Professional Development


The designations below are approved by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®)


Becoming skilled at buyer representation will help REALTORS® change the way they do business and cater to clients at every stage in the home buying process. An Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) will gain a unique understanding of home buyer’s needs and how to best serve them, specialized information to stay on top of home buying issues and trends, and exclusive resources to share with your clients and give you even more of a competitive edge.

Earning the ABR® Designation has never been easier. The 2-day core course can be completed online or in class, and there are over 16 elective courses to choose from. Get the advantage you’ve been looking for with the ABR® designation.

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

Contact:, 800.648.6224, or visit

Accredited Land Consultant (ALC℠)


The REALTORS® Land Institute confers its prestigious Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation to only the best land professionals in the business. To qualify for the ALC designation, a land specialist must complete the organization’s rigorous LANDU education program and demonstrate a proven track record in experience and success.

The REALTORS® Land Institute is the leading membership organization for land specialists involved in brokerage, sales, consulting, appraisal, development, site selection, marketing, and management of a large range of land property, such as agricultural land; ranches; recreational land; hunting property; timberland; underdeveloped tracts of land; and special purpose properties.

Presented by REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI)

Contact:, 800.441.5263, or visit

At Home With Diversity (AHWD®)


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.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®

Contact:, 800.874.6500 ext. 8393, or visit At Home With Diversity.

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 National Association of REALTORS®

Contact:, or visit

Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM℠)


CCIMs are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, valuation and investment analysis. The CCIM business network includes more than 9,000 designees and 5,000 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 CCIM Institute

Contact: 800.621.7027, or visit

Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS®)

CIPSThe 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.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®

Contact:, 800.874.6500 ext. 8369, or visit CIPS Education.

Certified Property Manager (CPM®)

CPMAcquire valuable real estate management skills through educational offerings leading to the CPM® designation. Managing nearly $2 trillion in real property assets, CPM® Members have the competitive edge in every area of real estate management, from residential to commercial to industrial. And property owners and investors value the designation more than any other in the industry, according to independent research findings. CPM® courses are delivered in several ways, ranging from traditional classroom to the latest self-paced learning formats available 24/7.

Presented by Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)

Contact: 800.837.0706 ext. 4650, or visit

Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB℠)

CRBThe 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

Contact:, call 800.621.8738, or visit

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS®)

CRSThe Council of Residential Specialists has over a thirty-year legacy of giving residential real estate professionals the tools they need to be successful in any market. CRS delivers the education, resources and connections agents need to achieve their goals. Beyond the referral network, the high-caliber online and classroom courses and the benefits of membership, earning the CRS Designation is really about learning proven methods for making more money. Find out how you can get on the proven path to success today.

Presented by Council of Residential Specialists

Contact:, call 800.462.8841, or visit

Counselor of Real Estate (CRE®)

CREThe 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: 312.329.8427, or visit


E-PRONAR’s e-PRO® Certification Program teaches you to use cutting-edge technologies and digital initiatives to link up with today’s savvy real estate consumer. Course topics for Day 1 include the changing market, creating an online presence and reputation management. Day 2 provides hands-on discovery of business tech tools, such as an e-strategy, micro-blogging and NAR resources. Students will be awarded the e-PRO® certification upon completion of both days.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®

Contact:, 877.397.3132, or visit .

General Accredited Appraiser (GAA℠)

GAACertified general appraisers wishing to increase their visibility should pursue 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®.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®

Contact:, 800.874.6500 ext. 8268, or visit Appraisal Designation Programs.

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI℠)

GRIMembers 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.

Contact your State REALTOR® Association for course dates and locations.

NAR maintains a clearinghouse of information for individuals interested in the GRI℠ program. For more information call 800.874.6500.

NAR’s Green Designation (GREEN)

GREENThe 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 contact:, 800.498.9422, or visit

Performance Management Network (PMN)

PMNThe Performance Management Network (PMN℠) is a 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 lightning-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 and systems, personal performance management and cultural differences in buying and selling.

Presented by Women’s Council of REALTORS®

Contact:, 800.245.8512, or visit the WCR website.

REALTOR® Association Certified Executive (RCE)

RCEAssociation 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.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®

Contact:, 312.329.8545, or visit the Association Executives Homepage.

Residential Accredited Appraiser (RAA℠)

RAACertified residential appraisers wishing to increase their visibility should pursue 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®.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®

Contact:, 800.874.6500, or visit the Appraisal Designation Programs.

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS)

RSPSRSPS 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 National Association of REALTORS®

Contact: 312.329.8393 or visit the NAR Resort website.

Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®)

SRESThe 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

Contact:, 800.500.4564, or visit

Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR)

SFRFor 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 National Association of REALTORS®

Contact:, 877.510.7855, or visit

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR®)

SIORIndividuals certified with the SIOR® designation are top producers in industrial and office real estate brokerage. SIOR’s network includes more than 3,000 members in 580 cities in 20 countries. SIOR® represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists.

Presented by Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®

Contact: 202.449.8200,­­ or visit

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