SFR certification credit, 8 hours of CE

Know Your Numbers & Win Sales

This course will leave students with a deeper understanding of how current market statistics affect their business and how the Federal Reserve and Federal Housing Finance Agency are actively involved. This course also teaches ways to explain to customers the difference between a Primary and Secondary market and gain a better understanding of interest rates and the economy. 

1 day, earns 1 GRI credit, 8 hours of CE

Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA

This course is specifically designed to help residential real estate agents and brokers enhance their skills in pricing properties. Learn how to create CMAs, work with appraisers and guide your clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have regarding home values. Take this course online at REALTOR® University.

6 hours of CE, 1 GRI credit, and credit toward the ABR elective

The Power Negotiators Playbook

This one-day course uses interactive experience to help negotiators elevate their game!  You will examine various negotiation formats and methods so you can play the game to win.  A full spectrum of tips, tools, techniques and advantages will be provided allowing you to provide effective negotiating results for clients. The Power Negotiator’s Playbook is. Learn how to be prepared and open to options. Know how to effectively work with tradeoffs, compromise without giving essential components away and reach resolutions that are acceptable to your client.

8 hours of CE, 1 GRI credit, 2 CRB credits, credit toward the ABR elective, credit toward the SRS elective, and credit toward the NEW Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) certification.

Technology Courses

Technology Course

Select one of the following:

e-Pro Certification

E-Pro provides students with a roadmap to build their business and serve the hyper-connected consumers of today and tomorrow. Learn about the changing market and how to connect with consumers, manage your online reputation, generate leads and gain referrals. Take this course online at REALTOR® University.

4 hours of CE for Day 1, 1 day live, part 2 online, earns 1 GRI credit, 1 credit toward ABR

Real Estate Marketing Reboot

The marketing reboot course will increase awareness of how significantly the home buying process has changed in the past decade, and how to improve real estate marketing strategy to evolve with it.  Students will learn how to develop innovative and effective ways to market their services to any homebuyer. The course explores the buyer counseling session in great detail, while looking at marketing opportunities and points of differentiation.

1 day, earns 1 GRI credit, counts as 1 REBAC elective credit toward ABR

REBAC Elective

REBAC Elective

Select one of the following:

NAR’s Green Designation Core Course

NAR’s Green Designation Core Course provides advanced training in green building and sustainable business practices so you can seek out, understand and market properties with green features. As a practical resource, this course shows real estate professionals how to explain to consumers what makes a home, building or property green, how to list and market green properties while fulfilling one’s legal and professional obligations and how to implement green practices on the road and in the office.

8 hours of CE, 2 days , earns 1 GRI credit, counts as 1 REBAC elective credit toward ABR

Military Relocation Professional

When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables makes the transfer easier, faster, and less stressful. This certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.

Students will learn how to provide the real estate services—at any stage in the service member’s military career—that meet the needs of this niche market and win future referrals. Hone in your knowledge and skills for working with active duty military buyers and sellers, as well as veterans with the NAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification. Take this course online at REALTOR® University.

8 hours of CE, 1 GRI Credit, counts as the ABR elective credit, credit toward the MRP Certification

Senior Real Estate Specialist

The SRES is a designation for REALTORS® to address the needs of homebuyers age 55 and older. With so many options on the horizon, SRES® is where the future takes shape. This course will help develop the business building skills and resources needed for specialization in the 50+ real estate market.

8 hours of CE, 2 days, earns 1 GRI credit, counts as 1 REBAC elective credit toward ABR

Generation Buy

At any given time, today’s real estate professionals may be working with four generations of real estate buyers: Millennials, Generation X, the Baby Boomers and Matures. This one-day course examines the home buying characteristics of these generations and evaluates their expectations, of agents and of the transaction, as well as communication preferences. Take this course online at REALTOR® University.

6 hours of CE, 1 day, counts as 1 REBAC elective credit toward ABR, earns 1 GRI credit

Please view the online GRI course policies and procedures before ordering the course. For more information about designation education or help developing an education plan, please contact the Director of Professional Development Brei Delahoussaye or call 1-800-266-8538.