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Questions and Answers about the GRI Designation
GRI Overview

Licensing Renewal Information

General

Credit Received From GRI

Exams

Administrative

General


Q.

What courses does the GRI program consist of?

A.

Course #100 Agency Relationships Duties and Disclosures (Category A 3 hours)

Course #101 Ethics, Professional Conducts and Legal Aspects (Category E 3 hours)

Course #109 Residential Real Estate Financing (Category CP 6 hours)

Course #102 Trust Fund Management
(Category TF 3 hours)

Course #104 Fair Housing
(Category FH 3 hours)

Course #110 Marketing, Financing and Managing  Investment Properties
(Category CP 6 hours)

Course #105 Legal Issues, Disclosure
(Category CP 6 hours)

Course #111 Investment Property Analysis (Category CP 6 hours)

Course #106 Money Making Strategies for Success

Course #112 Environmental Concerns, Construction Overview and Land
(Category CP 6 hours)

Course #107 Technology Applications In Real Estate (Category CS 6 hours)

Course #113 Real Property, Tax and Exchanging (Category CP 6 hours)

Course #108 GRI Risk Management (Category RM 6 hours)

Course #114 Essential Concepts of the C.A.R. Residential Purchase Agreement
(Category CP 6 hours)

  Courses #100 and #101 as well as courses #102 and #104 are taught on the same day. Categories are: A=Agency, E=Ethics, TF=Trust Funds, FH=Fair Housing, RM=Risk Management. CP=Consumer Protection CS=Consumer Service


Q.


Are there any prerequisites for the GRI designation?

A. While licensees may receive continuing education, only REALTOR® or REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® members are eligible for the GRI designation.

Q.

Are there any prerequisites for any of the GRI courses
A. Each GRI course is a standalone course that provides a wide array of information for REALTORS®. Therefore, students may elect to start the series with any of the courses.

Q.

Who can take the GRI series of courses?  
A. GRI is designed for members only of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION of REALTORS®. And, because this is a National Association of REALTORS® educational designation, only REALTORS® and REALTOR® ASSOCIATES® in good standing with their local Association (or C.A.R. if re-locating) may use the GRI designation. Non C.A.R./NAR members may not take these courses until they join the local, state, and national Associations.

Q.

Do you have to be licensed to take a GRI course?  
A. No, you have to be a member in good standing of C.A.R./NAR. There is an affiliate status for non-licensed real estate related professionals; check with the local Association for member status and obtain a letter from the Association confirming your affiliate status.

Q.

When can I sign up?
A. It is advisable to sign up early.  Courses do fill up.  Each course has a class limit size of 40 students.  If the course is full you may have to take it at a different location, or wait until the following year when it is offered at your location again.

Q.

How long do I have to complete the program?
A. The GRI program must be completed within 5 years from the first course date.

Q.

What is the cost of GRI?
A. The pre-paid cost for the entire GRI series is $1625.00 which is a SAVINGS of $163.00. Individual GRI course costs are as follows: Courses #100/101, 102/104 and 105 through 114 are $149 each.

Q.

GRI class general information page
A.

Graduate REALTOR® Institute Designation

 

GENERAL INFORMATION PAGE


  • To be provided to the participant prior to registration/enrollment.
  • All offerings shall be completed within one year from the registration date.

Course Provider Name: California Association of REALTORS®  

Address: 525 S. Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020  

Phone Number: 213-739-8200  

Brief Description of the Graduate REALTOR® Institute Designation

  • GRI, which stands for Graduate REALTOR® Institute, is a nationally recognized professional real estate designation
  • The GRI designation is considered the nation's number one real estate designation
  • Because GRI is a national program, reciprocity may be granted from another state
  Attendance Guidelines
•  Students must attend a minimum of 90% of the approved course hours to be eligible to receive California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) continuing education course credit.  

•  PRI will give an opportunity to make up the course at another time or location if the CalBRE allotted time is not met.  

Final Examination for Live Webinar
The final examination is only available online to the student. Since this course is delivered over the internet, only students enrolling, using the individual link provided upon registration and entering the correct following information will be allowed to start the class and receive the course examination.

  • Full name as entered on course registration
  • Email address as entered on course registration
  • CalBRE license ID number
If the above information matches the information given at the time of registration, the student is given access to the final examination. The final examination is not downloadable or printable.

Final Examination for Live Classroom
The final examination will be made available to students upon showing proper identification.

All Examinations
The following is true for Live Classroom and Live Webinar Classes:

•  Students must read all course materials and complete the final examination.

•  The exam is “Open Book”

•  Students must answer all questions by identifying the correct answer.

•  The final examination contains 15 or 20 multiple choice and true/false questions depending on the class hours.

•  Allotted time for the exam is one minute per question; exam must be complete by the end of class time.  

