Designations & Certifications
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has nine affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils that provide a wide-ranging menu of programs and services that assist REALTORS® in increasing skills, productivity and knowledge. Designations acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by each Affiliated group upon completion of required courses. In addition, NAR offers five certification programs to its members.
Accredited Buyer Representative
With over 40,000 members, REBAC is the largest association of real estate professionals focusing on all aspects of buyer representation. Over 30,000 ABR® designees have completed the REBAC course, passed the test and provided documentation of buyer agency experience.
REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council)
Contact REBAC, 1-800-648-6224 or visit the REBAC Web site.
REALTORS® With The ABR Designation
Accredited Buyer Representative Manager
Geared to real estate firm brokers, owners and managers that have or wish to incorporate buyer representation into their daily practice, designees have taken and passed both the ABR® and ABRMSM course and provided documentation of past management experience.
REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council)
Contact REBAC at 1-800-648-6224 or visit the REBAC Web site.
REALTORS® With The ABRM Designation
Accredited Land Consultant
Experts recognized in land brokerage transaction areas of five specialized types: (1) farms and ranches; (2) undeveloped tracts of land; (3) transitional land; (4) subdivision and wholesaling of lots; and (5) site selection and assemblage of land parcels.
REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI)
Contact the Accredited Land Consultant at 1-800-441-5263, e-mail RLI, or visit the RLI Web site.
At Home With Diversity
A ground-breaking professional education initiative designed to provide America's real estate professionals with training and tools to expand their business as well as home ownership opportunities for more Americans. AHWD certification relays to the public that those certified have been professionally trained in and are sensitive to a wide range of cultural issues inviting a wider volume of business from a greater variety of cultures.
REALTORS® With The AHWD Designation
Broker Price Opinion Resource
The current housing market presents many challenges to our real estate industry, few more important than valuation. Evaluating properties depends more than ever on professional expertise and competence, the best use of technology, and a commitment to approach the valuation assignment from all pertinent perspectives. “BPOs: The Agent’s Role in the Valuation Process” is specifically designed to help residential real estate agents and brokers enhance their skills in creating BPOs, reducing risk, and applying alternative valuation techniques.
REALTORS® With The BPOR Designation
Certified Commercial Investment Member
CCIMs are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, valuation and investment analysis. The CCIM business network includes more than 7,500 designees and an equal number of candidates principally in North America, but also in Asia and Europe. CCIMs are backed by a respected education program, as well as superior technology products and business resources.
Contact CCIM Institute at 1-800-621-7027, or visit the CCIM Web site.
REALTORS® With The CCIM Designation
Certified International Property Specialist
The CIPS network is comprised of 1,500 real estate professionals from 50 countries who deal in all types of real estate, but with one common element: they are focused specifically on the 'international' market. Whether traveling abroad to put deals together, assisting foreign investors, helping local buyers invest abroad, or serving an immigrant niche in local markets, CIPS designees are consumers' best resource to ensure they are dealing with a professional skilled in the unique aspects of international real estate.
Contact the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Customer Service at 1-800-874-6500, e-mail NAR International or visit the CIPS Education Web site.
REALTORS® With The CIPS Designation
Certified Property Manager
Acquire valuable real estate management skills through educational offerings leading to the CPM® designation. CPM® members have the competitive edge in every area of real estate management from residential to commercial to industrial.
Contact the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) at 1-800-837-0706, Ext. 4650 or visit the IREM Web site.
REALTORS® With The CPM Designation
Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager
The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation is recognized industry-wide as the measure of success in brokerage and real estate business management. The designation is awarded by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers to REALTORS® who have completed the Council's advanced educational and professional requirements. CRB designees consistently increase their level of industry knowledge, advance their earning and career potential, increase their firm’s profitability and benefit from active involvement in our network of real estate professionals. The new CRB Designation Program now provides credit for management experience, higher education and previously earned NAR designations. Additional credits can be earned through the Council's management education programs delivered live or by Self Study on CD-ROM.
Contact the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers at 1-800-621-8738 or visit the CRB Web site.
REALTORS® With The CRB Designation
Certified Residential Specialist
Agents can maximize their potential by earning the CRS Designation and joining the organization that has served top-producing residential sales agents since 1977. The more than 35,000 CRS® Designees benefit from nationwide referral opportunities, a professional image that attracts customers, and sales and marketing support. The CRS® Designation is awarded to experienced REALTORS® who complete advanced training in listing and selling, and meet rigorous production requirements.
Contact Certified Residential Specialist® at 1-800-462-8841 or visit the CRS Web site.
REALTORS® With The CRS Designation
Counselor of Real Estate
The Counselor of Real Estate - or CRE - is a member of the Counselors of Real Estate, an international group of recognized professionals who provide seasoned, objective advice on real property and land-related matters. Only 1,000 practitioners throughout the world carry the CRE designation. Membership is by invitation only.
