NAR Certification/designations

NAR Designations & Certifications

The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide range of programs and services that help members increase their 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.

Real estate designations and certifications through NAR are specialized credentials for REALTORS®. Both designations and certifications are forms of real estate agent education that require real estate professionals to be active members of NAR. The difference between the two is that a designation requires annual dues, but a certification only requires an application fee without annual dues.


Accredited Buyer’s Representative / ABR®
Accredited Land Consultant / ALC
Certified Commercial Investment Member / CCIM
Certified International Property Specialist / CIPS
Certified Property Manager® / CPM®
Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager / CRB
Certified Residential Specialist / CRS
Counselor of Real Estate® / CRE®
General Accredited Appraiser / GAA
NAR’s Green Designation / GREEN
Graduate, REALTOR® Institute / GRI
Performance Management Network / PMN
REALTOR® Association Certified Executive / RCE
Residential Accredited Appraiser / RAA
Seller Representative Specialist / SRS
Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® / SIOR
Seniors Real Estate Specialist® / SRES®


At Home With Diversity® / AHWD
Certified Real Estate Team Specialist / C-RETS
Digital Marketing: Social Media
Military Relocation Professional / MRP
Pricing Strategy Advisor / PSA
Real Estate Negotiation Expert / RENE
Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist / RSPS
Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource / SFR®
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