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REALTORS® with a designation earn over $27,600 more annually than non-designees.

Growth is an important part of every real estate professional’s personal development. Without growth, you can become stagnant and irrelevant. NC REALTORS® membership provides multiple opportunities, across the state and online, for our members to grow in their profession, business, and life. By earning specialty designations, staying on top of the latest real estate trends and best practices, and participating in continuing education opportunities, you can increase your earning potential and build better relationships with your clients.

Speaker Opportunities

  • Interested in being a speaker at an NC REALTORS® event? Submit your proposal here.
  • 2020 Region 4 Conference in Savannah: This Speaker RFP is now CLOSED. Chosen speakers will be notified by January 31, 2020.

Upcoming Educational Events

Nov 6

Business Risks & Ethics

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Nov 19-20

Mediation Training

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nov 19-20

RENE Designation Course

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI)

Launch Your Career to New Heights

Current and prospective GRI Students CLICK HERE



In today’s competitive business environment, it often takes more than just motivation and initiative to succeed. Earning the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is a way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a trusted resource who has in-depth knowledge on the fundamentals of real estate. GRI is the most recognized professional designation in the real estate industry.

The GRI Designation consists of 60 hours; 48 of which are from a combination of live and online courses. The curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of our members as well as educational standards established by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Live classes are hosted by local associations throughout the state, while the online classes can be taken at any time.

As you can see, the program provides great tools and education to improve your business and sharpen your skills as a REALTOR®. Contact Savanna Reagin with any questions about GRI.

Workforce Housing Specialist Certification

The WHS Certification Program provides Real Estate Professionals with the knowledge of available programs and resources to assist workforce housing buyers while enhancing their skills, expertise, and versatility in the field of real estate.

In order to be certified as a Workforce Housing Specialist, real estate professionals must complete 20 hours of coursework within 18 months consisting of Core Courses and Electives.

Graduates are required to recertify on an annual basis in order to keep their Workforce Housing Specialist title and remain on the Housing Foundation website.

Core Courses:

Qualifying Electives (Must total 8 hours or more):

Application for Certification

After completing the WHS Program Requirements, real estate professionals will need to submit an application along with a $50.00 Application Fee.  Once approved as a WHS, graduates will receive a certificate, pin, and will be listed as a specialist on the NC REALTORS® Housing Foundation website.


Submit your Workforce Housing Specialist Certification Application Here.


2019-2020 Recertification

Workforce Housing Specialists must complete a total of 4 Credits of the following options on an annual basis.  Recertification Application and a $25.00 fee must be submitted by the end of the CE Year (June 10th 2020)

  • Workforce Housing Transaction (Counts as 1 Credit)
    • Must be at least one of the following: FHA/HUD approved, counseling agency, Down Payment Assistant Program, NCHFA, USDA rural development, or VA.
  • Attend an Event that focuses on topics such as Affordable Housing, Financing, etc. (Counts as 2 Credits)
    *Attendance Must be Reported by Host Association or Company
  • Mastering Real Estate Negotiations (Online Course) (Counts as 2 Credits)
  • Clash of Clans – The New Face of Fair Housing: Diversity and Disability (In-Person Course) (Counts as 2 Credits)


Submit your Workforce Housing Specialist Recertification Application Here.


Alternative Track

Members have the option of attaining their WHS certification through a similar program offered by the Charlotte Regional REALTOR Association’s Housing Opportunity Foundation.  For more information about this program, please go to or contact the Foundation at


In order to assist with the cost of courses, the North Carolina REALTORS® Housing Foundation is offering Reimbursement Scholarships on a quarterly basis. Click here to apply for a scholarship.

Questions? Please contact Savanna Reagin at or 336-808-4239.

REBAC Designations

The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that help members increase their skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

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Online CE Courses
Code of Ethics Training

Current Code of Ethics

REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of no less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within two-year cycles. The two-year requirement is new, and background information on the change is available. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Training may be completed through local REALTOR® associations or through another method, such as home study, correspondence, classroom courses, or online courses. Local Associations track member training requirements. Please contact your local association for help in identifying your current training requirements. Local Board Directory.

Training Cycles

The current deadline for this cycle is December 31, 2020.

Below are the cycle dates for the Code of Ethics Training Requirement. Training must be completed at any time during these established cycles. Failure to complete training during any cycle will lead to suspension of membership for the January and February immediately following the cycle deadline, with termination of membership starting March 1 after the cycle deadline.

Current Cycle

January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020

Future Cycles

January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022

North Carolina REALTORS® Training Options

REALTORS® can complete their Code of Ethics Training Requirement through any approved COE Training course, or through the NC REALTORS® course offerings below:



  • GRI: Balancing Business Risks & Ethics (In-Person)
    *This course counts towards obtaining your GRI Designation, completing your COE requirement, and has optional 4 Elective CE hours.
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CE at Sea

CE at Sea logoSet sail with NC REALTORS® on the world’s largest cruise ship for our CE at Sea educational adventure. Not only will you explore the Caribbean with your NC REALTORS® colleagues, but you’ll also get the unique opportunity to complete your annual Continuing Education at sea.

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NC REEF logoThe North Carolina Real Estate Educational Foundation, Inc. (NC REEF) is the real estate educational resource for REALTORS®, non-licensees and consumers in North Carolina. Through original video tutorials, scholarships and other content, NC REEF elevates the real estate profession through education.

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Who to Contact
  • Rachel Branson, GRI Coordinator Rachel Branson
    Education Manager
    (336) 297-0439 x240
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    Contact Rachel Branson for help with: Professional Development opportunities, Speaking at an NC REALTORS® event, North Carolina Real Estate Educational Foundation, Inc. (NC REEF).

  • Savanna Tandski Savanna Reagin
    GRI Coordinator
    (336) 808-4239 x239
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    Contact Savanna Reagin for help with: Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Workforce Housing Specialist Program.

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