Designations | Kentucky Realtor Institute (2023)


Want to take an online NAR designation or certification course? Not only do they count for credit towards a particular designation or certification, they also count for GRI elective credit.

NAR Designations or Certifications taken online no longer provide CE or Broker credit.

The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in increasing 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.

You have the opportunity to earn valuable certifications and designations that can:

  • Increase your income
  • Build your skills to provide specialized expertise
  • Add prestige to enhance your professional image
  • Increase your marketability, proficiency and productivity



Learn more about each of the available designations/certificationsbelow.

Accredited Buyer's Representative / ABR®
The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is 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 atrebac@realtors.orgor 800-648-6224.

Accredited Land Consultant / ALC
The esteemed Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs) are the most trusted, knowledgeable, experienced, and highest-producing experts in all segments of land. Conferred by the REALTORS® Land Institute, the designation requires successful completion of a rigorous LANDU education program, a specific, high-volume and experience level, and adherence to an honorable Code of Conduct.

Presented by the REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI), Contact RLI at 800.441.5263

Certified Commercial Investment Member / CCIM
The Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation is 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.

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Presented by the CCIM Institute, Contact CCIM at 800-621-7027 or

Certified International Property Specialist / CIPS®
Instantly align yourself with the best in international real estate by earning the CIPS designation. The program includes five full days of study focusing on the critical aspects of international real estate transactions, and an influential network of 2,000 professionals who turn to each other first when looking for referral partners.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®, Contact Information Central atCIPS@realtors.orgor 1-800-874-6500 ext. 8369.

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), 98+78/*-Contact IREM® at 800-837-0706, ext. 4650.

Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager / CRB
The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) 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. Join today and discover a new approach to enhancing knowledge and leveraging opportunity.

Visitwww.crb.comor contact the CRB Council atinfo@crb.comor 800-621-8738.

Certified Residential Specialist® / CRS®
The CRS designation 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 RRC 800-462-8841
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Counselor of Real Estate / CRE®
The Counselors of Real Estate® is an international group of recognized professionals who provide seasoned, expert, 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.

Presented by The Counselors of Real Estate, Contact CRE® at 312-329-8427

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General Accredited Appraiser, GAA
For general appraisers, this designation is awarded to those whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®, Contact GAA program staff at 800-874-6500 ext. 8238 or

NAR's Green Designation / GREEN
Through NAR's Green Designation, the Green REsource Council provides ongoing education, resources and tools so that real estate practitioners can successfully seek out, understand, and market properties with green features.

Presented by The Green REsource Council, Contact The Green REsource Council atgreendesignation@realtors.orgor 800-498-9422.

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute / GRI
REALTORS® with the GRI designation have in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. Earning the designation is a way to stand out to prospective buyers and sellers as a professional with expertise in these areas.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®,Contact your State Association to get information on program requirements, course schedules, location, and tuition.

Performance Management Network / PMN
This designation is unique to the REALTOR® family designations, emphasizing that in order to enhance your business, you must enhance yourself. It focuses on negotiating strategies and tactics, networking and referrals, business planning and systems, personal performance management and leadership development.

Presented by Women's Council of REALTORS®, Contact the Women's Council of REALTORS® at 800-245-8512.

REALTOR® Association Certified Executive / RCE
RCE is the only professional designation designed specifically for REALTOR® association executives. RCE designees exemplify goal-oriented AEs with drive, experience and commitment to professional growth.

Presented by National Association of REALTORS®, Contact Renee Holland at 312-329-8545

Residential Accredited Appraiser / RAA
For residential appraisers, this designation is awarded to those whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the National Association of REALTORS®.

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Presented by National Association of REALTORS®, Contact RAA program staff at 312-329-8268 or

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)
The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) 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 Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB) who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.

Presented by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), Contact SRS atcustomerservice@srscouncil.comor 800-621-8738, or

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® / SIOR®
The SIOR designation is held by only the most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists. To earn it, designees must meet standards of experience, production, education, ethics, and provide recommendations.

Presented by Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®, Contact SIOR at 202-449-8200.

Seniors Real Estate Specialist® / SRES®
The SRES® Designation program educates REALTORS® on how to profitably and ethically serve the real estate needs of the fastest growing market in real estate, clients age 50+. By earning the SRES® designation, you gain access to valuable member benefits, useful resources, and networking opportunities across the U.S. and Canada to help you in your business.

