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Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®


What is GRI?  

The GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) Designation is a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) nationally recognized designation which is administered through state associations.  


The Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation. 


Who is it for? 

GRI is for you! Earning the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is a way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a REALTOR® who has gained in-depth market knowledge, increased expertise in a broad array of subjects to enhance professionalism and business success. 


What You Gain 

Higher earnings: the national median income of GRI designees in 2012 was $61,000, compared to the median income of non-designees of $33,500Be better able to serve and protect your increasingly sophisticated clients through an understanding of new technology, laws, and procedures. 


The details 

DC GRI program is a total of 90 hours of education, divided into 3 modules of 30 hours each. You have up to 5 years to complete the GRI program. Designees also have the option of completing the Post-Graduate Module 400 of the GRI program for those who’re interested in obtaining the DC Broker’s license.  


Only licensed in Maryland?  

No problem! GRI is a nationally recognized designation so a Maryland licensee who completes the DC GRI program will still earn the designation.  


Have any questions? Feel free to reach out to GCAAR Education by emailing