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Education Schedule

Education is the foundation for professionalism in the real estate industry. GCAR’s school, The Real Estate Professional’s Institute, offers a skill-building calendar to meet the NY Department of State and the National Association of REALTORS’ education requirements. Classes are offered throughout the Capital District and at our headquarters located at 451 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Class Cancellation Policy: Cancel at least 24 hours in advance using the online cancelation process shown below. Members who register for a class and do not show are charged a $25 cancellation fee.

To cancel your class registration, complete the following steps:

  1. Sign in to Member Services

  2. Enter your Login ID (the same # used to log into Paragon) & Password (initially the word ‘password’ until you change it)

  3. Under Personal Services, click on ‘Your Education History’

  4. Then click on ‘Classes You are registered for’

  5. On the right side of the page you’ll see a cancellation link, click it.

  6. Then click ‘Submit Cancellation.’ There is a ten-second delay before it notes that you have canceled

  7. If you don’t see a cancellation link then you are within the 24 hour period where you need to pay the $25 cancellation fee

How to be added to a class waitlist: Call GCAR reception at 518-464-0191 and ask to be added to a class waitlist.

Too many class receipts when signing up?  No need to call, the database only recognizes you once, you are not taking up multiple spots!

Credit policy: To obtain continuing education (CE) credit for any class, you must arrive on time and sign in plus, stay for the duration of the class and sign out in observance of DOS’ requirements.

Photo and video release: Registering for a class grants us your consent to reproduce, edit, broadcast or rebroadcast any video, film, soundtrack recording and photo reproductions of yourself and/or your narrative account of your experience within said activities, for publication, display, or exhibition thereof in promotions, advertising, education, and legitimate business uses without any compensation to, and/or claim by you.

Writers Workshop @ GCAR
Jan 12 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Instructor: Debbie Isom
Learn how to write classes for continuing education credit. *Faculty Development Course

Make 2018 the Year YOU Overcome Your Fear of Technology @ Online
Jan 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

What is the #1 reason people are held back by technology? In a word, its FEAR.
In this session, Craig will show you some tips and tricks that will help you and show you how to overcome it & finally conquer technology in 2018!

Securing Your Social Media Accounts in 2018 @ Online
Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Social media accounts get hacked all the time & are then used in social engineering scams against your contacts.  In this session, Juanita will teach you how to protect your Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn accounts from these scams and more!

GRI 6 – Sellers @ GCAR
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

CE Credit: 7.5 hours
Instructor: Linda D’Amico, GRI, ePRO, MRP, PSA
Secure and represent sellers from listing proposal through closing. From CMA, pricing and positioning discussions to marketing, showing and negotiating, in this course you’ll learn to guide sellers through the process competently, ethically, and legally.

Satisfies 2 hours NYS DOS Agency requirement.


The Purchase Contract: What every REALTOR® Should Know! @ GCAR
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

CE Credits: 3.5 hours

Instructor: Bill Alston, Associate Broker

Save your deal by completing the purchase correctly!

The Listing Agreement: What Every REALTOR® Should Know! @ GCAR
Jan 31 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

CE Credits: 3 hours

Instructor: Bill Alston, Associate Broker

For the benefit of the client and the deal, complete the form properly and save yourself a migraine!

Top 5 Marketing Tips for 2018 @ Online
Jan 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Marketing constantly changes & evolves, so what worked last year isn’t guaranteed to work now. Catch this webinar & Warren will teach you the big marketing tips & trends for 2018!

Installation of GCAR Officers @ The State Room
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Each year the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® comes together to look back on the past year, celebrate personal and professional accomplishments, and to look ahead towards the future of the association and its members.


NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings @ Desmond Hotel
Feb 4 – Feb 8 all-day
Technology and Marketing Real Estate Certification (TAMREC) @ GCAR
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm

Thursday, February 8

  • Working Today’s Hyper-Connected Consumer (9:00am – 1:00pm)
    • Today’s consumers have access to more information and tools and are more mobile than ever before.  The combination of these technologies has created a new breed of customer who is more educated, less patient and less loyal than the consumers of the past.

  • How Technology Can Ruin Your Real Estate Business (2:00pm – 5:00pm)
    • This session is intended to help today’s REALTOR® steer themselves and their clients through the perilous legal, online, and social media world, plus personal and computer safety tips.

Friday, February 9

  • Servicing Your Customer Properly with Google and the Cloud (9:00am – 1:00pm)
    • Today’s consumer has little patience and is very demanding with high expectations. As a real estate practitioner, you can’t slow down because you are out of the office or don’t have your computer with you. You need to be just as productive in the field or even while on vacation as you are in your office. Learn how!

  • Assisting the Overwhelmed Multi-generational Consumer (2:00pm – 5:00pm)
    • This session will explore how consumers are changing and what marketing techniques and tools you can implement for little or no cost and that require little technical skill or knowledge.

$99 GCAR members/$185 non-members for all 4 classes

CE Credit: 14 hours

Instructor: Craig Grant, Real Estate Technology Institute

This program will make participants aware of important resources and develop a better understanding of the tools, rules, and regulations and how to leverage the advantages of using technology to help them excel in today’s real estate world. This program is perfect to prepare a real estate practitioner who is new to the business or re-educate a seasoned veteran on the fast-moving technology side of the business.

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