Examination Grading and Retake
•  All completed exams will be submitted to Professional Realty Institute for grading.

•  Student must receive a score of 70% or greater to pass the exam.

•  Once it is determined that the course is successfully passed, a continuing education Certificate will be emailed to the student within 15 days.

•  If the Exam is not successfully passed, the student will be notified within 15 days.

•  Student will be allowed one (1) re-test in the event of failing the final exam. The re-test consists of all new exam questions and must be completed within 1 year of the original failed class.  

Course Fees
$149.00 for an individual class or may be purchased for a pre-paid discounted amount of $1625.00 for the entire 14 course program.  

Course Completion Time Limits
The GRI series must be completed within 5 years from the first completed class.

Refund/Credit Policy
Class cancellation must be received a minimum of 48 hours prior to the start of class in order to receive a refund or reschedule option. If a student fails to provide Professional Realty Institute with a minimum of 48 hour notice for a class cancellation or fails to attend an enrolled class, they will be liable for the entire course fee. Refunds will be issued in the same form of payment that was made. Processing of refunds may take up to two weeks. Students who cancel will not receive course materials or may be subject to a cancellation fee for downloadable PDF materials.

CalBRE Disclaimer Statement
This course is approved for Continuing education credit by the California Bureau of Real Estate. However, this approval does not constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions which are expressed by the course sponsor, instructor, authors, or lecturers.  

Evaluation
A course and instructor evaluation is available on the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) website at www.calbre.ca.gov . Access this form by typing in “RE 318A” in the search box located in the upper right corner of the home page.



Q.

What is the cancellation policy for the GRI courses?

A. Cancellation of course must occur a minimum of 48 hours prior to the start of class to receive a refund or transfer of payment. A "no-show, no-call" will result in loss of payment for the course.

Q.

When will I receive my GRI certificate and lapel pin?
A. REALTORS® and REALTOR ASSOCIATES® who complete all 14 courses and successfully pass the appropriate exams will receive a GRI Certificate and lapel pin within 60 days from the completion of the last exam. Professional Realty Institute will try to best determine when a student has successfully completed the GRI series.  Once determined, the student will receive both a GRI certificate as well as GRI lapel pin.  The student is encouraged to contact Professional Realty Institute at 888.785.4800 or 626.229.9900, if the certificate and pin are not received within 60 days of successfully completing the program.

Q.

What is the proper use of the GRI designation?
A. According to the National Association of REALTORS® policy statement:
  • The GRI designation should immediately follow your name separated by a comma.

    • Examples: Name, GRI or Name, Graduate REALTOR® Institute

  • GRIs are strongly encouraged to use the GRI designation anytime their name is printed, and especially when being recognized for their achievements.


Q.


If a person lives in a remote area that has no local AOR, do they have to find an AOR to belong to before they can use the GRI designation?
A. Yes. All GRI's must be current in their dues and belong to a local Association.

Credit Received From GRI


Q.

May I get continuing education credit for GRI?
A. 42 hours of Consumer Protection Credit, 6 hours of Consumer Service credit, 3 hours of CalBRE mandated "Agency" credit, 3 hours of CalBRE mandated "Ethics" credit, 3 hours of CalBRE mandated "Trust Fund" credit, 3 hours of CalBRE mandated "Fair Housing" credit, 6 hours of CalBRE mandated "Risk Management " credit. (See PDF file of Credit Received by completing the GRI series)

Q.

May I challenge any of the GRI courses?

A. Challenge examinations will not be offered. In order to maintain the quality of the GRI designation and to insure that a student accumulates a certain body of knowledge, the designee must take all of the GRI courses offered by PRI and taught by a member of our State Faculty.

Q.

Is there an expiration on Continuing Education credits?
A. The expiration on CE credit is based upon each individual course. There is no expiration on the college courses. License renewal credit, the CE, is valid for the period of license renewal. If a license is issued for 4 years, say from August 20, 2000, and expires on August 19, 2004, and a person takes CE credit during that time, the CE is applicable during the life of the license for renewal. All real estate licenses are issued for a period of 4 years. A license is renewable upon a person submitting a) the appropriate fee and b), evidence of continuing education. CalBRE allows a person to take a 2 year late renewal and pay a late fee if the other conditions a & b, are met. The person takes a year leave, and wants now to renew on or before August 19, 2006, coursework taken during the period of August 20, 2000, through August 19, 2006, is applicable toward renewal. If the time period extends beyond the two year period, then all license rights expire. Also, a person is not permitted to do any real estate related work that requires a license after the initial expiration, in this case, after August 19, 2004.

Q.

What if I am a broker and do not need continuing education credit, may I still take the course and receive the designation?
A. Yes, if you have obtained your continuing education requirements toward your next license renewal and have no need for college equivalency credit, you may take the program for the GRI designation alone. However, you must successfully complete all the exams after each of the courses you have completed to receive the designation.

