Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS®

REALTOR® Family Designation Programs

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has nine affiliated Institutes, Societies, and

Councils that provide a wide-ranging menu of programs and services that assist members in

increasing skills, productivity and knowledge. Designations acknowledging experience and

expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by each Affiliated group upon completion of

required courses. In addition, NAR offers two certification programs to its members.

ABR, Accredited Buyer Representative

With over 40,000 members, REBAC is the largest association of real

estate professionals focusing on all aspects of buyer representation.

Over 30,000 ABR® designees have completed the REBAC course,

passed the test and provided documentation of buyer agency


REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council)

Contact REBAC at 1-800-648-6224 or visit the REBAC website


ABRM, Accredited Buyer Representative Manager

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.

REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council)

Contact REBAC at 1-800-648-6224 or visit the REBAC website:



ALC, Accredited Land Consultant

ALC’s 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.

REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI)

For information on the ALC designation call 1-800-441-5263 or visit the

RLI website



CCIM, Certified Commercial Investment Member®

CCIM’s are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage,

leasing, valuation and investment analysis. The CCIM business network

includes more than 7,500 designees and an equal number of candidates

principally in North America, but also in Asia and Europe. CCIM’s are

backed by a respected education program, as well as superior

technology products and business resources.

CCIM Institute

Call 1-800-621-7027 or visit the CCIM website



CIPS, Certified International Property Specialist

The CIPS network is comprised of 1,500 real estate professionals from

50 countries who deal in all types of real estate, but with one common

element: they are focused specifically on the "international" market.

Whether traveling abroad to put deals together, assisting foreign

investors, helping local buyers invest abroad, or serving an immigrant

niche in local markets, CIPS designees are consumers' best resource to

ensure they are dealing with a professional skilled in the unique aspects

of international real estate.


Call NAR Customer Service at 1-800-874-6500, e-mail NAR

International: or visit the CIPS website


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.

Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)

Contact Customer Service at 1-800-837-0706, Ext. 4650 or visit the

IREM website


CRB, Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager

The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation is

recognized industry-wide as the measure of success in brokerage and

real estate business management. The designation is awarded by the

Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers to REALTORS® who have

completed the Council's advanced educational and professional

requirements. CRB designees consistently increase their level of

industry knowledge, advance their earning and career potential,

increase their firm’s profitability and benefit from active involvement in

our network of real estate professionals. The new CRB Designation

Program now provides credit for management experience, higher

education and previously earned NAR designations. Additional credits

can be earned through the Council's management education programs

delivered live or by Self Study on CD-ROM.

Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers

For more information call 1-800-621-8738 or visit the CRB website



CRS®, Certified Residential Specialist®

Agents can maximize their potential by earning the CRS® Designation

and joining the organization that has served top-producing residential

sales agents since 1977. The more than 35,000 CRS® Designees

benefit from nationwide referral opportunities, a professional image

that attracts customers, and sales and marketing support. The CRS®

Designation is awarded to experienced REALTORS® who complete

advanced training in listing and selling, and meet other requirements.

Council of Residential Specialists

Call 1-800-462-8841 or visit the CRS website


CRE, Counselor of Real Estate

The Counselor of Real Estate – or 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.

Counselors of Real Estate

Call 1-312-329-8427 or visit the CRE website


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



Call 1-800-874-6500 ext. 8393

GRI Graduate REALTOR Institute

Members involved in residential real estate who want a solid base of

information for their practice will want to participate in the REALTOR®

Institute program and earn the GRI designation.


Visit CAR’s website for course dates and locations


NAR maintains a clearinghouse of information for individuals interested


in the GRI program. For more information, visit the GRI page

PMN, Performance Management Network

The Performance Management Network (PMN) is a new 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 lighting-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 & systems, personal

performance management and cultural differences in buying and


Women's Council of REALTORS®

Contact WCR at 1-800-245-8512 or visit the WCR website

RCE, REALTOR® association Certified Executive

Association executives interested in demonstrating commitment to the

field of REALTOR® association management should pursue the RCE

designation. AE’s are recognized for their specialized industry

knowledge and their association achievements and experience.


Call 1-312-329-8545 or visit the Association Executives Homepage

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



Call 1-800-874-6500, ext. 8393, or visit the NAR Appraisal page



SIOR, Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®

Individuals certified with the SIOR designation are top producers in

industrial and office real estate brokerage. SIOR's network includes

more than 2,800 members in 480 cities in 20 countries on six

continents. The Society's mandatory recertification requirement assures

clients of the designee's excellence in the fast changing commercial

brokerage field.

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®

Call 1-202-449-8200 or visit the SIOR website


 SRES®, Senior Real Estate Specialist

The SRES® Designation program trains 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.

SRES Council

Call 1-800-500-4564 or visit the website


NAR Family Certifications

At Home with Diversity Certification

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 homeownership 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.


 call 1-202-383-1201.


e-PRO® is a revolutionary training program presented entirely

online to certify real estate agents and brokers as Internet


first major trade group to offer certification for online


e-PRO® is not just about technology - it's about how you can

leverage your most powerful asset, your people-skills, into doing

more business on the Internet.

e-PRO® gives you:

- Exhaustive Internet Training

- Unique Competitive Advantage

- Professional Distinction

- CE credit is now available in several states including CT!

For more information on the e-PRO® certification, visit the

REALTOR e-PRO® website



 sm, Real Estate Professional Assistantsm

 REPA 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. Every administrative employee in the brokerage office,

from listing secretary to the personal assistant, will benefit

tremendously from this quick-start program.

For more information, visit the REPA website


Resort & Second-Home Markets Certification

The RSPS is a new certification offered by NAR Resort for resort &

second-home REALTORS 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 requirements include

the NAR Resort & Second-Home Market Course and the RLI Tax-

Deferred (1031) Exchange Course. RSPS applicants will also choose

from nine different elective choices including courses from the NAR

Education Matrix and the NAR Resort Symposium held every 18


For more information visit the NAR Resort website

 call 1-312-329-8393.

Transnational Referral Certification

The goal of this certification 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.




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