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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.

Sep 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am GCAR
Cost: $45 • CE Credit: 2 • 45 minutes presentation taught by Bruce McClellan & Katie Hauser • 45 minutes of self-defense instruction taught by Patrick Hussey, 7th-degree black belt • Free gift: Vigilant personal alarm Learn how to: Avoid risk on the job Improve situational awareness What to do if something goes wrong Instructor: Bruce McClellan, Katie Hauser, and Patrick Hussey
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
Cost: $40 • Learn the different types of negotiations and negotiators and how to overcome price and commission objections. Learn negotiating tips and tactics. • CE Credits: 3 • Instructor: Richard Ferro
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
Cost: $35 members/$55 non-members • This class will help you negotiate the ethical and strategic paths through multiple offers in the way that they commonly occur. Learn how to deal with simultaneous offers, contingent offers and what you may disclose and may not disclose to other agents and customers. An organized approach to multiple offers means fewer consumer complaints, too. • CE Credit: 3 hours ...
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
Cost: $35 members/$55 non-members • Provide top-notch service with NYS Disclosure Forms: Prevent litigation or failed transactions, Learn about liability issues, Update your knowledge base, if you think you don’t need this class you do! CE Credit: 3 hours Instructor: Mike Smith, NYSAR Past President and REALTOR® of the Year
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – Sep 28 @ 5:30 pm GCAR
This class is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, contact • Cost: $345 members/$375 non-members • CE Credits: 22.5 hours with fair housing, 2 hours of Agency, and 2.5 hours of ethics • Instructors: Don Scanlon, CRB, GRI, CBR • BUYER REPRESENTATION AS A BUYER’S AGENT has been a “niche” market since the 1990’s. The CBR was ...
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm GCAR
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm GCAR
Cost: $40 members/$65 non members • Save your deal by completing the purchase correctly! • CE Credits: 3.5 hours • Instructor: Bill Alston, Associate Broker
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
Cost: $110 until 9/20/$120 after • Come to 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. • CE Credits: 6 hours • Instructor: Rebecca Jones, NYS Appraiser and USPAP ...
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm GCAR
Cost: $85 members/$100 non-members • CE Credits: 7.5 hours • 1 hour of fair housing • Instructor: Richard Carr • Create passive income by buying and holding multi-unit properties & flipping houses • House flipping basics • Bank owned properties • Prep work of purchasing a bank-owned property • Property acquisition checklist • Doing your homework on a property • Repairs • Rehab walkthrough checklist • ...
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm GCAR
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
Cost: $40 members/$55 non-members • Learn all about Green concepts and construction: Why green buildings are so important, The Real Estate Professionals role, Building rating systems, Energy Star, Green Globes and LEED, Specific issues and solutions, The economics, Return on Investments, • CE Credits: 3 • Instructor: Richard Ferro
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – Oct 11 @ 4:30 pm GCAR
Cost: $175 • CE Credit: 13 • This new 2-day Course is an interactive experience to help negotiators elevate their game! The course examines all types of negotiation formats and methods so that today’s negotiators can play the game to win. A full spectrum of tips, tools, techniques, and advantages will be provided so that negotiators can provide effective results for their client. The ...
Oct 15 @ 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. ...
Oct 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Rivers Casino
Cost: $45 members/$65 non-members • 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 the WHY & the HOW.  Attendees will gain a ...
Oct 18 @ 12:30 pm Rivers Casino
All successful REALTORS® attribute NETWORKING as the number one reason for hitting their income mark! The Trade Show is the biggest networking event that GCAR organizes to help your business grow! SCHEDULE 9:30am – 12:30pm  Cash in the Code with Ellen Boyle $45 members/$65 non-members* Learn how to use the Code of Ethics to help grow your business, secure listings, work better with sellers, ...
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm GCAR
Lunch provided and sponsored by Verner Inspections Services. Panelists Christine Marchesiello, Keller Williams Capital District Rachel Henley, Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. Jeffery Decatur, RE/MAX Capital Chris Culihan, Coldwell Banker Prime Properties All proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Albany
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm GCAR
Cost: $40 members, $60 non-members • For the benefit of the client and the deal, complete the form properly and save yourself a migraine! • CE Credits: 3 hours • Instructor: Bill Alston, Associate Broker
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm GCAR
Cost: $125 members/$150 non-members • Capitalize on what sets REALTORS® apart from real estate licensees. Satisfies NAR’s mandatory ethics training requirement. • CE Credits: 7.5 • Instructors: Joseph Whittington, GRI
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
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