Accredited Buyer Representative Manager

Geared toward real estate firm brokers, owners or managers who want 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. Offered through the National Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (800) 648-6224.


Accredited Residential Manager

The certification awarded by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) to specialists who manage residential properties. For more information, contact IREM at 312-329-6000.


Certified Auctioneers Institute

The Certified Auctioneers Institute is the most prestigious designation awarded in the auction industry. For more information visit the National Auctioneers Association.


Certified Commercial Investment Member

CCIMs are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment analysis. The CCIM designation is offered by the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (800) 621-7027.


Certified Affordable Housing Member

Awarded by the Columbus Board of REALTORS® to members who have committed their time and obtained experience in working the affordable (priced $125,000 and below) housing market. For more information, contact Lynn Hackworth at the CBR, (614) 475-4000


Certified International Property Specialist

REALTORS® who hold the CIPS designation have been involved in a number of international real estate transactions. The CIPS designation is offered by NAR’s International Section, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (800) 354-2831


Certified Property Manager

REALTORS® who earn the CPM are property management specialists who have successfully completed intensive training in a variety of property management skills and situations. The CPM is offered by the Institute of Real Estate Management, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (800) 837-0706.


Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager

The CRB designation is recognized in the real estate profession as the symbol of management excellence and is awarded to brokerage owners and managers. The CRB designation is offered by the Real Estate Brokerage Manager’s Council, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (800) 621-8738.


Counselor of Real Estate

Real estate professionals who hold the CRE designation provide objective real estate advice to investors, builders and financial institutions. The designation is awarded to all members of The Counselors of Real Estate, an NAR affiliate that offers membership by invitation only, on either a self-initiated or sponsored basis. Members include practitioners of prominent real estate, financial, legal and accounting firms, as well as government and academic leaders. The Counselors of Real Estate is located at, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 312/329-8428.


Certified Residential Specialist

Residential salespeople who hold the CRS designation specialize in listing properties, selling, and investing, as well as mortgage financing and computer applications. The CRS designation is offered by the Residential Sales Council, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (800) 462-8841.


Exclusive Buyer Agent

320 W. Sabal Palm Place, Ste. 150, Longwood, FL 32779 (407) 767-7700.


Internet Certification Program

The e-PRO Certification Program is designed to keep agents on top of changes and help them thrive in the world of online real estate. For more info, visit


General Accredited Appraiser

Awarded to appraisers whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported the National Association of REALTORS®.


Green Designation

A sustainable property designation, the NAR Green designation is an educational program for residential, and commercial REALTORS® and property managers. For more information visit


Graduate, REALTOR® Institute

Awarded to REALTORS® who complete the 90-hour course which provides sound fundamental training in the critical skills and knowledge areas of the real estate business. Awarded by the Ohio Association of REALTORS®, 200 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 (614) 228-6675.


Leadership Training Graduate

Awarded to REALTORS® who have completed courses in personal and professional development. Offered by the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (800) 245-8512.


Member Appraisal Institute

MAI professional membership designation is held by appraisers who are experienced in the valuation of commercial, industrial, residential, and other types of properties and advise clients on real estate investment decisions. Offered by the Appraisal Institute, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60611-1980, (312) 335-4100.


Residential Accredited Appraiser

Members who hold these accreditations are state certified appraisers and must meet a specific number of hours of experience and education that exceed the state requirements. NAR’s Real Estate Appraisal Section is located at 430 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611 (800) 874-6500 ext. 8393. and put ‘RAA’ in the Search field.


Real Estate Buyers Council

Designates members of the Real Estate Buyers Council which focuses on all aspects of buyer representation. For more information, contact REBAC at (800) 648-6224.


Realtors Land Institute

RLI was established in 1944 as a trade association for REALTORS® who specialize in the brokerage of land and currently serves over 1600 members in the United States, Canada and Mexico. There are five land categories that RLI members specialize in: 1) Brokerage of farms and ranches; 2) Brokerage of undeveloped tracts of land; 3) Brokerage of transitional and development and; 4) Subdividing land and wholesale brokerage of lots; and 5) Site selection and assemblage of land parcels. Members may earn the Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation which only 1000 members have earned since its inception. Contact 800/441-LAND (5263).


Short Sales and Foreclosures Resource

REALTORS® with the SFR certification can be a trusted resource for short sales and foreclosures. Their ability to close short sales and foreclosures depends in part on the confidence in seeing these transactions through. This award is presented by National Association of REALTORS®. For more information e-mail, call 877/510-7855 or visit


Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®

The SIOR designation recognizes a specialization in commercial real estate. To earn the designation, members must complete two educational courses, provide five years of documented, full-time work experience and meet a specific dollar-volume in sales and number of transactions annually, as set by the local SIOR® chapter. The SIOR is offered by the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®, 700 11th St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005 (202) 449-8200.


Senior Real Estate Specialist

This course of study addresses the special needs and concerns of maturing Americans when buying or selling residential or investment properties. For more information, contact the SENIOR Advantage Real Estate Marketing Program, P. O. Box 1260, Murphys, CA 95247, (800) 500-4564.



Transnational Referral Certification

Offered by NAR, this certification prepares REALTORS® to make and receive referrals using the Transnational Referral system developed by the National Association of REALTORS® and the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA).