Designations and Certifications

REALTOR® Family Designation Programs

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has nine affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils that provide a wide-ranging menu of programs and services that assist members 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.

ABR, 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, 800/648-6224, or visit the REBAC Web site.

ALC, Accredited Land Consultant

ALC's are the recognized experts in land brokerage transactions of five specialized types: (1) farms and ranches; (2) undeveloped tracts of land; (3) transitional and development land; (4) subdivision and wholesaling of lots; and (5) site selection and assemblage of land parcels. Acquire valuable skills through educational offerings leading to the ALC designation.

REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI)
For information on the ALC designation call 800/441-5263, visit the RLI Web site or e-mail rli@realtors.org.

CCIM, 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.

CCIM Institute
Call 800/621-7027, visit the CCIM Web site.

CIPS, 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.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Call NAR Customer Service at 800/874-6500, e-mail NAR International or visit the CIPS Education page.

CPM,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.

Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
Contact Customer Service at 800/837-0706, ext. 4650 or visit the IREM Web site.

CRB, 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.

Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers
For more information, contact CRB, call 800/621-8738 or visit the CRB Web site.

CRS®, 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.

Council of Residential Specialists
Contact Customer Services at 800/462-8841, visit the CRS Web site.

CRE, 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 1,100 practitioners throughout the world carry the CRE designation. Membership is by invitation only.

Counselors of Real Estate
Call 312/329-8427 or visit the CRE Web site

GAA, General Accredited Appraiser

Certified general appraisers wishing to increase their visibility should consider pursuing the GAA designation. The GAA designation is awarded to appraisers whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Call 800/874-6500 ext. 8393 or visit the NAR Appraisal page.

NAR's Green Designation / GREEN

The National Association of REALTORS® created NAR's Green Designation to provide ongoing education, resources and tools so that real estate practitioners can successfully seek out, understand, and market properties with green features. Register to take the new, completely residential-focused NAR Green Designation. The innovative program offers specific themes, ranging from sustainability, green building science and business applications. Green your practice, and your bottom line.

Presented by 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 NAR. For information on NAR's Green Designation, e-mail greendesignation@realtors.org, call 800/498-9422, or visit www.GreenREsourceCouncil.org.

GRI Graduate REALTOR Institute

Members involved in residential real estate who want a solid base of information for their practice will want to participate in the REALTOR® Institute program and earn the GRI designation.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Contact your State REALTOR® Association for course dates and locations or go to the listing of State REALTOR® Associations available here.

NAR maintains a clearinghouse of information for individuals interested in the GRI program. For more information, visit the new GRI site.

PMN, 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, 800/245-8512 or visit the WCR Web site.

RCE, REALTOR® Association Certified Executive

Association executives interested in demonstrating commitment to the field of REALTOR® association management should pursue the RCE designation. AEs are recognized for their specialized industry knowledge and their association achievements and experience.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Contact Renee Holland, 312/329-8545. More information can be found at the Association Executives Homepage.

Residential Accredited Appraiser

Certified residential appraisers wishing to increase their visibility should consider pursuing the RAA designation. The RAA designation is awarded to appraisers whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Call 800/874-6500, ext. 8393, or visit the NAR Appraisal page.

SRES®, Seniors Real Estate Specialist

The SRES® Designation program trains REALTORS® to profitably and ethically serve the real estate needs of clients age 50+. Includes first year membership in SRES Council and its umbrella of services.

SRES Council
Call 800-500-4564 or visit the SRES Web site.

SIOR, Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®

Individuals certified with the SIOR designation are top producers in industrial and office real estate brokerage. SIOR's network includes more than 2,800 members in 480 cities in 20 countries on six continents. The Society's mandatory re-certification requirement assures clients of the designee's excellence in the fast changing commercial brokerage field.

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®
Contact Membership at 202/449-8200 or visit the SIOR Web site.

NAR Family Certifications and Certificate Courses

At Home with Diversity Certification

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.

For more information on this course and its business principles, please visit the At Home With Diversity sub-site or contact Diversity, 202/383-1201.

e-PRO®

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

Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR)

With the changing real estate landscape and the increased use of broker price opinions (BPOs) by market participants, the BPO Resource certification provides REALTORS® with knowledge and skills to reduce risk, increase opportunities, and create professional BPOs. The one-day core course, "BPOs: The Agent's Role in Property Valuation," explores the multiple uses of BPOs, how they can and cannot be used, and how to filter and select comparables. Upon completion of the core course, members will need to take a free webinar and pay a one-time fee to earn the BPOR certification. Members who earn the BPOR certification will be eligible to receive BPO orders.

Presented by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
For more information e-mail BPOR@realtors.org, or visit www.BPOR.org.

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist / RSPS

RSPS certification is offered by NAR Resort for resort and second-home professionals around the world. REALTORS® who facilitate the buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination are involved in this market niche.

Presented by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
For more information, call NAR Resort 312-329-8393 or visit the NAR Resort Web site.

Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource / SFR

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. Begin building your confidence today with SFR!

Presented by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
For more information e-mail SFR@realtors.org, call 877-510-7855, or visit www.realtorSFR.org.

 

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