Designations and Certifications

The National Association of Realtors® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, proficiency and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®)
1 Broker Credits | 15 CE Credits
Date(s): 11/3/2014 and 11/4/2014
Class Time(s): Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: 10 S. Commerce Way, Bethlehem
Instructor: Melanie McLane
The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation represents a benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. It is designed to provide real estate professionals with practical skills, training and resources to build their business and the expertise they need for an edge in serving today’s home buyers.

In this course, students will learn to:
  • Better represent the interests of buyers and avert potential risks and liabilities
  • Effectively negotiate and represent their client’s best interests
  • Demonstrate and communicate their value package to buyer clients
  • Gain methods, tools, and techniques to provide the support and services that buyers want
  • Understand and apply the Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and comply with state license laws when representing buyers
Course Materials: All handouts are included. There is no required text.
Member: $249.00
Non-Member: $259.00
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Accredited Buyer's Representative / ABR®

ABR® education provides REALTORS® with what they need to stay competitive in today's market. Member benefits such as marketing tools, a referral network and other resources, help to promote their business. Courses for the designation are available both in person and online.

Presented by REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council)
Contact REBAC at, 800-648-6224, or visit

Accredited Buyer's Representative Manager / ABRMsm

The ABRMsm real estate broker course was developed for managers, brokers and owners who wish to better incorporate buyer representation into their company’s service offerings. Designees have taken and passed both the ABR® and ABRMsm course and provided documentation of past management experience. Courses for the designation are available both in person and online.

Presented by REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council)
Contact REBAC at, 800-648-6224, or visit

Accredited Land Consultant / ALCsm

The REALTORS® Land Institute serves a unique constituency in the real estate industry -– those who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage land assets, including vacant, transitional land; agricultural and pastureland; timberland; and ranch and recreational properties. Through its rigorous Land University curriculum, the REALTORS® Land Institute confers its Accredited Land Consultant (ALCsm) designation to only those real estate practitioners who achieve the highest level of education, experience, and professionalism.

Presented by the REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI)
Contact RLI at, 800-441-5263, or visit

Certified Commercial Investment Member / CCIMsm

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.

Presented by the CCIM Institute
Contact CCIM at 800-621-7027, or visit

Certified International Property Specialist / CIPS®

The Certified International Property Specialist Network (CIPS Network) comprises 2,500 real estate professionals from 50 countries and is the specialty membership group for global business practitioners of the National Association of REALTORS®. The CIPS® designation prepares REALTORS® to service the growing international market in their local community by focusing on culture, exchange rates, investment trends, and legal issues.

Contact Information Central at NAR International, 800-874-6500, ext. 8369, or visit CIPS Education.

Certified Property Manager / CPM®

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.

Presented by Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
Contact IREM® Customer Relations at 800-837-0706, ext. 4650, or visit

Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager / CRBsm

The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRBsm) is one of the most respected and relevant designations offered in real estate business management. The CRBsm designation is awarded to REALTORS® who have completed advanced educational and professional requirements. CRBsm Designees are better positioned to streamline operations, integrate new technology and apply new trends and business strategies. Join today and discover a new approach to enhancing knowledge and leveraging opportunity. CRB Courses are offered in a classroom setting or online in the Council’s e-Learning Center.

Presented by Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers

For more information, e-mail, call 800-621-8738, or visit

Certified Residential Specialist® / CRS®

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.

Presented by Council of Residential Specialists
Contact Customer Service by e-mail at CRS Help, call 800-462-8841, or visit

Counselor of Real Estate / CRE®

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.

Presented by The Counselors of Real Estate
Contact CRE® at 312-329-8427, or visit


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, call 800-874-6500 ext. 8543 or visit

General Accredited Appraiser / GAAsm

Certified general appraisers wishing to increase their visibility should consider pursuing the GAAsm designation. The GAAsm designation is awarded to appraisers whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the National Association of Realtors®.

Call 800-874-6500 ext. 8268, or visit Appraisal Designation Programs.

Graduate REALTOR® Institute / GRIsm

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 GRIsm designation.

Contact your State REALTOR® Association for course dates and locations.
NAR maintains a clearinghouse of information for individuals interested in the GRIsm program. For more information call 800-874-6500 ext. 8215.

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. The course curriculum requires completion of a 12hr Core Course and a 6hr Elective Course in either residential, commercial, or property management. All courses are available in live lecture and online formats. NAR’s Green Designation gives designees the tools to become a community leader and resource in sustainable issues.

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 the NAR. For information on the Green Designation, e-mail, call 800-498-9422, or visit

Performance Management Network / PMN

The Performance Management Network (PMNsm) 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.

Presented by Women's Council of REALTORS®
Contact the WCR at Education Department, 800-245-8512, or visit the WCR Web site.

Residential Accredited Appraiser / RAAsm

Certified residential appraisers wishing to increase their visibility should consider pursuing the RAAsm designation. The RAAsm designation is awarded to appraisers whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the National Association of Realtors®.

Call 800-874-6500, ext. 8268, or visit the Appraisal Designation Programs Web site.

Seller Representative Specialist / SRS

The SRS® designation program provides REALTORS® with cutting edge tips and tools, practical skills, training and resources to effectively demonstrate and communicate their value package, better represent the interests of sellers, avert potential risks and liabilities and ultimately build their business and referral network.

Presented by REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council)
Contact REBAC at, 800-648-6224, or visit

Senior Real Estate Specialist / SRES®

The SRES® Designation program educates REALTORS® to profitably and ethically serve the real estate needs of the fastest growing market in real estate, clients age 50+. By earning the SRES designation you gain access to valuable member benefits, useful resources, and networking opportunities across North America and Canada to help you in your business.

Presented by SRES Council
Call 800-500-4564 or visit

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® / SIOR®

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.

Presented by Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®
Contact Membership at 202-449-8200 or visit