Designations & Certifications

Earning designations and certifications not only adds the potential to increase income, it enhances professional image, increases marketability, proficiency, productivity and specializes expertise. More specifically, the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) expands on what is taught in real estate school. It explores deep into the true aspects and real life applications of real estate.

Knowledge is the key to being the REALTOR® of choice. Present yourself above the competition with a favorable reputation and prepare for your success. Whether you are new to real estate or have been selling for years, create a successful business foundation by earning designations and certifications. We invite you to get educated!

NAR Designation Courses

Graduate REALTOR® Institute - GRI
The GRI Designation indicates to buyers, sellers and other REALTORS® that you have made the commitment to provide a high level of professional service to your clients by securing a strong educational foundation. Read more...
Accredited Buyer Representative® - ABR®
The ABR® Designation prepares real estate professionals to represent buyer–clients in real estate transactions and provide the quality of service and degree of fidelity to buyers that sellers have customarily enjoyed. Read more...
Senior Real Estate Specialist® - SRES®
The SRES® designation program instructs 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.
Certified International Property Specialist - CIPS®
International real estate opportunities are everywhere. New people move to the U.S. from other countries every day and foreign-born individuals residing in the U.S. move to new markets. Americans in your current market invest in property overseas. No matter which international audience you cater to, the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS®) Designation will provide you with the knowledge, research, network and tools to globalize your business. Read more...
The 2-day Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) Designation Course provides a comprehensive foundation of skill development, training and resources to help real estate professionals represent the interests of sellers in today’s marketplace.

NAR Certification Courses

Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource - SFR
For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures represent the new traditional real estate transaction. Knowing how to maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as how to identify the distinct real estate opportunities in foreclosure are not merely good skills to have in today’s market; they are critical.
Become an e-PRO® and take your real estate marketing online.
Earn the e-PRO® certification and connect with consumers where they are already interacting: online. By extending your real estate marketing online, you will show consumers that you are tuned in to their lifestyle needs, and gain their trust – and their business. Read more
When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables makes the transfer easier, faster, and less stressful. This certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.
RSPS is recognized as an official NAR Certification, and allows buyers and sellers to have confidence in the ability of a REALTOR® who specializes in buying, selling or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination, to assist them with their search.

Local Designations & Certifications

EcoBroker Certified®/Ecosociate
This designation is the premier energy and environmental designation program for real estate professionals, developed and taught by experts in the fields of energy efficiency, environment and real estate. The EcoBroker Certified®/ Ecosociate designation is a positive, profitable, and green way to differentiate yourself in today's real estate market. Read more...
Certified Negotiation ExpertTM - CNE
"Negotiation skills are critical to success in business and in life!" This is a two day professional negotiation and business building seminar with the CNE designation marketing advantage. Read more...
Certified Shorts Sales Specialist®
Focuses on the short sale process and the different negotiations necessary to successfully close a short sale in the volatile housing market of today.
Certified Distressed Property Expert®
is a real estate professional with specific understanding of the complex issues confronting the real estate industry, and the foreclosure avoidance options available to homeowners. Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPEs are able to provide solutions for homeowners facing hardships in today’s market, specifically short sales.

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