NYSAR and GRAR co-sponsor local Designation Courses

Why earn a Designation or Certification?

  • Increase Your Income – Based on 2013 survey data*, the median income of REALTORS® without a designation was $33,500 and the median income of those with at least one designation was $61,000 … a difference of $27,600! (*Source: 2013 NAR Member Profile)
  • Gain a Competitive Advantage – You will stand out from your competition with the added expertise from designation courses
  • Maximize Your Exposure – Buyers and sellers can find you by your designation/specialty at

SCHOLARSHIPS:  The NYS Real Estate Education Foundation (NYSREEF) provides REALTOR® members with scholarships to participate in national designation programs.  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.

Designation Courses Information

Graduate, Realtor Institute

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.

GRI Courses are now offered online as Zoom webinars. Find the full schedule at

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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.

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

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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).

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Pricing Strategy Advisor Certification (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.

Designations offered at locations other than GRAR in 2019

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Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

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

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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, click here to visit

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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.