Presented by SRES® Council, Contact SRES Council atsres@realtors.orgor 800-500-4564.


At Home With Diversity / AHWD®
Learn to work effectively with – and within – today’s diverse real estate market. The At Home With Diversity certification teaches you how to conduct your business with sensitivity to all client profiles and build a business plan to successfully serve them.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®, Contact us atahwd@realtors.orgor 800-874-6500 ext. 8393.

Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR)
The BPOR certification providedREALTORS® with knowledge and skills to perform accurate and professional broker price opinions (BPOs) and comparative market analyses (CMAs), while reducing risk and increasing opportunities.

The BPOR certification is no longer being awarded to members. Approximately6,000 members have earned BPOR.

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Certified Real Estate Team Specialist / C-RETS
The Certified Real Estate Team Specialist certification is designed to improve team development, individual leadership skills, and financial performance. The courses provide the tools, strategies, and knowledge that are required of today’s real estate professionals who are either considering or currently operating in a team environment. It is for team leaders, team members, those looking to start a team, and those who simply want to sharpen their management skills. is external)or contact the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) sends e-mail)or 800-621-8738.

NAR's e-PRO® certification teaches you to use cutting-edge technologies and digital initiatives to link up with today's savvy real estate consumer.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®, Contact e-PRO® atepro@realtors.orgor 877-397-3132.

Military Relocation Professional / MRP
NAR's Military Relocation Professional certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.

Presented by REBAC (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council), Contact us atMRP@realtors.orgor 888-648-8321.

Pricing Strategy Advisor /PSA
Enhance your skills in pricing properties, creating CMAs, working with appraisers, and guiding clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values with NAR’s PSA (Pricing Strategy Advisor) certification.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®,Contact us.

Real Estate Negotiation Expert / RENE
This certification is for real estate professionals who want to sharpen their negotiation skills. The RENE certification program gives REALTORS® the tips and tools they need to be skillful advocates for their clients.

Presented by the Real Estate Business Institute, Contact us sends e-mail)or 800-621-8738.

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist / RSPS
This certification is designed for REALTORS® who facilitate the buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination are involved in this market niche.

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Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®, Contact us atresort@realtors.orgor 800-874-650 ext. 8268.

Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource / SFR®
The SFR® certification teaches real estate professionals to work with distressed sellers and the finance, tax, and legal professionals who can help them, qualify sellers for short sales, develop a short sale package, negotiate with lenders, safeguard your commission, limit risk, and protect buyers.

Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®, Contact us atsfr@realtors.orgor 877-510-7855.


Is the GRI designation worth it? ›

The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Designation is an excellent option to help you gain more knowledge, impress consumers, and build more confidence in your real estate skills. Learn more about how to become a REALTOR®.

What does GRI designation mean? ›

Earn the GRI Designation

Earning the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is a way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a REALTOR® who has gained in-depth knowledge on technical subjects as well as the fundamentals of real estate. Find out how to earn the GRI in your State.

What does the designation Realtor signify? ›

A realtor designation is a credential that real estate agents can list on their business cards, websites, newsletters, and other marketing collateral to demonstrate to their market that they have specialized education, knowledge, and expertise to help clients navigate some niche home buying and selling scenarios.

What is the designation for a real estate broker? ›

Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager / CRB

The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) 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.

How long does it take to complete GRI? ›

It's 40 multiple choice questions - each with a single answer - and you get an hour to complete it.

What is the difference between GRI and CDP? ›

In addition to climate change and water, CDP engages with companies on their production and use of forests risk commodities. These are commodities most responsible for deforestation globally. GRI does not cover this area specifically.

Is the ABR designation worth it? ›

Is the ABR Designation Worth It? Absolutely. This is the most recognized buyer's agent designation available. In competitive markets where everyone wants to represent buyers, this is a great way to show your expertise.

What does SRS mean in real estate? ›

Who is it for? The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance.

What is the difference between IR and GRI? ›

The GRI Standards which is used for Sustainability Reporting is prescriptive by nature i.e. they are rules based. However the <IR> Reporting Framework which the Integrated Report is based on in principles based.

