Education is a cornerstone of our Association. Our education series has been created to meet a variety of training needs in the real estate investing industry. As times change our association education changes to reflect the current environment.

Continuous training is paramount to your overall business success. That's why we provide comprehensive educational programs for a broad range of real estate investors, from rehab to rentals, and all of the investing strategies in between.

Give your business an edge by enhancing your knowledge through the education offered at Great Lakes REIA. Gain knowledge from instructors who are successful investors with years of experience in the real estate investing industry, or who are community resources, and supporters of our industry.

They are:

  • Knowledgeable in theory AND application
  • Equipped with industry-leading technology
  • Connected to a nationwide membership network
  • Ethical and committed to upholding the prestige of the Professional Housing Provider designation
  • Equipped with the latest news and information
  • Dedicated to serving the real estate investing community

Speakers range from national speakers to local specialists, to governmental officials. For more details on other ongoing educational programs click here.

Educated investors make the difference to our customers, our residents and the communities in which we invest, our own financial success, and our industry's reputation. Take your skills to the next level - get the knowledge advantage in a constantly changing world. Participate this year and see the difference a Great Lakes REIA education will make!


The National PHP designation is a nationally recognized education-based certification program designed for Real Estate Investors to recognize the high level of knowledge and professionalism among the holders of this designation. It is sponsored and overseen by the National Real Estate Investor’s Association – National REIA.

Why obtain the PHP designation?
Only persons completing the educational requirements will be permitted to hold themselves out to the public as a Professional Housing Provider. The designee will be recognized in the form of an award certificate, pin and the right to use the designation. He or she should recognize that having a basic education in the topics outlined below will increase his or her ability to reach his goals in real estate investment. In addition, the PHP program raises investors’ level of professionalism and status in the eyes of the public and government. It also aids in encouraging legislators to think of educated investors as a larger group for political action.

How will I obtain these hours?
These hours may be obtained through local association meetings and seminars or through courses taught or sponsored by Great Lakes REIA.