What is the REALTOR® Institute?

The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) is an education program and designation sponsored by the Virginia REALTORS®. GRI is recognized by the National Association of REALTORS® and is one of the most popular designations for REALTOR® members nationwide. The program focuses on developing and increasing participants’ professionalism and skill set in order to strengthen both the value to consumers and the member’s bottom line.

While licensing courses and most post license education teach you how to manage risk in your business and complete transactions, GRI offers you enhanced skills for ultimate success in a real estate career.

How has the program been redeveloped?


14 to 10 courses (two of which will be offered online)

8 to 6 hours per course (with the exception of one course)

Completion of the GRI designation also completes all Post Licensure CE requirements

All courses will be available within a single calendar year for members interested in completing GRI in 12 months


Courses are available at Virginia local associations. Classes may periodically be available at the Virginia REALTORS® headquarters

Online courses are available and open for member enrollment at anytime

The completion deadline for all current students has been extended to December 2019. (Program administrators will work with students individually to certify that all required classes are completed)

What are the GRI Designation requirements?

To earn the GRI designation in Virginia, you must:

  1. complete the required coursework within five (5) years.
  2. receive a passing grade for each course and not miss more than 15 minutes of any one module session.
  3. hold membership in the National Association of REALTORS®.
  4. complete the GRI designation application and pay the one-time application fee.

Once you have completed all steps listed above, you may make use of the GRI designation on business cards, stationary, and other professional material.

I am a current GRI student. How can I find out which classes I have left to take?

Click here to see the courses you need, or contact us with specific questions.

I am a current GRI student. Do I get credit for the previous courses I have taken?

Yes. The courses from the previous program were evaluated and equivalent course credits were awarded. Click here to see the courses you need, or contact us with specific questions.

Where is the GRI course calendar?

The GRI course calendar is updated weekly on the Virginia REALTORS® website calendar. You can also broswe the course list from the GRI Section website.

Will any of my other designations count towards my GRI?

The Virginia REALTOR® Institute Program has equivalencies for the ABR and SRS designations, as they correlate directly with the RI 504: Working with Buyers and the RI 505: Working with Sellers courses. There are no equivalencies for other designations or license types.

Click here to access the RI 504 and RI 505 Equivalency Form.

Where will the GRI courses be held?

GRI courses will be available for students at various local associations across Virginia.  Click here to see available courses.

Will the GRI be offered in the classroom or online?

The updated GRI is a hybrid program offering eight courses in the classroom and two courses online.

Will there be CE/PL credit available with the new curriculum?

Yes, each course will offer either Continuing Education and/or Post Licensure credit. A full list of the courses and what each one has been approved for is available on the course description page.

Do I have to pay any renewal dues after I receive my GRI designation and certificate?

Once you have paid your graduation fee and received your designation certificate, there are no additional fees to pay for the GRI. The GRI is the only designation offered by the National Association of REALTORS® that does not have annual fees or dues.

Where can I find more information about the GRI?

For additional detail or specific questions, contact Cailin Richardson, Education Manager.