NYSAR and GRAR co-sponsor local Designation Courses

Why earn a Designation or Certification?

SCHOLARSHIPS:  The NYS Real Estate Education Foundation (NYSREEF) provides REALTOR® members with scholarships to participate in national designation programs.  Scroll to the bottom of this page for a downloadable application or visit for more information.

AUDIT OPTION:  Already hold the GRI designation? GRI designees may take any GRI course for $50 (CE included) except GRI-1 Ethics.

2019 Designation Courses in the GRAR Region


Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI)

Gain a solid base of knowledge on all aspects of residential real estate and grow your business into a practice with this most widely recognized national designation. To achieve the designation, you’ll take eight 7.5-hour courses plus 30 hours of electives.

The following classes are being offered at The GRAR Real Estate School in 2019. All classes are 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. $125 for GRAR/NYSAR members / $150 for non-members. GRAR members: click the link next to each class to register directly on the GRAR Portal.

GRI-1 Ethics – April 16  Register online

GRI-2 Business – June 20  Register online

GRI-3 Agency December 10  Register online

To see all GRI classes being held in New York State this year, click here to visit

Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)

Get the tools you need to fully represent a buyer with the ABR designation, the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation.


ABR (2-day Course) – August 1 – 2, 8:30 – 5:00  Register online

To see all ABR classes being held in New York State this year, click here to visit

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)

To earn and maintain the SRS designation, complete the two-day course and one elective, provide documentation of three completed transactions, complete the one-page application and maintain REALTOR® and SRS membership ($99 after the first year). 

SRS (2-day Course) – April 24 – 25, 8:30 – 5:00  Register online

Pricing Strategy Advisor Certificatation (PSA)

Enhance your skills in pricing properties, creating CMAs, working with appraisers, and guiding clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values with NAR’s Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification.  

PSA: Mastering the CMA – July 12, 9:00 – 4:30  Register online

Designations offered at locations other than GRAR in 2019

Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

Learn the unique skills necessary to successfully provide seniors and their families with professional consultation about real estate.

Short Sales & Foreclosure (SFR) Certification

Earn the newest NAR certification and learn to help buyers and sellers with short sales or foreclosure properties.

To see all SFR classes being held in New York State this year, click here to visit

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers.

Learn more about the value of the CRS designation

Visit for a complete list of  all Designations and the corresponding Courses held throughout the state.