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GRI – Graduate, REALTOR® Institute is a nationally recognized educational institute dedicated to furthering the fundamental knowledge and skills of REALTORS® with less than five years experience.  The GRI series is also available to more experienced real estate practitioners to help them stay current on timely issues and to freshen and reinforce their basic skills.  

The GRI designation is earned by completing a national program of specialized and advanced education for the licensed REALTOR®. It involves intense study, covering many special aspects of real estate such as residential marketing, cost basis, appreciation methods, investment real estate, construction, real estate tax concepts, exchanges, capital gains, and various types of mortgage programs.

This designation may only be earned after successfully completing a rigorous educational program. This program requires 92 hours of live course instruction from a statewide faculty selected because of extensive experience in their own areas of expertise.

For more information contact NAR at 202-383-1201 or visit their Web page at www.edesignations.com or email at klgregory@edesignations.com.



 
  A REALTOR® holds a real estate license from the state and is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, C.A.R., a local board or association, and has pledged to abide by NAR's Code of Ethics.

 
ABR – Accredited Buyer Representative is a designation from the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council that trains experienced REALTORS® in specifically representing the real estate consumer. 

The ABR designation is awarded to real estate practitioners who complete a comprehensive two-day REBAC course in buyer representation, achieve a passing grade on the written examination, demonstrate practical experience by completing and closing five real estate transactions in which the candidate functioned as a buyer's representative and who maintain a membership in good standing with the National Association of REALTORS® and the Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT Council.

For more information contact REBAC (Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT Council) Customer Service at 1-800-648-6224, email to rebac@realtors.org or visit their Web page at www.rebac.net


 


ABRM – Accredited Buyer Representative Manager is geared to real estate firm brokers, owners and managers that have or wish to incorporate buyer representation into their daily practice, designees have taken and passed both the ABR® and ABRM course and provided documentation of past management experience.

The ABRM designation is awarded real estate practitioners who complete a comprehensive two-day REBAC ABR® course in buyer representation and passing or challenging the written examination, complete the comprehensive one-day REBAC ABRM course in buyer representation, successfully passing  the  written examination, certification that the broker/owner/manager has overseen a minimum of 25 real estate transactions that involved a buyer agent or had more than 2 years of experience in the oversight of buyer representatives and be a member in good standing with the National Association of REALTORS® and the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council.

For more information contact REBAC (Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT Council) Customer Service at 1-800-648-6224, email to rebac@realtors.org or visit their Web page at www.rebac.net


 
ALC – Accredited Land Consultant are the recognized experts in land brokerage transactions of five specialized types: (1) farms and ranches; (2) undeveloped tracts of land; (3) transitional and development land; (4) subdivision and wholesaling of lots; and (5) site selection and assemblage of land parcels. Acquire valuable skills through educational offerings leading to the ALC designation.

The ALC designation is awarded to a petitioner that is a member in good standing of the Realtors Land Institute, has 3 or more years of experience as a REALTOR®, successfully complete five RLI Land University core courses and one RLI Land University elective course in Investment Analysis, Subdivision Development, Agricultural Land, Transitional Land, Tax Ideas with Exchanging and Creative Real Estate, Tax Ideas and Strategies for Selling Real Estate, Site Selection, and Land Planning and Design.

REALTORS® Land Institute. For information on the ALC designation call 1-800-441-5263 or visit their Web page at www.rliland.com, E-mail RLI at rli@realtors.org.

 
ARM – Accredited Residential Manager is the designation awarded by IREM to specialists who manage residential property. The designation is for individuals that manage rental apartment complexes, rental mobile homes, rental condominiums, rental single-family homes, single-room occupancy apartments (SROs), homeowners' associations or indivuals that are resident managers, property managers, or asset managers.

To become a ARM, one must complete a minimum of 5 points from IREM courses. Each course is worth between one and six education points, depending on the length and complexity of the course.

Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Contact Customer Service at 1-800-837-0706, Ext. 4405, visit their Web page at www.irem.org.

 
CAM – Certified Apartment Manager is a nationally recognized certification and education program for resident managers.  Upon completion of the CAM course, the resident manager has been equipped with the proven management tools and techniques to cope with the diverse problems of apartment management, maintenance, resident relations and marketing.

 
CBR –  Certified Buyer Representative is a by REALTOR® Boards and Associations throughout the United States. REALTORS® with the CBR designation are taught the street skills necessary to both help buyers find their desired property and to help them negotiate for that property in a non-adversarial manner. a course sponsored by REALTOR® Boards and Associations throughout the United States. REALTORS® with the CBR designation are taught the street skills necessary to both help buyers find their desired property and to help them negotiate for that property in a non-adversarial manner.

