— by Grace Smith, GTR Education Director
The Professional Development Committee has been busy planning for 2018! In keeping with the association’s strategic goals, the education department will increase course offerings, provide a wide variety of classes and events with top-notch instructors and expand the education benefit to allow for additional opportunities for all members of GTR.
In 2018, the Professional Development Committee (PDC) will highlight the prestigious Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI). Offering the GRI at a lower cost to the member is important to the committee. In 2018,
members of GTR will be able to obtain the GRI for under $400! For our newest members, the 100 series of GRI also fulfills the 45-hour post license requirement and can be completed for only $99. We will offer the 100 series four times in 2018 and the 200 and 300 series will be offered twice. This means that every GRI student can complete the designation within six months.
Continuing education is paramount to the success of our members. Not only will you be able to purchase the 14-hour package during renewal times, but you can also complete individual CE classes throughout the year at no cost to you. GTR has expanded and increased our free CE and non-CE classes and will provide close to 400 classes and trainings this year!
Certifications and designations are one of our key educational components and we will ramp up the offerings in 2018. Next year, you will be able to earn the following certifications/designations right here at GTR: At Home with Diversity (AHWD), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), Military Relocation Professional (MRP), Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS), Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) and NAR’s GREEN designation.
GTR will also increase its offsite courses in 2018. Quarterly, we will host classes in each of the three high REALTOR® concentration areas to provide educational opportunities to our members who live throughout
Hillsborough County. This will allow our members to attend some of our classes without having to fight traffic.
The PDC is also ramping up our partnership with our online vendor, the CE Shop. We have purchased hundreds of classes to be used as giveaways, prizes and rewards for our members. This initiative promotes
the CE Shop and helps GTR reach our members who are unable to attend our in-person classes. We will also promote the CE Shop monthly flash sales in our e-Connections e-blasts.
GTR will begin building a video library in 2018 with quarterly webinars hosted by Craig Grant, CEO of the Real Estate Technology Institute. These 45-minute to hour-long webinars will feature hot topics in the world
of real estate technology.
For our newest members, we will have a quarterly series of classes that you can attend to learn more about working with buyers, sellers, contracts and more. These classes will be highlighted in the weekly
e-Connections. As you can see, exciting things are coming in 2018! Keep an eye on the calendar at TampaRealtors.org/Calendar for the most updated schedule of classes and events.