CRS Designation - Certified Residential Specialist

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RRC - Residential Real Estate Council (Formerly The Council of Residential Specialists)

Agents can maximize their potential by earning the CRS® designation and joining the organization which 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 rigorous production requirements.

CRS eLearning Courses

CRS eLearning offers two online courses: Creating Value for Your Clients, and Putting Technology to Work for Your Clients. These online courses are a convenient way to earn elective credit toward the CRS designation and brush up on your client service and technology skills.

You can take these courses at any time and from any computer with an internet connection. Upon successful completion, you will earn one unit of elective credit toward the CRS designation for each course. Register now and be on your way to developing your technical expertise and creating more value for your clients!

The Creating Value for Your Clients course also counts for Continuing Education credit in many states. To view the list of states where these courses have already been approved for Continuing Education credit, use the links below.

Additional CRS Information

Join RRC

To become a member of RRC, simply complete the application online.

Reasons to Join

How can you get the edge over your competitors? By joining the Residential Real Estate Council, you will reach a higher level of success. Here's why REALTORS® want to belong to the RRC.


RRC members can take courses throughout the U.S. and abroad which result in the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation - one of the most rigorous and professional residential designation available to REALTORS®.


RRC members can profit from a dynamic, international, qualified referral network of over 45,000 members. Networking is available locally through the Council's Chapters and CRS Courses, nationally through events such as the National Association of REALTORS® Convention, Sell-a-bration®, the Council's annual educational conference, and the Professional Accelerated Career Track educational programs. Internationally, CRS members can benefit through the Council's electronic and print directories. Some members attribute up to 75 percent of their income from CRS agent-to-agent referrals.


RRC members receive The Residential Specialist magazine six times a year, which is written for you, the residential specialist, who primarily sells residential real estate. The magazine provides the information and tools you need to be successful in selling residential real estate. You'll find timely, practical, and fun-to-read information on how to be a better residential sales agent. You'll read about models of success, including top performing agents, who offer you their insights on the profession and how to succeed. In addition, you can buy selling and listing tools through books, audio, and video tapes written by the leaders of the profession at a discount through the CRS Online Store.


CRS designees comprise 4 percent of all REALTORS®. CRS designees earn an average of $160,500 annually, and more than four times as much as the $39,300 that the average REALTOR® who sells real estate earns. Belonging to the RRC will enable you to achieve your fullest potential.


Click to view the designation requirements for earning the CRS.