Courses and Designations

Everyone’s familiar with what the letters M.D. and Ph.D. signify after someone’s name, but sometimes the letters following a REALTORS®’s name are more difficult to discern. The designations and certifications listed here are awarded to REALTORS® by the National Association of REALTORS® or its affiliated groups after successfully completing courses in a specialized area of real estate—these letters demonstrate to the consumer that the holder has both experience and knowledge in a particular area of real estate. REALTORS® pride themselves on their adherence to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, and those REALTORS® who strive to attain professional designations and certifications demonstrate their commitment to professional development by "staying a step ahead" of the market's trends.

Some of these designations and certifications are offered online through REALTOR® University. OCAR offers live courses for a select number of these sought-after specialties.

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. OCAR offers live ABR® Designation Course Instruction.

Presented by the REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council)
For additional information about ABR® requirements, visit: http://www.rebac.net.

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 the REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI)
For more information, visit: http://www.RLILand.com.

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 the CCIM Institute
For more information, visit: http://www.ccim.com.

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.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
For more information, visit: http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications/cips-designation.

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 the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
For more information, visit: http://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. The CRB designation 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. CRB Courses are offered in a classroom setting or online in the Council’s e-Learning Center. 

Presented by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers
For more information, visit: http://www.crb.com.

Certified Residential Specialist® (CRS®)

The 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
For more information, visit: http://www.crs.com.

Counselor of Real Estate (CRE®)

The Counselor of Real Estate (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
For more information, visit: http://www.cre.org

General Accredited Appraiser (GAA)

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®.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
For more information, visit: http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications/raa-and-gaa-designation/appraisal-designation-programs.

NAR's Green Designation/GREEN

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-module program are awarded NAR's Green Designation, the only green training program recognized by NAR. OCAR offers live GREEN Designation Course Instruction.

Presented by the Green REsource Council 
For more information, visit: http://www.GreenREsourceCouncil.org

Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI)

The Graduate REALTOR® Institute is considered the “Cornerstone of REALTOR® Education.” The GRI symbol is the mark of a real estate professional, who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation. REALTORS® with the GRI designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients. The GRI designation may be earned after successfully completing a rigorous educational program of 92 hours of live course instruction. OCAR offers live GRI Designation Course Instruction.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
For more information and to register for GRI, visit http://www.edesignations.com

Performance Management Network (PMN)

The 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 the Women's Council of REALTORS®
For more information, visit: http://www.wcr.org/

Residential Accredited Appraiser (RAA)

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®.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
For more information, visit: http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications/raa-and-gaa-designation/appraisal-designation-programs

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 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 the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®
For more information, visit: http://www.sior.com

Seniors 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. OCAR offers live SRES® Designation Course Instruction.

Presented by the SRES® Council
For more information, visit: http://www.seniorsrealestate.com

NAR Family Certifications

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 the National Association of REALTORS®
For more information, visit: http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications/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. OCAR offers live BPOR Course Instruction.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
For more information, visit: www.BPOR.org.

e-PRO®

The e-PRO® certification provides a roadmap to help you serve hyper-connected consumers of today and tomorrow. Course topics for Day 1 include the changing market, how to connect with consumers, the online conversation, and reputation management. Day 2 provides hands-on discovery of business tech tools, such as an e-strategy, mobile office, micro-blogging, rich media, and NAR resources. OCAR offers live e-PRO® Certification Instruction.

Presented by the REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council)
For more information, visit: http://epronar.com/

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS)

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.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
For more information, visit: http://www.realtor.org/resorts.

Short Sales & Foreclosures 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. OCAR offers live SFR Certification Instruction.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®
For more information, visit: http://www.realtorSFR.org

Transnational Referral Certification (TRC)

The goal of this certification offered by the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA) is to prepare real estate professionals to make and receive compensated referrals using the Transnational Referral system developed by the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA). Students will learn how to integrate international referrals, resulting in increased income, into their business plans. When you are involved in an international referral, as a referring or receiving agent, the Transnational Referral Certification demonstrates to other real estate professionals that you are well versed in the procedures of the Transnational Referral system, have pledged to follow a code of conduct in business dealings, and expect that compensation, paid in a timely manner, will be an integral part of the transaction.

Presented by the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA)
For more information, visit: http://www.worldproperties.com

Professional Designation and Certification descriptions courtesy of the National Association of REALTORS®: http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications