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Earning designations and certifications is not merely about accolades. REALTORS® who pursue and achieve these distinctions demonstrate a commitment to excellence, ensuring that they remain at the forefront of industry developments and best practices. As a result, they are positioned to deliver superior customer service, fostering deeper trust and loyalty among their clients. Furthermore, studies have shown that REALTORS® with such designations consistently outperform their peers in earnings, underscoring the tangible benefits of continued professional development.

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is dedicated to enhancing the professionalism and expertise of its members through a comprehensive range of advanced training programs. With 24 unique designations available, REALTORS® have the opportunity to distinguish themselves by acquiring specialized knowledge in various areas of real estate. One such esteemed designation is the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI), a privilege exclusively provided by South Dakota REALTORS®.

SD REALTORS®, in an effort to make premier real estate education both accessible and affordable, now offers GRI designation courses through the Zoom virtual platform. This cost-effective approach ensures that the next generation of REALTORS® can receive essential training without financial strain. Regarded as the bedrock of all advanced real estate designations, the GRI℠ stands out for its comprehensive curriculum. It’s no wonder that many in the industry view the GRI℠ program as the gold standard of real estate education. Tailored to enhance a REALTOR®’s prowess in real estate marketing, this program delves deep into strategies and insights that give its graduates a distinct edge in a competitive market. In equipping its participants with such a wealth of knowledge, GRI℠ ensures that REALTORS® are not just prepared, but are also primed to lead and excel.


  • ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative
  • ALC – Accredited Land Consultant
  • CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member
  • CIPS – Certified International Property Specialist
  • CPM – Certified Property Manager
  • CRB – Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist
  • CRE – Counselor of Real Estate
  • GAA – General Accredited Appraiser
  • GREEN – NAR’s Green Designation
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtor® Institute (administered by South Dakota REALTORS®)
  • PMN – Performance Management Network
  • RCE – Realtor® Association Certified Executive
  • RAA – Resident Accredited Appraiser
  • SRS – Seller Representative Specialist
  • SIOR – Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®
  • SRES – Seniors Real Estate Specialist


  • AHWD – At Home with Diversity
  • BPOR – Broker Price Opinion Resource
  • C-RETS – Certified Real Estate Team Specialist
  • DMSM – Digital Marketing: Social Media
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing
  • MRP – Military Relocation Professional
  • PSA – Pricing Strategy Advisor
  • RENE – Real Estate Negotiation Expert
  • RSPS – Resort & Second Home Property Specialist
  • SFR – Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource
  • SMART – Smart Home