Professional Designations

The ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT Council (REBAC) of the National Association of Realtors who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria.

The ABRM (Accredited Buyer Representative Manager) is a real estate designation course developed in partnership with the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB) specifically for managers, brokers and owners who wish to better incorporate buyer representation into their companies' service offerings.

The ALC (Accredited Land Consultant) is a real estate designation geared to individuals that specialize in land brokerage transactions such as farms and ranches; undeveloped tracts of land; transitional and development land; subdivision and wholesaling of lots; and site selection and assemblage of land parcels.

The ALHS (Accredited Luxury Home Specialist) is a designation awarded to agents that have completed advanced training and work in the field of selling luxury homes.

A CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate. A CCIM is an invaluable resource to the commercial real estate owner, investor and user, and is among an elite corps of 8,600 professionals who hold the CCIM designation across North America and more than 30 countries.

The CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) is a real estate designation geared towards experts for affluent buyers and sellers.

The CPM Certified Property Managers , received the CPM professional designation awarded by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and recognized by NAR to outstanding professionals in the real estate management field. The training and knowledge CPM members exhibit and the ethical practices to which they subscribe benefit both the owners and investors of both commercial and residential properties. The Institute offers a comprehensive program developed exclusively for property and asset managers working with large portfolios of all property types. The designation is considered to be among the industry's premier real estate management credentials. There are only 8,600 professional real estate managers who hold this distinguished designation worldwide. To achieve the CPM designation, a candidate must pass about 10 required courses given by IREM, including marketing, human resources, asset management and ethics and complete a management plan on a subject building. Collectively, CPM Members in the United States manage nearly $2 trillion in real estate assets, including 11.4 million residential units and 10.4 billion net square feet of commercial space.

The CNHS (Certified New Home Specialist) is certification representing professionalism in working with Builders and New Home Buyers.

The CRB designation (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager) is one of the most respected and relevant designations offered in real estate business management. The CRB community spans nearly 7,000 members worldwide. Through the Council's leading-edge education and resources, members are among the most efficient, effective and profitable managers in the country.

The CRP (Certified Relocation Professional) is a designation geared toward professionals who have demonstrated a minimum of two years' experience dealing with relocation issues.

The CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) Designation, awarded by the Council of Residential Specialist, is the highest professional designation awarded to REALTORS® in the residential sales field. Less than 4 percent of all REALTORS hold the CRS Designation.

The e-PRO (Internet Professional) is a certification presented entirely online to certify real estate agents and brokers as Internet Professionals.

The ECO (Certified Environmental Consultant) is a professional who knows about and is interested in the value of energy efficiency, environmental technologies, reduced liabilities, and sustainable design in real estate has the opportunity to establish a genuine dialogue with clients and this has long-range benefits for all concerned.

The GREEN designation from the National Association of Realtors is designed for residential, commercial and property management professionals looking to green their businesses and their lives. It's a comprehensive understanding of what it means to go green and the concerns of consumers seeking green knowledge about real estate.

The letters GRI (graduate Realtors Institute) represent the most widely-recognized professional designation in the real estate industry: Graduate, REALTORS® Institute. An individual who earns the GRI designation has voluntarily made a personal commitment to increasing professional service to customers and clients, and to obtaining higher levels of education. The GRI Designation is a mark of distinction that earns a REALTOR® member respect and confidence from their peers and the general public.

LEED GA (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LRE - This designation is awarded to agents by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. Agents that hold the (LRE) designation have a full understanding of the relocation process of a seller or buyer client. The courses topics for this designation include: Relocation Orientation, Recognizing Opportunities, Making the Outgoing Referral Part of Your Plan, Understanding the Transferee, Preparing for Incoming Referrals, The Home Finding Campaign, Understanding Relocation Management Companies, How Premarketing & Home Sale Programs Work, Home Sale Listings, Corporate Inventory Listings and How to Prepare an Effective WREC BMA

MRP - When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables makes the transfer easier, faster, and less stressful. This certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.

RCC - RCC stands for Residential Construction Certified. RCC designees earned the real estate industry's most effective and comprehensive training available covering materials, methods, terminology and details of residential construction. The RCC Certification identifies the designee as a true real estate professional with in-depth knowledge of the products they sell and knowledge of residential construction which allows them to work more professionally with buyers, sellers, appraisers, inspectors, lenders, designers, engineers and construction professionals.

RLI - Realtor Land Institute

The RSPS (Resort/Second Home Property Specialist) certification prepares REALTORS® to service the growing resort and second-home market in their communities.

The SFR is a short sale and foreclosure expert designation from the NAR, National Association of Realtors.

The SHS (Senior Housing Specialist) is exposed to the tax issues, estate planning and equity conversion needs of the client. Attention is given to the shared experiences of each generation and how that experience affects values, ideals, goals and behavior.

The SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors)is the leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association. With more than 3,200 members in 562 cities in 20 countries, SIOR represents today's most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists.

SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialists) are qualified to meet the special needs and concerns of maturing Americans. By earning the SRES designation, your REALTOR® has demonstrated requisite knowledge and expertise to counsel senior clients through major financial and lifestyle transitions. SRES designees can help you make wise decisions about selling the family home, financing, buying rental property, or managing the capital gains and tax implications of owning real estate, among many other issues. SRESs offer clients relevant information on current trends in seniors real estate transactions, and can refer you to other professional such as attorneys and C.P.A.s who also have specialty interest in senior clientele issues.