Q: How are credits applied to post licensing requirements and continuing education credits when I start taking the GRI course module?
A: The Florida Realtor Institute program consists of seven courses:
- Standards of Practice (Course 1): GRI 101, 102, and 103 are each a 15-hour course with a 1.5-hour exam approved for 11 hours of continuing education specialty credit or 15 hours of sales associate post licensing credit per module. Modules GRI 101 and 103 each carry 3 hours of Core Law credit.
- Essential Real Estate Techniques (Course 2): GRI 201 and GRI 202 are each a 15-hour course with a 1.5-hour exam approved for 11 hours of continuing education specialty credit or 15 hours of broker post licensing credit per module.
- Real Estate Specialties (Course 3): GRI 301 and GRI 302 are each a 15-hour course with a 1.5-hour exam approved for 11 hours of specialty credit or 15 hours of broker post licensing credit per module.
Successful completion of all seven modules will earn you one of the industry's most respected professional designations - Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI).
It is not necessary for you to take these courses in sequence.
Q. I received my GRI designation in another state. What must I do to use my designation in Florida?
A. Realtors® or Realtor associates may use their GRI designation anywhere.
Q. I completed only one course in another state. May I continue on and take the other two courses in Florida without having to start over?
Ask the state where you completed the course to send Florida Realtors a copy of your course certificate, plus a list of the subjects and hours that were included in the course you completed. The GRI program provides a national designation but the arrangement of individual course content may vary by state. Determination of appropriate credit and which courses you will need to complete will be on an individual basis.
Q. Do I have to take courses consecutively?
A. No. You may take GRI courses in the sequence that is most convenient for you.
Q. I have an important meeting I must attend during the GRI course. Can I miss a day or several hours of the day? Will I still get my credit? Can I somehow make it up?
A. GRI courses provide 11 hours specialty credit for the Florida Real Estate Commission's 14-hour continuing education requirement for license renewal (and 3 hours Core Law credit for the Standards of Practice course). FREC requires 90% attendance in order to receive CE credit. If a situation occurs that you must miss a portion of a class, please notify the course monitor immediately. Allowances cannot be made for an individual to "make up" time.
Q. I have to cancel the GRI course I was going to attend because of a personal emergency. What do I do now? Will my money be refunded?
A. You should immediately contact Florida Realtors. The association will contact the sponsor of the course. A refund may be available, depending on when the cancellation is made.
Q. How long do I have to complete the required modules for my GRI designation?
A. The seven GRI two-day modules must be completed within a five-year period from the time the first course is taken.
Q. I have taken all the GRI courses and passed the exams. Can I use the GRI designation on my business cards and letterhead?
Only Realtor and Realtor-Associate members in good standing with a local board, Florida Realtors and NAR can receive the GRI designation, diploma, and pin after successfully completing all three courses and use the GRI designation in promoting themselves.