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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.

Jan 12 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm GCAR
Instructor: Debbie Isom Learn how to write classes for continuing education credit. *Faculty Development Course
Jan 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Online
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!
Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Online
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!
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm GCAR
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.  
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm GCAR
CE Credits: 3.5 hours Instructor: Bill Alston, Associate Broker Save your deal by completing the purchase correctly!
Jan 31 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm GCAR
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!
Jan 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Online
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!
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm The State Room
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.  
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm GCAR
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) ...
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm GCAR
CE Credit: 3 hours (pending DOS approval) Instructor: Mike Smith, NYSAR Past President and REALTOR® of the Year The class will provide an overview of common environmental issues that are present in residential properties and can affect the real estate transaction. Upon completion, you’ll be able to distinguish challenges for sellers and or buyers that may affect financing, marketability, and usefulness of the affected ...
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
CE Credit: 3 hours (pending DOS approval) Instructor: Mike Smith, NYSAR Past President and REALTOR® of the Year Learn how to deal with simultaneous offers, contingent offers and what you may disclose and may NOT disclose to other agents and customers. Member Registration Non-Member Registration  
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm GCAR
Feb 16 all-day
Have you Been A Member for 40 Years or More? REALTOR® Emeritus Status A REALTOR® Member who has held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR®, REALTOR-Associate®, or both, for a cumulative period of forty (40) years is eligible for REALTOR® Emeritus status.  In addition to the required 40 years of REALTOR® membership, applicants must require proof of one (1) year of service* ...
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am GCAR
Feb 21 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm GCAR
CE Credit: 7.5 hours Instructor: Don Cummins, Esq. Reduce your risk of claims, fines, and lawsuits.
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
CE Credits: 7 Instructors: Rory O’Connor, Mary Peyton, Jeffrey Decatur, Jill Birdsall Take Ethics, Fair Housing, and 1 hour of Agency all in one day to complete 7 Hours of continuing education. 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 ...
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
CE Credits: 3 hours Instructor: Ellen Boyle, Author, National speaker & real estate coach Discover easy solutions for the daily challenges agents deal with in their business.  This energy-charged class will provide attendees with many essential business tools necessary in building a highly successful and professional career. Attendees will learn how often the smallest change can make the biggest difference. Member Registration Non-Member Registration
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm GCAR
CE Credits: 3 hours Instructor: Ellen Boyle, Author, National speaker & real estate coach Attendees will learn how to use the CODE to help grow their business, secure listings, work better with the sellers, work professionally with buyers, win negotiations and improve relationships with cooperating agents. This upbeat class will highlight many specific Articles from the REALTORS® CODE OF ETHICS with an accent on ...
Mar 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join the Eastern NY Regional MLS for a day filled with information on the MLS Products you use! Ask questions directly from the vendors; learn new techniques and tools to navigate your products more efficiently! More information on location, vendors, and topics will be available soon!
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
CE Credits: 3 hours Instructor: Len Elder, DREI, JD, CDEI We are going to be discussing everything from suburban properties and millennials to drones and the nature of today and tomorrow’s clients. You can’t afford to miss this avalanche of well-researched insight into our business along with practical “How To” tips of what should you be doing to take the most advantage of all ...
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm GCAR
CE Credits: 3 hours Instructor: Len Elder, DREI, JD, CDEI This class will highlight the obligation to uphold and elevate professionalism in the real estate industry and prepare them to better protect the interests of the public when using the internet and technology tools that consumers are utilizing today. Attendees will learn how to make their actions and communications with clients compliant with statutes, ...
Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm
You know the old saying, “sometimes you have to spend money to make money”. Well, this webinar will show you how by making some minimal investments in the right technologies, it can actually make you much more efficient and therefore actually make you money!!
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
Collaborative Realtor® Safety Class Safety Matters: Safe Business = Smart Business Safe systems Your personal safety toolkit Property showing safety Open house and model home safety Showing vacant properties Social Media–Are you revealing too much? Flight or fight? Escape the situation Should you try to defend or arm yourself? Sponsored by GCAR and Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association CE Credits: 1 Member Registration ...
Mar 21 @ 3:00 pm
In a prior webinar, TaxBot’s Sandy Botkin did break down what the new Tax Code really means for real estate.  Well in this follow up session, he will discuss with Amy Smythe-Harris how to take this knowledge and help you prepare for the upcoming tax season!
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm GCAR
CE Credits: 6 hours Instructor: Rebecca Jones, NYS Appraiser and USPAP instructor Lunch sponsored by Cutco Closing Gifts Come learn what influences the property value, how old the comparable should be, what needs to be adjusted, and how this information can best serve your customers and clients. Come let us show you how the appraiser gets those figures!  Please bring your calculator.  Hands-on cases studies.
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