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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.

Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm Hyatt Place Malta
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. ...
Nov 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Hyatt Place Malta
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.
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm GCAR
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 ...
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Il Faro
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 ...
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Park Manor Hotel
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 ...
Nov 29 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm GCAR
• 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
Dec 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Bill Alston ♦ Want to avoid problems at closing? A canceled contract? The need for an addendum? Title work to be redone? An appraisal being amended? Learn how to complete these vital contracts correctly the first time and sale smoothly through your closing!
Dec 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
Cost: $40 • Every REALTOR® must complete Ethics by December 2018 – we are in cycle 5 – a new 2-year requirement by NAR. • CE Credits: 3 • Instructor: Richard Ferro
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
  3 hours of CE Instructor: Richard Ferro
Dec 13 all-day
More details coming soon…
Dec 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm GCAR
Cost: $15 • BE ALERT-HAVE A PLAN • 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. ...
Dec 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm GCAR
  3 hours of CE Instructor: Richard Ferro
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm The Holiday Inn
  3 hours of CE Instructor: Rory O’Connor
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
♦ 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 ...
Jan 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm GCAR
♦ 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 ...
Jan 16 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm GCAR
♦ 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 ...
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am Hyatt Place Saratoga
♦ 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 ...
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm GCAR
♦ 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 ...
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Jeffrey Decatur ♦ Learn advanced techniques for the Eastern NY Regional MLS system: Saving searches, auto emailing, CRS auto fill, customizing your email signature and much more! ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.  
Feb 1 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Lisbeth Calandrino ♦ Learn why historic home property values appreciate significantly faster in a good market and appreciate equivalent to the market in a bad market. Find out how historic homes obtain their designation; features of historic homes and what makes them valuable. Learn how to locate historic homes, neighborhood associations and historic societies; discover their influence and ...
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Bill Alston ♦ Want to avoid problems at closing? A canceled contract? The need for an addendum? Title work to be redone? An appraisal being amended? Learn how to complete these vital contracts correctly the first time and sale smoothly through your closing! ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.
Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Bill Alston ♦ Want to avoid problems at closing? A canceled contract? The need for an addendum? Title work to be redone? An appraisal being amended? Learn how to complete these vital contracts correctly the first time and sale smoothly through your closing! ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.
Feb 7 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Jennifer Vucetic ♦ Dive deeper into the Paragon features you use daily; creating CMA’s, more in-depth information on searches and their results and a whole lot more! ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credits: 6 ♦ Instructor: Linda Page ♦ Gain a full understanding of the conduct of ethics and arbitration hearings, enforcement procedures, and disciplinary guidelines. Learn about the mediation process and its benefits. Explore the mandatory Ombudsman program and citation options. ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.
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