What is the difference between a designation and a certification? ›

the two biggest differences are time and money. Designations, like college degrees, hold more clout and authority; however, like the aforementioned college degree, it takes more class time and more money. Certifications are more like any professional development opportunity.

Do REALTORS have letters after their name? ›

REALTOR® = Member of NAR

A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® should never be used as a substitute for "real estate agent." The REALTOR® trademarks include: REALTOR®

Why is realtor in all caps? ›

A: The term is often capitalized because it's a registered trademark in the US for a member of the National Association of Realtors. Most standard dictionaries capitalize the term, including the online Merriam-Webster and American Heritage dictionaries.

What are the types of designation? ›

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What is difference between Agent broker and realtor? ›

Real estate agents and brokers are both specialists adept at helping their clients navigate the tricky process of selling, buying or renting homes. But brokers typically have more in-depth training than real estate agents, and they often operate in supervisory roles, overseeing agents who work for them.

What does ASP mean after a name? ›

Associate Safety Professionals (ASP) are safety practitioners who have proven knowledge of safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) fundamentals.

How much does the GRI exam cost? ›

The names of the successful candidates will be publicly displayed in the directory of GRI Certified Professionals on the GRI website. The price of the exam is €350. GRI provides a 25% discount to GRI Community Members.

What is the difference between GRI and Sasb? ›

Using the GRI and SASB Standards

The GRI Standards are designed to be used by organizations in any sector, whereas the SASB Standards are sector-specific and identify specific disclosure topics for each of 77 industries.

Is GRI reporting free? ›

Developed by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), the GRI Standards are the first global standards for sustainability reporting and are a free public good.

What is the difference between TCFD and GRI? ›

The TCFD focuses specifically on helping organizations disclose information about the financial impacts related to climate change risks and opportunities; whereas the GRI Standards focus on helping organizations communicate about their impacts (outward) related to climate change and other sustainability topics (e.g., ...

Is CDP the same as TCFD? ›

CDP has primarily integrated the TCFD's recommendations into the climate change questionnaire, as there is already significant overlap between existing questions and the recommendations. CDP has modified the structure of the climate change questionnaire to align more closely with TCFD recommendations structure.

What is the difference between TCFD and Sasb? ›

Where SASB provides a backward-looking snapshot of sustainability performance, TCFD is more interested in the organization's approach to sustainability and climate change, and in assessing an organization's readiness to deal with the associated risks and opportunities.

What percentage of REALTORS are GRI? ›

It's an Elite Club. First, roughly 15 percent of all Realtors nationwide are GRI's, which stand for Graduate Realtor's Institute.

Is C2EX a designation? ›

Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) from the National Association of REALTORS® empowers REALTORS® to evaluate, enhance and showcase their highest levels of professionalism. It's not a course, class or designation—it's an Endorsement that REALTORS® can promote when serving clients and other REALTORS®.

Is SRES designation worth it? ›

If you want to work with more aging clients and you want to increase your knowledge, then the SRES is the best bet. With the SRES, you can do the course work in less than a week and it isn't too expensive. Additionally, I like that it is a designation recognized by NAR.

What does RSS mean in real estate? ›

The residual sum of squares—or RSS statistics—is one of many statistical properties enjoying a renaissance.

What does BMT stand for in real estate? ›

Acquired Member Assets (AMA)

What does RB mean in real estate? ›

RS – Real Estate Salesperson. RB – Brokerage, Standard. RO – Branch Office.

What is GRI and ESG? ›

The GRI Framework is an easy-to-use reporting guideline for ESG analysis. With GRI's standardization and materiality principle, companies can gather and analyze data efficiently, allowing them to assess if their goals are aligned with company policies and investor expectations.

Which are the five steps in the GRI reporting process? ›

  1. Step 1: Set Priorities and Develop Strategy.
  2. Step 2: Build the Structure and Gather Data.
  3. Step 3: Develop and Revise Content.
  4. Step 4: Finalize and Communicate.
  5. Step 5: Review Learnings and Iterate.

Which designation is best? ›

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Which is the best designation? ›

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What are the four levels of certification? ›

There are four levels of certification:
  • Certified (40–49 points)
  • Silver (50–59 points)
  • Gold (60–79 points)
  • Platinum (80+ points)
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What does R S mean in real estate? ›

According to the Legal Dictionary, the “right of survivorship” is the power that a successor(s) of a deceased person has to acquire the property of that person upon his or her death. The right of survivorship decides what happens to a piece of property after one of its owners passes away.

