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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.

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Education Committee Meeting @ GCAR
Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Fabulous Floors @ Hyatt Place Malta
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm

Cost: $25

• Nov 7: 9am – 3pm
• Nov 8: 9am – 12pm

• CE Credits: 9 hours

• REALTORS® Should Understand Flooring Basics
Flooring is expensive, and if it has to be replaced a potential buyer might ask their REALTOR® what type of flooring should they purchase? Or, maybe your buyer doesn’t understand why laminate wood is being used instead of hardwood. Knowing just a little bit about flooring can help you keep or make a deal.

Our sponsor, Mohawk Flooring, will be giving away several Echo Dots during the class and an Echo Show during the cocktail reception.


  • Receive an extra 7 hours of CE with a requirements course day that covers: Fair Housing, Ethics and 1 hour of Agency that expires at the end of 2020.
  • Your contact info will be listed in the international magazine, Fabulous Floors
  • Submit your REALTOR® stories to the magazine
  • Discounts on products from local Retailers

Stay after class for fun and networking!

Join us after class, November 7th for a meet and greet with local flooring retailers, consumers, and builders. There will be a chance to win an Echo Show and a free ethics class. You will also receive one drink ticket.

 Lisbeth Calandrino
Lisbeth Calandrino is considered a floorcovering expert and has recently been recognized by Floor Covering News as one of the top ten people making a difference in the flooring industry. For the past twenty years, she has produced flooring training classes for major manufacturers and retailers including Mohawk Industries and The Home Depot. As a certified independent flooring inspector, she is technically savvy on maintenance, warranties, and flooring problems. Lisbeth is currently Associate Publisher of Fabulous Floors Magazine and author of Red Hot Customer Service.

GCAR has underwritten the cost of this course so it be can be offered at a discounted rate.

Member Mixer @ Hyatt Place Malta
Nov 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Meet and greet with local flooring retailers, consumers, and builders following the Fabulous Floors class.
There will be a chance to win an Echo Show and a free ethics class.
Light refreshments will be provided and you will receive one drink ticket.
Sponsored by Mohawk Flooring.
Broker Orientation @ GCAR
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SOLD OUT Ethics, Fair Housing, Agency @ GCAR
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: $40 members/$85 non-members

• Take Ethics, Fair Housing, and 1 hour of Agency all in one day to complete 7 Hours of continuing education.

• CE Credits: 7

• Instructors: Rory O’Connor, Mary Peyton, Jeffrey Decatur, Jill Birdsall

  • Every REALTOR® must complete Ethics by December 2018 – we are in cycle 5 (new 2-year requirement by NAR)
  • Every REALTOR® must complete Fair Housing prior to renewing their license
  • Every REALTOR® MUST COMPLETE 1 HOUR OF Agency if licensed for 3+ years (2 hours if in first two years of licensing)
Paint and Sip @ Il Faro
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of merriment, wine tasting, hors-d’oeuvres, and painting festive glassware. Your admission fee will benefit RPAC. Register in advance, tickets will be $35 at the door.


Contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS, the New York State Association of REALTORS or any of its local boards or associations will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed. 70% of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates. Until your NYSAR PAC reaches its PAC goal, 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a; after NYSAR PAC reaches its RPAC goal, it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.  

Annual Meeting @ Park Manor Hotel
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.

2019 Slate of GCAR Officers and Directors
In accordance with Article XI Section 4 of the bylaws of the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® a Nominating Committee was appointed by President Sommers and approved by the Board of Directors. The Committee was charged with the preparation of a slate of officers and directors for 2019. The Committee met and reports the following proposed candidates for 2019:
Officers Nominated 
Tom McGroder, President-Elect • Term expires: December 2019
Jeffrey Decatur, Secretary-Treasurer • Term expires: December 2019
Directors Nominated
Kirsten Blanchard • Term expires: December 2021
Christopher Culihan • Term expires: December 2021
Michelle Poccia • Term expires: December 2021
Kathleen Sullivan • Term expires: December 2021
Cynthia Quade • Term expires: December 2019
NYSAR Directors
Rory O’Connor • Term expires: December 2019
Kathleen Sullivan • Term expires: December 2020
Nina Amadon • Term expires:  December 2021
Janet Besheer • Term expires:  December 2021
Cathy Griffin • Term expires:  December 2021
Those previously elected or serving in accordance with the Bylaws:       
Jay Christiana, President • Term expires: December 2019
Susan Sommers, Past President • Term expires: December 2019
Additional candidates for office may be placed in nomination by petition signed by at least 50 REALTOR® members eligible to vote. The petition shall be filed with the Secretary-Treasurer at least two weeks before the Annual Meeting. Notice of any additional nominations shall be provided in advance of the meeting to all members eligible to vote.
Bylaw Amendment Notice
Each year the National Association of REALTORS® requires local associations to review their bylaws for accuracy and currency and to make any amendments mandated by NAR and necessary as a result of changes in practices at the state or local level.
While NAR has mandated changes and suggestions (appear in red), the Bylaws Review Workgroup and the GCAR directors amended some items and sections to update and more closely identify with the strategic plan and the operations of GCAR (appear in yellow highlight).
New Member Orientation @ GCAR
Nov 28 all-day
Trade Show Committee Meeting @ GCAR
Nov 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Programs, Products, and Partners for 1st Time Home Buyers @ GCAR
Nov 29 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

• Cost: $40 GCAR members/$55 non-members

•REALTORS® will learn about the particular needs of first-time homebuyers, the programs, and products that are available to them and how to access these resources.  Topics include down payment assistance programs, mortgage products, construction/rehabilitation products, and housing and financial counseling/education.

• CE Credits: 3 hours

• Instructor: Carlton Troeger

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