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Education Schedule

Education is now included with your GCAR membership.

GCAR’s school, The Real Estate Professionals’ Institute is pleased to offer a skill-building calendar that will increase your knowledge and drive up your business! You can take continuing education courses, designations, and seminars free of charge!

Classes are offered in Saratoga, Malta, Schenectady, and Troy, as well as our training room in Albany. If we offer the class, we’ll track it for you too. All the classes you take through GCAR are recorded in the ‘class history’ section of your membership file. Log in to the GCAR membership portal, click on class history, and you can see all the classes and credits you have taken.

Class Cancellation Policy: Cancel at least 24 hours in advance. No shows 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.

GCAR Volunteer Reception
Dec 13 all-day

More details coming soon…

Safety Class (1 CE) @ GCAR
Dec 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Cost: $15


• In a recent NAR survey, 48% of REALTORS® stated they’ve been in situations where they feared for their personal safety/information. Therefore, it’s wise to be alert and have a safety plan in place, talk to your Broker to learn your company’s safety protocol.

• GCAR is offering a one-hour safety video that reviews safety steps and advice. You’ll receive one (1) hour of continuing education when you attend the proctored session at GCAR. Bring your own lunch and learn some valuable information & receive CE.

Dec 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm


  • 3 hours of CE
  • Instructor: Richard Ferro
Ethics for REALTORS® @ The Holiday Inn
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


  • 3 hours of CE
  • Instructor: Rory O’Connor
Trade Show Committee Meeting @ GCAR
Dec 26 @ 3:44 pm – 4:44 pm
SOLD OUT Aim 4 Success @ GCAR
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

♦ CE Credits: 3

♦ Instructor: Jeremias Maneiro

♦ You will become a mobile road warrior by breaking the chains to the office and becoming an agent in motion. A.) We will discuss the different options on how to go paperless and how to get electronic signatures. B.) How to incorporate video into your business, communicate better with clients, and give them the ability to view properties remotely. C.) Mobile presentations using iPad or other mobile devices. D.) App-it-up. An in-depth discussion about what apps are the best for real estate agents to better serve their clients.

SOLD OUT Video Bootcamp @ GCAR
Jan 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

♦ CE Credits: 3

♦ Instructor: Jeremias Maneiro

♦ This is a highly interactive and in-depth video bootcamp for real estate agents. All aspects of video will be discussed starting with equipment, programs, and an apps list that will be sent out ahead of time so that the students can be taught how to use them and leave the program with the skills to succeed. We will create and edit videos in the class. We will also demonstrate how to create a YouTube channel and optimize it to maximize your SEO. We will finish off with each student doing a LIVE video on different social media platforms. Students will better understand the how of LIVE video but also the WHY and how to get to the top of the news feed on all social media.

Increase Home Worth- Understanding the Renovation Lending Process & Benefits @ GCAR
Jan 16 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

♦ CE Credits: 3

♦ Instructor: Matt Hemphill, Regional Manager, HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc.

♦ Discover the several different residential home renovation products available on the market today. The focus will be on the lower down payment renovation products currently available. These products allow home buyers to get into and renovate homes at a reasonable price, ultimately ending up with a home worth significantly more than the original purchase price.

SOLD OUT Safety for Realtors @ Hyatt Place Saratoga
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

♦ CE Credits: 2

♦ Instructors: Patrick Hussey and Bruce McClellan

♦ Presented by Personal Safety Services with Patrick Hussey, a black belt in karate with 35 years of experience in the martial arts. The course includes 45-minutes of hands-on self-defense training and 45 minutes of lecture and Q & A. YOU WILL RECEIVE A FREE SAFETY GIFT, a ‘Vigilant Personal Alarm’. Wear your work clothing- no sweating in this class- just practical information to use right away! Limited to 20 people.

SOLD OUT Facebook Pages: Building a Facebook Presence for your Business, Creating Content, and Advertising @ GCAR
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

♦ CE Credits: 0

♦ Instructor: Nicole Parker

♦ This course will walk you through the steps of creating a Business Facebook Page, building an audience, posting, and creating content. We will also explore creating and managing advertisements on Facebook. In order to participate, a personal Facebook page is required. Please bring your computer or tablet, as well as your cell phone.

♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.

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