Contact the Counselors of Real Estate at 1-312-329-8427 or visit the CRE Web site.
REALTORS® With The CRE Designation
Graduate, REALTOR® Institute
Members primarily involved in residential real estate wanting to increase their knowledge and skills in a broad array of technical subjects and the fundamentals of real estate participate in the REALTOR® Institute, graduate program to earn the GRI designation. The program also provides opportunities to develop important business contacts. The GRI is a nationally recognized designation of the National Association of Realtors®. For more information, visit the new GRI Web site.
REALTORS® With The GRI Designation
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Green Designation is the definition of green professionalism, excellence, and leadership for today’s real estate practitioners. Specifically designed to address the educational needs of practitioners in residential, commercial, and property management markets, this training program is a true cross-over designation and the only green designation recognized by NAR.
The Green REsource Council
Established by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the Green REsource Council serves real estate professionals by providing comprehensive training and access to cutting-edge resources and tools as well as promoting green excellence, leadership, and consumer awareness within and across multiple real estate disciplines. Practitioners who complete the 3-day program are awarded NAR's Green Designation, the only green training program recognized by the NAR.
For information on the Green Designation, contact the Green REsource Council or visit the Green Resource Council Web site.
REALTORS® With The GREEN Designation
e-PRO® is a revolutionary training program presented entirely online to certify real estate agents and brokers as Internet Professionals. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is the first major trade group to offer certification for online professionalism.
e-PRO® is not just about technology - it's about how you can leverage your most powerful asset, your people-skills, into doing more business on the Internet.
e-PRO® gives you:
- Exhaustive Internet Training
- Unique Competitive Advantage
- Professional Distinction
- CE credit is now available in several states
For more information on the e-PRO® certification, visit the REALTOR e-PRO® Web site.
REALTORS® With The ePRO Designation
Performance Management Network
The Performance Management Network (PMN) is a new REALTOR® designation that’s built from the ground up to bring you the real-world skills, the know-how and the tools that will keep your business out front and on top of a lighting-fast market. This designation is unique to the REALTOR® family designations, focusing on the idea that in order to enhance your business, you must enhance yourself. The curriculum is driven by the following topics: negotiating strategies and tactics, networking and referrals, business planning & systems, personal performance management and cultural differences in buying and selling.
Women's Council of REALTORS®
Contact the WCR Education Department, 1-800-245-8512 or visit the WCR Web site.
REALTORS® With The PMN Designation
Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist
RSPS certification is offered by NAR Resort for resort and second-home professionals around the world. REALTORS® specializing in resort and second-home markets and interested in demonstrating their knowledge and expertise should pursue the RSPS certification. The RSPS core certification requirement includes the NAR Resort & Second-Home Market Course. RSPS applicants will also choose from twenty three different elective choices including courses from the NAR Education Matrix and the NAR Resort Symposium held every 18 months.
REALTORS® With The RSPS Designation
Seniors Real Estate Specialist
The Senior Advantage Real Estate Council®, "SAREC", offers a specific designation, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, "SRES®", to identify those members who have successfully completed its education program along with other prerequisites. REALTORS with the "SRES" designation help seniors make wise decisions about selling the family home, buying rental property or managing the capital gains and tax implications of owning real estate. By earning the "SRES" designation, the REALTOR has demonstrated that they have the requisite knowledge, experience and expertise to be a senior's real estate specialist and counselor.
Contact the SRES Council at 1-800-500-4564 or visit the SRES Web site.
REALTORS® With The SRES Designation
Short Sales & Foreclosures Resource
For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new "traditional" real estate transaction. Knowing how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities are not merely good skills to have in today's market — they are critical. And while short sales and foreclosures are not for the faint of heart, agents with the proper tools and training can use these specialty areas to build their business for the long term. REALTORS® with the SFR certification can be a trusted resource for short sales and foreclosures. Your ability to close short sales and foreclosures depends in part on your confidence in seeing these transactions through.
REALTORS® With The SFR Designation
Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®
Individuals certified with the SIOR designation are top producers in industrial and office real estate brokerage, representing more than 800 offices in over 350 cities worldwide. The Society's mandatory recertification requirement assures clients of the designee's excellence in the fast changing commercial brokerage field.
Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®
Contact Membership at 1-202-449-8200 or visit the SIOR Web site.
REALTORS® With The SIOR Designation
Specialist in Real Estate Securities
Specialist in Real Estate Securities (SRS) awarded by Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institute of the National Associations of REALTORS®. This designation recognized the high level of knowledge and professionalism and experience in the real estate investment and securities field.
REALTORS® With The SRS Designation