6 Career-Building Certifications for Real Estate Agents

6 Career-Building Certifications for Real Estate Agents

Your real estate education continues long after you pass your initial license certification test. You’re learning every single day while on the job; sharing insights with associates, and hopefully benefitting from those more experienced in the field. However, additional official certification often helps widen your knowledge and earns you additional credentials as a real estate professional.

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.

Here are just a few to consider. Click the link at the bottom of the post to discover all the opportunities available.

Accredited Buyer’s Representative / ABR®
Designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home buying process. Presented by REBAC (Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council).

–Contact REBAC at rebac@realtors.org (link sends e-mail) or call 1-800-648-6224.

Seller Representative Specialist / SRS
This designation is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.

–Visit www.SRSCouncil.com(link is external) or contact SRS at customerservice@srscouncil.com(link sends e-mail) or call 1-800-621-8738

Certified Residential Specialist / CRS
This is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers. On average, CRS designees earn nearly three times more in income, transactions, and gross sales than non-designee REALTORS®. Presented by Residential Real Estate Council.

–Contact RREC at https://www.crs.com/about-us/contact-us(link is external) or call 1- 800-462-8841

Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager / CRB
This is one of the most respected and relevant designations offered in real estate business management and is awarded to REALTORS® who have completed advanced educational and professional requirements. CRB Designees are better positioned to streamline operations, integrate new technology and apply new trends and business strategies.

–Visit REBInstitute.com(link is external) or contact the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) at info@REBInstitute.com(link sends e-mail) or call 1-800-621-8738

Certified Commercial Investment Member / CCIM
Commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement, earned through an extensive curriculum of 200 classroom hours and professional experiential requirements. CCIMs are active in 1,000 U.S. markets and 31 other countries and comprise a 13,000-member network that includes brokers, leasing professionals, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, investors, lenders, and other allied professionals. Presented by the CCIM Institute.

–Contact CCIM at 1-800-621-7027 or www.CCIM.com(link is external)

Certified Property Manager® / CPM®
CPM designees are recognized as experts in real estate management. Holding this designation demonstrates expertise and integrity to employers, owners, and investors. Presented by Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

–Contact IREM® at 1-800-837-0706, ext. 4650.

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