This designation may be earned by completing 3 consecutive days of intensive buyer agency training.

For more information contact CBR Hotline at 1-800-275-7388 or visit their Web page at www.cbrsource.com.


 
CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member designation has been the mark of a professional in commercial and investment real estate since 1968.  The CCIM can be earned by REALTORS® as well as mortgage bankers, tax or real estate attorneys, financial planners and managers, investment advisors, officers of development companies and other real estate professionals.

This designation may be earned after successfully completing four graduate-level courses and an introductory overview course.

Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute (CIREI) Call 1-800-621-7027, or visit the CCIM Web Site at www.ccim.com


 
CIPS – Certified International Property Specialist is an international real estate education course sponsored by REALTOR® Boards and Associations throughout the United States. Designees are relied upon as a resource for experts in the international real estate market.

This designation may be earned after successfully completing an intensive seven-day program of study focusing on critical aspects of transnational transactions, including currency and exchange rate issues, and cross-cultural relationships, regional market conditions, investment performance, tax issues and more. U.S. members must be a REALTOR® and a member of the National Association of REALTORS®.

For information on CIPS, visit the National Association of REALTORS® website at   www.realtor.org/global/cips or the California link, www.cipscalifornia.org.


 
CPM – Certified Property Manager designation is the oldest and most prestigious achievement in property management.  It is awarded to property managers whose experience, education and ethical standards warrant such distinction.  CPMs are experts in managing apartments, office buildings, commercial centers and homeowners’ associations and are informed on tax laws insurance regulations, and critical investment factors.

To become a CPM, one must complete a combination of core and elective requirements. One will need 260 points --160 required points and 100 elective points - in addition to meeting some other criteria unrelated to the point system.

Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Contact Customer Service at 1-800-837-0706, Ext. 4405, visit their Web page at www.irem.org.


 
CRB – Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager has been a symbol of management excellence in real estate brokerage since 1969.  The program is open to REALTORS® who want to learn every aspect of brokerage management, human behavior skills, recruitment and training techniques.  The designation helps to develop sound financial and marketing programs and information how to communicate effectively.

The CRB designation is earned by successfully completing eighteen credits, have a minimum of 75 transactions within the last five consecutive years, and accumulate 10 points by having either bachelor's, master's or Ph.D. in real estate, or one of the following designations: CCIM, CIPS,CPM,CRB, GRI. They may also accumulated points by taking CRS Courses in addition to the three required core CRS Courses or by completing transactions the last five consecutive years, in addition to the 75 core transactions required. Applicants are required to submit a letter from their local board verifying current membership.

Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers. Call 1-800-621-8738, or visit their Web site at www.crb.com for more information.


 
CRE – Counselor of Real Estate 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 1,000 practitioners throughout the world carry the CRE designation. Membership is by invitation only.

Membership is selective, extended by invitation only on either a sponsored or self-initiated basis. The organization’s CRE® Designation (The Counselor of Real Estate) is awarded to all members in recognition of superior problem solving ability in various areas of specialization such as litigation support, asset management, valuation, feasibility studies, acquisitions/dispositions, and general analysis

The Counselors of Real Estate. Contact 1-312-329-8427 or visit www.cre.org/.

   
CREA- Certified Real Estate Appraiser This designation is for the professional, state-licensed and certified appraiser who performs appraisals on residential, vacant land, small commercial and other properties. Contact info: NAR's Real Estate Appraisal Section, (800) 354-2397

 
CRIA - Certified Realty Investment Associate is a designation from the Realty Investment Association of California (RIAOC), for attendees at a series of 12 - 3-hour seminars covering the practical aspects of Commercial and Investment real estate. Participants will become more knowledgeable and professional in dealing with clients and in transactions with other agents. These are "nuts and bolts" seminars presented by experienced "hands-on" brokers and specialists in the field of Commercial and Investment real estate.

Realty Investment Association of California. Contact 714-544-6604 or visit www.riaoc.com


 
CRS – Certified Residential Specialist has been a symbol of achievement in education and residential sales experience since 1977.  The CRS program is open to REALTORS® who want to keep abreast of the latest sales and marketing techniques, enhance their professionalism, and increase their earning power.

This designation may be earned after successfully completing CRS 200 plus two additional Council courses and a minimum 75 transactions within the last five consecutive years.

Council of Residential Specialists. Contact Member Services at 1-800-462-8841, visit their Web site at www.crs.com.