Can I use REALTOR in my domain name? ›

No, the REALTOR® marks cannot be included in the legal or DBA name of any firm. Members are authorized to use the REALTOR® marks in conjunction with the legal name of their real estate business (i.e., real estate brokerage) in advertising, signage, etc.

Why do Realtors Put coming soon signs? ›

A Coming Soon listing refers to a property that is not available for showing or sale until a later date. “Coming soon” can be a legitimate advertising technique, allowing the owners more time to complete repairs, pack, or otherwise prepare the property for showing or sale.

Why does REALTOR have an R at the end? ›

The term Realtor is a federally registered trademark that applies specifically to real estate professionals who are active members of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Real estate agents who are not active NAR members cannot call themselves Realtors.

Are most REALTORS honest? ›

In short, yes, many are. Real estate agents, realtors, and real estate brokers are like most professionals that work directly with clients. They know in order to build a strong career they need their clients to trust them. For this reason, most agents are trustworthy – but not all of them.

Why do REALTORS list low? ›

3: List low. One way to get your property more exposure, Nimkoff says, is to set the list price below market value—generally 5% to 10% under—in an effort to attract more buyers and potentially spark a bidding war. “If you price low, you can probably get multiple offers within one to two days,” says Nimkoff.

What are your designations? ›

Designations refer to the expertise and qualifications a person must complete certain jobs. Job titles describe the level and position someone holds at a company or organization. Designations are assigned to individuals who get special licenses and certifications.

Which designation has highest salary? ›

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Is it better to say Realtor or real estate agent? ›

A real estate agent is anyone who is licensed to help people buy and sell commercial or residential property. A Realtor is a trademarked term that refers to a real estate agent who is an active member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the largest trade association in the U.S.

Is a broker or agent better? ›

Real estate brokers have to demonstrate more knowledge than agents and often have more experience than agents. Brokers also own or manage a brokerage. A broker has passed a broker license exam that tends to be more specific and in-depth compared to a real estate agent's exam.

Is an estate agent a realtor? ›

There are some fundamental differences between the role of the person who sells you a property in the USA, known as a “realtor”, to what we call an estate agent in the UK, and the system in the USA is usually considered better due to its transparency.

Is the ASP exam hard? ›

A Mini Guide to ASP® Exam Prep

The ASP® Exam is 200 questions across seven domains. And you have just five hours to get it done. There's no doubt it's tough. But it's possible with the right game plan.

What does CRP stand for after a name? ›

C-reactive protein test.

What does CP stand for after a name? ›

Captain of the Parish, a (now mainly ceremonial) appointment in the Isle of Man (post-nominal letters CP) Central Powers, a military alliance before and during World War I, led by the German Empire. Certified Paralegal, an American legal qualification.

What are the weaknesses of the GRI? ›

They considered the guidelines complex, ambiguous, and too flexible, which undermined both the standardization of the reports and the ability to compare reports. Based on these comments, it is recommended that the GRI develop a simpler and less flexible reporting methodology.

What percentage of realtors are GRI? ›

It's an Elite Club. First, roughly 15 percent of all Realtors nationwide are GRI's, which stand for Graduate Realtor's Institute.

Why do companies adopt GRI? ›

Full ESG transparency: The GRI Standards allows organisations to identify, prioritize and be transparent on its impacts on the economy, environment, and people. True impact reporting goes beyond enterprise value only; it is an instrument to enhance socio-economic cohesion, environmental and societal impact.

Why do companies use GRI? ›

GRI enables businesses, investors, policymakers, employees and civil society to engage in dialogue and make decisions that support inclusive sustainable development.

How many GRI indicators are there? ›

There are 30 environmental indicators ranging from EN1 (materials used by weight) to EN30 (total environmental expenditures by type of investment).

What percentage do most REALTORS take? ›

Overall, the national average Realtor commission in 2022 was 5.37 percent, according to data from Clever, an online real estate agent network. In most states, the commission ranged between 5 and 6 percent.

What does ESG stand for? ›

ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance. Investors are increasingly applying these non-financial factors as part of their analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities.


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