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.



Boost Your Income with Designations

Earning one or more designations continues to make a difference in REALTOR® earnings. Based on 2013 NAR survey data, the median income of REALTORS® without a designation was $33,500 and the median income of those with at least one designation was $61,100: a difference of $27,600. (Source: 2013 NAR Member Profile)

NAR and its affiliates offer designations and certifications for a wide range of real estate specialties. Earning these designations and certifications helps members to increase their expertise and marketability, giving them a professional advantage.

Continuing education credit is also available for many of the online designation and certification courses.



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 rebac@realtors.org, 800-648-6224, or visit www.rebac.net.

Accredited Land Consultant / ALC

The esteemed Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs) are the most trusted, knowledgeable, experienced, and highest-producing experts in all segments of land. Conferred by the REALTORS® Land Institute, the designation requires successful completion of a rigorous LANDU education program, a specific, high-volume and experience level, and adherence to an honorable Code of Conduct.

Presented by the REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI)
Contact RLI at RLI@realtors.org, 800-441-5263, or visit www.rliland.com.

At Home With Diversity® / AHWD®

Learn to work effectively with – and within – today’s diverse real estate market. The At Home With Diversity certification teaches you how to conduct your business with sensitivity to all client profiles and build a business plan to successfully serve them.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®

For more information on this course and its business principles, contact ahwd@realtors.org or 800-874-6500, ext. 8393.

Broker Price Opinion Resource / BPOR

The BPOR certification provides REALTORS® with knowledge and skills to perform accurate and professional broker price opinions (BPOs) and comparative market analyses (CMAs), while reducing risk and increasing opportunities.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®

Contact bpor@realtors.org.

Certified Commercial Investment Member / CCIM

The Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation is commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement, earned through an extensive curriculum of 200 classroom hours and professional experiential requirements. CCIMs are active in 1,000 U.S. markets and 31 other countries and comprise a 13,000-member network that includes brokers, leasing professionals, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, investors, lenders, and other allied professionals.

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

Certified International Property Specialist / CIPS

Instantly align yourself with the best in international real estate by earning the CIPS designation. The program includes five full days of study focusing on the critical aspects of international real estate transactions, and an influential network of 2,000 professionals who turn to each other first when looking for referral partners.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
Contact Information Central at CIPS@realtors.org or 1-800-874-6500 ext. 8369.

Certified Property Manager® / CPM®

CPM designees are recognized as experts in real estate management. Holding this designation demonstrates expertise and integrity to employers, owners, and investors.

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

Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager / CRB

The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) is one of the most respected and relevant designations offered in real estate business management and is awarded to REALTORS® who have completed advanced educational and professional requirements. CRB 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.

Presented by Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers

For more information, e-mail info@crb.com, call 800-621-8738, or visit www.CRB.com.

Certified Residential Specialist / CRS

The CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers. On average, CRS designees earn nearly three times more in income, transactions, and gross sales than non-designee REALTORS®.

Presented by Council of Residential Specialists
For more information, call 800-462-8841 or visit www.CRS.com.

Counselor of Real Estate™ / CRE™

The Counselors of Real Estate® is an international group of recognized professionals who provide seasoned, expert, 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 www.CRE.org.

e-PRO®

NAR's e-PRO® certification teaches you to use cutting-edge technologies and digital initiatives to link up with today's savvy real estate consumer.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®

Contact e-PRO® at epro@realtors.org or 877-397-3132.

General Accredited Appraiser / GAA

For general appraisers, this designation is awarded to those whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®
Call 800-874-6500 ext. 8238, or e-mail appraisal@realtors.org.

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute / GRI

REALTORS® with the GRI designation have in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. Earning the designation is a way to stand out to prospective buyers and sellers as a professional with expertise in these areas.

Presented by NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Contact your State REALTOR® Association for program requirements, course schedules, location and tuition..
NAR maintains a clearinghouse of information for individuals interested in the GRI program. For more information, call 800-874-6500 ext. 8264, or e-mail gri@realtors.org.

Military Relocation Professional / MRP

NAR's Military Relocation Professional certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.

Presented by REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council)

Contact us at MRP@realtors.org or 888-648-8321.

NAR's Green Designation / GREEN

Through NAR's Green Designation, the Green REsource Council provides ongoing education, resources and tools so that real estate practitioners can successfully seek out, understand, and market properties with green features.

Presented by The Green REsource Council

For information, e-mail greendesignation@realtors.org, call 800-498-9422, or visit www.GreenResourceCouncil.org.

Performance Management Network / PMN

This designation is unique to the REALTOR® family designations, emphasizing that in order to enhance your business, you must enhance yourself. It focuses on negotiating strategies and tactics, networking and referrals, business planning and systems, personal performance management and leadership development.

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

REALTOR® Association Certified Executive / RCE

RCE is the only professional designation designed specifically for REALTOR® association executives. RCE designees exemplify goal-oriented AEs with drive, experience and commitment to professional growth.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®

Contact Renee Holland at 312-329-8545 or rholland@realtors.org.

Residential Accredited Appraiser / RAA

For residential appraisers, this designation is awarded to those whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®
Contact RAA program staff at 312-329-8268 or e-mail appraisal@realtors.org.

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist / RSPS

This certification is designed for 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®

Contact us at resort@realtors.org or 800-874-6500 ext. 8268.

Seller Representative Specialist / SRS

The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB) who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.

Presented by REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council)
Contact SRS at customerservice@srscouncil.com or 800-621-8738, or visit www.SRSCouncil.com.

Senior Real Estate Specialist® / SRES®

The SRES® Designation program educates REALTORS® on how 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 the U.S. and Canada to help you in your business.

Presented by SRES Council
Call 800-500-4564, e-mail sres@realtors.org or visit www.SeniorsRealEstate.com.

Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource® / SFR®

The SFR® certification teaches real estate professionals to work with distressed sellers and the finance, tax, and legal professionals who can help them, qualify sellers for short sales, develop a short sale package, negotiate with lenders, safeguard your commission, limit risk, and protect buyers.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
Contact us at sfr@realtors.org or 877-510-7855.

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® / SIOR®

The SIOR designation is held by only the most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists. To earn it, designees must meet standards of experience, production, education, ethics, and provide recommendations.

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