 
GAA – General Accredited Appraiser. 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®.

This designation may be earned by being a State General Appraiser. Have a  minimum of 1,000 hours experience in addition to the experience required to obtain state certification and 60 hours of tested course work in addition to the Appraiser Qualification Board's education requirement at the time of certification

For more information contact NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® at 1-800-354-2397, or 312-329-8821 or visit their Webpage at www.narappraisalsource.com



 
Performance Management Network The Performance Management Network (PMN) 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.

This designation may be earned by successfully completing at least three PMN designation courses and by submitting documented evidence of closed referral transactions.

For more information contact the Women's Council of REALTORS ® at 1-800-245-8512, or visit their Webpage at www.wcr.org


 
Quality Service Certified® designation may be the most important credential a real estate professional can hold. A Quality Service Certified® sales professional is held to a standard which requires accountability, reliability and consistency - the ongoing delivery of quality service on each transaction.

The Quality Service Certification® training program can be completed by attending a live presentation or by taking the course online.

Quality Service Certification, Inc. at 1-888-547-4QSC (4772), visit www.QualityCertified.org, e-mail to info@QualityCertified.org.


 
RAA – Residential Accredited Appraiser. 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® .

This designation may be earned by being a State Certified Residential or General Appraiser. Have a minimum of 1,000 hours experience in addition to the experience required to obtain state certification and 45 hours of tested course work in addition to the Appraiser Qualification Board's education requirement at the time of certification.

For more information contact NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® at 1-800-354-2397, or 312-329-8821 or visit their Webpage at www.narappraisalsource.com


 
RCE – REALTOR® Association Certified Executive. Association 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.

This designation may be earned by successfully completing 3 exams and also meeting the following guidelines: RCE is open to all full-time employees of a local or state association of REALTORS® , wholly- owned REALTOR® association subsidiary corporation, or regional multiple listing service owned by a REALTOR® association. Also one must have 5 years years REALTOR® association experience and be a current CAE designee (Certified Association Executive offered by ASAE). 

For more information please vist their website at www.rceonline.com or email  at loken@realtors.org 


  RSPS – Resort and Second-Home Specialist. It allows buyers and sellers to have confidence in the ability of a REALTOR® in resort and second-homes to assist them with their search.

This designation may be earned by successfully completing NAR's Resort & Second Home Markets Course and completing one of two electives.

For more information please vist their website at www.realtor.org/resorts.


 
SIOR – Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®. Individuals certified with the SIOR designation are top producers in industrial and office real estate brokerage, representing more than 800 offices in over 350 cities worldwide. The Society’s mandatory recertification requirement assures clients of the designee’s excellence in the fast changing commercial brokerage field.

This designation may be earned after successfully completing a comprehensive membership entrance examination; or hold a CCIM or RICS designation; or complete thirty credit hours of approved commercial real estate coursework based on various criteria and completing the Society's ethics and professional standards module (a half-day seminar).

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® Contact Membership at 202-737-8763, visit www.sior.com.

 
SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist. REALTORS® with the “SRES” designation help seniors make wise decisions about selling the family home, buying rental property or managing the capital gains and tax implications of owning real estate. By earning the “SRES” designation, the REALTORS® has demonstrated that they have the requisite knowledge, experience and expertise to be a senior’s real estate specialist and counselor.

This designation may be earned after completing a 2 day class or home study.

For more information contact the Senior Real Estate Specialist at 800.500.4564, or visit: www.seniorsrealestate.com


 
Certifications
   

 
At Home with Diversity Certification – The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has developed a comprehensive cultural diversity outreach program that will help real estate companies diversify their workplaces and improve the national association's relevance to minority clientele. 

This designation may be earned after successfully completing a 6-8 hour program. 

For more information contact NAR at 1-202-383-1201 or visit their Web page at www.realtor.org/diversity or email at diversity@realtors.org.


 
e-PRO – e-PRO is a new training program presented entirely online to certify real estate agents and brokers as Internet Professionals. 

This designation may be earned after successfully completing 5 areas presented entirely online. 

For more information contact NAR at 1-877-397-3132 or visit their Web page at www.epronar.com or email at epro@realtors.org.



 
REPAsm, Real Estate Professional Assistantsm – The Real Estate Professional Assistantsm is a comprehensive two-day certificate course that provides an intensive introduction to the real estate business and to the specific ways support staff can become valuable assets to their employers. 

This designation may be earned after successfully completing a 2 day class. 

For more information contact REPA at 1-800-.648-6224 or visit their Web page at www.professional-assistant.com or email at repa@realtors.org.






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