Earning additional designations demonstrates to the public and the real estate industry your commitment to professional development and customer service. Licensees, brokers, office managers, and seasoned professionals all benefit from the up-to-date information and additional training represented by these designations.
Van Education center encourages all agents to work towards additional designations. VanEd is proud to offer coursework towards the MRE and GRI designations, and will be expanding to include more programs in the future.
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Courses for CE, MRE, GRI and more!
VanEd offers courses to satisfy the continuing education requirements of your real estate license, and also help you earn advanced designations such as GRI, MRE, PIC and E-Pro.
But which program or designation is for me?
VanEd encourages real estate professionals to continue to educate themselves throughout their careers. But what program should you start with? Take a look at your target market. Do you need a well rounded base? Are you going to work with many more buyers than sellers? How much do you know about the "Green" aspects of real estate?
The education program you select should reflect who your target market is, as well as your marketing program. If you are expanding into a new market you may want to educate yourself through a designation program designed towards that market. If you are new or returning to the industry, you may choose to start with your GRI, Graduate REALTOR® Institute designation and then later determine your niche.
Examine the various programs that we have found benefit in below. This is not an all-encompassing list of available designations or certifications, but these are some of the most popular and best run in the industry. Read through the list to find the program that will both help you prepare to serve your clients and customers AND that will give you an additional edge in your marketing.
Real Estate Designations List
The Master of Real Estate (MRE)
The Master of Real Estate is designed to provide advanced training beyond any other designation, including critical skills of the real estate business and education in current real estate topics and issues. The MRE designation signifies a broker dedicated to the highest professional development and the highest levels of customer service and recognizes that the value to any customer is in working with a professional REALTOR® who achieves the highest standing in the association.
CRB - Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager.
This real estate designation is geared toward real estate professionals that consistently increase their level of industry knowledge and increase their firm's profitability. This designation is managed by The Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers.
CRS - Certified Residential Specialist
This real estate designation is awarded to experienced REALTORS® who complete advanced training in listing and selling. This designation is managed by: The Council of Residential Specialists
CRS Detailed Information
CRE - Counselor of Real Estate
The Counselors of Real Estate is a professional membership organization for real estate advisors who have been recognized by their peers and clients for their high level knowledge, experience, and integrity. All members of the organization hold the CRE designation, which is bestowed by invitation only.
CIPS - Certified International Property Specialist
An international real estate education course sponsored by REALTOR® Boards and Associations throughout the United States. Designees are relied upon as a resource for experts in the international real estate market. This designation may be earned after successfully completing an intensive seven-day program of study focusing on critical aspects of transnational transactions, including currency and exchange rate issues, and cross-cultural relationships, regional market conditions, investment performance, tax issues and more. U.S. members must be a REALTOR® and a member of the National Association of REALTORS®.
CIPS Detailed Information
CCIM - Certified Commercial Investment Member.
This real estate designation is geared to experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management valuation and investment analysis (includes over 6,500 designees). This designation is managed by: The CCIM Institute
GRI - Graduate REALTOR Institute.
This real estate designation is geared towards REALTORS® that are involved in residential real estate and desire a solid base of information for their practice. This designation is managed by: The National Association of REALTORS®
GRI Detailed Information
SIOR - Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®.
This real estate designation is geared towards Realtors® in industrial and office real estate brokerage. This designation is managed by: Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®
ALC - Accredited Land Consultant
This real estate designation is 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. This designation is managed by: REALTORS® Land Institute
ALC Detailed Information
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 selling.
ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative
A designation from the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council that trains experienced REALTORS® in specifically representing the real estate consumer. The ABR designation is awarded to real estate practitioners who complete a comprehensive two-day REBAC course in buyer representation, achieve a passing grade on the written examination, demonstrate practical experience by completing and closing five real estate transactions in which the candidate functioned as a buyer's representative and who maintain a membership in good standing with the National Association of REALTORS® and the Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT Council.
ABR Detailed Information
ABRM - Accredited Buyer Representative Manager
A designation 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.
ABRM Detailed Information
ARM - Accredited Residential Manager
This real estate certification reflects today's management practices and new ideas. This certification is managed by: The Institute of Real Estate Management
CPM, CERTIFIED PROPERTY MANAGER®
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. The CPM® designation is the oldest and most prestigious achievement in property management. It is awarded to property managers whose experience, education and ethical standards warrant such distinction. CPMs are experts in managing apartments, office buildings, commercial centers and homeowners' associations and are informed on tax laws insurance regulations, and critical investment factors.
SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist
The SRES® Designation course seeks to instill knowledge and understanding of and empathy for 55+ real estate clients and customers. Develop the business building skills and resources needed for specialization in the 55-plus real estate market. By earning the "SRES" designation, the REALTORS® has demonstrated that they have the requisite knowledge, experience and expertise to be a senior's real estate specialist and counselor.
SRES Detailed Information
CRP - Certified Relocation Professional
This real estate designation is geared toward professionals who have demonstrated a minimum of two years' experience dealing with relocation issues. This designation is managed by: The Employee Relocation Council
TRC - Transnational Referral Certification
This certification is to prepare agents to use the Transnational Referral system developed by the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations-ICREA. This designation is managed by: National Association of REALTORS®
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AHWD - At Home With Diversity
The At Home with Diversity® course, one of NAR's certification programs, teaches you to transact business in culturally competent ways, maximizing your earning potential with important, expanding markets of the 21st century. The course addresses issues of cultural "do's and dont's", fair housing, and applying learning outcomes to a business plan - one that you can take with you after you complete the course.
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A new training program presented entirely online to certify real estate agents and brokers as Internet Professionals. This designation may be earned after successfully completing 5 areas presented entirely online.
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REPAsm, Real Estate Professional Assistantsm
The Real Estate Professional Assistantsm 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. This designation may be earned after successfully completing a 2 day class.
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RSPS - 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.
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Quality Service Certified®
This designation may be the most important credential a real estate professional can hold. A Quality Service Certified® sales professional is held to a standard which requires accountability, reliability and consistency - the ongoing delivery of quality service on each transaction.
NAR's Green Designation Residential Elective Course
NAR's Green Designation Residential Elective Course provides real estate professionals with knowledge and awareness of green building principles applied in residences so that they can guide buyer-clients in purchasing and retrofitting green homes as well as help sellers by listing and marketing green properties. The Course encourages the real estate professional to be an advocate for green principles in the design and use of homes and a positive force for creating sustainable communities.
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The EcoBroker Designation is a positive and profitable way to differentiate yourself in today's real estate market. Becoming an EcoBroker is a great opportunity for you to benefit your community and the planet, while broadening your base of training and earning more business.
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