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In today’s competitive business environment, it often takes more than just motivation and initiative to succeed!

The GRI designation is a national designation delivered by the Arkansas REALTORS®.  The 60+hour course of study meets accreditation standards established by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.  Upon completion of the program, students are awarded the GRI Designation and only members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® may hold the GRI designation.

Why become a GRI Designee?

  • Increase your income potential by more than 50%
  • Develop self-confidence while reducing risk to yourself and your Broker
  • New Agents can fulfill the full ***18-hour Post License Requirement while earning the GRI
  • 2 for 1 – Many Classes count for *CE, some courses even count toward other NAR Designations
  • Unlike other designations, GRI has NO ANNUAL DUES
  • Develop excellent contract writing skills
  • Stand out to prospective Homebuyers & Sellers as the REALTOR® who is equipped with effective negotiating skills, financial knowledge to assist them, alongside the fundamentals of real estate.

What is required to earn a GRI?  

  • FOUR (4) 2-day classroom Core Classes are required (GRI 101, 102, 201 & 202)


What is the cost of earning my GRI?

GRI Core Class Price List

ALL CANCELLATIONS are subject to a $25 cancellation fee. NO refunds after registration deadline.

Early Bird Registration per 2-day class   $140 typically ends 2-3 weeks prior to class

Regular Registration Fee per 2-day class   $160

Special Offer! Purchase all Core Classes – Bundle Price of $500

Sign up today for all 4 Core Classes and SAVE while you enjoy flexibility in class scheduling with NO cancellation fees!


The 2-Day CLASSROOM courses listed below will be held 9:00am–4:00pm at the indicated locations:

Arkansas REALTORS® Association, 11224 Executive Center Drive, Little Rock, AR (LR)

First Community Bank, 630 Southwest Drive, Jonesboro, AR (NEA)

Northwest Arkansas Board of REALTORS®, 314 N Goad Springs Road, Lowell, AR (NWA)

Courses & Electives may be completed in any order within 3 years.

2018 GRI Core Class Schedule


January 16-17 GRI101LR Contracts & Contract to Closing          12 hours Post License or CE

CE17-12-010 5/18                      Dale Carlton

January 30-31 GRI102LR Agency & Business Planning                 6 hours Post License or CE

CE17-6-516 4/18                       Maurice Taylor & Mark Given

February 1st we will offer an CRS Designation Course that may be used as a GRI elective


March 6-7 GRI202LR Unauth Practice of Law & Pro Stds/Ethics   6 hours CE & COE

CE17-6-005 12/18                      Dale Carlton & Bruce Aydt

March 13-14 GRI101NEA Contracts & Contract to Closing          12 hours Post License or CE

CE17-12-010 5/18                      Dale Carlton


April 3-4 GRI102NEA Business Planning & Agency                      6 hours Post License or CE

CE17-6-516 4/18                       Maurice Taylor & Mark Given

April 10-11 GRI201LR  Marketing & Technology                        6 hours CE

CE17-6-549 6/18                       Craig Grant

April 24-25th we will offer an ABR Designation Course that may be used as a GRI elective


June 26-27 GRI101NWA Contracts & Contract to Closing           12 hours Post License or CE

CE17-12-010 5/18                      Dale Carlton


July 10-11 GRI102 NWA Business Planning & Agency                  6 hours Post License or CE

CE17-6-516 4/18                       Maurice Taylor & Mark Given


August 14-15 GRI202NWA  Unauth Practice of Law & Pro Stds/Ethics  6 hours CE

CE17-6-005 12/18                      Dale Carlton & Kay Lawrence

August 28-29 GRI201NWA  Marketing & Technology                          6 hours CE

CE17-6-549 6/18                       John Mayfield


September 17 Hot Springs Convention Center in conjunction with the 94th Annual Arkansas REALTORS® Association Convention we will offer a CE/GRI Elective class again this year.  (This class is FREE to all Convention registrants !!)

    ALL CANCELLATIONS are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.  NO refunds after registration deadline.  #ARAedu

The Arkansas REALTORS® Association has a corporate rate negotiated with the Wingate by Wyndam on Shackleford Road in Little Rock.

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Certified Residential Specialist

Being successful isn’t just about selling more homes or serving more clients. It’s also about effectively managing your business so that you also can devote time to your personal life. This CRS One Day Course will provide strategies for creating positive change in your professional and personal lives. Course activities will help you assess your current business, set actionable goals, and develop a plan for how to achieve them. You will create a system that keeps you organized and focused as you take on the various challenges competing for your attention each day.


February 1, 2018 8:30AM-4:30PM

Hosted by

Arkansas REALTORS® Association

11224 Executive Center Drive Little Rock, AR 72211

Click HERE to get registered!

Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Clarify your current status in the five critical areas of your life
  • Design a business that will financially support the life you desire
  • Understand various time management principles and techniques as well as the art of time blocking
  • Prioritize your life goals and create a plan of action to accomplish those goals

The Council of Residential Specialists is the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®. We are a professional network of over 30,000 residential real estate professionals, and we provide the industry’s best education, resources and networking opportunities. CRS also awards the Certified Residential Specialist® (CRS) Designation to top-producing REALTORS® who have met specific requirements related to experience, transactions and education.

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