Exams


Q.

Are there exams for GRI credit?
A.

1.  Continuing Education Credit

- You must take an exam at the end of each course that is CalBRE approved for CE.

2. GRI Credit

- You must take an exam at the end of each course.


Q.

What is a passing grade for the GRI exam?
A. In order for students to receive credit for the GRI designation, it is necessary for a student to correctly answer 70% of questions. In order for a student to obtain CalBRE credit, the student must take and pass 70% of questions.

Q.

What if l do not pass one or more of the exams?

A.

  • The GRI program offers a one-time re-exam option for the GRI/CE exam if the student does not receive a passing grade.

  • The GRI/CE retake exam must be successfully completed within one year from the date of completion of the failed course.


Q.

What happens if I have to miss one of the courses that I have paid for?
A.
  1. You may receive a refund.

  2. You may make up the course taught by Professional Realty Institute at another location.  Please look  on our website at www.edesignations.com to view the current schedule of courses.  Or you may call PRI at 888.785.4800 or 626.229.9900 and we will assist you in finding a course close to your area.      

  3. Since there are no prerequisites for each of the courses, you can continue with the rest of the courses as scheduled and make up the course the following year when it is offered in your area again.

Administrative


Q.

How was PRI chosen to be the GRI outsourcing company?
A. C.A.R. announced their interest in outsourcing the GRI program and accepted proposals from many candidates.  The proposals were reviewed and the respondents were interviewed several times.  The respondents were brought in front of the C.A.R. Educational Advisory Board to present their business plan and answer questions.  The decision for PRI to be awarded the partnership was awarded based upon their ability to carry out the administrative requirements, as well as their goals for the GRI designation program. (more...)

Q.

What are Professional Realty Institute’s goals?
A.

PRI’s goals are summarized in its mission statement:

Mission Statement

  • Encourage and provide access to an excellent education and training for all REALTORS®, thereby improving the ability to provide quality service to their clients.

  • Increase public awareness of the distinction and notability of the various REALTOR® designations.

  • Maintain a state-of-the-art service providing and continually advancing an educational environment that maximizes the opportunity for learning.


Q.

Will C.A.R. continue to be involved in the program?
A. C.A.R. will continue to monitor the GRI program with regular meetings with PRI.

Q.

Who will maintain the educational records for GRI?
A. PRI will maintain the educational records on each REALTOR® as courses and exams are taken.  PRI will issue the GRI Certificate and pin to graduates upon completion of the program.

Q.

How were the GRI locations chosen?
A. Locations were chosen based upon demographic studies of the density of REALTORS® throughout the state of California.  Twenty-four Associations of REALTORS® locations were targeted based upon the results of the studies and were offered the opportunity to co-sponsor GRI.

Q.

Can an Association offer GRI courses even if they are not one of the locations?
A. In addition to the twenty-four permanent locations there will be a twenty-fifth “roving” GRI course series held at a different, more remote Association of REALTORS® location each year.  Therefore, it is possible for any Association who has the interest of co-sponsoring GRI to have an opportunity to hold the courses.

Q.

Can a Real Estate Company put on a GRI course series?
A. It was agreed between C.A.R. and PRI that all GRI courses will be offered on the neutral territory of a co-sponsoring Association of REALTORS® rather than private companies, thus eliminating the potential for any “unfair advantage” that may arise from private company sponsorship.

Q.

Where should members go for more information?
A. For further information regarding GRI, members are encouraged to contact PRI either by phone, fax or e-mail.

Q.

How will courses be marketed?
A.

The courses will be marketed through the following:

Associations - through advertising in publications
Direct Mail – to potential students
Public Awareness - increase public awareness of the GRI designation


Q.

What are the Association’s responsibilities?
A.  Provision of Class Room
1.      Association/Board will provide a room that holds up to 40 students to present a course for a full day on a preset day of each month.

Advertising

  1. Insure that advertising is placed in Association/Board publication.  

  2. Insure that current curriculum course is placed on Association/Board bulletin board.  

  3. Insure that current curriculum is placed on Association/Board web site.

Information for Students

  1. Have a supply of current curriculum available for potential Student's review.  

  2. If it is convenient and comfortable for the Association/Board, they may answer Student's questions.  

  3. Provide potential Students with toll free number 888.785.4800 or web site address www.edesignations.com  to answer questions or obtain further information regarding curriculum.   

  4. If a potential Student or current Student has any problems, direct them to call us at our toll free number 888.785.4800.

Prior to Starting Class

  1. Set up classroom - as to room temperature, seating capacity and arrangement, visual aids, and sound equipment.  


Q.

What’s in it for the Association?
A. To expound upon the education mission of an association.





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